It is January 1, 2017. I am sitting on my red couch with one leg on a pillow. I am sipping coffee listening to Nina Simone. Morrison is playing with a dump truck and Brian is in the kitchen making breakfast. I am thinking about 2016, and wondering what 2017 will bring.
Reflecting back on 2016, I was having a great year. My second book, the Sacred Mother Project was building momentum as I created images regularly and had a show in Seattle. Diverse clients from different countries were coming through my doors in all cities. Business revenues were up 25% from 2015. I started to tap into my creativity again with a new genre of photography I call Metamorphosis Photography. (See below.)
And then like in the above photo of me and Mo, I was tackled…
My momentum came tumbling to a halt on November 7th when, in a freak bouldering accident, I dismounted in a SF climbing gym and snapped my leg in two places. In a cascade of events that include firemen, stretchers, ambulances, lots of pain (and pain meds), 3-hour surgery, and a 6-day hospital stay, I ended up here, on my couch with my left leg elevated. For the past eight weeks, I have been unable to do much including walk, hold my toddler, cook, exercise, clean (don’t mind that one), or even get myself a cup of tea. It’s been a challenge and I have had to rethink everything. But I constantly remind myself that it could have be worse and it could have been permanent.
Luckily I received good news from the doctor last week and I am starting to walk again. I have been shooting new work in the studio and thank you to all the clients who allowed me to reschedule them.
I am not one who sets New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to reflect on the past year – and the year to come. It is an exercise I do every year. I take out a piece of paper and write down the answers to the following questions:
What would I like to let go of from last year?
Where do I want to be this time next year? or What do I want to embrace for 2017?
Then I put that piece of paper in the fireplace and burn it, letting the message go out into the universe and wait and see what happens. If this speaks to you, please try it.
Here’s a peak at what I have written down for 2017. Personally, I want to be healthy. I want to continue to foster friendships. I want to do more hiking. I want to work on my relationship with Brian. I want to travel to Japan for a month so Morrison can continue to learn Japanese.
Professionally, I want to continue to develop the Metamorphosis Portrait genre for new and old clients and build up a portfolio. I want to do Behind the Scenes photography drawing on my photojournalism skills to capture clients and their families in their daily life. Finally, I want to make sure my current and recurring clients know how grateful I am to be able to capture their growing families, and would welcome them to try any of my new photography.
I wish you health, laughter, hugs and smiles.
Happy New Year!
About my other photography-
Metamorphosis photography. This special photography is for women who are undergoing a metamorphosis or transition. The entire session is a creative therapeutic process. We talk at length about your life what is happening, and symbols and colors that are important. We come up with three words or a concept that represents this time in your life. During our conversations, I will start to envision an image that incorporates you, your body, or your likeness. Then we start to photograph, working together for several hours with appropriate props to capture this time. It has been very rewarding for both me and the woman who undergoes the process. The final product is one framed photograph or a book of photographs that are special for you.
Behind the Scenes Documentary photography. This special photography draws on my award winning documentary skills. I will come in to your life for four hours and document you and your family interacting. What are the special moments between you and your family members that you want to preserve and remember? Reading a story? Playing together? Then let me edit it into a beautiful album for you to keep on your shelf and to pull out and look at from time to time.
Pay What You Want Headshot Photography. This is also a very rewarding creative process. Clients come to me and we talk about the “look” they want to convey through their headshot. Many are searching for a new job, or looking to change careers. We come up with three words such as team player, professional, easy to work with, and try to capture those words during our session. Each client pays what they feel the session is worth to them.