For as much as I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, I tend to make little lists from time to time throughout the year, and the end of the year tends to be one of those times. I like to reflect on how things are going, if I’m accomplishing any of the goals I had hoped to achieve throughout the year and to strategize how to make those goals actually happen. Some come to fruition, some don’t, but I always feel better with a plan.
This year has brought a lot of changes personally and professionally. We got settled into our new life back here in Chicago, figured out the whole school situation for our kids (no small feat), had some amazing travels (California, Florida (twice, for two very different trips) and a trip I’ve wanted to take for years, Greece! (we celebrated our 10 year anniversary with a trip alone…no kids!)). And best of all we’ve made some really great new friends!
I’ve also met some great local photographers to get together with and share photo related questions and concerns with. A pretty invaluable group! And it seems I’ve figured out my photography goals a bit more and finally feel like there’s somewhat of a style developing with my work….FINALLY! It only took 8+ years!
I feel very lucky to have had my work exhibited and awarded this last year, something I hope to do more of in the next year. Not to say that I haven’t had a number of struggles, setbacks and rejections, believe me, there were plenty of those! But every one of those has been a learning experience and only helps me to improve, it’s certainly given me a thick skin. There’s still plenty to work on personally and professionally, but isn’t there always?!
There’s been much to be grateful for this year; I hope you all had an amazing year as well and I wish you a very Happy New Year!
To close out the year I thought I’d share some of my favorite images from 2012.
The next few images were some of my favorites from our trip to Greece. There are many, many more in my individual posts about Athens, Mykonos and Santorini if you want to check those out.
I don’t do a lot of street photography but for some reason I’m more comfortable with it away from home. There were a few shots from Greece that stuck with me as interesting.