Happy Thanksgiving, folks!

To be honest, of all the holidays this has always been my personal favorite.  It means a trip to see relatives, relaxation, a good nature hike or a museum or something, days and days of good food of course, and usually much less of the craziness that is associated with other holidays. ;-)

Most importantly, this is the time to reflect on our past year, or even our entire lives, and be happy and thankful no matter where we find ourselves in life.  Chances are that if you’re reading this, we have at least one thing in common:  A passion for photography, for creating images that document our lives, the places we visit, and tell stories for future generations.

To me at least, photography is one of the main things in my life that makes me happy.  Sure, faith & family & friends are what make the world go ’round, but photography is what we DO.

What Are We Thankful For?

Here at SLR Lounge we thought we would go around and talk about a few of the things we are thankful for today that relate to photography.  I’ll go first!  Of course, please feel free to leave your own comments below!

Matthew Saville

thanksgiving-2013-matthew-savilleAdventures in the Eastern Sierras – October 2013

I think this past year has seen a healthy shift in my priorities in life, and my appreciation for the little things that matter most.  I’m not only thankful that I can use a camera to pay my bills, but also that I can make time to help others learn photography here through SLR Lounge.  Of course just as importantly, I’m thankful to still have time left over for personal photo adventures!  Going out to photograph a sunrise or sunset, all alone in the wilderness, is one of the best ways for me to ensure that I feel energetic and happy throughout the rest of the workweek!

Speaking of the outdoors, I’m also thankful that Nikon made the D5300.    It’s a tiny little beginner DSLR yet it packs an incredible 24-megapixel sensor without an AA filter.  Finally, I can affordably create pro quality outdoor imagery (and big prints) with a camera that doesn’t weigh a ton, or empty my wallet!  (Click HERE to view recent work!)

Joe Gunawan

I’m thankful that I have so many opportunities to work on awesome projects with very talented folks. My hairstylists, makeup artists, wardrobe/prop stylists, assistants, and digitechs all make my job a lot easier. I love people who show up bringing their “A” game, are full of creativity, and are fun to be around in a photoshoot.  And, of course, amazing models who are easy to work with! They are the beautiful canvas in which my crew and I paint our wild ideas on.

Beauty For All Seasons by Joe Gunawan | fotosiamo.com

I am all about production value and exploring new ways to be more creative, and this year we have had some amazing opportunities to do some really high-value photo shoots that are very rewarding for everyone involved.


Michelle Aenlle Ford

I gotta be honest, this year I’ve been oh-so-grateful to have the Canon 5D Mk3 and affordable wireless flash setups. That, and reliable assistants, all just make my life so much easier and help me me take my photography to the next level!

Tanya Goodall Smith

This year I’m really grateful for my local photography group. I met a few photographers at a workshop a couple years ago, and they invited me to join them in a monthly social group. We get together for dinner and sometimes we shoot or share a new editing technique. We all have different strengths and weaknesses, so it has been wonderful to have a group of photographers who are supportive. (Read about “Rogue Heart Media” here!)


As the year draws to a close, what are you thankful for?  Hopefully photography has helped us to enjoy and appreciate this past year in one way or another, and we’d love to hear from you!


Until next time, take care and happy clicking,