My favorite images from 2015, at the Tampa Bay Times.
Siblings Fardowsam Muhammad, 9, and Ibrahim Muhammad, 3, ride down a giant slide at a carnival celebrating Eid al-Adha on Thursday September 24, 2015 at the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area, in Tampa. The carnival featured rides, games, concessions, henna, and food.
(left to right) Milli Nguyen,14, Jenny Tran, 14, and Binh Thach, 13, practice with their Vietnamese dance group from the Lealman and Asian Neighborhood Family Center before performing the umbrella dance at Asia Fest on Saturday April 25th, 2015 at Cotanchobee Park in Tampa.
(right) Jo Spivey, 13, dances with her stepdad Russell Lee, of Brandon, during the fifth annual prom on Friday May 1st, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa.
Current and former pediatric patients enjoyed a Big Top Circus-themed prom complete with music, dancing, refreshments, and keepsake photos. "Just to be able to have her up and out of the wheelchair, it felt so good," Lee said. "I hope that next year I'll be up here dancing with her."
Gracie Gordy, 13, hugs Kaylee Pompey, 13, both John Hopkins students, at the opening night of Through Our Eyes: Midtown and Beyond on Friday November 6, 2015 at Studio 620 in downtown St. Petersburg. The exhibit features photographs and multimedia work of students from Melrose Elementary, John Hopkins Middle, and Lakewood High School.
(left to right) Jose Palacios and Wilmer Puerto, of Cardinal Roofing, cover the roof of a home in plastic to protect it from the rain on Friday July 31, 2015 in Apollo Beach. Every rainy season work gets delayed for Cardinal Roofing because of frequent rain showers. According to Roger Jenkins, one of three owners, a 10 to 12 hour day could mean only four hours of work between waiting out the rain in the truck.
Piotr Janowski took the tin foil that was wrapping his home and covered a giant beach ball with it, to roll to the nearby recycling bins on Thursday July 9th, 2015, in Tarpon Springs. Janowski, who is an artist from Vienna, covered his home in May, in his first outdoor art installation. Though this project was self funded, Reynolds Wrap is providing sponsorship for his future works.
Triplets Diana, Elizabeth and Amanda Orama, all 11 and of Sarasota, wait in the hallway of All Children's Hospital during trick or treating on Friday October 30, 2015 in downtown St. Petersburg. "Pretend today is Halloween, just for me," Diana Orama said to her sister Amanda Orama.
(right to left) Evan Rodriguez, a fullback with the Bucs, and his wife Olivia Rodriguez, sat for a portrait on Thursday July 30th, 2015 at their home in Tampa. Olivia is four months pregnant, and the baby girl has a birth defect called anencephaly. Babies with anencephaly do not have a fully formed skull and rarely survive for more than a few minutes.
Tonya Mosley (second from left), of Tampa, marched down Lake Avenue carrying a photograph of her son Aviance Mosley, during a unity march on Saturday May 9th, 2015, in Tampa. Tonya Mosley's son was killed in Tampa on March 29, 2014.
Mourners view the caskets at the funeral of sisters LaMour, 29, India, 24, and Tehira Welch, 18, at First Baptist of St. Petersburg on Saturday August 15, 2015. The three Welch sisters died in a car accident last Sunday, on the way home from a religious convention in Fort Pierce.
Ariel Davis (center) walks down Drew Street with the Garden Fairies wearing costumes made of recycled materials, during the Centennial Parade in Clearwater on Saturday May 30th, 2015. The parade celebrated 100 years of Clearwater as a city, and featured marching bands, floats, pirate krewes, and antique cars.
During 2015 I shot a lot more sports than ever before. Friday night football was pretty regular (until I got run over by a 182lb high schooler). I got to shoot features at the Women's NCAA Final Four and the Stanley Cup finals. I also spent two early mornings in April shooting a triathlon.
Robinson runs onto the field before the pre-season game against Pinellas Park on Friday August 21, 2015 at Robinson High School in Tampa.
Rannell Hall (16) runs during a practice drill at Bucs rookie mini-camp in Tampa, on Saturday May 9th, 2015.
Jermaine Eskridge (4) of Jefferson, tries to escape Gibbs defenders during the fourth quarter of the regional quarterfinal on Friday November 12, 2015 at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg. Jefferson defeated Gibbs, 45 to 44.
Zeke McGaughy (5), of Indian Rocks Christian, knelt on the ground after losing the game against Admiral Farragut on Friday October 2, 2015 at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg. Admiral Farragut won in overtime 42 to 41.
Sierra Smith, of Albuquerque, New Mexico races through downtown St. Petersburg during the 32nd annual St. Anthony's Triathlon on Sunday April 26th, 2015. 2,200 people participated in the Olympic distance race, and 750 in the sprint.
Antonio Pinero-Crespo, of Clearwater Central Catholic, swims in the 100 yard backstroke preliminary during the Tampa Bay Classic on Saturday September 26, 2015 at North Shore Pool in St . Petersburg.
Rick Jablonski, of Tampa, cheers for the lightning, after the first goal scored during game one of the Stanley Cup finals against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday June 3rd, 2015 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
Fans sing the national anthem before the first period of game five of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday June 13th, 2015, at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
In 2015 I learned a lot about shooting food and worked on weekly cooking videos with the food editor.
Pork chops with wine and garlic
Shaved Alba black truffles
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Grilled watermelon, served with mozzarella and basil, and topped with a balsamic glaze
The Category 5 roll at Souzou, has spicy tuna, cream cheese, asparagus, and is topped with avocado, kabayaki sauce, chili aioli, dynamite mix, and scallion.