2011: The Year in Review

2011 has been a hell of a year for me. My photography has evolved so much over the past year. I'm starting to come into my own style that I'm happy with. My style will be constantly evolving and I'm already planning on trying out new things in 2012. The first two years of my career was just figuring out what the hell I was doing and in 2011 I saw it all finally come together. No photographer should be complacent in their work. They should always be ready and willing to learn more. There is so much more to learn and I'm excited to see what the new year will bring.

I thought about how I wanted to wrap up this year in one post. Did I want to show my favorite photos of the year like I did last year? I could but it wouldn't be very personal and you guys have already seen all these photos before. So I thought that the more entertaining option would be to show you my year through my Instagram photos. With the help of ink361.com, I complied some of my favorite moments of 2011.

The majority of the year outside (and sometimes during) work has been hanging out friends, old and new. I've become friends with some awesome people this year. I definitely have a great support system of creative and fun friends to help keep me going, especially when times are tough.

This year I had the chance to meet my half-sister for the first time. She actually found me through this website! Along with building a relationship with her, Shawn and I now have two beautiful nieces to hang out with.

Going through my Instagram feed, I saw that the majority of my photos were of food and drinks. We definitely ate extremely well this year.

I've had so many fantastic photo shoots this year. The thing that really made them great has been collaborating with so many people. I've had the chance to work with great models, designers, makeup artists, and hair stylists this year. I've also filmed more behind the scenes videos which helped me get back into my love of video.

Speaking of video, the end of the year brought along two new video projects. For those who don't know, I got my degree in Film Studies and I focused on video editing. My lovely friend Jasmine who works for Style Week Providence remembered me saying how I wish I did more video work. After a ton of meetings we came up with The Trunk Show, a video blog on what's stylish in Rhode Island. I also came up with a new personal project called 'stripped' which lives up to it's name. It's just the artist and the camera, performing for no one else but for who is watching.

I've had some great experiences this year. I got to shoot Dropkick Murphys four times! I was honored when I was asked the first time but I got to keep coming back to shoot more. From building a relationship with the DM family, I was asked to shoot the advertisements for Lola's Tequila Bar and Cantina. Also I was asked to shoot an Oribe event in Boston. Shooting for a celebrity hair stylist and about 30 plus hair stylists there to learn some techniques from him was quite the experience.

I have to thank my fiance Shawn for being so supportive of my career and just being there for me throughout our entire relationship. He is my best friend and I'm so lucky to have him be there for me, and even dealing with the third person in our relationship (my computer).

Even though this year has had its downs, it truly has been amazing. I am lucky to have my friends, family, and health. Here's to 2012 being even better!