Photography can inherently be a highlight reel, but it’s been a much needed source of joy for me in 2020.
This joy does not invalidate/diminish the hard things that happened to people across the world—there is real racial injustice happening and loss of lives from COVID-19. While we grieve these injustices and losses from this year, photography and the celebration of friends, family, and clients has also uplifted me in surprising ways. I am grateful.
Before March, I had done a few headshots/family sessions (find an author photo I took on a new BiggerPockets book coming out next year #shamelessplug)! After a few months in quarantine though, when restrictions for photographers were lifted, I started doing more. “More” to me is probably barely anything for other photographers, but it is PLENTY for me! There was a period where I was editing every day after work and on weekends too, and while it’s super fun to edit, I also love to stare blankly at the tv.
This year has been another year of growth—I took/attended 12 online photography courses throughout the year. Every month, I think “I’m not going to do much photography stuff this month” but I end up doing something related anyway!! It’s been a great outlet and way to feel productive (not sure if that’s good or bad) during nights and weekends! I also have to remind myself that I don’t really have to accomplish anything in quarantine.
I hit the ground running in August with this beautiful wedding at the Denver Botanic Gardens. To say I was excited to photograph this is an understatement :).
I also went farther than just the Denver metro and the farm to (safely) take photos of some of my best friends (1, 2).
New babies and the joy surrounding that pushed me forward as well.
Austin and I were also able to get away a couple times and travel where there weren’t a ton of people.
If you remember from my 2019 year in review post, a few of my goals were to try astrophotography and more nighttime photography. You can see a couple of those above as well as below! They’re not perfect but no one asked for perfection.
For 2021, some of my goals include continuing learning astrophotography, doing more creative work just for myself, making you feel something when you see my photos, and trying new things with light/prisms and people. More motion, action, twilight, and light in general! And most importantly, more representation in my photos.
Thank you all for your support and for following along! Sign up for email updates/blogs/tips and tricks by scrolling down on my site to sign up. Happy new year! May 2021 be healthier and more peaceful than 2020.