I know I’m a bit late for an end-of-the-year-recap-blog, but it’s been a very busy couple of months, so I’m doing it now anyway 🙂
My career has made great strides in the past year, and I think 2012 will be even better. I took a ton of photos, and I feel very satisfied thinking back on all the images I’ve created. There is so much more to come! I think it’s important to celebrate successes, your own and others’, so I’m going to talk a little about some of my favorites.
This was taken very early in the morning with two good friends of mine and the delightful horse Freddy. It was such a magical morning, and fulfilled a wish I’d had for a long time to include a horse into one of my photos. It captures a lot of the things I try to include frequently in my photos; an other-worldly sense, beauty, and an untold story. And any time I can work animals into my shots, that makes me extra happy!
The second one is this one, which features my friend, and fellow self portrait artist, Brooke Shaden.
I took this one shortly after I finished reading (for the first time) Whitney Robinson‘s amazing book Demons In The Age Of Light. I wasn’t sure how I was going to create the glow effect, but I just went with taking the photo and trusted it would work out. Having faith in yourself as an artist is an important thing. Most importantly, the finished image lived up to my hope and vision for it, which is so satisfying!
It’s been a great year for other artists as well, and I’d like to take a moment and highlight some of my personal favorites. Click on the photos to be taken to their Flickr streams!
Birds Of A Feather by Joel Robison
Urd’s Fountain by Jon Jacobson
The Chainless Links by Brooke Shaden
The Unbreakable Tie, by Chiara Fersini
Introspective, Strength, by Alysha Hernandez
And so many more that I don’t have room to include!
There have also been some really beautiful personal milestones in my life this year… such as getting married to Geoff Ashley. It was such an amazing and perfect experience, one I will hold close to my heart forever.
And then, on the honeymoon, we got to meet wolves at a wolf sanctuary. Real, live, honest-to-goodness wolves. It was one of the greatest experiences of my lives. We got along splendidly, and my face was raw after from all their kisses 🙂
There were so many more wonderful, eventful moments in this last year, but it’s time now to start looking forward into 2012, so I shall leave things here. Another blog post to come shortly 🙂