Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wendi's top 14 of 2014

There may have been some agonizing going on as I tried to choose my favorites. 

I viewed folder after folder of my 2014 photo sessions.  

It was good agonizing. 

I love what I do and this year I photographed so much beauty. 

This is kind of a personal thing for me. Every year it is a really good thing for me to go through what I have done. But never so much as this year.

Choosing to do photography as a business has had some surprises in store for me. I didn't know, when I applied for my DBA 4 years ago, that I would be putting my heart "out there" like this. I wasn't prepared for that. I thought I would be sharing a creative talent, and simply taking it one step further - photographing things for other people. Simple - right? 

Well, it ends up this is way more a part of who I am than I thought. 

It's so much more than what I do.

I'm not sure if this will make sense to anyone other than me. 2014 was a sharpening year for me when it comes to photography. I had some moments where I had to choose if I was really in it. I'm an all or nothing person. I had to decide if I was going to jump on some bandwagons, or continue to click the shutter with my heart. 

I learned that I can not please everyone, and there will be plenty of people who will not necessarily agree with my style. 

I learned that this can be a brutal business. {That kind of breaks my heart, because really? Are we not all just longing to make and capture beauty?}

I almost put my camera away a couple of time. 

But this. 

God gave me this. 

How do I choose yearly top photos? 

It's not by rules of composition or the latest trends. It's with my heart.

This is purely Wendi here. These are the photos that show me that I photographed with my heart. That I put myself out there. That 2014 had some moments that scarred me, defined me, and pushed me to pursue simply what my Creator has placed inside of me. I have to do this for Him. 

Below you will see what my heart sees. 

Alot of love


Beauty from ashes redemption





This is what I see. It will always be what I do. And who I am.

Behind many of these images there are stories.... Some of them are stories of brokenness that bring the brilliance to a higher level of beauty. 

They aren't my stories to tell, but these were my photos to take. 

Can you sense the new level of fulfillment here? It takes time and tempering to get here. So to anyone pursuing a dream - can I just encourage you to push through. Push through when it is fun and there are accolades, and push through when you want to quit. 

1 comment:

  1. Stunning work, Wendi! Loved what you wrote as well. Have a blessed 2015!