Three Year Anniversary! And the lessons learned there in

As of today March 14, 2012 I have been a photographer for three years. Praise God, I’m sincerely excited to share the story of this last year. I’ve learned so much about myself, photographic expression, and photographic technique.

Before I get into that, I want to say thank you to some people. First to Sarah Allen who is sincerely my best friend and loves me so much, and truly supports me in all of my creative endeavors. I love you Sarah and I’m so blessed that you are truly my best friend!

Thank you God for all the opportunities you’ve given me, and all the ways you’ve challenged me to grow this last year. I’m happily surrendered to your will.

Thank you Steve Skibbie, Derek Lapsley, Adam Gerling, Jasen Masters, and Carli Morgon for being such encouraging people to talk to. Your encouragement and insights do not fall onto deaf ears. Thank you Danielle Lacey, Alex Beadon, Anahy Ruelas (Congratulations on becoming a mom today!!!), and Anny To for being such inspiring artists and friends! Thank you Kathy Focca for being so freaking hilarious, real, and a friend. Thank you Jo Julia Ramsey for always treating me like a rock star! And for being such a good friend! (can’t wait for December so the three of us can finally meet and shoot the crap out of a wedding together! And hang out in real life like real life friends do.) Thank you to my core group of best friends Sarah + Ryan Reynolds, Diana + Kyle Reynolds (congratulations on becoming parents this year!), Andrea + Neal Powell, Dusti + Tyler Jones, and Melissa + Jason Lincicum. Thank you for praying for me, for supporting Sarah and I, and frankly for putting up with me during my depression. I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t call you guys my best friends. Thank you Breanne Alley for all the time you believed in me.  Thank you Kathy + Tim Dersch and Christina Aguire for adopting me into your family. I Eric Clapton you guys so much. This list could seriously go on for SO very long. Thank you to all of my friends that I’ve been so fortunate to meet during this last three years.

So I’d like to share some of my favorite photos from this last year, and the reason they are either special to me, or important to my story.

In September Sarah and I got to go to Canada for her brother’s wedding (above). It was a sincere honor to be best man for Tony. We also got to finally meet our dear friend Kathy (below). This photo was my became the first photo I ever submitted into a competition.

The above photo was one of my first shots with my new Alien Bees B1600 flash. This is a big deal because I am finally able to compete with the sun. This photo was taken at 11am, and yes that is the actual sky. This sort of style was something I’d wanted to get into for so long.

The below photo is of my dear friends Grace + Andrew. I love it because Grace is a seriously witty and wonderful friend. I like to call Grace “my favorite jerk” what I really mean by that is she really knows how to deal with my sarcastic sense of humor and can really dish it back, and quick! When I met Andrew my heart was so happy for them. It really blesses me that these two are together. They are just so so perfect for each other!

 

The biggest change that occurred for me this year was I learned that I was finding too much of personal value it what I do. And therefore relying too much on what specific people thought of my work to determine my value. To stop this I’ve decided to refrain from publicly sharing my personal work. So far it has been so awesome! It has really worked. I’ve learned to see my photos for what I think of them. Knowing they are good, because they genuinely are good, and not because someone else told me so. It’s allowed me to realize that I don’t have to be so anxious to be a full time professional photographer. That what I really need to focus on is being the best I can be, and as time progresses I will gain more skill, knowledge, and a better ability to “see” the shots. And as I grow the rest will fall into place. This exercise in refraining from sharing personal work has really given me an enormous amount of peace. I praise God for the way He is using it to grow me.

That said, it’ll still be another month before I start sharing personal work again. But in the mean time I would like to give you a little teaser of my latest artwork.

Thank you so much for letting me share with you. I hope you find a way to express your heart today.

God Bless You,

-Adam Allen

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Wendy - I am quite thankful for the chain of events that allowed me to “meet” you. You have helped me tremendously and I wanted to sit down and read this post when I had time and not rush through it on my phone. I wholeheartedly agree with what you said above. For three glorious years, I poured my heart and soul out to the world with my blog. In the past year and a half that I’ve photographed, I placed my “worth” on what other people have said or commented, often times feeling like I was losing my special style because the comments became fewer and further in between.

Lately I post almost nothing and focus on what I truly love. Kudos to you and your wife for your amazing journey together. Thank you for being you.

God Bless,

Wendy from Canada

derek lapsley - yeahhhh buddy!! keep it up man. BTW, the parking garage shot and field shot of the dude is siiiick!! the sun ain’t got sh*t on you now, bahahahahaha 🙂

Anny To - You rock!! (:

Anny To - You rock!! (:

Anny To - You rock!! (:

Adam Allen - I’m glad we’ve become friends Heidi. You rock!

Adam Allen - I’m glad we’ve become friends Heidi. You rock!

Heidi Coffey - Adam Allen by far one of the best and most professional photographers I’ve work with. Not to mention a great friend 🙂

Heidi Coffey - Adam Allen by far one of the best and most professional photographers I’ve work with. Not to mention a great friend 🙂

Heidi Coffey - Adam Allen by far one of the best and most professional photographers I’ve work with. Not to mention a great friend 🙂

Angela - i love that your quest has become about who you are in God. We find true meaning in all we do through him and that no matter what the world says the Heavens will declare His truth. Live it. Love it. And He that is in you will lavish you with promises fulfilled. As for your photos ~ they speak to me…

Becky - Thank YOU!! Congratulations! You have such an amazing talent and I’m so very much looking forward to having you capture the most important, special day for Tim and I. 😉

Becky Hastings Giles - Thank YOU! Happy 3 year anniversary! It’s also my Grandmother Hastings’ birthday. She would have been 99. Yay for today! You have an amazing talent my friend!! 😉

Becky Hastings Giles - Thank YOU! Happy 3 year anniversary! It’s also my Grandmother Hastings’ birthday. She would have been 99. Yay for today! You have an amazing talent my friend!! 😉

Ethan Luke Bay - yep! I’m definitely looking forward to seeing it, too!

Ethan Bay - yep! I’m definitely looking forward to seeing it, too!

Ethan Luke Bay - yep! I’m definitely looking forward to seeing it, too!

Zackbrooke Davidann Fuller - But, thankfully, not “a tease”.

Zackbrooke Davidann Fuller - But, thankfully, not “a tease”.

Zackbrooke Davidann Fuller - But, thankfully, not “a tease”.

Zackbrooke Davidann Fuller - So happy for you, my friend. God is faithful and good.

p.s. those are my friends Krystal Galaviz and Ethan Bay in the last photo! I can’t wait to see how they came out! That teaser pic looks amazing! I am totally teased.

Zackbrooke Davidann Fuller - So happy for you, my friend. God is faithful and good.

p.s. those are my friends Krystal Galaviz and Ethan Bay in the last photo! I can’t wait to see how they came out! That teaser pic looks amazing! I am totally teased.

Zackbrooke Davidann Fuller - So happy for you, my friend. God is faithful and good.

p.s. those are my friends Krystal Galaviz and Ethan Bay in the last photo! I can’t wait to see how they came out! That teaser pic looks amazing! I am totally teased.

Ethan Bay - Awesome stuff, bro!

Jo Julia Ramsey - Yay! Happy Anniversary! Seriously can’t wait to “shoot the crap out of that wedding”! 🙂

Jo Julia Ramsey - Yay! Happy Anniversary! Seriously can’t wait to “shoot the crap out of that wedding”! 🙂

Jo Julia Ramsey - Yay! Happy Anniversary! Seriously can’t wait to “shoot the crap out of that wedding”! 🙂

Danielle Lacey - SAWEET!

Danielle Lacey - SAWEET!

Danielle Lacey - SAWEET!

Kathy Etheridge Dersch - May you continue to grow personally and professionally, and I definitely want to someday be able to say proudly that I knew you when!

Kathy Etheridge Dersch - May you continue to grow personally and professionally, and I definitely want to someday be able to say proudly that I knew you when!

Kathy Etheridge Dersch - May you continue to grow personally and professionally, and I definitely want to someday be able to say proudly that I knew you when!

Adam Allen - Thank you for always being such an blessing and encouragement man!

Adam Allen - Thank you for always being such an blessing and encouragement man!

Jasen Master - Dude…humbled. Thanks a bunch brother.

Jasen Master - Dude…humbled. Thanks a bunch brother.

Jasen Master - Dude…humbled. Thanks a bunch brother.

Adam Allen - Thanks friend. I’m really proud of that one. i feel like I captured his confident attitude really well. I like that one a lot!

Adam Allen - Thanks friend. I’m really proud of that one. i feel like I captured his confident attitude really well. I like that one a lot!

Dusti Jones - The picture of the guy in the field is absolutely astounding. I love it. Like would hang it on my wall even though I don’t know the man. Way to go Adam Allen. Phenomenal.

Dusti Jones - The picture of the guy in the field is absolutely astounding. I love it. Like would hang it on my wall even though I don’t know the man. Way to go Adam Allen. Phenomenal.

Dusti Jones - The picture of the guy in the field is absolutely astounding. I love it. Like would hang it on my wall even though I don’t know the man. Way to go Adam Allen. Phenomenal.

Adam Allen - ha ha ha. oh steve…

Adam Allen - ha ha ha. oh steve…

Steve Skibbie - Congrats! And your gratitude is very nice, too. Thankful people are cool. Well done.

Steve Skibbie - Congrats! And your gratitude is very nice, too. Thankful people are cool. Well done.

Steve Skibbie - Congrats! And your gratitude is very nice, too. Thankful people are cool. Well done.

Adam Allen - And Krystal Galaviz.

Adam Allen - And Krystal Galaviz.

Adam Allen - Featuring Ethan Bay, María Soledad Alcántar, Heidi Coffey, Emma Cloutier, Raimey Allardyce, Los Verdes, Nikki Andres, Grace Duyst, Andrew Nemy, Becky Hastings.

Adam Allen - Featuring Ethan Bay, María Soledad Alcántar, Heidi Coffey, Emma Cloutier, Raimey Allardyce, Los Verdes, Nikki Andres, Grace Duyst, Andrew Nemy, Becky Hastings.

Adam Allen - Andrea Powell, Neal Powell, Kathy Etheridge Dersch, Christina Aguirre,

Adam Allen - Andrea Powell, Neal Powell, Kathy Etheridge Dersch, Christina Aguirre,

Albina Campos - Thanks for sharing Adam! You are definitely an inspiration and have a God given talent! If only I had an iota of your talent! Congrats on your anniversary!

Adam Allen - Anny To, Sarah Allen, Sarah Evans Reynolds, Ryan Reynolds, Kyle Reynolds, Diana Reynolds, Melissa Lincicum, Jason Lincicum, Dusti Jones, Tyler Jones

Adam Allen - Anny To, Sarah Allen, Sarah Evans Reynolds, Ryan Reynolds, Kyle Reynolds, Diana Reynolds, Melissa Lincicum, Jason Lincicum, Dusti Jones, Tyler Jones

Adam Allen - Special thanks to Derek Lapsley, Jasen Master, Carli Morgan, Steve Skibbie, Adam Gerling, Danielle Lacey, Alex Beadon, Anahy Escalera, Kathy Focca, Jo Julia Ramsey

Adam Allen - Special thanks to Derek Lapsley, Jasen Master, Carli Morgan, Steve Skibbie, Adam Gerling, Danielle Lacey, Alex Beadon, Anahy Escalera, Kathy Focca, Jo Julia Ramsey