2013 has been a pretty amazing year for me. I started the year out buying a new camera, the Canon 6D. Upgrading to a full-frame DSLR has really changed so much for me. I absolutely love that camera and would recommend it to anyone looking to move into an entry level professional camera. In June, I went on a 10 day photography excursion along the Oregon Coast. I had never been out there before and now I can't wait to go back. It is a really beautiful part of the country. I got to see the Milky Way for my first time at Crater Lake in Oregon. That was an experience all in it's own. I'm pretty sure my jaw dropped to the ground as soon as we got out of the van and turned off all the lights. If you have never experienced the Milky Way like that, it is definitely something to do in your lifetime.
Also in June, I participated in my first art show. It was so cool to get my work out there like that for everyone to see. I was put on the Peoria Riverfront Fine Art Fair wait list (which is an honor all in itself) and then 2 days before the art fair, I got a call saying they would like me to take part in it. I had to decline because that is not enough time to prepare, but hopefully next year!
In September, my Dark Hedges photo was chosen as one of four for the Canon Wallpaper Travel Photo Contest. That was huge to be recognized by Canon for it.
In December, I got accepted into the Illinois Artisan Program. This was a shock because I had applied the year before and didn't get in. I will be hearing in January where my photography will be hung. I've been selling my photography at Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery and that has been going really well all year long.
Over all 2013 has been an amazing year. In 2012, I did a blog post for my Top 10 in 2012 and I figured I better do it again for this year!
1. "Milky Way Over Crater Lake"
Overall, I think this was my favorite photo of 2013 mainly because of the experience. Since I saw this, I have been on a mission to educate people about how important is is to turn off the lights and preserve the night sky.
2. "Hazy Winter Morning"
I discovered this tree while driving around the back roads of Mackinaw, IL. It is a perfect tree and I love the background behind it. When I am there shooting this tree, it is so quiet and peaceful. A perfect place to go reflect.
3. "Evening View"
I took this photo at Sunset Beach in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. This was taken on an evening in May after my sister and I had ran a half marathon up there. I love going up there in May before the summer crowds. The stores are just opening for the season but the towns are still pretty quiet with few tourists.
4. "Ephraim Boats"
Another favorite from Door County, Wisconsin that was taken when I was there in May. I love the color of this photo from the sunset that evening. These boats aren't normally lined up like this when you are up there in the middle of the busy season, so it was cool to come across this.
5. "Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse"
This one was taken as I was coming home from a family trip in Door County in July. I saw this storm coming in over Lake Michigan and we had to pull off to get this shot.
6. "Sand Movement"
One of my favorites from Oregon. I love the gold color of the sand and how the seaweed is perfectly curved with the movement of the sand.
7. "Road to the Lighthouse"
I love this photo because this was a moment I shared alone. No one else on the trip hiked to the top of the hill and when I saw this angle of the lighthouse, it was a perfect shot. Perfect, quiet hike with just the sound of the ocean.
8. "Mossy Bridge"
This shot remind me of the Dark Hedges in Oregon, in a way. My cousin had taken us to this hidden beach and we had to take this tiny path for about a half mile and this bridge was along the path. It seemed like something out of a fairy tale.
9. "The Sun and The Moon"
I actually just took this photo this past weekend, but I love it. It's that same tree in Mackinaw, I have to go back to the same spot. I love that the sun is coming up behind it but the moon is still up in the corner.
10. "Starry Night Over Cave Point"
This one was taken at Cave Point park in Door County, Wisconsin. My boyfriend and I went and hung out to try to shoot the Milky Way. We weren't actually able to see the Milky Way with our naked eye, but I was able to shoot it. This, however, was my favorite because of the tree outline with the stars behind them.
Overall, 2013 has been a great year for me, but I think 2014 is going to be even better.
Be looking for a show of mine at One World Cafe in February and then I will be going to Arches National Park in May to shoot the night sky and then Alaska and the Yukon to shoot the Northern Lights in September. It's going to be an amazing year!
Thank you for making 2013 such a great year, I couldn't of done it without all of you!