Friday, December 31

Best of 2010

It's that most wonderful time of the year.  The time when photojournalists everywhere look back at the year with a mix of disappointment and pride.  Plowing through our archives for hours on end assembling a retrospective of things we've witnessed, preparing for the contest season yet to come, and taking stock of just where we are - as journalists, photographers, and human beings.

This was my first full year of freelancing.  There's still plenty I miss about being a staff photographer, but as the anxieties of running a business become simple routine, I'm more excited by the endless horizon, the choose-your-own-adventure, the pure exercise of free-will.  Last year's motto was Hustle & Flow (minus the cocaine).  This year's motto is still kicking around the old brain pan. 

These photos represent the stories and people that meant the most to me this year.  A huge thanks go out to my editors.  They introduce me to the most fascinating people and keep me among the lucky human beings who can make a living at what they love.  I'm looking forward to a 2011 with heart, and moment, and light.

Best of 2010 - Images by Julia Robinson

Thursday, December 16

Recent Portraits for the Statesman

Catching up on some recent portrait assignments.

Isabel, a 17-year-old senior at Austin's LASA, has written a style and arts blog since she was 14.  What started as a fashion blog evolved with her over the years and now highlights the intersection between high fashion, the art world, and pop culture.

Brian Stevens, the owner of Crazy Cakes, will appear on TLC's new reality cake competition show "Next Great Baker," a spinoff of "Cake Boss." He spent years as a digital illustrator for video games companies such as Electronic Arts and Sony.

Uchiko Executive Chef Paul Qui.

Daven Mehta, is CEO of RRE Austin Solar.  The company is breaking ground on a solar power farm in Travis County on December 15, 2010 which will be the largest photovoltaic farm in the US when it is completed.

Monday, December 13

Lopez Island, WA

Earlier this year I packed light and took the long series of flights to get to the San Juan Islands in Washington state.  I was completely charmed by the remoteness of Lopez Island, travel by seaplane, verdant green everything, bushes of wild rose hips, wrecks of fishing boats in every field, a rocky beach tree fort, curious seals roaming the sound, the wood burning hot tub, and the sunset view from our cliff side abode.  Still three more islands to explore.  Can't wait to get back.