It’s hard to believe as I look at the fog, that one year ago we were buried in snow. 14 inches of snow that broke a 40 year record and paralyzed our city. What a difference a year makes!
As I reflect on the past year, I realize that much has happened for which I’m thankful. It’s true that my blog has been painfully silent, but that doesn’t mean life was quiet. Yes, the recession finally made an appearance and business was frighteningly slow. On the other hand, it presented opportunities.
As a visual artist in the business of photography, I simply don’t work conventional hours. 7 day work weeks are the norm and personal growth takes a back seat to business. It’s a fact of life for the self-employed. My work this year was scattered enough that there were lots of gaps, so I took the opportunity to travel.
I journeyed to Phoenix, Arizona for an annual photography convention, Cancun, Mexico, San Antonio, Texas and San Clemente, California for our annual family vacation and finally the Midwest in November for a wedding. It’s been wonderful seeing new places and experience different cultures. My focus was on growing as an artist and stepping back from my fear of not working. I was blessed in attending a workshop with Jesh de Rox which gave me new perspective on many things in my life.
Earlier this year, I started a new photography project called My Portland Photographer. Showcasing the tremendous talents of 20 of Portland’s finest wedding photographers and educating the public as to why hiring a professional photographer is so important. With the help of my colleagues, we’ve put together quite a body of work that continues to grow and evolve. I’m proud to be associated with this group of artists who’s passion is crafting unique and compelling storytelling images of weddings.
For those of you who read my blog, I want to thank you for your continued support. I have a whole list of things to share with you once the new year settles in and takes off. Lots of images and stories from my travels and the wonderful people who were married this past year. I sincerely appreciate you stopping by my corner of the world and letting me share my passion for life, visual artistry and storytelling with you.
No matter where you are, my wish is that you find yourself surrounded by the warmth of family and friends this holiday season. May the blessings of life find you in the New Year!