2018. I don’t know exactly how to start with 2018. From a purely photography point of view, 2018 was a year that blew me away in terms of both learning and skill. I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy with a body of work as I am with my 2018 portfolio. In all the years that I’ve had a camera in my hands, 2018 may be the first year where I felt it come together. Where I saw my vision and pursued it and made it reality.
From the point of view of my photography goals, some I hit and then some, while others I floundered. In terms of teaching, judging print competition, and photography-related travel, I found myself far ahead of where I had ever planned to be at this point in my career. This is especially true given my decision to homeschool two amazing, bright, and active children. I am thrilled to have been asked to speak for photographers, both amateur and professional, and I so enjoy sharing my expertise with a wonderful community of people.
On the other hand, I also ended up pulling way (way) back towards the end of the year. This is largely due to the needs of my family. Not just the aforementioned homeschooling, but also healing my family after a tragic loss, and, it turns out, sometimes even the most dedicated among us needs to take some time for themselves. Towards the end of 2018, I found myself needing a break, and finally making myself take time for it.
So, I think we can consider 2018 to be mixed in my household, with amazing ups and equally devastating downs. To tell the truth, I am looking forward to 2019, where we have some travel planned, a lot of exciting, new things planned for Aurora D Photography (trust me, you’re going to want to get in on the newsletter for this). I’m in the middle of a fun newborn project that I can’t wait to share, as well as developing a concept for a beautiful maternity project. I have new collections that will be introduced in January, and specials available for every month of the year. I’m excited to move onwards and upwards!
Here is a selection of newborn, maternity, and children's portraits that were created in the last year - largely a few favorites that haven't been posted (yet). I cannot wait to see what we all create together next year.