I cannot believe how quickly a year has flown by.
I honestly don't feel like it's time for me to be ending this project. It's funny; I feel as if I still have months of it left. Time truly does fly by, whether you're having fun or not.
I guess this is part where I'm supposed to talk about how I've changed, improved, etcetera etcetera. I was just telling my mom today that I don't feel as if I've improved that much, but now looking back, I realize that I have improved. The difference in my photography today from what it was a year ago is that I now have ideas and I execute them. I let my imagination completely take over my creating and hope for the best. One of the best rewards in my daily life is creating a photo that I imagined in my head.
As cliche as I am for saying this, I am being 100 percent honest when I say I have no idea what I would do without photography. It has become such a way of life for me. It feels natural to have a camera in my hands. I find myself constantly looking at everything as if I were taking a photograph of it. I'm so thankful to Jesus for blessing me with photography. I love it so much. I don't care if I'm being cliche.
I am going back over this and reading it and not being satisfied with what I'm saying. I wish I could describe to you all in words my feelings after being done with this project. But like good ole Lewis Hine said, "If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug a camera around."
I'm relieved. Ecstatic. Sad. Happy. Undecided. It's a bittersweet feeling but mostly sweet. I'm glad I won't have to feel the pressure of having to take a photo each day, but I'm grateful for the growth and maturity that has come from it.
I feel like my 365 project has been a good representation of my growth in my life. In the past year, I've matured. I've graduated high school. I've grown closer to Jesus. I've learned how precious life truly is and that it should never, ever be taken for granted.
I'm so excited but so nervous to see what God has in store for me in this next chapter of life. I'll be moving to Atlanta in the fall to study photography and I pray that I will be lead by Jesus and Him alone.
I don't know. I feel like I'm rambling at this point.
I would like to specifically thank a few people for the wonderful blessings they've been in my life. Firstly, my madre. She has always been there to support me and love me and I don't know what I'd do without her. I'm so thankful for her.
Secondly, Cami my sister. She's put up with my unsatisfied photographer self from probably 250 out of the 365 days. She gets in cold water for me, stands in muggy/buggy places, wears ridiculous outfits and tolerates me photographing her all the time. Thank you. I love you for it!
Grace/Ginny/Rylee: All of you have been so awesome modeling for me & I'm so thankful to have the beautiful friends that I do. You're all natural models & I truly thank God for this :) Thanks for consistently putting up with me asking you guys if I can take photos of you.
The men in my life: Dad-for always providing for our family in general & for the boat ride out to shell island to take this photo :) Wes & Garre-for being awesome big brothers and for the occasional modeling as well.
All of YOU: anyone and everyone that has ever commented, liked, favorited, reblogged, posted, complimented, criticized, helped, encouraged me. Thank you a million times over. I don't think I would have posted as often had it not been for all of you. I'm so grateful and humbled by your wonderful feedback and support.
Whew. I'm sure I'm going to read back on this and have a million other things I could have said/wished I would have said but oh well. Maybe I'll go back and change this.
Here's to great endings & new beginnings.