A Big Year: Looking Back on 2010

First of all, I know it’s not the end of the year quite yet. But, for me, it basically is because prime shooting season is over. I’m beginning to wonder what I’m going to blog about in the off-season. Some ideas I’ve had are favorite photos from the year, personal posts, trips, inspiration, branding and personal work. All of these ideas and more are rolling around in my head so we’ll see what happens. My intention on this post is for it to be more of a reflection on this past year. 2010 has been a huge year for me in terms of photography and life in general. Frankly, I think it has been the most significant year in my life.

I’ll start out by saying that this is the first year I’ve gone without my dad in my life. I must say that even though the pain has lessened, I know it will never go away and I will always have this large hole in my heart. I wish he could’ve been around to see the great things that have happened this year.

On a lighter note, I got married this year! I would consider myself extremely lucky to marry the love of my life and my best friend, Cathy. She is my anchor and I’m truly blessed to have her in my life. Although we’re just 3 months in at this point, things are going great and we have big plans for the future.

In photographic terms, this year has been amazing. With the grace and support of a close friend, I embarked on a path that I never thought I would go down...shooting weddings. If you told me at the beginning of the year that I would be shooting weddings and actually liking it, I would’ve told you that you were crazy. But here I am. I’ve been comparing my earlier 2010 work to some of my latest and I can definitely see a difference. Now, I feel more comfortable with shooting weddings, know where to be, and know the kinds of shots to capture...all of which are things I couldn’t say when I shot my first. I've always struggled with what direction I want to take my photography, but now I believe I have an answer.

To me, weddings are a magical day. Thinking back to my own, it was a day filled with joy, family, and lots of emotion. I love being immersed in such an environment and having the opportunity to take photos of all the beautiful moments throughout the day.

Although I’ve come a long way, I still have a long way to go to get where I want to be. I have already set goals for myself to meet in 2011: • Strengthen my photographic eye by using more prime lenses and forcing my brain to think • Develop my own signature shooting style • Streamline my workflow to get images edited and to my clients faster • Get more experience in wedding photography and networking with various professionals in my area • Work on branding myself as a professional and establishing a business

Each one of these items seems like a tall order, but I’m going to stay driven to complete each one by the end of 2011. As for the rest of this year, I’ve got some post ideas so keep checking back. Thank you to everyone who supported me and made this year a possibility.