Friday, 30 December 2011

2000 and 11 - a portfolio review / a year in review

PS, this is not even everything from 2011. This is just what has hit the blog...

Regardless, it's been one hell of a year. I am not a writer in any sense of the word (though this I guess makes me a liar) so I won't attempt to write now. I'm not going to tell you how awesome my job is. Just know that 2011 has been the best of my career/life and I think these photos prove it.

Every year, without fail is better than the last by at least 100x. This is no exaggeration. I've been all over this green earth this year and 2012 has geared itself up to not disappoint either.

I want to publicly thank my wife, Callie, for being my rock. My kids for bringing me the most joy I could ever know. To my studio manager Heather for keeping me afloat. To my assistant Joe Admundsen for keeping me young. And to all the clients and photographers who've hired and trusted me. Know I gave it my all.

And publicly, I would like to thank Eriko Aoya for putting a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm 1.4 lens in my hands back in 1996 in Tokyo Japan. None of this would have happened had you not been so kind and generous. I will forever be indebted to you.

Speaking of 2012, things are going to be a bit different. I only plan on shooting 10 weddings. Yep, you read that right, I am only shooting 10 weddings in 2012. A huge step in a different direction of the once 72 in one year, yeah, 72, by myself. If you are even considering hiring me for your wedding, drop me a line as I am dead serious about capping at 10.

Why you ask? The one thing I really learned in 2011 is that for me to be truly successful, I need to put as much into my family as I do into my business. And that is what is going to happen in 2012.

The FILM IS NOT DEAD workshop is going all over the world this year. From Australia later this month, to Atlanta, to my studio in Orem, to Surrey UK, Boston, Chicago, Vancouver Canada, Ibiza Spain, Charleston, San Miquel Mexico, and then finally the North Shore of Oahu. If you are interested in attending, drop me a line. Space is getting limited and a lot of those mentioned cities are completely sold out.

And finally, I want to thank you, the reader. Who ever you are (hi Mom). I'd REALLY love to know who you are. Leave a comment below, say something, say anything. I just want to know who you are and let you know that I thank you for reading/looking/following.

2000 and 11 was AMAZING. Here's to 2012, to all of our 2012's. And just remember, Life's a Happy Song...