Happy new year! I hope you had a wonderful 2012, and I wish you an even better 2013!
With 2013 now officially here, it's time for me to reflect on all that happened in 2012. This isn't a “best of” post, because that would be way too hard to narrow down. Instead, here's a highlight of some of my favorite photos from the past year.
I shot a lot of weddings, engagements, portraits, and elopements last year. It's amazing how busy I was and it couldn't have been more fun, because at the beginning of 2012 I transitioned out of my day job and became a full-time photographer. When I had weekends where I wasn't shooting my own clients, I had the opportunity to second shoot regularly for Katie Jane Photography and Tara Sharma Photography, and I have a huge thanks to give them for helping me on my path to becoming a surviving wedding photographer.
I also had the opportunity to do a fair bit of travelling in 2012, but the winner by far was the trip my wife and I made to Europe. We stopped in Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic, and all of them were amazing. Some places I was revisiting and some were new, but all felt familiar.
I also started shooting film again, and developing my black and white film at home. It was so refreshing to get back to film that I've decided to incorporate it into my client work.
I also shot a lot of personal projects, but one in particular has now become my focus for personal work. Climb the City is a series I started in February that will continue well into 2013. I'm taking rock climbers out into New York City to climb buildings, lamp posts, bridges, and whatever else we can find and taking a portrait of each climber on their obstacle. I've only released a few of the images so far, but look for more to be unveiled early this year.
Sandy also happened and knocked out power to most of Manhattan for a few days. I spent Halloween night riding my bike around taking photos. The city was eerie and beautiful, and I'll probably never see sights like that again.
Finally, my wife's grandmother moved back to Hong Kong a few days before the new year, and I needed to get a portrait of her before she left. It was by far one of the most challenging portraits I captured last year, but I'm so happy with the result because it captures who she is, and how I've known her — quiet, caring, and joyous.