Here is our official 2012 Year in Photos post. You see we photographers do this thing were we take all of the highlights for the year and put them up in a long post about how business was super rad, and how we are grateful for all our awesome clients and the world only poops sugar. The first part of that sentiment is true, we are definitely grateful for our clients this year that have hired us to capture their memories and have allowed us to continue to do what we love most – photography. However I’m going to be honest in saying that the world has not pooped out a ton of sugar in 2012. For us it’s been a progression from bad, to better, to good and hopeful. See that’s not all bad, but I’m pretty adept at telling it like it is, which brings me to one personal resolution I have for 2013. I want to bring more Mitchell to the table than ever before. I feel like a lot of the time in an effort to be professional and appeal to everyone we lose sight of the fact that the people who hire us don’t just hire us as photographers – they hire us as people too. It makes the photography industry pretty weird when it comes to running a business. You can be the most professional person in the world and still struggle, and it’s not that being professional is a bad thing, it’s just it sometimes masks your real personality. One of our biggest resolutions for 2013 is to let a little more of our personalities out into the world. We are purposely going to be blurring the lines of professionalism and personality, because when it comes to photography the two really have to exist in harmony. It is after all, art. And art doesn’t play by the analytical rules of the brain. So where am I going with this? Getting there.
Last year instead of making a post like this one where I poured through the archives of the year finding favorites I posted photos from our relocation roadtrip down here from Portland. The move was a big deal and I didn’t feel like dwelling on the past year in Portland which had been very challenging for us. This year I do feel somewhat different in that regard, because being in Southern California feels right. We’ve arrived! We’re where we are supposed to be, and that’s a very good feeling. The hard part has been re-establishing our business in another city, which we’re now doing for the third time. Photography is a largely word of mouth industry, so moving to a completely different region is a lot like attending the first grade with a fifth grade education and being forced to go through the motions – for the sake of going through the motions. Luckily 2013 is looking a lot more like the fifth grade. No, I do not plan on getting better analogies in 2013.
Thank you to all of the people who’ve helped and supported us throughout 2012. Sometimes you never know just how big an impact you can make in someone’s life by being supportive, but to the folks who have been there for us, thank you. 2013 is on.