2014 Year In Photos / by Pat Kane

                                                             My dad, Leo Kane, in June 2014.

This year was a tough one for me and my family. It was a tough year for a lot of people, to be honest. I certainly wasn't alone in facing some heavy personal challenges, which is why I'm tempted to say good riddance to 2014 altogether and flip it the bird on my way out. But there were a lot of positives that came out of this year: I met a ton of awesome people - many who did wonderful things that I can never repay. I visited some incredible places too and photographed a lot of special moments between family and friends. This year had challenges, yes, but I'm glad we muscled through it and carried on. Sincere thanks to so many people - you know who you are.

And now that all the sappy stuff is out of the way, I'd like to talk a little about why you're here. This is my annual Year in Photos. I did some very cool stuff and photographed a lot of great folks like Kenneth Kaloon in Gjoa Haven, and Morris and Kenny Neyelle in Deline. I even went sailing on Great Slave Lake with my buddy Julian, who taught himself to sail by reading a book! Anyway, I'm happy we lived to tell about it.

Below is a complete mishmash of photography from the past year - everything from commercial portraits, corporate work, wedding pics, travel photos, and even random pictures of people's yards. I think I have a few maternity and baby pics in there, if you can believe it. If anything, this post might give you an idea of the diverse assignments I get in the North. It was a pleasure to be part of each one of these shoots. Enjoy the photos!

                                                 Kenneth checks out a crack in the Northwest Passage.

                                                                                        Kali

                                                       Morris and Kenny net fish in Great Bear Lake.

                                                                                        Carl

                                                                               RV on the lawn.

                                                       The Canol Trail and Mackenzie Mountains.

                                                                                   Shannon

                                                                            Pete and the guys.

                                                                                     Melanie

                                                                            Mike and Shannon

                                                                      Deline, Northwest Territories

                                                                      Sailing on Great Slave Lake.

                                                                  Ben snoozing on Great Slave Lake

                                                                               Benji and Ivan

                                                                                          Al

                                                                            Yellowknife Yard

                                                                            Yellowknife Yard

                                                                            Artless Bas Tardo

                                                                                        Jay

                                                                                      Adam

                                                                                     Darrell

                                                                                     Donnie

                                                                                        Lina

                                                                                My buddy "G"

                                                                                       Kaja

                                                                                 Leo and Sarah

                                                                        Gros Cap Point, NWT

                                                                  Kids in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut.

                                                                More kids in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut.

                                                               Community gathering in Gjoa Haven.

                                                                                       Paul

                                                                            Wyatt and Shania

                                                                        Drum dance in Deline.

                                                                                      Kenny

                                                                             Polar Bear hide

                                                                                      Robyn

                                                                                    Johanna

                                                                                     Landon

                                                                                      Nancy

                                                                                       Brad

                                                                       Drummer, NWT Pipe Band

                                                                                       Dave

                                                                           Team NWT/Yukon

                                                                                        Paul

                                                                                      Rosie

                                                                             Gjoa Haven shore

                                                                         Norman Wells, NWT

                                                                      Sink hole near Norman Wells

                                                                Loren and Raegan (and future Arnie)

                                                                               Beth and Tim

                                                                              Pete and Alana

                                                                               Devin and Kim

                                                                                   Maureen

                                                                                   Shannon

                                                                                     Megan

                                                                           Tia and a million dogs

                                                                                   Courtney

                                                                                       Vicki

                                                                                    Cynthia

                                                                                      Keith

                                                                                       Jenn

                                                                                    Natasha

                                                                                    Natasha

                                                                                         Raf

                                                                                        Jay

                                                                              Weaver's Parking

                                                            Near Drybones Bay, Great Slave Lake