My Favorite Captures of 2015

Sarah and Andrew

2015 was a great year for T. Cooper Hull Photography, LLC! Besides our normal captures, we also stepped into the past and took on some news and sports assignments for some of the local news sites in Charlotte. All in all, it was a fun year in pictures. As I say every year when I sit down and go through my files, these are my favorite captures. I don’t like to call them my best because I may have shot a better picture that didn’t make the list. When looking back at favorites, I think about more than the actual image. I remember the atmosphere and how everyone involved was feeling. I like to try to get to know the people, like Courtney Hunter. He’s a soft-spoken football player who gets the offensive line going before the game, but you wouldn’t know his family’s struggle of being homeless before he began attending JCSU. Sometimes it’s not the action that caught my attention, like during one of Tarik Cohan’s touchdowns. It’s the reaction from the fans in the background. You are pulled into the emotion of the moment. I’ve always tried to capture that feeling and emotion from my early days as a photographer. With that said, please enjoy my favorite captures of 2015!

Johnson C. Smith University 2015 homecoming celebration came to an end on Saturday with a day of fun and excitement for all. The day started with the homecoming parade down Beatties Ford Rd from West Charlotte High School to the front of the JCSU campus. Once on campus, students and alumni were treated to JCSU FestiVille. There were games, vendors, and music for everyone to enjoy. Those with grilling skills tailgated and socialized with friends and family before the big showdown with Shaw University. Defense carried the Golden Bulls to a 17-10 victory over the bears. The night ended with NPHC Step Show.

Courtney Hunter pumps up the O line before JCSU homecoming.

Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T came together in the inaugural Celebration Bowl at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Celebration Bowl is the first attempt at reviving a MEAC-SWAC postseason game since 1999. The matchup pits the champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Alcorn State, against the champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, NC A&T, in what some have called "black college national championship." NC A&T takes there championship with a 41-34 victory over Alcorn State.

Tarik Cohan with the score in the Celebration Bowl

Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T came together in the inaugural Celebration Bowl at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Celebration Bowl is the first attempt at reviving a MEAC-SWAC postseason game since 1999. The matchup pits the champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Alcorn State, against the champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, NC A&T, in what some have called "black college national championship." NC A&T takes there championship with a 41-34 victory over Alcorn State.

Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T came together in the inaugural Celebration Bowl at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Celebration Bowl is the first attempt at reviving a MEAC-SWAC postseason game since 1999. The matchup pits the champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Alcorn State, against the champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, NC A&T, in what some have called "black college national championship." NC A&T takes there championship with a 41-34 victory over Alcorn State.

Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T came together in the inaugural Celebration Bowl at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Celebration Bowl is the first attempt at reviving a MEAC-SWAC postseason game since 1999. The matchup pits the champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Alcorn State, against the champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, NC A&T, in what some have called “black college national championship.” NC A&T takes the championship with a 41-34 victory over Alcorn State.

Art of Cool Fest 2015 in Durham NC brings together some of the best local, regional, and national musicians together for a multi day/multi venue extravaganza. The main goal of the AOC is to "present, promote and preserve jazz-influenced music."

Art of Cool Fest 2015 in Durham, NC, brings some of the best local, regional, and national musicians together for a multi-day/multi-venue extravaganza. The main goal of the AOC is to “present, promote and preserve jazz-influenced music.”

Breaking Convention CLT 2015 had it's Obey Your Verse Stage LIVE from 5:00-7:00 on Friday and Saturday. DJ's, break dancers, poets, and singers came together for the free event.

Breaking Convention CLT 2015 had its Obey Your Verse Stage LIVE from 5:00-7:00 on Friday and Saturday. DJs, break dancers, poets, and singers came together for the free event.

Queen City Jazz Fest 2015

Queen City Jazz Fest 2015

Queen City Jazz Fest 2015

Queen City Jazz Fest 2015

Queen City Jazz Fest 2015

Queen City Jazz Fest 2015

Distinguished Gentlemen... A Night of Elegance at the Park Expo was a fashion show and fundraiser to help fight domestic violence. Proceeds from the event were donated to The Jamie Kimble Foundation For Courage.

Distinguished Gentlemen... A Night of Elegance at the Park Expo was a fashion show and fundraiser to help fight domestic violence. Proceeds from the event were donated to The Jamie Kimble Foundation For Courage.

Distinguished Gentlemen... A Night of Elegance at the Park Expo was a fashion show and fundraiser to help fight domestic violence. Proceeds from the event were donated to The Jamie Kimble Foundation For Courage.

Distinguished Gentlemen… A Night of Elegance at the Park Expo was a fashion show and fundraiser to help fight domestic violence. Proceeds from the event were donated to The Jamie Kimble Foundation For Courage.

Coach Steven Joyner reached a mile stone in victories with number 500.

Stedmon Lemon is channeling his inner Micheal Jordan

Queens University took on cross town rivals Johnson C. Smith University. The Goldenbulls kept things close until halfway through the second period. Queens University gets the victory with a score of 87-77.

Queens University took on crosstown rivals Johnson C. Smith University. The Golden Bulls kept things close until halfway through the second period. Queens University gets the victory with a score of 87-77.

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The Charlotte Hornets come home for the first time of the regular season to face off against the Atlanta Hawks. After gaining the lead in the fourth quarter, The Hornets lose a heartbreaker to Atlanta 94-92.

The Charlotte Hornets come home for the first time of the regular season to face off against the Atlanta Hawks. After gaining the lead in the fourth quarter, The Hornets lose a heartbreaker to Atlanta, 94-92.

Brenda Tindal, the newly appointed historian of the Levine Museum of the New South

Brenda Tindal, the newly appointed historian of the Levine Museum of the New South

Sarah and Andrew Engagement Shoot

Sarah and Andrew Engagement Shoot

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North Meck Prom 2015

North Meck Prom 2015

Peace Out ... Graduation 2015

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Texans vs Panthers

Texans vs Panthers

The Panthers open their homeowner against the Houston Texans and welcome home Rock Hill native Jadeveon Clowney. Panther's defense leader Luke Kuechly was out after his concussion he suffered from the season opener in Jacksonville.

The Panthers play their home-opener against the Houston Texans and welcome home Rock Hill native Jadeveon Clowney. Panther’s defense leader Luke Kuechly was out after the concussion he suffered from the season opener in Jacksonville.

The First Tee of Greater Charlotte Celebrity golf tournament with local Charlotte celebrity like CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe, Matt Carrol, Amy Cowman, Mark Greenhalgh, Brenton Berson, Eric "Sleepy" Floyd, Jane Singleton, Charles Johnson, Vernando Velasco, Ron Green Jr., Corey Nagy, Cara Capuano, Ryan Cabbage, Deana Diorio, and Wesley Walls. All proceeds go to fund First Tee many programs.

The First Tee of Greater Charlotte Celebrity golf tournament with local Charlotte celebrities, including CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe, Matt Carrol, Amy Cowman, Mark Greenhalgh, Brenton Berson, Eric “Sleepy” Floyd, Jane Singleton, Charles Johnson, Vernando Velasco, Ron Green Jr., Corey Nagy, Cara Capuano, Ryan Cabbage, Deana Diorio, and Wesley Walls. All proceeds go to fund First Tee many programs.

Commemorative Classics

Commemorative Classics

This lecture and surrounding events will engage us in one of the most relevant issues of our time, social justice. As people of faith, we believe that God expects us to do not just what is right, but also what is faithful. It is our hope that this conversation with Dr. West will help us to discern a faithful response to issues of race and inequality and to experience a hope-filled transformation as individuals and as a community.

This lecture and surrounding events will engage us in one of the most relevant issues of our time, social justice. As people of faith, we believe that God expects us to do not just what is right, but also what is faithful. It is our hope that this conversation with Dr. West will help us to discern a faithful response to issues of race and inequality and to experience a hope-filled transformation as individuals and as a community.

This lecture and surrounding events will engage us in one of the most relevant issues of our time, social justice. As people of faith, we believe that God expects us to do not just what is right, but also what is faithful. It is our hope that this conversation with Dr. West will help us to discern a faithful response to issues of race and inequality and to experience a hope-filled transformation as individuals and as a community.

This lecture with Dr. Cornel West and surrounding events at First Presbyterian Church engaged us in one of the most relevant issues of our time, social justice.

My Favorites of 2014

The 6th annual Low Country Jazz Festival brought jazz fans to the Port City for a weekend great music. The weather was hot but the musicians were hotter. (Troy Hull Troy Hull)

 

I know it’s late but I’ve finally got enough free time to sit back and reflect on my favorite shots of 2014. I always hate when I see the “best of” so I go with my favorites. Each shot touched me or brings back a certain feeling of the time when it was taken. 2014 was a special year for me. My health was better and I was able to get out more to do the thing I love the most. It was a great year shooting music because I got to photographs acts that have been on my bucket list like Trombone Shorty.

I moved away from so much jazz and enjoyed some indie music with my “Mini-Me”

Trying to be a good father led me to spending a night at the Visulite listening to her favorite indie bands. I have to say I had as much fun listening to ZZ Ward as she did. (Troy Hull)

 

and had a chance to photograph artists I grew up with like Howard Hewett and Rakim. 

 

I didn’t stop with just hanging in the photo pit. From watching my own daughter winning her summer golf tour 

 

to catching one of South Carolina’s top high school football prospects, sports was a big part of 2014.

Check out our gallery “Favorite Shots of 2014” to see them all.