As most of us would say, I can’t believe this year is coming to a fast close. 2011 has been a pretty good year for us and that has been a huge relief. We’ve had a difficult/challenging last 5 years for many reasons and much of it due to transitions. Having a year that was straight forward with some treats thrown in the mix has been really, really good. I can only give thanks to the Lord. I’ve also experienced growth this year in photography and it has been exciting. I still don’t know where it will all lead, but I do know that it is something I want to keep growing. Let’s see what I am most proud of this year with my top 11!
I love this because it is moody and rich. I also love that I was able to capture my middle child, who usually avoids the camera. During this month of the year, I began to work on portraits. I wanted to work on capturing good close ups.
I just love this ones creamy complexion. Often I will seek him out to shoot because of his skin! Around this time, I purchased my 85mm lens. I was so excited and worked hard to pay for the lens on my own! This image is one of the first taken with my new lens.
In June, I switched my camera from A to M. I became a manual shooter 100% of the time and haven’t looked back! It was also this time, when I had a mini photography crisis. I noticed that every picture I took for a few days had poor focus. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I was practicing back button focusing. I lost my confidence for a few days. I pushed through and saw improvement. I also began working on finding indoor light. I have to admit that it has been those moments of crisis that have pushed me forward. Whenever I start to cry, I have a break through.
Right after my mini crisis, I focused on shooting more frequently. I needed to keep shooting to keep the passion. I took my daughter to our neighborhood park for her turning 10 collection. I love her natural expression here.
Around the same time, I took one of my favorite shots of all time. This was a total set up because I was seeking to shoot whatever I could. I styled his hair and started shooting. I was working on focus and composition. I made June top 10 (actually 11) with this photo! Amber also featured it on her blog and said it was one of the best bath shots she had seen! I was so encouraged by both of these features. I needed the confidence boost and so appreciated it!
Fall came and we had a session. I love this one of brothers. They look nothing alike. I love that no “faces” are being made here.
Here I began working on style. I really felt that I needed to start to think more about wardrobe choice, layers, and stylizing. I just loved this look on him.
This captures our nature lover. I shot this on our fall mountain vacation. I had a goal to capture some good leaf, autumn shots.
I love black and white conversions. This one does it for me. I love the light and shadows…the little hints of grain. I was able to purchase a macro lens this fall and this was perhaps the second day of having it. I carried it around while stopping at Barnes and Noble and shot this.
This one I love just for those super hero snarly lips. Hysterical.
Finally, in December I worked on a pseudo studio. I needed an indoor place to shoot. I turned our playroom into a simple studio to take these shots. It was shockingly simple, but worked well. There is room to improve, but I was happy with what I achieved.
It was hard to narrow our year down to 11 images, but it was a fun task. It is encouraging to see what I have grown in and what directions I need to go in 2012.