A Reflection on 2019

Boy, what a year it's been. At the end of each year I like to look back at the work I did and pull my favorites. It's nice to revisit photos I may have forgotten about, but more importantly it's helpful for me to reflect on my accomplishments in photography and assess where I'd like to go from here. This year was a little different from my last couple years; I really let my photography take a back seat to focus on myself. I've had a lot of personal growth that I'm feeling really good about. It was a necessary shift and although I am a little disappointed that I didn't accomplish as much as I would have liked, I'm now in a place where I feel fresh, motivated, and ready to start taking on more work again. This time will be a top three instead of the usual top five, but I'm still really happy with the work I produced this year and the milestones I continue to make as a photographer.


3. Editorial

Dream Weavers; Boston Home Spring 2019

I didn't get to do as much editorial work this year as I have in the past, but I'm still excited about what I did accomplish! This shoot for Boston Home happened pretty early in the year and came at a time where I wasn't in the best place emotionally. It was just the thing I needed get me up, out, and going. This shoot along with a few others I collaborated with at the beginning of the year were huge motivators to keep me going and stay confident in myself and my abilities. I'm very thankful that I was able to push through some of the hardest times I've ever faced and still produce work that I'm proud of - and I had so much fun doing it! I love collaborating with creatives and hope to get back into more of this work next year.



2. Lifestyle

Life is Good 2019 Holiday Catalog

2019 presented a milestone for my career in terms of lifestyle photography. I've been working as the in-house photographer for Life is Good for about a year and a half now; and over the summer I had the opportunity to take on my first full production on model lifestyle shoot. The work was not only used across our site, email, and social marketing platforms but this was my first catalog that I shot in its entirety, front-to-back. Since then I've shot another lifestyle shoot for our upcoming Spring/Summer collection and I'm feeling confident in the work I'm producing. I'm so proud to have taken on work that is new to me, face new challenges, and continue to learn and grow my skills as a photographer.

You can check out the rest of the catalog here.



1. Personal

Self Portrait

Last for 2019 is my self portrait. I try to make a point to shoot a new portrait every season. It's nice to document change and is also a place where I can try out new concepts and test lighting techniques. The self portrait I took in the middle of this summer is particularly important to me with everything I've faced. My life has changed in just about every way you could imagine from the beginning of the year.

I've always viewed my life as separated into three buckets: self, relationships, and my photography/career. Where I've devoted the majority of my time and energy has fluctuated over the years, and I could never really find a healthy balance of managing all three. This year I had the opportunity to take a step back and really, truly work on myself and filling all of these buckets. I spent time breaking down everything I thought I knew about myself and what I thought I wanted. Set the foundation to establish healthy ways to conduct myself, my relationships, and continue to grow as an artist. Now it's time to rebuild.

It has been an incredible year. I'm very proud and grateful for the strides I've made, the knowledge I've gained, and the wonderful people I have to support me. I've never felt so whole. I'm incredibly optimistic, excited, and ready to take on what is next.

It feels so good to be here. đź’›

© ALLISON SEPANEK PHOTOGRAPHY