I thought I would start 2012 by looking back at 2011. These aren’t necessarily my best images or even my favorites, but as I was going through my archives this morning with fresh eyes, these are the ones that stood out and spoke to me.
January — I woke up early one morning and the most beautiful soft glow was coming through the window and on impulse I grabbed my camera and went down to the lakefront. I was so excited about the beauty of the sunrise that I didn’t even mind I’d left the house without gloves.
February — We had a HUGE blizzard in Chicago last year, perhaps you heard about it. A day or so later when the city was still quiet I ventured out. There is just something so eerie about an empty swingset.
I walk through this alley from time to time, stupidly as it is actually pretty sketchy. It’s definitely not one of the seven wonders, but I loved how on this day with the sun and the dripping water, something unsightly became ethereal and beautiful.
March — This was one of the first photos I took with my 50mm 1.4 and I love how milky the background is.
A total contrast from the previous photo in terms of color. This was another gorgeous winter sunrise over Lake Michigan.
April — A European trip to Paris and Rome. I have never been so inspired life wise and photographically. I can’t go back soon enough. One of my favorite parts of Paris was walking along the SEine, exploring the famous book stalls.
I enjoyed the hidden beauties of Roman streets above the typical tourist draws.
May — Does anything say Chicago like “The Bean”? It’s overdone, but I still love this view as it reflects the city back.
June — I think being a concert photographer would be so much fun. The effects, the grain, the emotion. Too bad I am more of a morning person than a night owl. I could never keep the hours needed.
July — The mist rolled in on Chicago and it was just incredible. I’ve never seen anything like fog covering everything in the afternoon. It stops everything.
August — I spent the summer and fall photographing local women owned businesses for Crave’s second edition of their Chicago guidebook. I loved meeting the amazing women that I did and taking photos that represented their businesses. I love the Alice in Wonderland quality of this photo.
September — This photo was taken on an impromptu sunset walk with my husband and my dog and is proof that great photos can come from a “point and shoot” (Canon S95).
October — One of my favorite color combinations. It’s the same colors as on my welcome mat.
November — Getting a little more personal. I began capturing images of the nursery as it starts to come together.
December — It’s incredible the creativity that boredom can foster.
Here’s looking forward to the photos to come in 2012. Happy New Years to you all!