This year was full of so much change for me. After traveling for the past two years, my husband and I arrived in Victoria in early March and immediately fell in love with the island. For me, it was the feeling of recognizing myself in the land, the people and the culture. It felt right. So, for the first time, in a long time, we began to set roots.
However, starting a new business is intimidating, especially in a new country. But, if there is anything I have learned from the past year, it would be to really put yourself out there. It has been an invaluable lesson in letting go of self doubt, seeking meaningful collaborations and reaffirming the importance of cultivating relationships with both clients and other creatives. I won't lie, though. I was skeptical. Coming from LA, a city full of "the best," I was worried I wouldn't find the same opportunities or the same passion for living a creative life. But assumptions often and luckily prove to be wrong. I have found the creative community in Victoria to be unbelievably kind, talented and most importantly authentic.
As a photographer, I have the privilege of documenting so many beautiful moments in peoples lives. It is always such an honor to witness as two people make a commitment of marriage to each other, or as new parents hold their babies and experience a love they never knew was possible. This year I also began delving into more lifestyle and editorial work mostly due to one of those moments of "putting myself out there." Early in the year, I reached out to my now very good friend Tara Hurst about collaborating on some styled shoots. Her design and styling ignite the same kind of feeling that I try to achieve through images. It has been the perfect fit and we have been creating content for numerous businesses both locally and in the US. One other very exciting endeavor has been creating imagery for a local cheese makers book, which should be coming out this summer. The process for putting together a book was something new to me this year and it has been one of the most rewarding projects to date.
Usually, I share only work images on my blog but for this post, I want to put myself out there and share a few personal and fairly quiet moments that made my year so special... because its those little moments that make life so rich.
2014, I am undeniably grateful. I can't even imagine what 2015 will bring.