Well. That was an interesting year.
So, interesting story of the day: I fell in. This lake is the most beautiful winter scene I have ever seen, way up in the mountains... I woke up at 6:30 to get here while everything was still and quiet. It was -10 degrees. The edges of the lake was all ice. Those rocks look wet, right? That's what I thought until I took my first step onto them. They're absolutely covered in smooth ice... So of course, down I went, into the fresh mountain snow-melted water. How refreshing! Luckily it was shallow water, but still, the photoshoot was cut rather short after that. By the time I got back into the heated car, the white dress I was wearing was like cardboard... Totally frozen (and crunchy!). Thankfully I couldn't feel how cold it was... But that's probably because I was already numb enough that I couldn't feel even if I tried. But it was so worth it, just to see the lake and the towering snow-covered mountains... And yes, I am mostly warmed up again now.
Okay, now about my 365... It was awesome. But to answer most of your comments on my last few photos: NOPE, I am definitely not going to start up another 365 tomorrow, or possibly ever for that matter. No way. Sorry to disappoint. This coming year of 2011 will go into attempting to graduate from school, putting more time into painting, and working with dogs and dog training. But that being said, I could never leave behind photography. I will regularly be uploading new photos, just not quite as frequently. ;)
Completing my 365 this year was so worth it. I never missed a day, and I really actually enjoyed it for the most part. Anywhere from 1-4 hours (often more) were put into my photography every day this year. Walking to all my locations (often several miles away), setting up, taking photos, walking back, editing... It all took a huge chunk out of my time each day... But I really think it was worth it, I'm incredibly happy with how I've improved, looking back on my older photos. It's helped me not only improve in photography, but in many other aspects of my life as well.
And who do I have to thank but ALL OF YOU GUYS?!?! Oh man, I don't even know where to start, you have all been so supportive and amazing. Thank you Lyle and Stuart, you guys never stopped leaving meaningful comments all year, and long before. Thank you Anna, Keely, Lauren, Aprille, and Zack... You guys were my biggest inspirations to start my 365. And thank you to the most wonderful friends I've grown to know and love along the way, Katie, Whitney, Steven, Andrea, Nicholas, Jessica, JJ, Lindsay, Shelby, and many many many more of you, I'll have to go around thanking you each individually. :) And thank you to my dork second-cousin-once-removed Emerald for spontaneously starting with me, enduring with me, and finishing with me, our 365's.
Oh, and of course, thank you SPARKY for coming with me on nearly every single photoshoot, for helping me set up, for posing for me, for protecting me from bad guys, for being cute, and for making me smile on the hardest of days. :)
WOOHOO I'M DONE. Time to party. I think I'll eat some chocolate.