2017, a timeline

2017 has almost come to an end. One of the quickest years of my life, but then I say that every year…


  • I turned 26, officially transitioning into the last year of my ‘mid 20s.’
  • I created my series Monochopis.




  • Year 2 of Color your World wrapped with a total of 112 participants and numerous creative entries. Make sure to sign up for year 3!
  • I was featured on PopShop Live.
  • I created a facebook group for toy photographers in Florida & the East Coast. This is something I need to focus on building further in 2018.
  • Instagram had an ominous shadow ban, that has again cropped up since. But it seems like we all made it through just fine.
  • I concluded my ‘Why Miniatures?‘ blog series.
  • Numi Organic Tea graciously sent me lots of tea to make photos with.
  • I delved into Lego photography with the Booster Bricks box (shared with me by an internet friend).




  • I left my Office Manager position to become the Lead Studio Photographer at a tech start up. I can now say I am a full-time professional photographer. And subsequently went to Chicago (for training) for the first time.
  • I created a series using only dollar store supplies.
  • My work was shown in a group toy photo show in Lyon, France.


  • I was commissioned to create English & Swahili versions of a book cover – more on that later.
  • I was AntoNova Galleries’ first ever featured artist and was later in their Grand Opening, Black & White and Geometric group shows.




  • The One Word Photo Challenge hit it’s 200th weekly theme.
  • I began posting weekly to YouTube – my main social media endeavor at the current moment.
  • My image was chosen as the cover for Issue 13 of Elsewhere magazine.
  • I stopped writing for Toy Photographers and broke off from most social media to further focus on my creative process. There should be an ebb and flow of this, with me returning to all of the above at some point in the future.
  • I tried out Instagram promotions first hand.


  • December is 2/3 of the way over and I have little to put here as of now. I’ve filmed parts of 4 or 5 more videos for youtube, and I’m waiting on bits and pieces to finish those. I have numerous photos I intend to create and little energy to do it all, so I’m taking it slow, one step at a time. Family is coming in for Christmas, a lot of cleaning and gift wrapping to do before then. Overall, it’s been a good year. A year of transition, and one where you’ve seen significantly less and less of me, but I’m still here working away.


How was your year and what are your holiday plans?


‘Til next time,

Tourmaline .

4 thoughts on “2017, a timeline

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  1. I read a lot of accomplishments, changes and reflection. You have many reasons to celebrate.
    Taking your well deserved break will bring renewed energy.
    Wishing you and your loved ones a happy holiday season!

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