New Year's Eve has never really meant anything to me. As a child, I always awaited the big countdown and when it was over and the clock struck 12 I was like "is this it?". I have never been able to understand what the big hype is about.
That has changed for me now. I still don't get all dressed up and go out to a big NYE bash but I have a new little tradition. I stay in bundled up with Dino and I go through my year in photos. I get to reflect on my decisions, my accomplishments, my failures and how I can learn from all these things to be better in the next year. I feel incredibly lucky that I have been given the talent to document my life in a very tangible way. Not many people end each year with a sense of "Whoa! That was the greatest year of my life!" but as photographers we have that! We're constantly learning and growing and trying new things. Our journey introduces us to beautiful people, takes us on trips and forces self-improvement. What more do you want out of life?
This year was a "game-changer" for me. I was lucky enough to travel for 6 weeks (albeit to my home country), I was granted an internship at a Korean wedding company, the magazine I help run reached incredible new milestones, I met a bunch of talented individuals here in Korea, I overcame my fear of being photographed and I somehow grew the balls to travel halfway across the world and photograph weddings based purely on knowledge that I had learned from online courses. I had one motto this year and that was "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great." and that's what I did. Even if it was a total mess, I just had to start.
All that is left to say is thank you. Thank you to the people who believed in me enough to let me photograph them during special times in their lives. Thank you to the photographic community here in Korea for inspiring me, teaching me and their support. Thank you to my special friends for lending an ear, advice or just making me laugh in hard times. And of course to my amazing family. I am truly humbled and cannot wait for the next 365 days!