Every year I highlight my year in photography. This has been a very unusual year for me. It’s the year I shot the least amount of images than any year since I began my photography journey. In fact, so few images that I didn’t have enough new images to do a calendar this year. It all has to do with coming off the road from four years of living in an RV. If you want to read more about my thoughts on it I wrote a post, The Pros & Cons of Living Full-Time In An RV.
In April of this year, my husband and I moved back into Oregon and put the RV in storage. It was the best decision we made since we were having so many problems with the RV. Since we moved back we had to adjust to living in a new town and getting household furnishings we needed. All of that I actually enjoyed. It’s been great getting to know people in the new community and being closer to our Oregon family. I joined the Three Rivers Art Guild and the Oregon City Camera Club.
During the months of getting settled though I didn’t photograph as much. I love the new area, we are so close to many things I love to photograph. We are also within an hour to Portland Airport, which has been great so far for travel. Below, I list the highlights of the year.
Interviews & Features of 2019
In November I had a few features. I was interviewed by David Johnston on his landscape photography podcast, The Landscape Photography Show. Then I was one of the featured photographers for PeerSpace in an article, The 9 Best Landscape Photographers in Portland. And finally, I was added to the Photo Cascadia post list, by Sean Bagshaw, Landscape Photographers Whose Images Inspire Me.
In October, I was invited by Out of Chicago to be an instructor at the Out of Oregon Conference in Newport, Oregon. Another amazing experience for me. I met so many great people and really enjoyed it. The Out of Chicago team is very well organized and put on a great conference.
Another first for me was being invited to speak at camera clubs. I first spoke at the Oregon Coast Photographer’s Association in North Bend in my old stomping grounds. Then in November was the Photo Society of the Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Then the last one in December was for the Film Pack Camera Club, in Vancouver, Washington.
Photography Related Goals & Looking Ahead In 2020
- New Photos – I’m looking forward to getting out more in the Pacific Northwest to photograph. Living so close to all the things I love to shoot makes me so happy. I’m also hoping there will be more opportunity for travel.
- Speaking Engagements – I hope there will be more speaking engagements opportunities.
- YouTube – I know I had this down last year, but I’m going to try and add content regularly to my YouTube channel.
- Writing – Looking at writing more this year whether for me or other publications. I really enjoy writing about photography.
- Print More – Since I was on the road I didn’t print much. I couldn’t have inventory on an RV. When I had print orders I drop shipped everything. I’d like to get a printer and do some printing myself plus explore other printing options.
- Wacom Tablet – I received a Wacom Tablet right before I hit the road in 2015 and didn’t really learn it well. I want to get to where I use it all the time. I think that will really help me in post processing.
- Create Video – I want to learn how to create better video. Because of that my goal is to learn either Adobe Premier or Apple’s Final Cut Pro. I will be taking some online classes to help with that.
- Website Redesign – I like to try and update my website every couple of years or so. I’m actually already in the early planning stages and hope to launch the new site by February.
Health has been an important focus for me over the last couple of years. I started eating a whole food plant-based diet (vegan), two years ago and love eating this way. I’ve been able to loose over 30 lbs. and I feel great! I’m hoping to loose at least another 20 or so this year. Loosing the weight has given me more energy and I’ve noticed hiking is easier, less huffing and puffing!
Twenty nineteen has been such an interesting year due to getting off the road, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Being back in Oregon has been most enjoyable. The biggest highlights of the year were getting invited to participate in the photography conferences, meeting other photographers during my travels, and being closer to my Oregon family.
I’m looking forward to what 2020 brings. I wish everyone a Happy & productive New Year!