Entirely Too Much Information About Aaron’s Year

It’s Christmas Eve morning at 7.35am. I’ve been up for about 45 minutes. Not because I’m waiting for Santa or anything like that. I’ve got a pretty large three-day job for a new luxury hotel that will be opening in Hanoi at the beginning of the new year. The Hotel de l’Opera. An absolutely gorgeous MGallery property. If everything goes according to schedule, I’ll finish shooting around 7pm tonight and be sitting with friends drinking in some holiday cheer soon after. Then a long lazy day watching movies and ignoring the internet on Christmas Day.

The above image is one of the last portraits I took this year. Of the owner of a new rock club here in Hanoi. So there’s that and this. My year-end slideshow, linked below. Nearly 12 minutes of photographs and paragraphs. I did a lot of things this year. I thought a simple slideshow with just images would be pretty boring, so I opted for descriptions and details wherever possible. I don’t expect all of you to watch it. Maybe just my mom and dad. But there’s lots of travel, portraits, random assignments and tearsheets and more to see. So if that moves you. The music is from How to Dress Well. Fittingly one of my favorite albums of the year. Enjoy. Happy Holidays, etc. See you on the other side.

Aaron Joel Santos 2010 Year Ender.

11 Photographs from 2010

There’s not much to say here. Or maybe there’s a lot to say. It’s getting on to the end of the year. So here are 11 photographs I took in 2010. A match and one to grow on. A nice way to repackage the past 12 months and to stop looking backwards and go forth. It was a fun year.

The last six months or so marked the first time I was able to begin supporting myself solely on my photography. I traveled a lot. More than I ever thought I would. Across Vietnam and to Singapore, Laos, Thailand, Japan and the US. I worked a lot, too. For newspapers, magazines, commercial clients and more. I started a wedding photography company. My work appeared in one large gallery show and in several charity auctions. But I also lost a lot of jobs and learned a lot of hard lessons. Or I’m trying to learn those hard lessons. I’m dense and some things don’t sink in so easily. So here’s to 2010. And 2011 and beyond.