As 2014 comes to an end and I reflect on the year professionally, I have found several things to be grateful for. First of all, I’m so thankful that I have been given the opportunity dozens of times this year to photograph families and to learn and evolve in the process. This year I think I finally see a glimpse of the photographer I would like to be, and have gained the confidence through my experiences to own that right. I am a natural light, lifestyle photographer, capturing families and people as they are, celebrating them and their relationships. I enjoy working with props and am happy to help a family make a dream shot a reality, but as a whole I love when families are themselves.
This year, JDubbs and I agreed that I would cut down to about one photo shoot per week to avoid the burnout I felt the year before. This model really worked for me and I felt like I was able to prepare and give each family my undivided attention. I have also tried to be consistent in the types of photos I take, how I edit them, and which photos I share with my clients in an attempt to formulate my true style (which, of course, is constantly evolving). But without question the photos I am the most proud of from 2014 have been those that capture real emotion, genuine moments, and honest connection. In 2015 I hope to be confident enough to be able to own that spirit and have the courage to graciously turn down requests for photos that don’t coincide with who I am as a photographer. I am ready to own who I am and what Rebecca Whitney Photography represents, and not make apologies for it.
So, with this newfound confidence and the drive to evolve even more as a photographer, I am undertaking a 365 day project where I take a photo each day, all in the realm of the kind of photographer I want to be. The challenge is to not cheat myself by blowing it off and taking a throw-away photo just to say I did it. Who do I want to be, what do I want my photographs to say about me, how do I want prospective clients to view my photography? I hope that through this daily photo diary (found in the Inspired Life tab above), I will solidify my art and build my confidence to say, This is what I do. My world and my time are too important to me to do anything other than what I love. I hope you like it, too.
With that in mind, here is a favorite photograph from every photo shoot I did this year (at least, all the ones that gave me permission to share the images on the blog). Thanks again to all the wonderful families and here’s to a great year 2015!
I can’t wait to see what the next year holds for my photography! Thank you for coming along for the ride.