central valley, that’s a wrap.

2011 is now closing into the abyss. And here I am left with the residue of the biggest milestones of my life, thus far. I truly was blessed with a crazy year. Crazy in the best and the worst of the term. So many changes, battles, adventures, bruises, oopsies, oh boys, congratulations, etc. I decided to make a list of a few things – both special and difficult – to recap my year as a woman and as a photographer.

1) Completed my contract in South Korea, leaving with a pocket full of amazing friendships, the beginning of a portfolio, four additional countries scratched off my to-see list, and a stalker.
2) I went on three road trips across seven states.
3) I went to seven different countries.
4) I learned that the photography business can be a cruel, hostile world.
5) I re-learned that my identity in this life is not determined by being a wife, photographer, or traveller, but can only be found in Christ alone.
6) I successfully boarded off of the ski lift without eating it and/or forcing the lift to halt while my coward self remained seated after the point of exit. {this was one of my biggest silly fear for a long time}
7) Not all things can be fixed, but only endured.
8) I married a man who loves Jesus more than he loves me – and I wouldnt have it any other way.
9) I decided that my hidden talent could be matchmaking.
10) I adopted a senior citizen cat.
11) I saw the Grand Canyon with my own eyes.
12) I jammed to Mumford & Sons live.
13) I found a mentor and began mentoring.
14) I decided that hummus should be a part of every meal.
15) Life is meaningless, all of my year is meaningless, apart from Christ.

I could go on and on. But I dont have time…there is a new year to explore.

{here are a few images from the best day of 2011 – my wedding}

{my fave photo of the year}

About the author

Bethany Carlson is an international portrait photographer. Bethany started her photography business in Asia while living in South Korea. Bethany has photographed clients from over twelve countries. Bethany focuses her art towards lifestyle photography, including portraiture and special events. Bethany currently resides in Northern California with her husband, Tim.

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