This is my 100th blog post!
I'm really excited. It's wonderful to look back at all of the posts and see how much things have changed. My first post was about moving a little bit away from the editorial side of photography and moving into more documenting my life and the things around me. I think I've gotten better at doing that as seen here, here, here and here. I'd like to get back into the editorial side of photography again and now with the warm weather back I think I can start doing it.
Looking back at all of my blog post I've seen so many wonderful moments in my life frozen and captured. From old homes and old relationships to new homes, new friends, new loves. The first photo I ever posted on this blog was of a terribly snowy day in the cemetery outside of Chad's old apartment on 153rd street.
When I look at this photo I can almost feel the snow falling down the back of my jacket because I had forgotten a scarf.
Fast forward to a year and a half later fighting my nerves enough to photograph Brian on the roof of his apartment building. Both of us were afraid to admit our feelings to each other but when we did, we couldn't get enough of each other. Two years later it's still nice to laugh about moments like this.
2013 was a strange year for me. I spent half of the year in an incredibly dark place. I came out with How To Love Your Depressed Lover to open up about my depression and anxiety as much as I could. I needed away to explain to everyone why I was withdrawn and why it may have seemed as if I had changed. The response I got from people was completely overwhelming. I got messages from people I didn't even really know telling me that they too suffered from anxiety and depression and sometimes felt as alone as I did. It brought together a conversation amongst friends that we are all here for each other. It started a tiny fire within myself that has been growing each and every single day. While I still struggle with these issues, I'm happy to report that I'm getting better.
The second half of the year was spent bettering myself and on my birthday I wrote a short post reflecting on my year and my future. I caught myself afraid of all of the change that was about to happen in my life with my friends moving, a new pup and the big change of moving in with my boyfriend. I remember being alone at my parents place with Charlie while writing this post and not being able to write everything I wanted because I had gotten too emotional.
2014 has been incredible and I can't wait to continue the year and see what it brings me and my photography. I can't wait to see what the next 100 posts capture.
Most of all I need to say thank you. I know some of you click on the blog when you see it pop up on your newsfeed because there is nothing else to do but a lot you have also told me you look forward to my weekly style posts on Wednesday or the posts portrait posts I do. Thank you all so very much for your kind words of support and love throughout all 100 of these blog posts.
As a thank you I've decided to hold a contest with one of my favorite companies that I've worked with for my style posts, ZeroUV. I'm going to be giving away a $40 gift card to the site which has sunglasses for both men and women. They're great quality and super fun.
You can enter up to four times!
Here is how:
1-Comment on this blog post with your name and which pair of sunglasses is your favorite.
2- Post any of these photos (each photo counts as a new entry) to Twitter, Instragram, Facebook and tag me, ZeroUV and use the hashtag #Emmas100thpost
A winner will be chosen on Monday May 5th! GOOD LUCK!