The year 2022 only strengthened the LOVE WHAT YOU DO, DO WHAT YOU LOVE conviction for me. Meeting new people--whether seniors, families, or pets with their people, makes my job fun!
As I wave goodbye to 2022, here are just a few of the things accomplished.
Normally, now is the time I will sit and go back through my archives to view the year I saw through my camera. But this year, my main (but older) desktop computer gave up the ghost right as the year was coming to a close. Yes, I panicked.
Thankfully, I do have things saved in the cloud for client purposes, and will have all of the files back from that desktop in a few weeks, although the computer itself is going to hear "Taps" playing in the background. I did manage to make some collages from just a bit of the work I can access at the moment.
This year my clients consisted of almost an equal number of pets and people. I am thankful to have met everyone, and to have been trusted to capture their memories in photographs.
Sharing My Craft
This past year I was asked to speak at two events, highlighting my photography work with animals, as well as sharing my workflow, lessons I have learned (sometimes the hard way), and giving an overview of my studio and the equipment I use.
I enjoyed every minute of it! Who doesn't love talking about photography and animals?
Once again I entered various print competitions through Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and their affiliates. I am pleased to say I have had a very good year, and right now I am only two images away from obtaining my Master Photographer degree through PPA.
This year, our deaf dog Talley and I took time to attend various levels of obedience and games training. In September, we actually went to a local fair and demonstrated some of the things she learned. She got a chance to meet and greet many visitors, and solidified the fact that she is a great people-pup.
Talley achieved her Canine Good Citizen classification in September, is now registered under the AKC PAL program, and will move forward to obtain her Therapy Dog designation (our new goal) in 2023.
Happy New Year to all! That's a wrap.
Click Into the Circle
I am part of a weekly blogging group of professional pet photographers located all over the planet. To see what others have blogged about in this week's topic, start here with Houston Pet Photographer, Kelly J. Russo, as she takes a look back at 2022 and shares some of her favorite highlights and outtakes.
Then find the link at the end of each blog to click on to the next photographer, until you find yourself back here. Enjoy! Have a joyous New Year's celebration!