Lately I have been getting a lot of emails telling me how much people like my work now and how far I have come. I wanted to send out a big THANK YOU to anyone that has sent me one of these, or commented on my work.
This year has been a fabulous year. I think I have finally learned who I am as a photographer and what I want out of my photos. I still want them more colourful, I still want them brighter, and I still want to capture more fabulous moments. I will always grow and learn, but this year was what you would call “sane” for me.
I jumped right into weddings as a photographer, as I fell in love with them from the beginning. But let me just say, they are not easy, or at least weren’t always easy. A lot of planning goes into them, even as their photographer. The lighting can be challenging, the uncontrolled surroundings can be difficult, and you never really know how the day will go. I shot 15 weddings this year, and I can honestly say that after every single one, I went home with a huge smile on my face and a sense of accomplishment in my heart. All of the brides, and even all of the grooms, were awesome. They were all so easy to work with and full of life and love. I am so excited for what 2012 wedding season will bring.
So what is the purpose of this blog post? Not to tell you how much I have grown, and not to tell you how great this year was but to tell you what I plan to do going forward.
As some of you probably heard, we are moving. Yup, WOO HOO! As much as I love Edmonton, my time here is up. We are looking to be closer to family so we can start our own. Also, Calgary is beautiful. I am so looking forward to being close to those beautiful mountains, and feeling those warm Chinook winds. I cannot wait. In the photography world, the move will bring some changes for me. STUDIO! Yes, I am finally going to have my own space. For the past year now I have wanted my own space where I can just work solely on my photography, meet clients, and offer more services. This just wasn’t something that was able to happen in Edmonton. So for the next year, my mind is filling with ideas and I cannot wait to make them real. And yes…boudoir studio is number one on that list. I am most excited about this.
So until then, what do I do? Well, I had mentioned taking this winter off. I said this for a few reasons. I am still working my full time job aside from photography, I know, I am crazy. For some reason I just cannot give it up. The summer takes a bit of a toll on me, so come October I am usually pretty worn out. Not to mention, my husband ends up missing me by this time every year. So why not take the winter off right? Nope, I cannot do it. I have officially not been shooting for 2 weeks. 2 WEEKS! And I am going insane. This summer was filled with great people, but I stayed away from doing anything personally for me. So my creative, conceptual side is going a little crazy. So, I have a few things up my sleeve and some that are going to truly put me to the test. People tell me all of the time how nice, and soft my photos are. Well, I am going for darker, heavier, and deeper. Yup, let’s see if I can pull it off. Wish me luck.
Again, thank you all for the support. I hope that with the move you will still support and follow my work. I look forward to meeting new people and working in a whole new surrounding!