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.
Great job in 2012, Angie! You've produced some beautiful images. You've also inspired me to keep my own blog going. See you back in the Chicago area some day!
Thanks Jim! Hopefully you put together your year in review??? I know you had some great images this year! And I'm glad you've been blogging more, it's always fun to read a friends writing and, of course, see your beautiful images! Hope to see you back in Chicago too! We'll be out, sort-of, your way this spring. CA at least, but the Palm Springs, San Diego area. I look forward to seeing more of your CA shots!
Angie, you have an amazing portfolio for 2012. The composition, the colors, the light, all absolutely beautiful.
Thank you so much Christine!
So great Angie! I can't wait to see what you can do in 2013!
You such an inspiration! 2012 was a great year for you. Can't wait to see what you capture in 2013 🙂
All great shots, but my faves are definitely the ones of Greece. And the one with the lights flashing off of the Bean. Well done.
Enjoyed viewing your images, wonderful composition and inspiration. My favorite are your Greece images, one of my favorite places and brought back so many wonderful memories. Wish you many more fantastic captures in 2013. Julie
Thanks Julie! Greece is an amazing place! I haven't looked at my images from there in a few months and I'm already longing to be back there:) I hope you had a wonderful trip there as well!
Angie this is very nice.I really like the colors and composition of you photos. I wish I knew how to set up a blog and portfolio the way you have.If you ever want to give a old timer that's a one finger typer some tips fire away:) Keep up the good work and you look to young to be married for 10 years,congratulations
Thanks Ed! I'll send you a PM about the blog and site.