2016 was a year of growth. For me this growth was both professional and personal. Many of these tests were ones I placed on myself to push myself to achieve goals I’ve been aiming at for a while. Some of these growing pains were forced on me by outside sources and situations. I don’t think there was a single person this year that didn’t feel challenged personally.
After the year we all had, looking back on my resolutions and seeing where I landed and what I have accomplished has helped me to process a lot of the changes we now see in our current society. It has also helped me introspectively to know where I want to go now.
Wanderlust is a new series I established more formally this year to document all the travel I did. It’s an attempt to photo document the beauty and details I’ve noticed on my travels. I also use these posts to note the activities I enjoyed and businesses I recommend along my travels.
This past year my travels took me to California, where my friend and I went from LA all the way up the coast to San Francisco. My friends from college and I are trying to make an effort to go to all 50 states and this year it was West Virginia’s turn. And finally I took a tour of the continent by travelling Europe with my sisters. We travelled from Amsterdam to Germany to Ireland.
Here are a few of my favorite selections from these trips:
West virginia, 2016
While it’s hard to say this is a “personal project” when I was doing projects for clients – the real personal resolution was to grow my freelance portfolio as much as possible. In that regard, I launched three new sites that I designed and developed, I posted one headshot session, one engagement portrait session and a family portrait session.
Here are a few of my favorite selections from these projects and links to their specific blog posts:
Engaged: Candace + Rich, 2016
Family Portraits: Charlie, 2016
After planning, planning, researching, planning more, and some more research, I finally started sketches and mocks until finally the 2016 redesign was launched this year.
I knew this year my portfolio redesign strategy had to be different. I wanted to make it so that I don’t have to tear down and ditch my old sites as I go forward, but rather build them with a structure that’s flexible for future iterations, improvements, extensions and enhancements. Not only did I redo my whole site, I used technologies I was learning at work and best practices I’d been studying all year.
Here’s to another year of projects and personal growth!