It’s unbelievable how fast an entire year goes by. 2013 went by especially fast.
The beginning of a new year is always a time of reflection. I know some people are annoyed by resolutions, goal-making and such…but I think it’s great. We all need to keep dreaming, keep reaching for the things that seem nearly impossible.
This also seems to be the time when I get all emotional about life and how fast it’s all going. Every year I say it, and every year I mean it…I wish time would slow down. Or maybe I just need to slow down? Either way, I’m thankful for so much that happened in 2013.
I traveled more than I can even comprehend. I got to see and experience places that without photography, I probably never would never been able to.
I got to grow closer with my family as we all watched, ooo’d and ahhh’d over my adorable little niece in her first year of life.
I was shown what friendships are here to stay. And I’m so thankful for that small handful of people in my life.
I was reminded multiple times of just how precious this life is and how at any given moment, your world can turn upside down.
I found love and lost love.
I perfected my living-out-of-my-suitcase skills.
I made goals for myself…some were reached, some weren’t.
Most importantly, I ended the year still being so extremely thankful that I have a job where I get to do what I love.
Creating an entire year recap is no easy task, let me tell you. I didn’t even get to include any of my travel photos…but I’ll save those for another post someday! I went through all my work created in 2013 and I really just wanted to choose images that pulled at my heart strings. Images that made me feel a certain way. Images that brought me back to remembering exactly what I was feeling/thinking/saying in that exact moment. They aren’t necessarily what I would consider the “best” of 2013, but they are images that mean something to me personally. Images that I am proud of. Images that reminded me to FEEL…this ranged from all different kinds of moments and emotions such as…
When my eyes were welled up with tears behind my camera.
When I made my clients laugh over something totally dorky.
When I sat in pure silence, knowing I captured a moment only my eyes saw.
When I asked my subject to feel a certain emotion and they nail it in one shot.
When I can see a woman glowing with confidence.
When my couples give each other a certain look, a look that only they understand.
And oh so much more…
The life of a photographer is a funny thing. It’s almost like you’re stealing a moment that’s not yours in the first place, yet somehow your eye and emotions are intertwined in something so intimate…it’s honestly such a gift to be given access to these kind of things in life.
To my clients, friends, family, and anyone that let me put my camera in their face…thank you, thank you, thank you for giving me that trust and allowing me to just create. Words really can’t express how thankful I am.
I’m excited for this new year. I think there are going to be a lot of changes in my life and I honestly feel ready for them. I’m ready to create more work that I love and inspires me. I’m just ready for change.
Hope you guys enjoy this one.
See you later 2013. Hello, 2014.