As fall draws to a close and we head into the colder winter months, the scenery around us shifts for the season. If there is something that you'll miss the most from the warmer weather, what would it be?
Assuming that you live in a location that has seasonal changes both in weather and landscape aesthetic, we're heading into winter, which generally means a few things. It means colder temperatures and generally less abundant nature around us. As we see these changes take place, it presents us with an opportunity to reflect on how we used the other seasons this year and identify things we did well and the things that we'll miss (at least until next year). Ask yourself the simple question: what are you going to miss the most from spring, summer, and fall?
For me, I know that this year, I really enjoyed the blooming flowers from spring and summer. I feel like I was really able to see more and appreciate more the blossoming plant life around me, and I think I was able to incorporate a floral component effectively for a number of different portrait shoots. I'm really proud of some of the work I created this year, and sitting here, reflecting on the spring and summer season I can't help but miss the flowers. As winter creeps upon us and the temperatures begin to drop, I know that I'll be looking forward to next year's bloom with much anticipation.
Having grown up in an area with all four seasons and having relocated to a new location that also experiences them, I know that seasonal changes are something that I probably couldn't do without. As each one begins and ends, it offers us a new opportunity to create changing and evolving artwork. Whether it's landscapes or location portrait sessions, seasonal change brings with it something new every year. We're able to set new goals based on what is available for a given time of year. If blooming mountain flowers are something you really want in the foreground of your landscapes, you know that there is a limited window of time that you'll need to be out there hiking to see them. In my mind, that's a kind of fun pressure that encourages me to get out there and make things happen while they are available.
Where are you from and what seasons do you get to experience? While fall is probably my favorite season (got to love the Halloween vibes), this year, it's the flowers that I'm going to miss and eagerly be looking forward to for next year. If you're from somewhere with limited seasonal change, do you feel that has a positive or negative impact on your work? Is the winter season particularly harsh in your location? If so, how do you go about continuing to create new work through the winter (maybe you shift to more studio work when it's too cold)? Maybe you plan your travels for that exact reason. Do you have somewhere you've been or want to go during a certain time of year? As for this year, what do you think you did well and what is it that you'll be missing until next year?