Why Am I Doing This Again… (Best of 2011)…

Once again I feel so incredibly lucky because 2011 was another very good photography year for me.

Not only were two books with my photography published this year…

(Harvesting Color by Rebecca Burgess.)

(Cooking My Way Back Home by Mitchell Rosenthall.)

But I also started work on my third book

And I had two photographs published in The New York Times.

(Fibershed made it in the New York Times on July 7th, 2011.)

(A photo of my grandparents in The Lives They Loved)

I was hired for the first time by biggies like Nike…

and William Sonoma.

And by some cool local companies like Stemple Creek Ranch

Nest Architecture Studio

And Susan Hayes Handwovens

I also met and photographed so many inspiring individuals (especially women) who are doing inspiring things…

…Jean Near.

…Leslie Santos.

…Elizabeth Boothby.

And then there was this guy called George Lucas.

And 12 amazing weddings…

And 14…




But as I was running around documenting other people’s lives, I was also making a little life of my own…

And now 2.5 months later, this crazy little person I created is constantly reminding me how fast everything can change in just a matter of seconds let alone a whole year.

Which leads me to the one photo from 2011 that makes my heart swell like I never knew it could…

I love this photo of my grandfather and my son not because it was published in any magazine or because it is of anyone famous. I love this photo because it helps remind me that in the end none of that fancy stuff really matters. This one photo reminds me that life is too short, we never know what is going to happen next and there are some moments we just need to hold on to.

Happy New Year everyone. Thank you for helping make 2011 a wonderful year. I look forward to seeing what lessons life brings in 2012.

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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  1. Your photos are amazing, you have a great unique style and you must be proud of your achievements. I wish you an even better 2012. I know it would be because you have a precious little one who will give you the most amazing joys and wonderful moments. Enjoy every second!


  2. Kudos to you! Your photography is stunning and inspiring. Thanks for taking the time to share it.


  3. Lindsay Riddell January 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

    You create the most beautiful things. loved 2011 and being a small part of your big year.


  4. Paige! What an amazing year indeed. I love Lindsay’s comment. Me too. Love you!


  5. You are such a talented woman, Paige. I am so glad to see your work recognized and (hopefully) compensated!

    How wonderful that you also managed to do all of this while bringing your son into the world. Your story is an inspiration to many moms!


  6. I’m extremely proud to know you, Paige Green. Thank you.


  7. what a great year paige! you made our book look fantastic!


  8. I found your portfolio the other day and have bookmarked it for return visits. Your images are moving and evocative-you get to the heart and emotion of whatever you’re taking a picture of (person, animal, or scene). Congratulations on such a fantastic year!



  9. It was so beautiful to pop into your work this evening. I love everything you do Paige you bring so much love and truth to what you photographing. Your Grandfather and son says it all and you are so blessed to know what the true gifts are in life. I hope I get to see you sometime soon. My love to your family. Molly


  10. What a lovely post! A beautiful reminder of the important things! Can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for you!


  11. I don’t know you but I do know of you! I have been enjoying your blog this past year. Your work is amazing as well as your stories. Loved the one about your grandparents the best. Mostly I love the way you document life. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to seeing MORE.


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