2013 OWH Year in Pictures – Matt Miller

Like what you see or bored at work? Check out more images here in my 2013 slideshow.

Although seeing the quality of the images I made in the last year isn’t always fun, remembering a lot of the photo shoots is extremely rewarding. Editing down the entire year’s professional work is tough, so it may be best to showcase some of the “-est” photo shoots.

The most stressful shoot was easily the portrait shoot of my boss’s boss’s boss’s boss, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. Luckily, the February weather was reasonable, Mr. Buffett was amiable and the cover shoot for our book came together in about 20 minutes.

Berkshire Hathaway founder and CEO Warren Buffett spends time in downtown Omaha, Neb., on February 12, 2013. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

Berkshire Hathaway founder and CEO Warren Buffett spends time in downtown Omaha on Feb. 12, 2013. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

The hottest shoot? The U.S. Senior Open was the most hot and humid time of the year. The golfers said that the Omaha County Club was the most hilly course on the tour. My fellow photographers lost a lot of weight that week. The upside is that some of us had plenty to lose.

Framed through tree leaves, Fred Funk hits a fairway shot at the Omaha Country Club in the third round of the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament on July 13, 2013.

Framed through tree leaves, Fred Funk hits his approach shot on the fourth hole at the Omaha Country Club in the third round of the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament on July 13, 2013. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

The scariest person I photographed this year?

Cory Kruse, from Lincoln, dresses as Batman for the game. The Nebraska Huskers played a football against the UCLA Bruins at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., on September 14, 2013. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

Cory Kruse of Lincoln dresses as Batman for the Nebraska-UCLA game on Sept. 14, 2013. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

Ha. Just kidding, but that image has been seared into the back of my eyelids, so I thought I would share and we can start a support group.

The scariest person? Nikko Jenkins, who is being tried for multiple murders.

Nikko Jenkins is led out of Judge Peter Battailon's courtroom at the Douglas County Courthouse in Omaha, Neb., on November 25, 2013. The judge said he couldn't accept Jenkins' guilty plea until he is evaluated at the Lincoln Regional Center. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

Nikko Jenkins is led out of Judge Peter Bataillon’s courtroom at the Douglas County Courthouse in Omaha on Nov. 25, 2013.  MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

The hardest image for me to take was the woman made (in)famous by taking a selfie of her rush on to the field during the final game of the College World Series. It seems easy, but I had been blindsided by a baseball to the face earlier in the game. Luckily, there was no permanent damage. Unfortunately, it still hurt.

A girl takes a selfie as she is grabbed by the grounds crew after she and her two sisters ran on to the field near the end of the game. Mississippi State played UCLA in the second game of the championship series of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., on June 25, 2013.

A fan takes a selfie as she is grabbed by the grounds crew after she and her two sisters ran on to the TD Ameritrade Park field near the end of a College World Series game on June 25, 2013. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

The cutest picture of the year is easy. It’s young Katelyn. I’ve spent quite a bit of time at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, and it’s always illuminating.

Katelyn goes to physical therapy and occupational therapy three times a week. She is still fed mostly through a feeding tube, but is starting to take food orally. Five-month-old Katelyn Larson and her parents, Chad and Wendy Larson, visited the hospital for therapy on October 9, 2013. Children's Hospital and Medical Center performed their third heart transplant on Katelyn in September.

Five-month-old Katelyn Larson goes to physical therapy and occupational therapy three times a week. She is still fed mostly through a feeding tube but is starting to take food orally. Katelyn and her parents, Chad and Wendy Larson, visited Children’s Hospital and Medical Center for therapy on Oct. 9, 2013. Children’s Hospital and Medical Center performed a heart transplant on Katelyn in September. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

About Matt Miller

I’ve been shooting Cornhuskers, cowboys and common folks at the Omaha World-Herald since September 2002. I was lucky enough to catch the end of the Tom Osborne era while in college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Any day I get to spend in Nebraska's Sandhills is a good day. If nice light and people (a rare sight in western Nebraska) are tossed into the mix, it’s even better. Shooting photos for the World-Herald offers several challenges: the repetition of sporting events, handling my own feelings at emotional events like shootings and funerals, and handling the wide range of weather we cover in the Great Plains. I’d be happy to share more, but you’ll have to buy me a drink, first. You can see a larger selection of my work at my website.
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