2016 is coming to an end, and so many amazing things happened. I can't believe how lucky I am. I wanted to make a list of just a few highlights noting the personally special moments of this year.
I met a whole lot of great people, got a whole lot more creative, and so much more.
1. I finished my my first year at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.
A huge step creatively for me! I made it through the year and I am so glad I found myself at the college. I'm halfway through my program and have learnt so much and am still learning. The atmosphere of that place is one of the most inspiring.
2. I got on and off of 20 planes this year.
Woah. I really love travelling, and so do a lot of people. But unlike a lot of people, I don't hate planes and airports. I get way too excited when I get to go somewhere on an airplane so it's impossible for me to hate airports - it's part of the trip, so I soak it in! Also, airport fashion of 2016 is too good.
3. The trips!!
As much as I love getting to where I'm going, 2016 was the year of trips for me. Creative trips, personal vacations, I did it all. And much as I love NB, it was the best. From March to mid May the longest I was in Fredericton was about 2 weeks. The rush of constant travel and short time home made life so exciting and the movement in it was so good for me. More specifically, this is where I landed on the map:
March: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
April: Orlando, Florida
May: Los Angeles, California + Toronto, Ontario
4. I've figured out my life!
When it comes to photography, there are soooo many options. When I first started out 5 years ago and probably up to the beginning of this year, I wanted to do weddings. I was all about that. But after a while of debating and actually exploring different types of photography I FINALLY have figured out what I want to do with my life. My passions lie in fashion, portrait, and lifestyle photography. If you know me, you definitely knew that, and I'm telling you because I couldn't be more proud that I've figured it out.
5. Wear Your Label.
When I met with Kayley in January for a photography internship, I had no idea how much this company would change my life. Now, I'm working as the Head Photographer. I've been to LA, Toronto, and Halifax with this team and I couldn't ask for a better group of co-workers. I get to meet and work with so many amazing people and I just love my #WYLfam so so so much.
6. International photography.
Reading those words still boggles my mind. What? International photography - this girl? YES. This year has also been a huge year of firsts and I'm so happy that doing international work is on that list. I got to film a wedding in Orlando, shoot a lookbook in LA, and shoot for one of my all time favourite brands in Toronto. Travelling is pretty awesome, but when you get to travel for work? Even better. I definitely would say it's at the top of my creative self-care list.
7. Celebrated 2 years with my love!
As much as I love my camera, I love my guy too. We celebrated 2 years in July and I wouldn't want to have anybody else by my side. When Jamie isn't giving me business advice and encouraging me about my passions, he is tagging me in accurately funny memes and making me laugh. He's seriously the best and we're pretty much an old couple now. Being in love is the best.
8. I started my final year at NBCCD.
My first year at the craft college was so rewarding - this year is nothing less. And I'm graduating! I've got a lot more freedom and so I'm producing a lot of creative projects and I've got a lot of planning going on, so stay tuned.
9. My first gallery show.
Another first for this year! And also a huge accomplishment. I got to share a space with my fellow creatives from the college and we had our first collective gallery show at the Playhouse here in Fredericton. It's something I wasn't expecting to happen this year since we were asked about the show with only about a month to get it all together. But it turned out great and I'm so happy to share this first with them.
10. I got to shoot for Free People Canada.
This was one of my biggest highlights of this year. I planned and did this trip in less than a month and I almost didn't do it. But I am so glad I did! It's really scary for me to just do things, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. The day was magically creative and I got to create and work with one of my favourite companies of all time, with the best people.
11. I published my first book and magazine.
So this was pretty cool. I created a photographic book from a series I did in September and when I received the book in the mail I fell back in love with prints. It's so important to print work, whether it's in the form of a book or not, so you can have something to hold in your hands and not just look at on a screen. I was so in love with my book, I decided to try out the magazine option, and I'm just as in love. So, if I can give you one last piece of advice for 2016, it's to definitely print your work, if not for anyone, do it for yourself - it's so rewarding.
12. I was instagrammed by Free People.
Yep, you read it right. I made it on to Free People's Instagram. HUGE. A photograph from my shoot in Toronto (styled by Luna, go check her out, she's one of the coolest, most stylist people I know). I think we both were in awe that we made it on to their Instagram since, ya know they have 3 MILLION FOLLOWERS. This is such a huge accomplishment for both of us and I'm so happy to have worked with her.
13. You guys.
Oh man, where do I start. I've met an unbelievable amount of amazing people this year, and have received support from so many, some of which I don't even know. From my family, my friends, to the people I interact with everyday, classmates, co-workers, people I've met while travelling, fellow creatives who I know will be great and do great things, and the people reading this. Your support means so much and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. 💕