A Year of Firsts

ThinkKit is back! And hopefully my blogging is back on a more regular basis. So let’s get this party started with the first prompt:

Share your year in photos. Was there a moment of unrestrained happiness? An unexpected encounter? What role do photos play in your life – were you more selective with your phone (er…camera) this year? Or are you the King of Selfies? Dig into the deeper meaning of a moment frozen in time.

If you know anything about me, you might know that I am the queen of selfies (and taking too many photos in general), much to my boyfriend’s chagrin. So this prompt excited me and also scared me because how do I narrow down which photos to use out of the thousands I’ve taken this year? So I decided to talk about all of the firsts that I encountered this year.

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” -Eleanor Roosevelt


In January, I went to New York City for my cousin’s wedding. Generally I try to stay away from tourist traps, but after a couple glasses of wine I convinced my family to pay $50 per person to ice skate at Rockefeller Center for 30 minutes. Professional tourist right here.


In May, I tried Corn Nuts for the first time! If that isn’t exciting, I don’t know what is. During this road trip, I also drove up to Breckenridge, CO for my first visit and fell in love with the mountains. If I could pack up and leave for Colorado today, I would.


In 2014, we hosted the first ever Tanjerine! A spin-off of ORANJE, Tanjerine featured food, film and fashion over a four day period. Two of my favorite moments included “Models Eating Meat” and the fashion parade. Where else can you see three girls eating charcuterie off of a shirtless Oreo Jones or a marching band leading a line of dancing models?


I turned 30! The hangovers are worse, my knees are creaking and I officially need botox to erase a forehead wrinkle. I said goodbye to my 20’s with lavender hair and a great group of friends at Outlier’s Brewery on a hot and sweaty evening in August. If my 30’s are even half as fun as my 20’s I’ll be satisfied.


Holy guacamole guys, I photographed Outkast this year! I was up close and personal with Big Boi and Andre 3000 at Lollapalooza during what was one of the most fun concerts I’ve ever witnessed. Other than photographing Stevie Wonder and my girl Alexis Krauss, this may have been the highlight of my life as a photographer.


I quit my job! I’m officially self-employed, which is terrifying and exciting all at the same time. I’m still freelancing for the newspaper and doing random photography jobs, but I’m also building a future for myself that is both challenging and satisfying. One thing I’ve found that is so important is to be happy with your work, and I couldn’t be happier right now. I’ve been working with a local nonprofit called RecycleForce and it’s a great feeling to be doing work that really makes a difference. Check them out if you have a chance or feel compelled to make a tax-free financial donation tomorrow for #GivingTuesday. Shameless plug!

This year has been amazing and I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store. I’m sure there will be a whole new batch of firsts coming my way, including (hopefully) my first trip to Barcelona.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” -Walt Disney

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