Happy New Year and hello 2018! Another year has come to an end and one thing’s glaringly obvious – this blog has been sorely neglected! But that’s what I love about these year-end reviews. I get to compile my favourite photos from the past 12 months and reflect on all the sweet moments captured with my wonderful clients. It’s always a privilege when families welcome me into their spaces for an hour or two to document their lives, whatever the occasion, big or small. There is value in preserving family memories through photography and I feel so fortunate to meet and work with families who feel the same way.
2017 was another year of professional growth as I explored documentary family photography through a workshop and breakout with Click Photo School and another workshop through Kirsten Lewis Education. Documentary family photography is a genre that aims to capture family life just as it is, without prompting, posing, or styling of any sort. I notice my own photographic voice leaning towards documentary these days and I hope to gain more experience in this genre in the coming year. If you’re interested in learning about documentary family photography, I highly recommend taking either of the Click Photo School courses I linked above or any of the Kirsten Lewis classes on CreativeLive. I also continued to shoot beautiful interiors with talented local designers and hope to share more of my work with them this year.
And lastly, my own little family continues to be my biggest source of inspiration. Highlights of the past year include trips to California and Hawaii, the latter serving as a much needed respite after what felt like creative burnout for the last half of the year. I managed to push through it and finished my personal summer project (coming soon in an upcoming post) and even squeaked out a DITL (day in the life) session for my own family as part of the documentary workshop I took during the summer. I am contemplating offering half-DITL sessions (3-4 hours) at some point down the road, so if you’re interested, I’d love to chat!
As always, I’m grateful for all of the opportunities and growth that photography has afforded me and I’m excited to see what 2018 has in store. Mahalo and see you soon! (I’m obviously still on vacay mode over here.)