With the "favorite photo" threads popping up just now, I thought I'd narrow it down a bit. What's YOUR favorite image from 2005?
Last year, mine was an easy slam dunk - those of you that know the story behind it, know why (it is, and will remain the "highlight image" in my port here).
This year, picking a favorite image was more difficult. So much more to choose from, so much (IMO) better quality across the board. But there wasn't anything that really sparked me, that had much of a "story" around it. Sure, there were concepts conceived, planned, and seen to fruition, but what makes any of them particularly special?
So I had to think about it a bit more.
And once again, I came up with an image of my dearest friend and most favoritest model ever, Jodi Miller
. Y'alls are probably tired of me posting (about) her so much - well, get used to it. You ain't seen nothin' yet.
Standing at four feet, eleven inches tall, Jodi gave up her aspirations of being any kind of a "commercial" or "fashion" model. She's also been whacked down and around by judges in physique competition, always bringing to the stage an exceptional package, and should have arguably won her class in several competitions. She's chased that ever-elusive IFBB Pro Card for years, only to be denied.
She's made some choices in the last year that were, shall we say, not the best. Yet she came back in the face of incredible personal turmoil, turning that negative energy that had been directed toward her into positive energy and bettering herself.
She's seen her fellow competitors advance on to the pro ranks, many of whom have received lucrative and high profile sponsorships and endorsement deals.
In September of this year, Jodi was seen for who and what she is; a fierce competitor and a focussed and dedicated person, and was rewarded with the first (of many to come) endorsement and modelling deals with Vancouver, BC based Define Athletic Wear. I am fortunate enough to be able to provide them images.
So, as images go, it's pretty plain visually speaking, but as last year, there is so much more feeling and emotion (for both Jodi and I) around this image that really can't be told.
I'm so proud of Jodi...I can't put it into words. 2005 has been one hell of a ride.