Happy New Year!*

*Okay, I know I’m 2 days late on this. But I was shooting a wedding on New Year’s Eve, so I have a good excuse!

2011 was a great year for me, much in part to the wonderful clients I worked with. My love of photography continues to grow. When I first got into the business, one of the tips I received was the specialize, and indeed I first started taking photographs because I was interested in wedding photography. Each time I’ve worked in a new segment, such as families or newborns, I’ve felt a little nervous. Is this something I would enjoy shooting, and can I produce results to my clients at my own high level of standards? I can say at the end of 2011 I don’t feel any particular need to specialize right now. I love shooting everything and I will continue to do so for some time, perhaps branching out in other areas. Well, except pet photography. I don’t think I’m ready for that ;)

The new year is a good time to reflect and think of room for improvement. ┬áLast year I took a number of workshops and will continue to this year to improve my skills. Lighting is one of the most complex skills to master photographically and I’ve made great strides this year, but there’s always more to learn. Stylistically I’m happy with how my photos are turning out. When I first started, I used a lot of actions, but now I prefer to get the image as close to perfect in-camera, and use Photoshop to make subtle tweaks. I also plan to work more on posing and interaction; I love working with clients on engagement sessions and wedding days, and I plan to hone my vision to create more dramatic photographs.

This is the last photograph I took in 2011, at Vanessa + David’s wedding. I certainly wasn’t thinking this at the time, but this is a good photographic summary of how far I’ve come. I saw these pretty lights hanging from the hotel tree and wanted to show the effect while lighting the couple in a spotlight fashion. I was able to use off-camera flash to bring my vision together and couldn’t be happier with the final photo. ┬áThere is no way I could have attempted this photo when I started my business!

Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is a wonderful year for everyone!

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