I’ve seen other photographers write this post at the end of the year and I’ve always loved reading their posts and scrolling their favorite photographs from their sessions. Although I haven’t been in business for a full year yet, I still wanted to write this post as a way to celebrate and reflect on the first 6 months in business. I’d also love to make commitments to myself for the new year.
I think I grew quite a bit personally as well this past year so I thought I’d include some personal highlights from the year.I’m someone who thrives with routines and structure, I feel most comfortable when I make a plan and stick to it! This year was nothing but curveballs and strikeouts which made for a challenging year. We’ve had difficulties growing our family and it hasn’t been easy being mostly apart from Jared this past year. Thank goodness I had my photography business this year to keep the overwhelm in check. I’ve always known that life is out of my control, but it’s one thing to know something and another to experience it personally. This year, the best antidote to fear and sadness has been gratitude.
So with that in mind, here are the things I’m grateful for in 2019:
- For my husband, Jared, who works so hard each and every day supporting his family and serving his country. He knows how to make me laugh when I’m at my lowest and without him I'd be lost.
- For my Emma Bean, she really saved me this year and I continue to thank God every day for her because she’s my greatest joy and blessing.
- For my family, but more specifically my parents, who encouraged me through all of the ups and downs this year brought on.
- For my friends, in particular, Christine whom I’ve grown so close to over the past year. We have so much in common; both of us are Navy wives, new into our photography careers, Mamas to sassy and strong-willed little girls, type A personalities and we wear our hearts on our sleeves. I don’t know how I would have gotten through this year without you!
- For the opportunity to get pregnant, twice, even if they were both only for a short amount of time. Having a miscarriage is by far one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to endure and to go through it twice made each day a struggle but with the support of my husband, family and friends I made it through and continue to have hope that our time will come.
- For all of the people who took a chance on me when I offered to take their photos for free in exchange for some experience and to build my resume.
- For all my clients who became friends this year! It meant so much to me that you chose me to document your family. Specifically JD & Angie who entrusted me to photograph their wedding day with only a few months experience, you gave me so much courage and confidence that I can do this thing!
As we ring in 2020, I honestly have no clue what’s in store for us. This coming year has so many possible paths and I’m trying to keep my mind open to all of them. I’m ready for a little good luck and will keep fighting for an optimistic outlook.
So, on a more professional note, it’s time to share my favorite photographs from each session. With 22 sessions photographed and delivered this year, I experienced so much laughter, joy and growth! I hope you enjoy viewing these images and that they bring you as much joy as I felt creating them!
Cheers to an amazing 2020 and the new decade, y’all!