Happy New Year!
I know these posts are SO 2014, but I started writing it in December so I may as well post it. I thought it would be fun to look back on 2014 and do a photography-related Year in Review, from my job and my personal life.
A few notable things from 2014:
- I sustained a pretty serious concussion in March, so that put a damper on… well, everything. (And I’m still dealing with post-concussion syndrome 9 months later!)
- Despite the above, I still managed to add 429 images to my Stocksy portfolio and had my best sales year in stock photography since I started in 2009! I experienced a whopping 456% growth with Stocksy from 2013 to 2014. I’m so grateful to be a part of this co-op, and proud of how successful it has become as a small company in such a competitive industry. Go Stocksy!
- I got married in August, and by all accounts it was the best wedding ever.
- This is possibly the first year in my entire life that I didn’t leave the country. Whoa!
Here are a select few moments from 2014…
We also shot a series of gross food for Valentine’s Day.
I started blogging again, beginning with a curated gallery of images from Stocksy members called “Stock Photography of Real Women.” That was a lot of fun, so I started a semi-regular blog feature called Friday Favourites.
We got a puppy! He’s a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and we named him Dexter. He was previously adopted by another couple, and then given up after just four days because he was “too crazy.” Frankly, that was an understatement. We love him anyway.
I took pictures of an adorable baby named Millie. Millie was grumpy during our shoot, so her mom pulled out a container of bubbles and blew bubbles for her for the first time. It was one of my favourite things that has ever happened during a photoshoot. You can license the series on Stocksy.
I got a concussion. Nooooooooooooo!
April was sort of like this:
My dog made this face.
Crustcrumbs posted stills from a series of food-related comedic shorts we shot with Toronto comedy duo Terrific Women. I also posted a behind-the-scenes look from the shoot on my blog. (Yes, the lighting is supposed to be gross.)
I finished a year-long photo project taking pictures of this cute baby every month until her first birthday.
I finally got to be a part of my favourite movie.
Dexter found his first mud puddle, and it was honestly the worst. There is a little photo series of this incident available on Stocksy.
I sold my first gigantic 6′ by 3′ canvas print to an office building.
My baby brother graduated from high school. Aww.
I shot this series with a model named Camille.
I got married! It was an amazing 3-day affair with perfect weather. Friday rehearsal dinner boat cruise, Saturday wedding in my parents’ backyard, Sunday brunch. Our wedding photographer was my friend Stacey Newman.
I also did my own photobooth at the wedding and it was basically the best.
I wore a sexy, flattering jumpsuit and hung off the edge of the CN Tower.
I had the pleasure of organizing the first “official” Stocksy group shoot along with a shoot-from-the-hip photowalk in Kensington Market and a group outing to Stocksy member Lisa Macintosh’s photography show, “Ask.” The food for our Thanksgiving feast was cooked and styled by John, and he was interviewed about it on Stocksy’s blog. Here are my photos from the Thanksgiving feast, plus a few from our Christmas sidebar shoot.
During that photoshoot, I painted gold nail polish on some black chicken feet for some reason.
I worked with live animals for the first time at a photoshoot! (I worked with a trained raccoon once on a film shoot.) You can see the series on Stocksy. I also blogged about it.
The model even let me put a tarantula on her face.
I shot some images for the Toronto comedy duo, The Crimson Wave.
I turned 30!
I started a few different photo series I still haven’t finished.
I did finish this series of images of a man hanging exterior Christmas lights.
Christmas with family! Three times!
My photography goals in 2015:
- Don’t hit my head on anything.
- Shoot more! [for work and fun]
- Travel more!
- Experiment with video.
I hope everyone has a great 2015!