Happy New Year!

I created this video last night to possibly use as my final 365 shot, but I think I want to go ahead and post it today since we're at a point of reflecting on last year and looking ahead to an inspired new year. My project has been about my kids, so some of the shots I chose are personal favorites of happy memories this year. Others you may recognize as shots that made the Popular Page, Top 20, Weekly Theme Top Five or various other challenges that have inspired and pushed me this year. I can't believe I made any of those lists, knowing from where I started on the photography front! You all have been the biggest source of information and inspiration. There will be a marked difference in the family photo albums starting with year 2012. I can never thank you enough!

Looking at this video, I realize how blessed and fortunate I am to have a healthy and happy family, and to be able to share that joy with extended family and friends. If you have two extra minutes at your computer today, I would be tickled if you have a watch/listen. These are the days to remember.

*Editor's disclaimer: This is the first time I used I-Movie to do something like this, so it's a little rough. Another thing to learn and improve upon in 2013!
What a fabulous video Robyn. Your deep love for your children, family and friends shines through. I have enjoyed your journey and your development into a wonderful photographer. You are without a doubt one of the best portrait photographers on 365. Your use of depth of field, and your ability to capture the most wonderful expressions (especially in your selfies!) really make you stand out. You were the first person to ever fav one of my photos, so you will always have a special place in my 365 heart.

As you approach your last few days, I congratulate you on a great project, being a wonderful mum and friend to all. I hope that you will be continuing, as this place quite simply will not be the same without you. Keep Rockin' Robyn. Sean x
posted January 1st, 2013  
You had a beautiful year. Thanks for sharing it with me. So glad to have met you in 2012. Hope that youa re continuing. Fav:).
posted January 1st, 2013  
This came out great! So many beautiful photos - keep it up in 2013!
posted January 1st, 2013  
Such a wonderful way to end the year!
posted January 1st, 2013  
Lyn
Robyn, I feel so honored to count myself as one of your followers during your 365. Your love for your family is awe-inspiring and showed through in all the special photos of your darling boys. Your creativity and artistry inspired me all the time and I found so many of your selfies not only exquisitely beautiful but also thought-provoking in terms of almost being able to see your convictions, confidence and, sometimes, your own introspection and worries. It has been a true privilege to share this year in your life. Congratulations!
posted January 1st, 2013  
Beautiful, Robyn! You are a talent and a treasure. Congrats on reaching the finish line!
posted January 1st, 2013  
Beautiful!
posted January 1st, 2013  
Wonderful slideshow!! You had so many fun and happy shots of your family, always a good thing to remember. And you've reached so many milestones which I think also reflects your positive involvement in this site. Thanks for your comments throughout the year and for finding me on FB! Take care and Happy New Year, Lesley :)
posted January 1st, 2013  
Fantastic finish Robyn! Many of your chosen shots are old favorites of mine, and many I hadn't seen before are new favorites. It's been a terrific year and I look forward to following you into 2013!

P.S. I loved the one of Arwen getting ready to lick the cone! I need to find that one in your album and fave it! :)
posted January 1st, 2013  
As amazing as it has been to follow you and see your family as you have so kindly and creatively shared, it is breathtaking to see the shots so artfully woven together! Thank you!
posted January 1st, 2013  
Wonderful job. You handled iMovie like a pro. You are a superb photographer!
posted January 1st, 2013  
@seanoneill Thank you, Sean. You don't know how much your support, encouragement and kindness means to me!!
posted January 1st, 2013  
@lyno Thank you, Lyn! Your words are so generous and appreciated!
posted January 1st, 2013  
@grizzlysghost That was one of my favorites, too, Aaron! Thank you for looking out for newbies like me! It means a lot to me and a lot of others.
posted January 1st, 2013  
@jrphotoartkc Thank you, Jim!! I appreciate that so much.
posted January 1st, 2013  
@edorreandresen Thank you for enjoying my slideshow!! Your comments and favs have helped keep me going this year!
posted January 1st, 2013  
Great job! Looks fantastic. You have such talent for photographing kids, you could totally do it as pro. Thanks for being one of my faithful followers my whole project. You are too cool for school ;) Congrats again
posted January 1st, 2013  
Very cool! So many great shots and great memories you captured this year. I'm glad that I got to see even a brief moment of your project. Love them.
posted January 1st, 2013  
A great collection of shots, Robyn! It's been a pleasure to follow you throughout the year.
posted January 1st, 2013  
Wow! Great job. What an amazing collection of family photos, what a gift you have given them and yourself to record so many of the special moments, expressions and joy of your time together this year. Excellent, thank you so much for including us in the process.
posted January 1st, 2013  
I am so moved by this video of your/our) family. It is so true to character...you've captured the emotion of life. I have so much love and appreciation for you and your talents. Love you.
posted January 1st, 2013  
I just loved this video, you did a fabulous job and the music was perfect - who sings that song?
I have really enjoyed following you Robyn, you are a fabulous photographer and I love seeing your darling boys.
posted January 2nd, 2013  
Terrific video, Robyn. Must be preserved for those young men of yours to appreciate in future years.
posted January 2nd, 2013  
Wonderful video Robyn, Your photos have been an inspiration to me and I can't wait to see the wonderful shots you will be posting in 2013 =)
posted January 2nd, 2013  
Awesome
posted January 2nd, 2013  
That is such a wonderful video, Robyn! It will be such a great memory for you to always look back on.
posted January 2nd, 2013  
Beautiful video, Robyn... I think you and iMovie did a great first job together! Your sunny disposition shines through in your photography. You have a great eye and it's such a pleasure to see this collection of photo all together.
posted January 2nd, 2013  
You definitely capture the true essence of the person in your portraits or the-exact-moment-in-time in your others............ just brilliant!
@seanoneill Gosh Sean - you certainly have a way with words.... so, Robin, all I'm going to add to his, is ditto. !!!
posted January 2nd, 2013  
wonderful world by Robyn)))
posted January 2nd, 2013  
Oh I love this so much, and love you, MOM
posted January 2nd, 2013  
Thats a fabulous collection. Not heard 10000 maniacs for an age too!
posted January 2nd, 2013  
Wonderful collection! Your photos are amazing!
posted January 2nd, 2013  
Your comments and favs must release Oxytocin in my brain because you all make me feel like I'm on cloud nine! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I really can't thank you enough. (And, I want to add that I'm really not this mushy in real life.) :)


@seanoneill @amandalomonaco @melissapike @lolanae @lyno @ljm @miley89 @kiwichick @grizzlysghost @edorreandresen @jrphotoartkc @tbats22 @geocacheking @ladyjane @kandkids @happyandyouknowit @kjarn @dauber @tanja_1211 @abhijit @tryeveryday @aspada @thebluegnu @lexo @jackiephotos @fueast @tandem02 @worthitall @shutterbugger
posted January 2nd, 2013  
P.S. I so almost did a video using this song (it was one of the choices anyway). I was too over it and lazy in the end.:)
posted January 2nd, 2013  
@amandalomonaco lol - I'm a bit tired of it at this point (smile) -- it was a bit of a time sucker because I haven't kept a file for 365 photos so I had to dig around and sometimes re-download my photos from the site so I would have a copy!
posted January 2nd, 2013  
A month or so back, I started a file. I think that I got to February. I meant to make a book of the year's photos, too. Ah well...someday. You did so good for your first time. I've never made a video either. My hubby was going to help me, but then he got mad that I was going to continue with 365 another year so I scrapped the plan.
posted January 2nd, 2013  
@amandalomonaco We're leading parallel lives! That's the question mark for me with year two - staying in touch but also staying in good graces with dear husband who would really like the end to be, well, the end.
posted January 2nd, 2013  
@rockinrobyn We could hold each other accountable to keep it to a minimum. It's freeing to feel less stress about it this time around. I may not post every day either. It's the mama of 3 kids syndrome. My kids want me back, too!
posted January 2nd, 2013  
@amandalomonaco Yes, there's that part, too, for sure!
posted January 2nd, 2013  
Could you tell me the name of the song in your video and who sings it please.
posted January 2nd, 2013  
@kjarn Sure, it's 10,000 Maniacs (led by Natalie Merchant) and the song is titled "These Are the Days."
posted January 2nd, 2013  
Fantastic video. :)
posted January 2nd, 2013  
Thank you so much.
posted January 2nd, 2013  
@seanoneill Sean couldn't have said it better. Congratulations on completing your wonderful album. Great slideshow, BTW. I'd like to make one myself, hopefully I'll be able to figure it out how to make it by the time I'm done with 365.
posted January 3rd, 2013  
what a wonderful compilation! very well done and congrats on seeing it thru to year's end :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Wonderful collection from your year! You have a wonderful talent for capturing your children's personalities!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
I love your slideshow! Great song, great selection of images! Sorry its taken this long for me to get around to viewing it :( Congrats and looking forward to 2013!
posted January 5th, 2013  
Lots of memorable shots. I particularly liked railway tracks and ferris wheel
posted January 5th, 2013  
Robyn this is was joy to watch.... amazing memories and a fantastic journey through your 365. It has been a privilege to follow you on your journey and thank you so, so much ♥ Instant fav ♥
posted January 5th, 2013  
ps.... Wishing You and Your Delightful Family, A Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year xx♥xx
posted January 5th, 2013  
As a newbie I would like to say thank you for the video...it is amazing and only fuels my desire to become a better photographer. Again Thank You!
posted January 12th, 2013  
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