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i thought it was time for a new journal, so i thought i'd recap on my first year of undertaking photography seriously. this is a blog post i wrote:

by the end of 2009, i had just settled into my new job as retoucher at blueprint studios, finished my first year of uni and had decided in my mind that i wanted to be a photographer and nothing else. when 2010started i was glued to my canon 5d mkii that i saved up all during 2009 for. i had my first proper shoot in january with a model and a makeup artist and it was the best feeling ever looking over the photos that night knowing that i created something from what was just an idea in my mind at first to real life during the shoot. in january i was also commissioned to create a series of three book covers, the last vampire by christopher pike and it was my first paid photography job that i am very happy to have done.

at the beginning of 2010 i wrote down a list of things that i wanted to do before the year ended, which just included shooting at least 10 bands and having at least 10 creative shoots with models. both of which i doubled at the very least! during the year my pictures kept appearing on book covers and album covers. i got to shoot the musicoz awards and two (of many others) bands that i love; midnight juggernauts & thirsty merc. i tried my hand at making short films and fell in love with how it works, have started playing music again and am confident in shooting with a creative team and working with models or whoever the subject i am shooting may be. i've also been introduced into the world of wedding photography which i am really enjoying bringing my style into and got to shoot my first editorial for thirst for vision magazine - something im going to be doing more of this year!

this year, i moved to wollongong which is an hour and a little bit away from dan and away from the city. which means being tired of travelling a lot every day, but im going to try and not let that get in the way of anything. im already going to shoot a wedding tomorrow, and have lots of plans to make this year amazing! i know i don't do it much at the moment, but im going to try and do "normal" blogging more often, along with some pictures, just to let you guys know what's going on!

let me know if there is something you'd like to see more of from me (: i'd be happy to hear about it!

for anyone still reading, i can't believe how far i've gotten looking back on just one year. i really couldn't have done it as well as i did without all the support i have from all you, i really appreciate every single comment and favourite i receive to this day. and i read absolutely everything you guys write, even if i don't have the time to reply to everyone individually.

anyway, im going to stop rambling because this post is long enough as it is. if you want to see my first few days of the new year in pictures, you can see them on my blog: www.jtrotti.blogspot.com and follow me as well if you have one! i post everything there first, things that i don't post anywhere else and before and afters of my photo manipulations!

where is one place you'd like to visit anywhere in the world this year?
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emptywords19 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
I'm so happy for you!:)
You're one of my favorite artists here on deviantart so I think you totally deserve it:)
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vampire-zombie Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
hehe that really makes me smile :) thank you so much, i appreciate the support.
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LeaLion Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I would like to visit Rome more than anything this year, but I'm planning a trip to London for the second time (I feel like I'm home there), so don't know if I'm gonna afford another trip :/
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vampire-zombie Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
oh lucky you, i wish i've been to london before! one day :)

i hope you manage to go on a trip to both, im hoping to travel around europe next year!
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LeaLion Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You should travel around Europe! I have only experienced London, France, Cyprus, Poland and Scandinavia were I live, and I'm going to Spain soon. But I so badly want to experience Italy, Iceland, Greece, Romania and France again. I have my whole life to do that hopefully (:
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vampire-zombie Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
that's awesome the places you've been to! my boyfriend is from poland and he's been there before, i wouldn't mind going as well someday. as well as france and italy and london (they are my main choices) then anywhere else around europe. im sure any city will make me happy.
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LeaLion Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hope you get to go there someday (:
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ArtGnome Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
that sounds like one amazing year :D how did you go about becoming professional? do you have an agent to get all those commissions?
i hope this year will treat you even better!

for some reason, beirut is always on top of my list of places i want to see :D though i dont think its gonna happen this year.... other than that, maybe the japanese mountains? havanna? hahah too many places :] what about you?
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vampire-zombie Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
sorry for the late reply.. no i don't have an agent, i do it all myself. try and get as many features on blogs and interviews in magazines, soon enough word catches on and people are contacting me rather than the other way around.

the japanese mountains sound amazing! i would love to go to europe and south america. they are the top of my list.
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the-transition Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw so proud of you! Congrats, you deserve it!

I'm hoping to make 2011 a year I can be proud of, now that I'm taking photography a bit more seriously as well :D It's like I've fallen in love with it all over again :')
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