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Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Thank you.

This is been a crazy year for me and my family, and while I’m not a spiritual or religious person, I would say that the first word that comes to mind is that it’s been a blessing. A blessing because I got to stay home with my kids for most of the year, every day, help them develop and grow and learn and play and most Dad’s and some families never get that chance. A blessing because my only source of income came from photography, something I love, and it came in a sustainable way that lets me venture into a second year of doing it full time.

I’m thankful to my clients, last year I was shooting random portraits & events and this year took a big swing into the corporate world of commercial product, interior and business portraiture. Every person who hired me to work with them this year supported my work, and supported my family. I’m honoured that you feel that we’re worthy of your generosity in exchange for these little frames I click for you. I’m thankful that I had the time to pursue a personal project – my Stay at Home Dad series – which lead to more work, more family portrait work, but the kind that gets to showcase my humour and passion for lighting and interacting with people, many who have said unfathomably good things about me that I probably don’t deserve, but will certainly accept graciously.

I got to photograph the wedding of not one, but two, photographers – an honour not easily bestowed since we are a picky lot us photogs. I got married too, that’s kind of a big deal.

A big year for the website too – I think I’m finally sort of popular thanks to people like you, reading this: 72,000 pageviews, 19,000 visitors… I’ve looked at my old posts, they’re really not that great – but thank you all anyways – and the year’s not over yet!

4 thoughts on “Christmas 2011

  1. Merryhappy Whateveryoucelebrate! :)

  2. Justin says:

    Justin,

    I would have to say that you have been a source of inspiration and motivation in my endeavors this past year as a single dad (sorta, until my bride got home in August) and a photographer.

    I can honestly say that I've read every word on your blog and I think you've got a valuable archive for yourself and others to look to as a sort of reality check. By that, I mean, that you started as just a guy with a camera in your hand but it quickly became your outlet from work and a long, dark, cold, Canadian winters. It then evolved into a real life paying gig.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Justin

  3. Best of luck for the new year.
    You are an inspiration.

  4. george says:

    You put it all out there and we feel part of your family for that reason.
    Our jaws drop at your talent and the images you discover with it.
    We're fortunate to have encountered you and your family and to be your neighbors now.
    It's going to be a great year!