My end of the year round up of my favorite photographs is always one of my very favorite (and most time consuming) blog posts to write. I love looking back at my work, seeing its evolution over the year, and taking a moment to remember each of the couples that I have been lucky enough to work with. I just looked back at my 2010 and 2011 round ups and was sort of astonished at how much my style has changed in the last couple years – both in the shots I choose to take and my post production style.
I think in five or ten years when I look back, I will remember 2012 as my transitional year. The transition from weddings to elopements, in the style of my work, in the way I shoot. I’m still not quite where I want to be. In my head I know exactly what I want my work to look like, but I’m just a little bit off the mark still, and feel like I’m falling short a bit as an artist. I’m told this is normal.
I learned a lot in 2012. I made a lot of mistakes. And I worked really really hard. I didn’t experiment or take as many risks as I should have in my work. And I was guilty of letting my shoots become routine when I was in the thick of wedding season – because I shoot at the same places over and over, I definitely found myself shooting the same photos with different couples because I knew the photos would work. That’s such lazy photography.
I am recommitting myself to my art in 2013 – I’m going to take more chances, look for new angles, try new posing, push boundaries. Many experiments will fail. I will fail. I’m okay with that. When I do my 2013 round up, I want to look back and see the difference that I do now when I look at my work from 2010. I want to be able to see the growth in my work in every single photograph. 2012 was my transitional year and I want 2013 to be the year I find my voice.
So with out further ado, (some of) my favorite photographs from 2012! Some I love because they are technically good, some I love because of the moment they captured, some I love and I can’t explain why – I just do.
(These are in no particular order.)
And with that – I am officially on Christmas break! I hope you all have a fabulous holiday, and I will see you back here next Wednesday!!