I was hoping to have my best of 2015 post up for you all today, but I completely underestimated the time it would take to narrow down my favorite photos of the year! :/ I’m trying not to get all sad about 2015 being over, because 2016 hasn’t started out on the best note. Sick for the first week, the weather is crap, I spent far too much time yesterday dealing with my business bank account being hacked (yay!), and a bathroom that isn’t functioning properly. You think I’d be used to this after almost two years in our house, but it still makes me crazy.
I’m trying to think positive, that it can only go up from here, but I’m really just trying not to blow money on a plane ticket to a warm location and an unlimited supply of fruity drinks. 2016, you are on notice. Get yourself together and stop giving me headaches. Tell me I’m not the only one? :(
Anyway, when I sent off my film from our trip to Barbados, I also sent off a roll I somehow let roll around in my desk for about 4 months. I know, it’s sad. I’d completely forgotten about our trip to Port Townsend. H had a work trip, and I tagged along for a long weekend. It was a cute little town, and we loved being back on the ocean for a couple days.
Some of these will be available through my Fine Art galleries later this month.
The last few weeks have been a little quiet around here. And it’s not because I have nothing to share. It’s really the opposite. I have so much to share that my mine flutters all over. I’m here, there, and everywhere right now. Dying to spill my guts about awesome projects and plans, but wanting to wait until they’re real. So this might be all over the place, but here’s what I have to say today.
In the past month, I’ve traveled all over this great state of Washington (and a little bit of Oregon). Really. I’ve been in Vancouver, Portland, Mattawa, Moses Lake, Spokane, Bellingham and all over in the Seattle area. I’m at the point where I think I’ve become part of my car (his name is Otto, by the way, and I love him). And beside a few phone shots, I haven’t used my camera that much when we’ve traveled. I even went to a wedding as a guest and it really made me think. It’s the first time I’ve been a wedding guest in over 3 years.
There’s more travel to come. I’ll be in Portland for WDS in July. July 4th-8th, to be exact. And not only am I attending the conference that sparked me to quit my job, but I’m doing a little work there too. So if you’re in Portland and in need of photos, let me know. I’m in the Portland area every couple months now and I’d love to head there even more often. I’ll also be in Chicago in September with time for one session. I could use some tips on what to see and where to eat. Since I’ve never done anything but madly dash through O’Hare to catch a connection.
What I’ve learned in the last few months is to let go. I’ve been trying to make plans, but time and time again, they’re changed. Life has been in constant flux, which has been hard for me. I’ve struggled to accept that, but I’m realizing that I need to let go. I don’t need to plan everything, because it’ll work out. Eventually. And life will take me where I need to go. Like going out to dinner with friends without a watch or my phone. And just letting go. Or going to the park and snapping a few photos on a Monday.
I’ve been doing more of my work on paper lately. Writing out my ideas and sketching out plans. I find it helps me think better. I’m also working on slowing down. An editing tweak that I spent a few hours working on yesterday. A new font that I haven’t yet fulling decided I want. Slow down, my heart is telling me, and find what you really want. Do not be swayed by those around you. Don’t let the noise distract you from the music. Follow your heart. And then…let go. Just be.
Emily Wenzel Photography is proud to offer a limited number of fine art travel images for you to purchase! See below for more details.
The Great Wall (Square) – Beijing, China
Curacao – Westpunt, Curacao
Montana Sky – Lindbergh Lake, Montana
Palm Branches – Curacao
The Great Wall – Beijing, China
Diablo Lake – Washington
Lake Brienz – Interlaken, Switzerland
Along the Coast – Washington/Canada
Curacao Sunset (Square) – Westpunt, Curacao
I’ve spent the past month combing through thousands, possibly tens of thousands of images I’ve taken over the past few years. Then carefully, narrowing it down from a hundred, to twenty to the nine I have here. This has been a labor of love. A labor which is not yet done. This is just a preview of what is to come. These beauties will be for sale in mid-February, when we return from our trip. Also, in order to keep these special, I’ll only be selling a select number of each print. I’m thinking 50 or 100 images.
I’m still working on finding a local frame shop to work with. And while I can get these images printed through the same printer I use for my wedding photographs, I’d like to find a local person for that as well. Once I have settled on a frame shop and printer, I will post definitive prices and sizes for the prints. The square images will most likely be available as 12×12 (matted and framed) and 16×16 (framed or unframed). The rectangular images will most like be available as 12×18 (matted and framed) and 16×20 (framed or unframed). If there is another size you’d like, or if you’re interested in getting the image before we leave, email me.
Thoughts on sizes? Which image is your favorite? I already have a test print of the palm branches and it is stunning. But I love them all. I just have to convince H to let me paper the walls of our apartment with my photographs :)
Sometimes, you’re in the right place at the right time. And sometimes, even the best photograph you can take doesn’t do nature’s beauty justice. This is one of those times.
Diablo Lake, WA
If you ever have the chance to drive the North Cascades Highway, do so. It’s stunningly beautiful. Never have I felt so overwhelmed by beauty, and I have grown up in one of the most beautiful places in the world.