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Every year I try to narrow down a grouping of my favorite photos taken during the year. This is so hard because I literally love so many of them, especially ones of my clients. I decided not to include any client work this year because there would just be too many. They are such a happy part of my photography. I love being able to work with so many awesome people.
To be honest, 2023 was a very challenging year personally. I feel like I've changed to be less of a happy go lucky person and have become more of "What else can go wrong?" kind of person. My hope for 2024 is that I return to my former state of being.
This first image was taken at Harvard Medical school looking out window to the outdoor seating area below. I was on break while photographing a conference there, and I noticed this scene. It struck me as very interesting with the interplay of shadows and emptiness. All the rigid lines set off with curves and circles, makes it appealing. I also like how it appears to be a black and white image, but it is not.
Part of the challenge of this past year was watching these three rascals while my daughter was in the police academy. Along with my husband, our days started at 4:30 am and went until 5pm or later. Our son-in-law works the midnight shift, so they needed our help. We tried to use our time creatively by recreating iconic photos using them as the characters hoping to make it a year that we would all remember. Here we have the Yalta conference.
Many of the behind the scenes photos were some of my favorites, The youngest, Jamesy, showed us what he thought of the cigar, he pitched it. Thanks to strobe photography, the cigar was caught mid flight.
There are so many more from these sessions that I love, but for the sake of variety, I will move on.
This one is all about the geometric lines with all the basic same hues and symmetry, but the one window breaks the symmetry and the color palette by hanging at an angle and reflecting blue in the panes of glass. I took this in Maine on one of the many days I just drove around with my friend Anne, who also loves photography, looking for things to photograph.
Here is another scene we happened upon .
...and yet another Maine scene.
The light and snow drew me to this scene in Camden, Maine, the surprise was the seagulls forming a heart in flight.
I joined a photography challenge group this year to stretch my creativity and to enjoy different types of photography. It is called 52Frames. Every week there is a different photography challenge. I did not get to all 52 of them, but I am so grateful that I joined because I ended up getting some of my favorite images of the year due to the challenges. This one was Black and White Challenge.
The food Challenge.
The Fill The Frame Challenge
Leading Line Challenge
This was not a challenge, but just an idea I had and my daughter was a willing participant.
This was a composite that I recently made after t he first snow in Maine.
I love light and shadows.
My newest grandson, Graham was a vey bright spot to this year. As was the wedding of my youngest daughter to my new son-in-law, Carlos. I don't have pictures I took because I decided to be part of the celebration . Her photographer, Axie Breen did a fantastic job. the photos are gorgeous, just not mine.
My Favorite guy.
Another one of him.
My Girls on the night of Maddie's graduation from the police academy.
A scene from the graduation. I just love the story it tells.
She made it through only to be stricken with a life threatening, rare neurological condition that often occurs after a viral or bacterial infection, one day before her first shift. It attacked her spinal cord and brain stem and has limited her sight in one eye. After almost a month in the hospital and having to spend a long recovery period, almost a year after she started the academy, she is now working as an officer. We thank God that she made it through that life altering event.
Maine is where we love to escape to. It also affords me more time to spend with my parents who live there. My mother's health has been failing and I am fortunate to spend time with her when I am there. It has been limited this year. This picture is the inside of the amazing pub my husband has created inside our shed. His vision and passion amaze me. Happy New Year! Thanks for being interested enough to read this.
After 31 years of teaching, I have decided to retire and start a new chapter of my life as a photographer. It has been my passion for about 7 years now.