I've been seeing a lot of posts lately about everyone's top photos in 2012, so I thought, why not jump on the bandwagon? 2012 has been an amazing year for me in photography. In June, I got to go to Ireland (for my 3rd time!) with a photography group and my boyfriend. I went to a lot of places I had been before, but never gets old (It's Ireland!) and a lot of new, beautiful places. In September, I placed 1st in the amateur division of the Pumpkin Festival Photography Contest and another photo received an honorable mention. This was huge for me. I have been entering the contest for years, never to receive any kind of award and it finally paid off! In December, my mom opened her art gallery and I have been doing very well with selling my photos there, I was surprised at how fast they are selling! Overall, I have been extremely blessed in 2012. Here are the photos I believe are my best for the year!
1. "Dark Hedges"
I took this in June on my Ireland trip. This was something I had never seen before, but was really looking forward to it! They really are this amazing in person! They are off the beaten path though, no signs, just a GPS to get you there. If you ever get to go to Ireland, make this your must see!
2. "Irish Spirals"
This was the photo that won me 1st place at the Pumpkin Festival. I took this in Ireland at the gardens of Downhill Demesne. My boyfriend wants to take credit for pointing it out to me, I'll give it to him. The snail really was already in this spot on the hosta leaf. Nature at it's finest!
2. "Ross Castle Boats"
Another Ireland photo! A beautiful sunset at Ross Castle in Killarney led to this amazing shot. I love all of the different colors of the boats and the pink sky
4. "Queen Anne's Lace"
I discovered this tree in 2012 and it has been the basis of my brand. I love this photo because of the way the sun shines through the Queen Anne's Lace. It was a beautiful morning in Central Illinois.
Another of my favorites that as taken right in Central Illinois. I took this at Banner Marsh and it was another beautiful evening. The sun looked as if it was on fire.
6. "Forest of Gold"
Fall is my absolute favorite season. I love all of the different oranges, reds and browns. I took this at Starved Rock State Park. I had gone up there hoping to get a waterfall shot, but they were all dried up. Instead, I ended up with this beauty, so it wasn't a waste of a trip!
7. "Road to Serenity"
This was taken in Connemara, Ireland. A really amazing place, I would love to go and just spend a week there. It's very desolate, which is perfect for a photographer! There always seems to be a huge cloud hanging over Connemara, but that's what I love about the place.
8. "Dingle II"
Another place in Ireland I could go just spend a week, Dingle Peninsula. It's the most Westerly tip if Ireland, I can almost see America! ;-) Gorgeous, serene, and windy!
ANOTHER photo I took in Ireland! I took this at the same place I took the snail. I love the pattern on the flower and the colors in this photo. Just a personal favorite!
10. "The Tree"
Last but not least, should be of the tree. What I love about where I live are the vast skies. Some think it's boring, but it makes for amazing sunrises and sunsets. I hope to shoot a lot more of this in 2012.
Thank you to everyone's support in 2012. I am really looking forward to 2013! I will be taking a photography trip to the Oregon Coast this year and it's going to be amazing! I've also applied for the 2013 Artist-In-Residence program at Rocky Mountain National Park. I won't know until April if I am in, but it would be an amazing opportunity! I'm going to be buying a new full-frame camera, so look for better photos! As always, you can find my work at Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery at 206. W Jefferson, Morton IL.