Well, I really did try to choose just 10 images of 2011 moments that would capture it's spirit. Offer a nod of gratitude. Leave a trace. But that inspired a different way of thinking about it. It's really about reflecting on this year's top 10 treasured values that are always the lens and frame of an image I shoot and collect. Those that are favorites at the end of a year all got to be on that list because they snapped those values to life in the first place. My eye seeks what my heart wants to know and remember.
Here are the things my heart wanted to know and remember this year:
1) Such amazing tiny hands and feet
2) Sustained curiosity
3) Surprise and Delight
5) Testing limits
6) Early Literacy
9) Making use of inspiration
Oh, what a good way that was not to have to choose 10! If you were to try and choose your own -- whether from family, travel, classroom, where ever 2011 may have taken you and your camera -- what would they show you you cared most about?
Here's to a happy, healthy, playful 2012!