Happy New Year!
I know these posts are SO 2014, but I started writing it in December so I may as well post it. Â 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 fromÂ 2014:
- I sustained a pretty serious concussion in March, so that put a damper on… well, everything. Â (And I’m still dealing with post-concussion syndrome 9 months later!)
- Despite the above, I still managed to addÂ 429 images to my Stocksy portfolioÂ and had my best sales year in stock photography since I started in 2009! Â I experienced a whopping 456% growth with Stocksy from 2013 toÂ 2014. Â I’m so gratefulÂ to be a part of this co-op, and proud of how successful it has become as a small company inÂ such a competitive industry. Â 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. Â 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.” Â That was a lot of fun, so I started a semi-regular blog feature called Friday Favourites.
WeÂ got a puppy! Â He’s a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and we named him Dexter. Â He was previously adopted by another couple, and then given up after just fourÂ days because he was “too crazy.” Â Frankly, that was an understatement. Â We love him anyway.
I took pictures of an adorable baby named Millie. Â Millie was grumpy during our shoot, so her mom pulled out a container of bubbles and blew bubbles for her for the first time. Â It was one of my favourite things that has ever happened duringÂ a photoshoot. Â You can license the series on Stocksy.
I got a concussion. Â Nooooooooooooo!
April was sort of like this:
My dog made this face.
CrustcrumbsÂ posted stills fromÂ a series of food-related comedic shortsÂ we shot with Toronto comedy duoÂ Terrific Women. Â 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. Â There is a little photo series of this incident available on Stocksy.
I sold my firstÂ gigantic 6′ by 3′ canvas print to an office building.
My baby brother graduated from high school. Â Aww.
I shot this series with a model named Camille.
I got married! Â It was an amazing 3-day affair with perfect weather. Â Friday rehearsal dinner boat cruise, Saturday wedding in my parents’ backyard, Sunday brunch. Â 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 organizingÂ the first “official” Stocksy group shootÂ along with a shoot-from-the-hip photowalk in Kensington MarketÂ and a group outing to Stocksy memberÂ Lisa Macintosh’s photography show, “Ask.” Â The food for our Thanksgiving feast was cooked and styled by John, and he was interviewed about it on Stocksy’s blog. Â 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 feetÂ for some reason.
I worked with live animals for the first time at a photoshoot! Â (I worked with a trained raccoon once on a film shoot.) Â You can see the series on Stocksy. Â 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 differentÂ photo series I still haven’t finished.
I did finish this series of images of a man hanging exterior Christmas lights.
Christmas with family! Â Three times!
My photography goals in 2015:
- Don’t hit myÂ head on anything.
- Shoot more! [for work and fun]
- Travel more!
- Experiment with video.
I hope everyone has a great 2015!