Showing posts with label Year End Recap. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Year End Recap. Show all posts

Jan 1, 2022

A Quick Look Back at 2021

Nothing was easy this year and that's perhaps the reason I did my best to see the good in 2021.

As I look back at the year that was all I honestly feel is gratitude. Gratitude for the people in my life, the steps forward I managed, and for the moments of calm where I was able to recognize that I was somehow figuring things out - or at least creating options.

Editing Luke Instagram 2021

Not willing to stop travel shooting this year I traversed the Canadian prairies - from the edge of the Rockies in Alberta to the centre of Canada billboard in Manitoba - I covered thousands of kms and shot just as many pictures.

I launched the Surreal Alberta series, released a record number of new photo essays, and sold prints around the world for the 2nd year in a row. I bought new-to-me vintage toys to film with, rebuilt a dream edit suite, and celebrated new collabs as my work appeared on postcards, walls in foreign cities, and in more places close to home than I can name. 

I was finally able to see friends I missed, built new relationships with travel partners in places like Montreal, Tokyo, Miami, and connected with familiar faces in a place called Medicine Hat that I hardly ever mention. I built a lightsaber, I ate inside "the castle" during travel shoots at Disney World's 50th, and I got left behind at the airport in Toronto in a real life series of Home Alone 2 mixups.

I welcomed the 50 millionth visitor to the Editing Luke website since it first launched, started walking 5km a day back in July, and in my ongoing Jaguar search I bought a Cadillac. 

2021 has been a time - and not nearly as organized or worry free as a few curated paragraphs might suggest. But, through the noise, it has been really fun.

Thank you for the incredible support and engagement this year. Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous new year ahead.

Dec 31, 2020

Editing Luke in 2020 ... Not Quite A Recap

Since Editing Luke launched in 2007 I've always put together a year end recap to share some of my highlights and creative achievements as a way to reflect, gain perspective, and to take a moment to appreciate the journey the year provided. 

Obviously, 2020 is an entirely different can of worms.

It's not that there weren't achievements this year. In fact, if I'm honest I've had a relatively strong year all things considered. From visits and travel shoots in California, promoting existing film content to new audiences, releasing hundreds of new images and building up online print sales, and even managing several weeks of travel shoots in France - I've definitely had considerably worse years than 2020.

Snapshots from Editing Luke in 2020.

What's changed is that at the end of this year I don't particularly need any more time to reflect. The year has provided nothing but time to reflect and I'm eager, if not completely distracted, by what 2021 has in store. Between the measured optimism of all the things I want to see and do, there's also still a considerable amount of uncertainty in the mix.

Unlike 2020, which had moments and projects that could be salvaged or altered because the planning predated the chaos, it's been almost impossible to predict or try to confirm anything with accuracy in the new year. My experience in France was no exception to how chaotic trying to make things work in this 'new normal' can be. Are we even out of the storm? I don't know.  

The reality of running a small production company that specializes in travel, documentary, and general promotional content can be mentally exhausting at the best of times. I've discovered it's a 'one day at a time' scenario when the world has paused and you have nothing but time to marinate in your own insecurities and have had your ambitions put on hold. 

I'm even finding it hard to distract myself with content these days. I have thousands of unpublished images from numerous travel shoots waiting in the wings that aren't even worth releasing until people can go places again. And there's another checkmark for 'things I never knew would be a problem in my lifetime'. 

I know I'm not alone in feeling the frustration and stress. I know this year has created challenges that we'll all be dealing with for years to come. And even in thinking about my own recap this year, I've realized that maybe I don't have context for this yet while I'm still in the middle of it.

I'm doing fine, but I'm coasting. Just waiting like everyone else.

Things could be worse. Things could be so much better too.      

So, forgive the lack of a recap this year, and in breaking a 13 year tradition on this website, but I'd rather be looking forward right now. I'm sure many of you can relate. 

Please join me in willing 2021 into being something amazing. After the haze that was 2020, I think we're all going to need one another more than ever.


Jan 1, 2020

Editing Luke in 2019

It was a year of incredible challenges, competition, and stress, but also a year of reinvention, growth, and undeniable achievement for Editing Luke. Once again, I won't bore you with every project that I was involved with in 2019, but here are some of the standout moments and personal bests that made this year one that I'm particularly proud to share: 

Editing Luke 2019

January 2019 - My year kicked off with an invitation to speak and share a bit of my story with hometown photographers at the Medicine Hat Photography Club. One of the coolest things about the invite is that it provided an opportunity to really reflect on my approach in a way that I hadn't considered or contextualized before. 

January 15, 2019 - A series of travel shoots in Calgary, Alberta resulted in the release of a brand new photo set featuring the architectural details of Calgary's newly built Central Library. In addition to one of the images trending on Instagram, the post quickly became the most viewed set on Editing Luke in January.

January 30, 2019 - My documentary, On 2nd received additional attention after playing at the 2019 Mayor's State of the City Address in Medicine Hat, Alberta. 

February 12, 2019 - A new photo set featuring Death Valley National Park in California became February's most viewed post on Editing Luke.

February 2019 - The Hey, Canada travel photography series was officially launched.

March 1, 2019 - With the production company growing, I took a moment to celebrate the 5 year anniversary since Editing Luke became my full-time operation

March 11, 2019 - An overnight frost and well-timed shoot lead to this photo set going viral and easily garnering the most views on Editing Luke in March.

March 21, 2019 - Editing Luke was interviewed on CBC Radio Calgary.

April 1, 2019 - A series of new travel shoots took place in Edmonton, Alberta.

April 8, 2019 - A new photo set of an old lodge in a Florida swamp attracted the attention of the Tallahassee tourism board and lead to this post becoming April's most viewed.

April 2019 - After several months in talks, planning, and negotiations, I secured funding to produce a new feature length documentary.

May 1, 2019 - This new photo set of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida became the most viewed post of May on Editing Luke. 

May 17, 2019 - Documentary production went into full swing.

May 2019 - In what became my most ambitious travel shoot of the year, for the second half of May I embarked on a 14 state road trip through the Northeast USA. This travel shoot was also noteworthy as following it I had officially shot photography and video (in varying capacities) in all 50 United States and D.C. 

June 4, 2019 - Cover images featured on the annual report for the City of Medicine Hat.

June 12, 2019 - Filming on the documentary continued in Vancouver, British Columbia.

June 26, 2019 - Following an exploration of RCA Studio B in Nashville, this new photo set went on to become June's most viewed post on Editing Luke.

July 1, 2019 - Travel shoots in Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

July 15, 2019 - Documentary enters post-production.

July 25, 2019 - This recap of some of my past Canadian concert photography highlights became the most viewed post of July on Editing Luke.

August 2019 - Instagram features for @editingluke abounded this year from tourism related re-posts in places like Montreal, Dallas, Cape Cod, Seattle, Miami, Detroit, Toronto, and Los Angeles. As well as business features from companies like WestJet, McDonalds Canada, and Pizza Hut. 

August 10, 2019 - Long awaited details about what the new documentary I'd been working on for months was actually about were finally released. This also became August's most viewed post on Editing Luke.

September 18, 2019 - After a premiere at Medalta Potteries, my documentary Clay, Creativity & the Comeback debuted to the public online. After several months of shares and multiple streaming links, this post quickly became the most viewed of 2019 on Editing Luke. Additional details about the project were also released here

You can watch the complete documentary here.

September 27, 2019 - A collection of 40+ original art prints were installed in the newly built Stringam Law Office in my hometown of Medicine Hat, becoming the largest collection of my work on display in a single location to date. 

October 26, 2019 - This month was dominated by an epic travel shoot around Japan, and the subsequent launch of the Overseas Collection for all of the future photo sets to come. With so much content debuting on Instagram, this brief recap became the most viewed post of October on Editing Luke.  

November 8, 2019 - Work continued on the expansion of the Around Alberta series.

November 10, 2019 - With the WU17 Hockey Challenge in town, Editing Luke was contracted by TSN to shoot some material for them. This post became the most viewed of November.

December 15, 2019 - The year wrapped with a series of incredible travel shoots around New York City leading up to Christmas. While much of the content has yet to debut, a few of the early hits have included Jagged Little Pill on Broadway, Riding the Subway, Carnegie Hall, and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

December 23, 2019 - Featuring scenes around Old Quebec at Christmas, this new photo set became the most viewed post of December on Editing Luke.

Jan 1, 2019

Editing Luke in 2018

Records broken, personal milestones achieved, and some of the most ambitious photography and video projects produced by Editing Luke to date - 2018 was a formative year in the growth of this brand / company. I won't bore you with every single project, edit, brand deal, or shoot - instead, here's a sampling of some of my year's most memorable online moments:

Editing Luke 2018

January 2018 - As the Editing Luke Instagram following doubled in size through 2018 there was a sharp increase in collaborative / influencer opportunities presented. This included creating content for watch companies, men's clothing brands, brewing companies, travel partners, and a renewed year long contract with McDonald's Canada.

Editing Luke 2018

January 26, 2018 - I posted a new photo set on Medicine Hat's historic train station. This was January's most viewed new post on the Editing Luke website. 

February 2018 - Expanding on a concept that began the following year, I released over 100 new images of Medicine Hat, Alberta over the course of 2018 on the Editing Luke facebook page. Not only did this attract several thousand new followers, but it provided some great highlights through Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall

Editing Luke 2018

February 18, 2018 - New images of the modernized Medicine Hat High School were released. This was February's most viewed new post on the Editing Luke website.

March 6, 2018 - Exploring Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in Alberta. This was March's most viewed new post on the Editing Luke website.

Editing Luke 2018

March 10, 2018 - Around the Hat was largely reworked with new edits and additions made, as well as a new promo for the photo series released

March 2018 - One of the year's most ambitious travel shoots took place behind the wheel of a muscle car through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and New Mexico. More here.

Editing Luke 2018
Editing Luke 2018

April 6, 2018 - The first video in the series I'd shot and edited for the Canadian Badlands (Spirit of the Badlands) travel campaign was released.

April 29, 2018 - Exploring the otherworldly Red Rock Coulee in Alberta. This was April's most viewed new post on the Editing Luke website.

Editing Luke 2018

May 3, 2018 - After over a year in production, the first clips from my schoolwide documentary were finally released. Here's the story of a how a schoolwide documentary changed everything. This was also May's most viewed new post on the Editing Luke website.

Editing Luke 2018

May 16, 2018 - I worked with the Medicine Hat Fire Department to produce a river safety video that was released later in the summer. The opportunity provided an opportunity to shoot some amazing views from the water.

May 31, 2018 - I reflected on the 11 year anniversary of launching Editing Luke.

Editing Luke 2018
Editing Luke 2018

June 16, 2018 - Production was in full swing on a new documentary project, still unreleased, but set to be completed in 2019.

June 23, 2018 - A new series of 15 prints went on display in my hometown. This was June's most viewed new post on the Editing Luke website.

Editing Luke 2018
July 1, 2018 - I released two new edits of the Canada Day 151 fireworks.

July 18, 2018 - Exploring Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. This was July's most viewed new post on the Editing Luke website.

August 12, 2018 - I launched a new postcard series, taking a closer look at the stories behind vintage Alberta postcards that I'd collected over the years.

Editing Luke 2018

August 19, 2018 - After filming in the area, I was invited to come for a private tour of the former Manyberries Train Station. This was August's most viewed new post on the Editing Luke website.

September 1, 2018 - I compiled some of my most popular Alberta travel photography sets into the 7 Natural Wonders of Alberta. This was September's most viewed new post on the Editing Luke website.

Editing Luke 2018

September 2018 - Another major travel shoot this year took place through the American Midwest - notably Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. More hereEditing Luke's Day Off.

Editing Luke 2018
October 12, 2018 - Exploring the historic Craigdarroch Castle on Vancouver Island. This was October's most viewed new post on the Editing Luke website.

October 2018 - By October the third party features of my work had reached a new high on Instagram. In 2018 this included features in Nashville, Memphis, Toronto, Victoria, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Miami, Los Angeles, Detroit, Orlando, Dallas, Galveston, Austin, Houston, and Palm Springs. Of these some notable landmark features included O'Hare in Chicago, Beale Street in Memphis, and the CN Tower in Toronto. 

Editing Luke 2018
November 8, 2018 - I had the largest canvas prints of my photography produced to date.

November 12, 2018 - I recapped 9 places where my work can be seen in my hometown.

Editing Luke 2018

November 18, 2018 - I hosted my first ever Q & A on Instagram. Highlights here.

November 30, 2018 - After weeks of build up my documentary short about 2nd Street, On 2nd officially debuted. This was November's most viewed new post on the Editing Luke website.

December 3, 2018 - I shared a bit of novelty with a visit to the Home Alone house in Illinois. This was December's most viewed new post on the Editing Luke website.

December 2018 - With just enough time for a whirlwind Christmas adventure, my last major travel shoot of the year took place around Ontario and Quebec. More here.

Editing Luke 2018

Jan 1, 2018

Editing Luke in 2017

This was a year of significant growth, brand new (and often unexpected) opportunities, and some of the most diverse projects that my company and website, Editing Luke has ever produced. From travel and video shoots around North America to releasing a successful photo book to collaborating with some amazing partners (both locally and abroad), I'm especially proud of what was accomplished in 2017. Here are some of the moments that really stood out:

Editing Luke 2017

January 12, 2017 - In a year where the traffic multiplied and broke most of my previous records on the Editing Luke website, it was fitting that it kicked off with this milestone.

January 2017 - I was off on another incredible travel shoot / road trip through Nevada, California, and Arizona to add to the series I started in 2016. I shared a few initial highlights in the post: Snow Drifts, Sand Dunes, and the Open Road.

Editing Luke Fandrich 2017
Editing Luke Fandrich 2017

February 8, 2017 - I was hired to shoot architectural photography for The Keg.

February 16, 2017 - I had the pleasure of being 1 of 150 people from around Alberta invited to "Meet in the Middle" for this unique event that took place in Olds.

Editing Luke Fandrich 2017

March 5, 2017 - I photographed Rogers Hometown Hockey in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

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March 9, 2017 - I photographed Tom Cochrane on his Mad Mad World Tour.

Editing Luke Fandrich 2017

March 14, 2017 - This photo series unexpectedly went viral locally when I was invited to shoot some of the final images of the century old Riverside School before it closed in June.

Editing Luke Fandrich 2017

April 26, 2017 - The initial proof for what would become my MHHS AS IT WAS photo book was completed and I finalized my decision to move forward with the project. I seemed to be generating some buzz, but I still had no idea if any copies would actually sell.

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May 3, 2017 - I signed a contract with McDonalds Canada to work as a brand influencer / content creator on several of their social media campaigns in 2017.

May 31, 2017 - Editing Luke celebrated its 10 year anniversary!

Editing Luke Fandrich 2017

June 5, 2017 - After over a year of filming and months of editing, the rough cut of my schoolwide documentary finally debuted. Despite several small screenings and an overwhelmingly positive initial response, the documentary (unfortunately) has still not been approved for a public online release. I'm still hopeful. Here's what the project is about.

June 2017 - I began shooting a new series in Medicine Hat, Alberta titled "Then & Now". I photographed comparisons between archival images and the same locations in 2017. The shots became viral hits on the Editing Luke facebook page. Here is a recap of Part 1.

Editing Luke Fandrich 2017

June 2017 - A lot of late nights / early mornings spawned a collection of summer sunrise images in Medicine Hat, Alberta. This impromptu series also exploded in popularity, receiving thousands of likes & shares on facebook and even a feature from Travel Alberta. Here is Part 1

Editing Luke Fandrich 2017

July 1, 2017 - The video I shot of the Canada 150 fireworks went over pretty well.

July 9, 2017 - I hiked to the top of Medicine Hat's cliffs to capture the view.

July 25, 2017 - I recapped the epic road trip / photo series I shot while driving the length of the Pacific Coast from Seattle to San Diego in 100 images.
Editing Luke Fandrich 2017

August 2017 - I spent two weeks filming in the Canadian Badlands for a really exciting Alberta travel project with Canadian icon Tom Jackson. From dinosaur digs to aerial photography, there were a ton of visual highlights over the course of the shoot.

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Editing Luke Fandrich 2017

September 17, 2017 - The Editing Luke edit suite underwent a major upgrade.

September 2017 - Click the link to see the most popular image I shared on the Editing Luke facebook page this year which reached over 50K people through organic shares

September 30, 2017 - Partners were on-board, funding was approved, and production officially got underway on my 2nd Street documentary project

Editing Luke Fandrich 2017

October 6, 2017 - After months of pre-orders, publishing, and organization, my photo book MHHS AS IT WAS was officially released over this weekend after selling over 1000 copies. More about the book and release here.

Editing Luke Fandrich 2017

October 2017 - I spent the majority of the month road tripping / travel shooting around Florida and up the Gulf Coast of the United States through Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Capturing thousands of images over the three week adventure, I shared a few early highlights here.

Editing Luke Fandrich 2017
Editing Luke Fandrich 2017

October 31, 2017 - AFAR (a popular travel magazine) featured an image from my Roadside California series. 

November 29, 2017 - I was in Montana for another memorable travel shoot.

Editing Luke Fandrich 2017

December 17, 2017 - Bringing the project with my former high school full circle, I was hired to shoot the architectural photography of the brand new MHHS.

Editing Luke Fandrich 2017

December 2017 - For their December issue, my travel photography of Waikiki in Hawaii was featured on the cover and in a 7 page spread in Jetstar Magazine out of Australia. Full story and images of the publication here.
Editing Luke Fandrich 2017