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This family is so special to me. Jeff is my cousin and him and his partner, Hilary have worked really hard to build a life where they get to do what they love - run The Yoga Lounge in Canmore. I love going to visit them because they are so encouraging and supportive about pursuing your passion.
I got to spend the past weekend soaking in their family life and it was so much fun. Between playing shop, pretending that there were fires that Firefighter Clara had to put out, and bouncing around on the couch, I didn't want our time together to end.
Dan and Jess had Miles about six months ago and it's so amazing to see how much love they have for him. It pretty much bursts at the seams and when they hold him you can just tell how proud they are to have such a beautiful boy. He's so lucky to have such great parents.
Josh and Danielle's daughter, Presley, turned one and so they decided to commemorate it with a photo session since before this all they really had were iPhone pictures. There's nothing I love more than a family that loves each other like this.
Before this year I didn't really act much on what I really wanted to do. I would just imagine what my life would be like if I were a photographer. I would take photography seriously but not serious enough. It was always "what if?" and "maybe not". It was just a hope, always in the distance. I was studying something I really, really did not want to do and even though I tried to grind my way through it, there was no way I could lie to myself and think that I was actually happy in the field I was in. I was miserable. It was not what I wanted to do. It finally got so bad that I snapped and suddenly this wasn't a dream, suddenly this was the only thing I wanted to do and it weighed so heavily in my heart that suddenly all my fears were nothing. Yes, I'll switch majors. Yes I will practice and get good at this and the maybe's started becoming definitely's. One night at two in the morning I made a website. I bought a new camera. I spent a whole summer saving up for the only thing I've really wanted to do since I was sixteen.
Looking back on the year, 2012 was pretty big for me. I put myself out there and really tried, and I'm pretty sure it's working. I've never been happier, really; I've met so many great people who have helped me out a ton, both in giving me advice and encouragement and in pushing my limits in what I can do. I've started taking pictures that I am actually proud of. I've got a whole bunch of people I love and who are so supportive sometimes I just lie in bed at night and think about what a lucky person I am. 2012 was very good to me and I'm really excited to keep moving forward and seeing where I end up a year, two years, ten years from now.
I'm just really excited about life in general, and before this year, I don't think I could have really honestly said that.