Every year, landscape photographer Jim Goldstein hosts a online gathering, Best Photos of the Year, for photographers around the world to showcase their best work of the year. Hundreds of shooters in many categories, from field to studio, participate in this event. Please visit Jim’s website to view the awesome collection of photos from all of us. In addition, I want to thank Jim for the extra effort to host this event. The link below will take you to the collection. Enjoy!
This is my third year joining this event and I am excited to share my work. I must admit this year is very different one than the years before because I received an opportunity in advancing my career. This opportunity made a major change of my priority; I had to step out of my routine and dedicate most of my time to learn new things and the new environment. I always wonder how can a photographer stay in focus while dealing with a major change in life. What if, say, photography is no longer the priority of a photographer, can he or she still maintain the stream of creativity and productivity? This year, I was put in that shoe and I found the answer;
At the beginning of the year, Christine and Gilbert welcomed a new life to the family, Nicolas. It is a pleasure to have the moment of love documented.
Then in April, Cora and I enjoyed the last trip we spent together without Giselle. She is now old enough to experience separation anxiety.
We went to the Carrizo Plain to see the beauty of wildlife, Indian art and turn-of-the-century farming equipment.
As a new member of the family, Max is a heavy one! With close to 20lb of muscle in his first year, the heavy weight spent an afternoon in the studio with his mom and dad.
Of course, we didn’t forget Giselle. I want to make sure every bit of her expression is recorded on my photos. There is always not enough time for that.
Cora and I had the idea to have Giselle trying out Cora’s shoes. Then I would photograph them. The idea is to create a contrast between a toddler and adult’s daily routine. We weren’t sure what to expect because it was just an experiment. But in the end, she did not disappointed us.
I asked Cora to take a picture of me giving Giselle a shoulder ride. I always want something like this, but I guess Giselle was too tired on that day.
Of course, a dose of sugar will do the the job.
I was amazed by her thousands of facial expression. It seems like no camera is fast enough to capture them.
In June, I did my very first photo shoot for a cycling event. It was for the annual Tour De Cure. In addition to a traditional sports photography approach where the photographer is stationed at a single location, I wanted to have the freedom to record the motion of the cyclists and their rides throughout this 50 km tour. So, I created a poor man’s rig to capture the action and turned our Audi into a moving camera. It was my first time using this setup after testing it in a mall parking lot. I was lucky to get what I want. Thanks to Cora for being my driver.
In September, we embarked our first family trip to Safari West zoo. This is the most memorable trip of my life as the very firs time to have Giselle on board. The place is amazing and we spent a night in the tent which also made this the first camping trip of the trio.
Halloween is always big to us and I would never forgive myself if I missed the moment. Show them what you got, Little Red Riding Hood!
That’s all for the year! Thanks for reading and have a super 2013!