Only 9 days into the New Year and I finally have my Year in Review for 2016.
I’d say not too shabby Tonhya, not. too. shabby…
Every year I feel the pressure to come up with an amazing recap blog post as so many photographers have theirs ready to go before the New Year — and they are so good they make you want to throw your camera away. I’m sure some of you have felt the same thing? I can’t be the only one here. Well, something is different this year (compared to when I was prepping my 2015 Year in Review) — I’m not sure why and I’m not going to ask questions, but this year I didn’t feel much of those feelings at all. I thought to myself “Tonhya, if you sit down at your computer one day in the month of January and you just start to pull images you love without stress…then sure, put together a blog post. If at any point it feels stressful, stop and walk away. Maybe the motivation will come another day. And if it doesn’t…you won’t be posting a 2016 Recap and that’s that. Move on.” I can’t tell you how much that mind shift and relief changed things. I didn’t worry about how many images I included (oops!). As you will see there are WAY too many, but I don’t expect everyone to scroll to the end…our attentions spans are getting shorter and shorter by the day, mine included. I put together a bunch of images that made me feel happy — images that took me back to that exact moment and made me smile.
2016 was a growth year I’d say. I finally stuck around in NYC to give it a real go — I’m still falling more in love every day. I went through challenges both personally and professionally — as cliche as it sounds, they did make me a better/stronger version of myself. I got to document a lot of love guys and that is something I still find incredibly beautiful, no matter how many years I have been doing this job. It never gets old. When you get to see a years worth of work all thrown together in one place, you can’t help but give yourself a little pat on the back. You did it Tonhya, you survived another year as being a wedding photographer. As for 2017, who knows what she will hold for me but I’m terribly excited to find out.
Thank you to all my beautiful clients who let me into their lives to document the most special of days. Thank you really doesn’t seem like enough…I have so much love for all of you.