Like pretty much every other business on the planet, I want to take a few minutes to look back over the past year and see what I’ve accomplished. This helps me to define my goals and dreams for the next year. Looking back over the course of the past twelve months, I just can’t quite get over the whirlwind year that was 2017.
In January, I received my Master of Photography with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). I had been working towards the Master degree for four years, and knew the year would start with a bang. Little did I know, that there was a whole lot more to come! As many of my readers know, I am heavily involved in print competition, and this year, I set my sights pretty high. And not only did I reach my goal, earning a silver medal in print competition, but, to my surprise, I also was named one of the Grand Imaging Award finalists in the animal category –one of only 100 final images chosen from thousands of entered submissions over the course of the year (and one of ten top images in the animal category).
But that’s just in one competition. In the Professional Photographers of North Carolina (PPNC)’s print competition, I nearly swept the children’s category, with both a first and second place in children’s portraits. Given the amazing photographic talent in North Carolina, I can’t begin to tell you what an honor it was to be recognized in this way!
This year I pushed myself to learn and hone my craft, jumping into digital painting (and I’m really excited to be taking Michelle’s wonderful workshop in 2018!). Additionally, I was able to attend the PPA’s incredible Judge’s Workshop, which not only gave the foundations for judging print competition, but also made me really look at my work and push toward perfection (even if perfection is an impossible goal). And along the way, I have met many amazing photographers and artists, many of whom have become friends and advisors.
In 2017, I photographed more babies and children than ever before. I gave many people beautiful prints to hang on their walls. I cuddled with newborns, giggled with children, and even photographed my first ever dance studio. Perhaps most importantly, I have enjoyed every moment of working with each and every one of my amazing clients. I don’t know what I did to deserve you all, but I’m so glad that you trusted me with your family and your photographs.
So what’s to come in 2018? So many things! I look forward to a wonderful, happy, year of creating amazing things with you.
Happy New Year!