Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

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How? How does one sum up an entire year…12 months…52 weeks…365 days…10,000 + moments captured…in one post?! How ever will I do it justice? So much has happened this year. Things that have left me forever changed. I wanted to walk away from this challenge. Close my computer and shake my head while saying, “There’s too much. I just won’t even try.”

Here I am. I cannot walk away…there’s too much to not even try.


– I lost my fear of insects after seeing them through a macro lens.
– I bought a pair of red heels with spikes.
– I started using my Canon and getting paid for it.
– I picked up at least 500 legos and stepped on just as many.
– I stood and watched my favorite animal as she turned her long neck to reach the unreachable.
– I was a spectator to a mama gorilla playing with her baby.
– I fell in love with birds and their traits resembling nothing else on earth.
– I watched as my 4-year-old handed his heart to a precious, spunky little brunette.
– Starbucks broke out cups with hearts that said, “Love.” My favorite color, favorite symbol, and most meaningful word.
– I celebrated 9 years of marriage, 19 years of friendship, 10 years of sobriety and 36 years of life.
– I was mother to a rock star (Kiss lookalike) for a 30 second video that took 8 hours to shoot.
– We spent many beautiful days in the mountains thanks to incredible family.
– I celebrated new life with precious friends and mourned the loss of a baby only a few days old.
– I looked into the face of dozens of children, listened to their stories and discovered things I never would have known about life.
– I watched my daughter grow from a tween into a young woman.
– I discovered an organization called Sole Hope that would break my heart in a good way, proving that a small act done with great love really can change the world.
– I watched my children’s face as they beheld the beauty of the Creator.
– I began creating my future.
– Bella and I discovered eyebrow threading.
– I travelled to see Bella as “Alice” in Wonderland.
– Bella donated 12 inches of hair to locks of love.
– Easter took on new meaning.
– Lucy Hope Roberts was born and I was there for the whole thing.
– A squirrel costs us hundreds of dollars and hours of frustration trying to figure out where he was in the walls of our home.
– I said goodbye to a beautiful friend who fought a courageous 9 month battle against ovarian cancer. I watched as her children placed flowers on her casket.
– I had the privilege of photographing four generations of women…daughters, mothers, granddaughters, a great-grandmother, mothers, survivors. A few months later Krista passed away after a long, courageous fight against cancer.
Reflections became fascinating.
– Dragonfly’s look like beauties from outer space through the lens of my macro.
– My boys grew more than 2 inches each in height over the last year.
Shutter speed became very important when trying to capture moments of active little boys.
– I searched for God…a deeper meaning…an explanation for death of the innocent. What I discovered was God’s silence as something in which to find solace instead of despair. God never left, it was I who was creating distance.
– I was given dozens of original artwork from my boys.
– I found the most beautiful garden I have ever seen.
Textures and colors have taken on a whole new meaning.
– The boys started soccer and loved it.
– I sought out spider webs. Especially those with fresh dewdrops.
– The spider right outside our front door isn’t shy about wrapping her prey for a snack later.
– I keep my camera phone at the ready to capture any and every “sky cross” I see. Elliot loved sky crosses and it makes me feel closer to her when I see one stretched across the sky.
– We put our feet in the sand, soaked up the sun and splashed in the waves.
– I played with light.
– I had a front row seat to Lindy meeting her baby sister for the first time.
– Bees suddenly became busy little workers instead of something that could sting.
– I watched and documented as multiple people from Atlanta mission professed their faith and hope in one greater than themselves.
– I directed my first project.
– I was introduced to Wellspring and was able to document The White Umbrella Gala.
– Riley took his first ride in a kayak.
– I discovered a “dinner plate dahlia.”
– We ate beautiful sushi.
– I learned about angles and how much they matter to the composition of a picture.
– I went bowling for the first time since high school.
– Chris was able to capture a moment where all of our children were looking at the camera at the same time.
– There were hundreds of bubbles blown to redirect little eyes during photoshoots.
– Who knew there were so many shades of green?
– I was able to see how the bee transports pollen on his legs, back and head.
– I saw Christmas through the eyes of a child.

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18 Replies to “Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures”

  1. I just happened to come across your dad’s FB page and saw your Year in Review….great job. John and I graduated from Abbeville High together. Good luck as you start your new venture in February.

  2. Beautiful photos… Take care Joy… 🙂
    ¸.•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪Happy New Year to You & Yours!.♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ♥
    ˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.★★.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜” Have a restful weekend!
    Eliz

  3. Hi Joy,
    I just signed up to get emails from here. I think all of your photos are great. I enjoy the back stories as much. Thanks for sharing. I’ve been wondering what you were getting ready to do over the last several months. I wish you well and will pray for your business. You will do great!!

    1. Thanks Jo.
      I will be diving into photography head first.
      Up to now it has been something I was maintaining as a side business, but will be starting my own biz in February.

    1. Thank you so much, friend!
      I am going out on my own as of February 1st.
      It’s terrifying and incredibly exciting! 🙂
      Blessings to you in this new year!

  4. Fabulous pictures fun and laughs make life enjoyable.Have a blessed new year.jalal

    1. Thank you, Jala.
      I was intimidated by this challenge at first.
      Now I’m so glad I did it! I was able to recall several things I had forgotten 🙂
      Blessings in the New Year!

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