So, this is the time of year where I feel I should be doing an obligatory ‘year in review’ blog post. Since photography has played such a big part for me this year, I’ve decided to make this a post mostly of photos and commentary – so there’s a ton of images in this post. You have been warned.
2010 started for me in Perth, celebrating with Jeff, my close group of highschool girlfriends, and a few new friends made along the way. Many drinks were drunken. I had fabulous hair, if I do say so myself. I think I should endeavour to start every year with fabulous hair.
Okay yes, I got engaged at the end of 2009, but it wasn’t until 2010 that I got my ring resized for my tiny fingers and was actually able to wear it. I still forget to wear it sometimes but have managed to not lose it yet – hooray for me? There has been much wedding planning for us this year, which you can read about in my wedding blog if you’re curious.
I love weddings! I’ve attended a few this year, including heading back over west for the wedding of two of our friends in Margaret River. I haven’t been able to make it to every friends wedding and actually really regret it – I think I’ll make it a priority to have the funds to travel to weddings from now on.
I think I’m a little over the excitement of watching fireworks (or perhaps it’s just fireworks in Canberra?), but sharing a picnic with friends and attempting some long exposure shots makes it worth it. It may not look like it, but I think my fireworks shots are improving year to year. Maybe eventually I’ll invest in a decent tripod.
This year I attended my first Hens Nights, for two Canberra friends. I tend to struggle a little with forming new close friendships, so I feel really lucky to have met these great girls, and will really miss them next year when I move back to Perth!
Taking advantage of being on the east side of Australia, Jeff and I visited Melbourne and did a day trip along Great Ocean Road down to the 12 Apostles. Beautiful scenery all the way down.
This year I turned 25 – most friends my age are moaning about being ‘old’, but I don’t really feel too much like a grown-up yet. Looking back on the past quarter century I think I’ve done pretty okay with myself. I demanded a cake to celebrate, and Jeff obliged with an insane chocolate cake of doom, including three different types of chocolate and a questionable amount of ganache.
Somehow food has become a really big part of mine and Jeff’s life this year – even more so now that we’ve set up JeffHa.com, where he writes about and I take photos of food that we’ve cooked and stuff in restaurants. Mostly I blame Masterchef. So for Jeff’s birthday we made the trip up to Sydney for the Good Food and Wine Show, where we saw the Gary and George show, tasted way too many samples of wine and were unable to find a cheese vendor.
Jenny of Allyeska Photography was kind enough to take engagement photos of us as part payment for her website and logos. I’m so glad we did it, because I seem to never get any decent photos of us together since I’m usually the one behind the camera! (blog post at Getting Hitched)
This was my first cosplay photoshoot of the year, and I feel like it was quite a turning point for me. It was so great being able to work with and get advice from the other photographers, as well as having so many talented cosplayers to photograph. (blog post ‘SMASH: the photoshoot‘)
I tried selling my little crafty things at anime conventions for the first time this year, and although it was good fun I don’t think I’ll be doing it again. People simply don’t want to pay much for handmade things! Still, sharing a table with talented artist friends and chatting to the neighbouring artists really made it worthwhile. (blog post ‘Manifest: the table‘)
I also cosplayed at Manifest, which was not so much fun to make (I am a terribly slow seamstress and always manage to sew pieces on the wrong way a few times before getting it right), but heaps of fun to wear. (blog post ‘Manifest: the Cosplay‘)
Emboldened by the Hetalia shoot after SMASH, I did a few cosplay photo shoots at Manifest on the day I didn’t have the table. Again I’m so glad to have met and worked with so many talented cosplayers and photographers – I think those shoots really helped my confidence! (blog post ‘Manifest: the Shoots‘)
This year I tried to master the baking of cupcakes, as I seemed to struggle with them. Things improved when I was told that you have to bake it in a cupcake tray and not on a regular baking tray, and after some experimenting with various eggless cupcake recipes. I can’t say I’ve mastered the art, but I seem to have developed a reputation for being a baker amongst our friends due to my attempts. My favourite so far is this vegan Earl Grey cupcake recipe. (blog post ‘Project Cupcake‘ and ‘Blueberry Cupcakes‘)
Quick trip back to Perth and another photo shoot. I think I really dropped the ball on this one, which probably wasn’t helped by the ultra sunny conditions, the fact that our location was a bit under construction, and being slightly hungover. The cosplayers, Cathy and Lisa were fantastic as usual – hopefully I can do them more justice another time!
Whilst in Perth, Jeff and I had our engagement party at my parents’ place. My amazing bridesmaids and friends pitched in and catered the whole thing, which was utterly amazing. It was also a good excuse for me to try out my Holga, which is why the photo above looks like it was taken a few decades ago. (blog post at Getting Hitched and ‘Fun with Film‘ on ChiGarden)
I entered Canon’s Photo 5 competition for the first time this year, which I think really challenged me to photograph things other than cosplayers and food and to actually put some thought into it. Photographing incense smoke (and then manipulating it in Photoshop) was definitely the highlight for me. Didn’t make finals or win, but I didn’t think I would anyway so I’m happy with it being a learning experience! (blog post ‘Canon Photo5‘)
Halloween 2010 was celebrated with a party at a friends house where I freaked everyone out with a sad clown costume, then a Halloween cosplay shoot the next day where I freaked small children in the playground out with the sad clown costume. It was great to meet up with other Canberra cosplayers and run around the park in costume.
Yes another cosplay shoot! This time I was able to have a tutorial session with Jenny of Allyeska Photography at her home studio, and learned heaps about studio lighting, working with ‘models’ and heaps of other useful tips. Canberra cosplayers Hannah and Megan were really awesome and patient with me, and I’m actually really stoked with how the photos turned out. I want to have a studio setup like that someday! (blog post: Hetalia Studio Shoot)
A while before Christmas I decided I would make a gingerbread house, which started quite a bit of research and experimentation. I think I have the tea-sized houses all figured out now, and have a lot of ideas for making my big house better for next year. This will definitely be a new tradition! (blog post at JeffHa.com)
And that brings us pretty much up to date! Looking back, it seems my 2010 was dominated by cosplay shoots, food and wedding related things, which I don’t think is too bad at all. I hope everyone had a fantastic 2010 too!