When I think about this past year, it seems as though five have passed. So much has happened, and yet I still have so much further I’d like to go. I’ve pushed myself remarkably hard this year – to find my voice, to shoot for myself, to be true to my vision and my brand. I’ve branded myself (or at least started to) and I’ve really begun to discover who I am as a photographer, or at least I think I have.
This business is tough, I’m not going to pretend otherwise. And it’s extremely trying and at times remarkably arduous. But it’s three thousand percent worth it. The heartaches, the triumphs, the little victories and the setbacks. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Okay, fine, maybe I’d trade the setbacks, but in those moments, when I’m mad and frustrated and just want to throw my hands up, and the towel in and just give up, I remind myself that if it’s easy, if it doesn’t hurt, then I must be doing it wrong.
For if art truly is an extension of one’s soul, then its birth, like that of anything, doesn’t come without momentous effort, searing pain, delirious exhaustion, or tear-realeasing, soul-filling, heart-wrenching joy.
The images below, then, are the fruits of my proverbial labor. These images are a visual representation of my body of work in 2012…as well as all I hope and aspire to become in 2013. Thank you to all who helped make every single one of these images a reality. To my amazing clients, for your candor, your friendship, and most importantly your trust, to my friends who were brave enough to stand in front of my camera, and to my fellow photographers who have taught and pushed and mentored me, I owe this body of work to you. I thank you – more than I’ll ever be able to express in words.
More than I could ever show in photographs.
You are the heart in my art.
I love you and am so incredibly thankful for you. For this.
Every last drop of it.
Hello lovelies, and greetings from New York (Brooklyn, technically). This week I was inspired by a good friend of mine who has a habit she calls “Pay it forward Friday” in which she finds some way, however big or small, to pay it forward to someone. It started in her waitressing days, and she’d anonymously pick up the tab for one table. As she is no longer a server, her generosity manifests itself in other ways now; paying for the car behind her at a drive thru, donating money to a charity on payday, helping someone in need. When she was telling me about her philanthropy, I couldn’t help but become inspired to start my own Pay It Forward Friday. I don’t know that I can commit to every Friday, but I’m going to try. Really hard. I am going to make the promise that it will be *at least* one Friday each month. From now until this time next year.
Twelve months of giving.
I can handle that.
And in the honor of my resolve, I’m super excited to announce the winner of my Favorite Things giveaway.
Congratulations, love! And, at the risk of sounding like a certain jolly elf, Merry Christmas to all.
Happy Monday friends! First and foremost I want to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway………..Kristen F! Yay!! You have 48 hours to shoot me an email Kristen, and we’ll chat specifics!
And now, on to the some more exciting news…
Today finds Minnesconsin buried in snow, and I have to admit, it is completely wonderful. I am a huge fan of winter – though I do believe it overstays its welcome every year. There is just something so cozy about a good, hearty, blanketing snow storm. Unfortunately, especially for my southern and west coast friends, I can’t give away snow. Even though it really is one of my favorite things. But I can give away a bunch of other stuff that makes my world go round. And hopefully gets you a little excited, too!
(Sorry, guys – if I have any guy readers – but this giveaway is horribly swayed to the ladies. Because I’m a lady and like lady things. That said, you might still be interested if you have a lady of your own. Just sayin…..)
1. A skein of Malabrigo Twist worsted yarn in Applewood. (My favorite brand of merino yarn in an awesome pink-hued walnut color.)
2. A gold plated “xo” necklace from Petitor (I love this necklace – and haven’t taken mine off since I got it!).
3. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. (Witty. Smart. Poignant. This book is a must read. But be sure to read it with a box of kleenex.)
4. Essie nailpolish (duh.) in the color that started my addiction – Chinchilly.
5. Aveda Light Elements texturizing creme.
6. Aveda Pure Abundance hair potion. (This stuff is amazing!)
7. Aveda Hand Relief. Hands down the best hand lotion on the market.
8. A herkimer diamond necklace from Mineralogy Designs. (May I also suggest her amazing Herkimer Diamond Ring? So lovely.)
9. C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve. Lips, elbows, or healing sliced off fingertips, this stuff is a cure-all (and smells like flowers!).
10. A blank page leather wrapped journal/sketchbook/scrapbook/whateverbook.
11. Lemongrass soap from Serenade Naturals.
12. A $25 Gap gift card.
13. A Stella clutch from Lucends.
These are the things that I can’t live without – or, at least I don’t WANT to live without them – and as such I wanted to pay it forward. So one lucky reader will win all this loot! To enter, simply leave a comment telling me what one thing you can’t live without. You can earn extra entries by sharing a link to this post on Facebook or Twitter, and you’ll also get an extra entry for liking my page on Facebook! The contest will be open until midnight on Thursday and the winner will be announced on Friday! Good luck!
(Contest open to US and Canada only)