A Year of Firsts

Say what you will about 2018, but personally, I’ve never felt better about what I’m doing.

I feel as though my horizons have been broadened considerably. This year has allowed me to try new things, and to think seriously about the direction I actually want to go in with photography in the future. This year I’ve stepped so far out of my comfort zone and what I’m used to.

I did my first graduation shoot.

I shot my first wedding.

And my first bridal photo session.

And finally, I went out and took my first step into the world of street photography/photojournalism.

I feel so much more confident in my ability as a photographer now, than I did even at the beginning of this year, let alone two or three years ago. I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am to those around me who have helped me explore these different fields of photography this year. The two people who deserve the most thanks are my parents for making the time for my projects (as well as contributing greatly to the funding).

I’m not going to lie, I feel like I haven’t had a win in a while (in competitions or in life), but even that’s given me clarity. I’ve since decided to step back a bit from competitions, and that’s allowed me to really think about the direction that I want to start going with my photography. There was a period of time recently when I stopped and had to wonder what I was doing and why; it took me all too long to remember that I got into photography because I love it. So even losses turned out to be a win.

“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”

-Ralph Hattersley

Once I remembered that, it was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders (cliché, I know, but it’s true). I started being able to actually have fun while holding a camera again. I started experimenting with different editing styles again, and I really fell in love with it again. So even though that isn’t necessarily a first, I hope it fit in well with the rest. 

Thank you for reading! I hope to see you again in the new year!

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