2018 - AprilMartellPhotography

How was your year? Did you accomplish the goals you set on January 1st? Did you set any? I tend not to do resolutions, but to those who need a calendar day as a little extra motivation, good for you for grabbing on to it!

2018 wasn't the greatest year in memory. I won't get into it all, you can read about it here if you'd like. I don't know if that particular event and everything that followed in the months after was the reason for having set down my camera, but it's what seemed to have happened. I had very little interest in venturing down to my little makeshift studio, and made very little effort to book sessions. Though I can't say I didn't find another outlet; I spent a lot of time with my guitar this year. I don't know if I can say I've improved, but I am enjoying it immensely!

Before it all happened, I had decided that I would go on more photo adventures, and as I enjoy making these adventures alone, I discovered that just because I went alone didn't mean I couldn't have anyone in the photos.

Below is a few of my favorites from each of my 2018 adventures. It feels like it's been ages since I've been out, but I tend to avoid taking my camera outdoors when the temperature is as cold as it's been. Me and frigid air don't enjoy each other's company.



At first it felt quite strange to set up a tripod and get in the photo. The first set of photos was the very first time I did it, and the location I was in was just below a house overlooking the ocean with large windows. I still wonder if anyone was home that day, questioning why some weirdo was down there running back and forth and standing in random spots looking off into the distance.

It still feels weird; I wouldn't do this if anyone was around. Maybe one day I won't care, but as of right now, I still tend to not want total strangers to think I'm doing some sort of over-the-top selfie session.

Though I can't venture far and am pretty limited on the amount of time I have to go, I have gotten to some pretty scenic places around Antigonish County (and beyond; I crossed over into HRM on one particular adventure). There's a lot of stopping on rural roads to grab a photo from the yellow line; it's something I can't resist. I only will do it when I can see and hear the traffic in either direction, it's never on a busy road. But it seems to be a habit.

My favorite adventure by far was when I hit the road to Cape Breton and went exploring with my bestest girl. As much as I enjoy my solo adventures, there is nothing like getting in the car with one of your favorite people and going wherever the wind takes you. It's good for the soul.

If you want to see all the photos from that particular weekend, you can check out my entry here.

I've not been blogging a lot lately. 2018 was when I dipped my toes into it, and then found myself backing away from the photography I'd been trying so hard to improve upon. It was a struggle to come up with anything to write about during the times when I went awhile without getting out to explore. I honestly thought it would be a bit easier. I thought, well, I could write about personal stuff. The funny things that go on in our house, living with a seven-year-old who is frankly, hilarious, and a husband who can make me wheeze-laugh at one in the morning when both of us should be asleep (last night, for instance). Yet I didn't really know how to write whole entries on those things.

One of my favorite blog entries was about parenthood, and how it's not all that social media sometimes portrays it to be. I'm rather proud of it, because maybe it's hard to tell from most of my entries, but judging by how hard I laugh at my own jokes, I'm freaking hilarious. You can find that particular entry here . There's also the entry on the shitstorm that weekday mornings can sometimes be when you've got a kid: Mornings

And how about those glorious weeks of carrying said kid in your belly? Got you covered: The Little Buns In The Ovens


So although I did manage to write a few entries on life, it was mostly my little adventures, and I think that's just fine.


If you've managed to make it to the end of this long entry, I hope you enjoyed the look back. I didn't include any of the photo sessions I did in 2018, because this past year was a shift in another direction.

What will 2019 bring? Who knows. Maybe new adventures to new places. Maybe something completely new and different. That's the beauty of a new year; no one knows.

Here's to the unknown and taking life as it comes. Happy new year!

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