January 9, 2012

new year + changes + new project

Happy New Year Everyone! I must say that 2011 was a great year, but I hope to make 2012 a thousand times better. So with the new year in mind I have new goals for 2012. I am not going to bore you all with the list of my goals, but you will see some changes on my blog that I hope is a good decision.

With all the changes in my life last year, I found it very hard to put my energy into my blog. I am and always will be an imperfect perfectionist, and sometimes I am afraid to blog because I feel like people won't want to read about it. Without dwelling a lot on that, I am just gonna say "that's goal one!" I am going to blog more and not be afraid that people may not want to read it. It's my blog and a place where people can get to know me better. So I am going to start blogging more personal things as well as work of my amazing clients! Oh yeah and obviously from the looks of my blog this past year I just need to blog more period! :) 

Some exciting changes are going to happen to Ashley Leslie Photography in the near future. I am currently working on new packaging and other goodies for my clients. We are getting a professional logo, that my very best friend Kristen Cliff is designing. She is an amazing artist/designer and I can not wait to see the end result! I am also doing my first bridal show at the end of the month! YAY! I am super excited for that, and also a little nervous, but it's going to be a great experience and I can't wait to meet all the happy brides and grooms if they come too!

I am also so very blessed and excited to be C Studios assistant photographer this year! Amy has already given me the cd of images from 2011weddings so I plan to do a post from some of my favorites. It was an awesome wedding season and every wedding was gorgeous and the couples were so AMAZING!

Now to start off the new year I decided to start a new project for myself. My inspiration came from an article my friend Amy posted online a while back. It was about Mr. Livingston, a photographer who took a polaroid every day of his life for 18 years. He successfully took six thousand polaroids until he died of cancer at the age 41. This story just astounds me! A polaroid a day for 18 years! The body of work he created by the end of his life is enormous. When he looked back at his work it must have been overwhelming to see his life laid out into polaroids. Just imagining that makes me speechless. I am not a good writer so I will not be able to describe the article properly. So if you would like to read it, which I suggest you do because it is amazing! {click here}

It's pretty obvious already that I decided to start my own version of this project. I am not going to do actual polaroids because of cost, and I have my iPhone with me every day so I thought it made sense to use it for this project. I decided I wanted to take an "iPhone-o-graph" a day and then collage them together in a set of 16 images. The first entry is going to be a little different then the entries to follow, because it is not actually from the last 16 days of my life. It is from the last 2 months of my life. So I will not be counting this entry in my actual collection of "ipone-o-graphs of the day," but it is my first test and I liked it so I am gonna show it. I hope you enjoy and I can't wait to look back on this project and have each images take me back to the memories of that moment and day of my life!

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