I can’t say I’ll miss 2017. It was a long and disappointing year on many accounts. Professionally, I took a hiatus and learned a new skill: selling real estate. Personally I climbed so many mountains, mountains I’ll have to continue climbing this year. For me, 2017 was a year of rebirth. It was a chance to take some time for myself, shoot the things that mattered, and that meant not shooting at all sometimes. The images I ended up with at the end of the year were the ones of those moments I couldn’t NOT preserve. They’re immensely personal photos from my life. My 2017 best of is different from anything I’ve shared before.
Taking a year off felt wrong, especially since it followed my busiest year ever. 2016 and 2015 were my years. Sadie and I were shooting tons of weddings, enjoying a great family life balance, and my business was doing great. Then everything changed when we made the fateful decision to uproot everything and chase our dreams in NC. I don’t regret the move, but I think this hiatus was necessary for me to recenter and prepare to do it all again.
This year will be the first time in almost 7 years I am booking totally solo weddings. It’ll be the year I push harder for my real estate and commercial photography business ProLocal which features more photographers than just myself or my wife. But I want 2018 to also be the year I continue shooting for myself. That’s something I lost completely in FL. Whether for a lack of shooting partners or pure boredom with my surroundings, I can’t remember the last time I shot for myself in FL. This whole recalibration process almost requires me to make personal work. Before we moved, photography was more about work than it was about love. That’s fine, because as it turns out photography isn’t bad work, but I wanted my heart back in it.
As a part of 2018, I am going to try to challenge myself to make 1 new personal image each week. At the end of next year, if I can stick to it, I’d like my best of to be the result of that project. Maybe if I don’t call it a New Year’s resolution I’ll actually do it…