The need to blog today was overwhelming. I feel like this year has been a massive journey for me in so many ways and I wanted to sum that up in images. This little blog is less than a year old, but I have had so many opportunities come my way, many of which have been a little on the scary side as they have forced me out of my comfort zone. One thing I've realised is that things only happen if you are the driving force behind them.  2011 has definitely been about learning to be brave.   And that creativity is very good for you.

These are my absolute favourite images of the year, thank you to everyone who has been with me along the way - to Dafydd, my two Sarahs, to readers of my blog who really keep me going (your comments are so encouraging). To my family and friends who listen to me talk about my photography a lot and who are all amazing, to my wonderful clients and to the awesome photographers and bloggers who have inspired me this year.

I'm writing this from our new home - an old Victorian terraced cottage in Hertforshire.  A new home, new challenges...Farewell 2011...hello 2012, my door is open.