Photo Nov 27, 9 59 31 PM

Eventide, Scituate, MA –  A week into the new year, resolutions are still fresh and top of mind for everyone who made the promise to themselves to make a change. January, in my opinion, is the most optimistic month of the year, and an opportune time to make and carry through on a promise. Which is why I wanted to make my first photo of 2016 simple and uplifting, reminiscent of the fresh and positive outlook the new year brings.

With the upward angle, coloring, and the flag lifted and blowing in the wind, this photo seemed right, especially given my resolution. 2015 was the year I started to explore what I could do with my camera and in 2016, I want to fully submerge myself in not only finding out what my camera can do, but what I can do with photography. I find pure joy in every aspect and want to genuinely understand the art, learning from peers and experts, and exploring my own creativity. 

Thanks to an amazing Christmas gift from my boyfriend, I’m already off to a good start, learning from one of the best – Ansel Adams. Ansel wrote a series of books detailing techniques and concepts of not just photography in general, but his own work. I’ve started with “Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs,” and have thoroughly enjoyed getting a behind the scenes look at his though process and methodology for each picture, learning that the final result is not necessarily a “one shot and done” process.

So here’s to 2016, keeping resolutions and becoming a better photographer!

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