I Heart Faces Photo Challenge: Best Face of 2012

 Picking my favorite image of 2012 was not an easy task.  Aside from images of my clients, about 99.9% of my photos are of my son...and I love every single one of them.  Even so, I do have my favorites.  Ironically, the photo I've chosen is a selfie. 

I cannot express how deeply personal this photo is...it was the first self-portrait I'd taken in almost two years that I saw myself.  I'd just started coming out of a deep depression, and this photo felt so hopeful to me...that maybe, just maybe I was going to be okay afterall. 

I double exposed it (in photoshop) with a photo of frost-covered tree branches with the sun flaring out from behind the trunk that I'd taken the winter before. 

The dormant tree, sleeping,frozen with ice...the hopeful sun bursting through the twigs, warming them; thawing them; preparing them for the spring that was to come.

This image was submitted to the I Heart Faces photo challenge-- www.iheartfaces.com
Photo Challenge Submission