2015 That I'd Miss had I Blinked - SusannaOPhotography

2015 That I'd Miss had I Blinked

I love the holidays after the festivities are over , when I can wake early on a weekend and spend a couple of hours with pen and journal/sketchbook in hand musing over my year and looking forward to the next. It helps me get in touch with myself and committing to stay focused on my happy and fulfilling activities. 

2015 was the first full year that I am my own boss. I get to choose the projects I work on and how much to work. Managing that along with a family is more than a full time job. Many things I've had to learn on my own but now that I know it, I can share it. I'm amazed how quickly a year can go by.

As I look back at the year, I am happy in the knowledge that even with such a learning curve I feel that I have done my best and that even better is to come next year.  Here are some highlights:

I wanted to share my work and what better way than to enter photo contests. So that's what I did. Selecting where to show your work is an art into itself and if you're not careful can be a money-pit. Then add the anxieties of wondering if your work will be recognized much less win is a hangup many artists have. As luck would have it I did win some noteable contests;  winning in the student category of The Applied Arts Photography Awards for Chic Bibi series; and being selected from a pool of 3000 submissions from 77 countries, my Impressions series was awarded Nominee status in the Fine Arts Photography Awards.  Makes me think, I must be on the right track.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ― Mother Teresa

The year went on with a number of scheduled shoots for baby, for hot and sexy boudoir, for a 30 year reunion of a Canada World Youth group in Manitoba and a collection of artwork for a talented artist. Thanks to all those I worked with for your trust and confidence.

If you know me, I'm always reaching out into the community and with other businesses. This involved a two page style shoot for a national magazine,  B2B promo ideas and shooting for a local charity's new calendar.

My fellow photographers and artists are never far behind in my thoughts. I wanted to share and network with those who are seeking advice and inspiration and bring in the pros willing to share. The monthly CCMTL Brunch series was born and continues. It's mission is help artists be more business minded by offering networking, peer coaching and unique interactive workshops designed for those visually minded.  We are a community of about 75 people so far but there is more action to come in 2016.

On personal milestones, I had the chance to climb the 12 pitch (1,500ft) Ha Ling peak in Canmore. A spectacular and classic climb. 

Always reach for the top, not as a destination but so that you can appreciate the view and in the process learn from the journey. That's what I believe.

A wonderful holiday wish for you all. I've enjoyed the journey so far and here's to a bright new 2016.