Looking Back on 2015

I have been going through photos on my external hard drive and figuring out which ones I want to sell on my website.  I went back to 2011 when I started my Project 365 and have come up from there.  I have always been a “shutter bug”, but I did not realize until later in life that I had this hidden talent. When I finished my Project 365 three years ago, I realized then it was my calling.

Looking back on 2015, I didn’t’ think I took a lot of photos.  However, reality tells me that I pressed the shutter button over 20,000 times.  In 2015, most of my photos were portraits.  I am a student now, and let’s face it, I need all the money I can get to pay bills.  Every little bit helps, and I do enjoy portrait photography. I just don’t enjoy the endless hours of editing.

While I think I hold my own at portrait photography, it is not my niche. They say every photographer has their “niche”, photography genres where they excel. My true passion lies in nature, still life, birds, and inanimate objects. I could sit for hours shooting a Snowy Owl in freezing cold temps or the different textures of fall leaves.  My photography resolution for 2016 is to get out more and take the photos that I truly love.

I have compiled this slideshow of some of my favorites of 2015 that I have taken, mostly “professionally”. However, this slideshow does not include any photos of my sidekick’s dance team performances, events, or either of my great nephews’ sports events. The dance team photos alone probably took up a quarter of my total for the year, LOL, which is as it should be J  Soon she will be off to college and I will have more time on my hands.  For now, I take what I can get when I can.

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Here’s to New Beginnings…

I started this blog in the fall of 2011 when I was in the middle of myProject 365.  I started my Project 365 and life happened.  I learned things I didn’t know about my camera and myself, if truth be told. I found out I could take a mean photo if the stars aligned properly.

Since starting this blog, I have lost a friend, both of my parents, changed jobs, lost another job, started school, started a part-time portrait photography business, joined two photo clubs and a high school dance booster club.  I am also raising a beautiful, smart, active and funny 17 year old daughter.

Since the end of my Project 365 in 2012, I have kind of been lost when it comes to my blog.  In the past two years I have rarely blogged.  I haven’t had a lot of time for nature photo walks with everything else going on. I miss it.  I was at my happiest when I was blogging about my nature photography.  In 2015, I rarely had time to take the photos I love because I was so busy with portrait photography for extra cash. When push comes to shove, you gotta do what you gotta do.  Can’t go far on student loans, that’s for sure.

My plan for 2015 is to change that. I will be starting my 2nd year of school, and I now work a part-time job.  I don’t want to get so busy with my portrait photography that I lose touch of what I love to do most.  I love nature, birding, hiking, and photography, along with blogging about it. I really want to get back into doing what I love.  Photography has always been so therapeutic for me, and I know it won’t fail me now!   I have actually wiped out my entire archive and am going to start fresh! I have a New Year’s Day hike planned to start the new year off. Wish me luck.

Happy New Year!


Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Orrock, Minnesota
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Orrock, Minnesota


Focusing on Life, One Frame at a Time