20 Unique Photos of People from 2014

20 Unique Photos of People from 2014 

January 1, 2015

2014 was without a doubt one of the most amazing years of my life. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to live in 2 beautiful European cities and traveled in 9 countries all total. For a photographer this has been a dream come true and at times I have found it hard to believe that it all really happened. But it did happen and my heart is full knowing how richly blessed I truly am. 

As I look back at my travels this year I’ve realized that it isn’t just the beauty of the city itself that I carry with me, it is its people. I am still learning the art of being a good people / travel / street photographer but I have learned a lot about myself in the process and have come a long way on my path this year.

I am learning the value of taking my time, being patient and allowing the opportunity to present itself to me as it will.

I am learning that it’s okay if I miss the shot as there is always another one waiting for me and that I would rather be present for what is happening than spend my time worrying about what I am missing. 

And I am learning to not be afraid to just step up and take the shot, with the emphasis on learning. There are days I still observe in myself the tendency to hold back rather than taking the risk but experience this less and less often as my awareness grows.

But more than anything I am learning how to truly engage with the people I am photographing in a way that creates an honest connection between us that I believe shows in the end result. 

Street photography and people photography are very different in that people photography is “engaged” in a way that street photography generally is not. I have leaned towards the former honestly due to the anonymity it allowed me but I am choosing now to move beyond this. There are times I still choose to shoot from a place of anonymity if I feel it enhances the image and not because it is where I am most comfortable. I am allowing myself to be stretched not only as a photographer but as a person and for this I am truly grateful. 

I have chosen 20 unique photos of people from 2014 to share with you on the first day of this new year. These are the beautiful people and faces of 2014 as I experienced it. These are people simply being people …

I would love to hear from you about which of these images you most enjoyed and what about it spoke to you and why. Did it make you laugh? Or question? Or did you simply appreciate the colors or the beauty of the image? Did you enjoy those with a more engaged feeling than those with more of a street feeling, or were you able to see the difference?

1. Ladies OF COLOR

2. cLOWN fACE

3. pRINCESS

4. REST

5. fRIENDS

6. ME AND MY SHADOWS

7. MARKET MAN

8. mARILYN

9. signore

10. Precious

11. amsterdamer

12. just hanging out

13. paint man

14. take my picture please

15. sometimes you feel like a nut

16. gelato boys

17. only in bruges

18. the little red cap

19. the birds 

20. karen

I would love to hear from you about which of these images you most enjoyed and what about it spoke to you and why. Did it make you laugh? Or question? Or did you simply appreciate the colors or the beauty of the image? Did you enjoy those with a more engaged feeling than those with more of a street feeling, or were you able to see the difference?

Thank you for your comments and Happy New Year to you!

XOXO,  from me and lu