Happy new year!
First of all, I want to wish you all a happy new year! May 2017 bring you a lot of joy, happiness and photography.
Second of all, I want to go a little bit over the highlights of last year’s photography and tourism for me. I had many wonderful projects that I am proud of, and that gave me a lot of joy. First I would like to mention the Macho Calendar Shoot I did with a couple of friends from work. The idea was to make our female co-workers smile, as we made fools of ourselves and tried to be as macho as we could.
I was also very fortunate in taking a lot of people on northern lights tours last year, and some of them were absolutely great.
I gave my other website, www.auroracenter.is, an overhaul and added booking engines to it. It is now easier than ever to book an aurora tour with me.
I also did quite a few confirmation photoshoots, shot portraits of all new students at the school where I teach and worked on improving my product photography for my clients.
I then did some family shoots just before christmas and it was a really enjoyable experience. Along with all that I did quite a lot of landscape tours for Iceland Photo Tours, with some great people from all over the world.
So in 2016 I have met people from Brazil, Ireland, Indonesia, England, US, France to name a few and this is probably the most satisfying part of my photography. It is a hub for meeting all kinds of people from all over the world who all share the same passion. And it has enriched my life and I have made some friends that I look forward to meeting again.
So this year I really hope to continue on this path. I want to work hard on improving my portrait photography. Not the technique, but on the people. I believe I have enough experience in setting up lights and getting the images properly exposed. Now I want to take it up a notch and really try to capture as many portraits as possible, and try to work on bringing out the character of each subject. That is definately one of my weak points in photography.
I also want to do a concept project, where I collaborate with hair and makeup, stylist and really produce some surreal images that tell a different story. I am already working on writing some ideas, sketching up some drafts, and hope to be able to share some of those images in the spring.
On a more personal note I plan on doing more exercise, eat healthier and spend more time with my family. All in all I am excited about 2017 and hope that if you come to Iceland and want to meet up for a photography chat, just contact me and see if we can’t figure something out. I am always open for good ideas.