With over 150 jobs this year ranging from newspaper assignments, weddings, portraits, institutional, and commercial work, plus a handful of personal work the year was a bit of blur. Trying to narrow down over 25,000 delivered images wasn't an easy task and if I had to do it again I might come up with a completely different set. At any rate a big thank you to all the folks that hired me or found themselves in front of my lens this year. Have a look at some of what I saw in 2016...
Dartmouth student Samantha Modder sings "We Shall Overcome" following the lighting of candles during the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Faith Celebration at Rollins Chapel in Hanover on Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio)
Matt Dragon of South Royalton examines the teeth of the ice cutting saw during Brookfield's annual ice harvesting festival this past Saturday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
South Royalton Boys fell 59-51 to Twinfield in a D-IV semi-final showdown at the Barre Auditorium on Monday night. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
David Lyman and many other citizens of South Royalton raised their voting cards on Monday night at the annual school meeting. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
Between his proud parents, Jenn Colby and Chris Sargent, high school senior and first time voter Connor Sargent fills out the "Doyle Poll" after casting his ballot in Randolph on Tuesday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
April StartThis past Saturday small scale maple syrup producers Dan Childs and Marda Donner of Brookfield Bees participated in Vermont's annual Maple Open House Weekend as they showed off their operation to neighbors and guests. Dan is enveloped in steam as the sap boils down. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
As part of Randolph's PoemTown composer Gwyneth Walker held a talk on pairing poetry and music at the Three Bean Cafe on Monday evening. Here she played a poem by Langston Hughes the was in the choral cycle Harlem Songs. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
Chelsea hosted Newbury (?) in a rainy baseball scrimmage on Thursday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
Graduate student Ashley Lang shows Elijah Lamphere of Lebanon data from soil samples while they discuss various causes of climate change in the Life Sciences Center at Dartmouth's Science Day on Saturday. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio)
The Dartmouth Cycling Team hosted over 40 schools at their yearly bike race classic "L'Enfer du Nord" or "The Hell of The North" on Saturday which included various races such as the "Frat Row Criterium" which sent cyclists zipping through campus. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio)
Thetford's Lawson Ouellette lays down a bunt and nearly collides with Finbar Curtain who slides safely into home on a successful suicide squeeze. Thetford Academy fell 9-7 to host South Royalton on Saturday. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio)
Vermont Tech student Harrison Heist wouldn't let a little spring snow rob him of the chance to ride his scooter between classes on Tuesday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
Samantha Natlette and Gregory Sullivan snap a selfie before commencement ceremonies at Vermont Technical College on Saturday. The both graduated from the nursing program. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
Construction Management graduates Thomas Cove and Matthew Burstein wore hardhat mortarboards at Vermont Technical College's commencement ceremonies on Sunday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
Class president Trevor Van Niel and classmate Patrick Dugan share a congratulatory handshake before graduation ceremonies at Woodstock Union High School on Friday night. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio)
Oxbow junior Mary Bourgeois turns away from the batters box after a swinging strike late in the division III softball championship game held in Poultney held on Saturday. Richford went on to defeat Oxbow, 3-1, in a pitchers dual. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio)
Claire Holland (center) chants "No New Vista, New Vista ain't your sista!" as she an many protesters gathered at the South Royalton bridge on Friday evening for a peaceful demonstration in opposition to the New Vista project proposed by developer David Hall. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
Sunday's fireworks display was seen from many different vantage points in Randolph village. The views from the Montague Golf Club were a popular choice. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
Beautiful weather on the 4th of July helped to pack the streets of Randolph with parade goers on Monday. The Catamount Pipe Band was a popular addition to the parade. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
The central and southeast region 4-H Dairy Show was held at the Tunbridge Fair grounds on July 18th and 19th. Stephen Scherer of Barnard puts his arm around his younger brother John after his very first fitting and showmanship competition on day two. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
Lieutenant governor candidate Kesha Ram made a campaign stop outside Belmain on Saturday morning in Randolph. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
It has been a banner blueberry year across the region with Sunshine Valley Organic Berry Farm in Rochester being no exception. The acres of bushes quickly filled buckets for visitors from across the state and beyond. Here Elodie Kunicki of Underhill examines her mother Nicola's pail of blueberries. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
Visitors carefully navigate the rocks below Moss Glen Falls on Saturday afternoon. The popular waterfall is easily accessed off of route 100 in Granville. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
Locals cool off at a popular swimming hole in Gaysville on Saturday afternoon. Here CJ Mather of Randolph leaps into the river from the rocky edge. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
July EndThe South Royalton green was host to rides, food, and entertainment as the annual Old Home Days festivities took place on Saturday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
November StartBecca and Nathan Webb of Two Potters at their studio in Bethel, Vermont.
After flying down from Colchester, Vermont National Guard Brigadier General Michael Heston is greeted by Representative Gabrielle Lucke, who escorted him to White River VFW for the end of the Veterans Parade in Hartford on Saturday. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio)
Janet Loubengeiger adjusts her helmet as she and other members of Colchester's Post 91 prepare to participate in Hartford's Veterans Parade on Saturday. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio)
Nicolle Canales votes at the Randolph town hall on Tuesday as her daughter Alaya lays on the flooring tugging against her sweater. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio)
Jada Jordan waits in line Saturday morning with her kitten Cleo at the Upper Valley Haven's annual "Turkey Day" event where hundreds of turkeys and other food were distributed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio)
A few more of my most photographed subject, my daughter Isabel...
Happy New Year!