Hello my new friend, 2021! 🙂 In a ‘normal’ year the business of photography is a rapidly changing and evolving animal, needing the owners’ full attention to trending markets, economic landscapes (both present and immediate future), innovative styles or approaches, new equipment that can open up new worlds and alter your final product and a host of other factors that we must always be on the lookout for. As we are all too aware that was no normal year! I, like most am gob smacked happy it is over. The everyday worries that accompany our daily grind were magnified like no other year; but through it all, we soldier on. The accompanying project image highlights of 2020 culminate one of the most incredible years I’ve been through behind the camera and in the office. It was a year that needed pin-point focus, the ability to adapt and change on a moment’s notice and above all required a work ethic that was enormous, and at times difficult to muster.
But life and work move forward and ultimately there were many amazing, fun, touching, and emotive moments to cherish. As always, when I produce a ‘highlights of’ blog post like this, the images, and stories I choose are for a variety of reasons. It could be the people I was involved with either before or during the shoot, the memories that were created, a vision that became an expected final product or the friendships and business relationships that were born.
This year I chose more of a project perspective to showcase as opposed to single images from a shoot. I felt it was important to give more of a perspective to the entire process. Often projects require so much focus and dedication that I really do not get to enjoy the entirety of it until it’s over. In writing this it sounds almost sad, but the execution has always been one of my greatest joys; the memories from the entire project or shoot come to life though after it is complete.
I know I’m not alone in being ecstatic to see the calendar flip to 2021. Obviously, we still face huge challenges in all aspects of our lives, but it feels like we are climbing out of that proverbial dark space. So, on that note enjoy some project highlights from the year past and may we all have a much deserved and fantastic 2021!!
From very early on, Kamloops-based photographer Kelly Funk has utilized the environment - both natural and urban - to accentuate the strengths of his professional photographic career, forming a unique, fresh perspective and high-end product.