Just putting together this post was a labor of love, whew! I really should keep up on my everyday blogging (business AND personal) than this wouldn’t have been such a hard task! I really need two of me ;). This recap is a good reminder of why I ended the holidays totally exhausted! But in a good way. 2016 was great!
Things I am proud of:
- I consider all of my clients, my friends. I love my old ones and my new ones! I have THE BEST clients/friends! Thank you all for being so trusting in me.
- I stayed true to my diverse portrait and wedding portfolio. My personality and attention span doesn’t lend itself to doing just one thing so I’m grateful I get to do photograph seniors, engagements, expectations, announcements, bridals, weddings, new additions, the occasional high school dance, and extended families. And design several custom cards along the way. I know most business coaches would tell me to narrow that down (and truthfully, doing it this way does make it trickier to get my processing times down) but looking back on my work, I’m glad that I haven’t. I love all of it.
- New to my business this year were styled/collaboration shoots. I loved, loved these. Last February, I was on my way to Photo Native, a photography workshop in Utah. We had a fiasco flying Allegiant Airlines (sat in the airport for two days with ridiculous weather/operations delays and horrible service…won’t get into that here and now, but we missed the workshop). To drown our sorrows, my photog friend Adele and I set up our first personal project/styled shoot of the year. That weekend, I went and bought a new camera and lens (yes, a pity party haha) and we had a great afternoon shooting. From that experience, I committed to taking time each month to shoot more personal projects. I am so glad I did. It rejuvenates me as an artist. And on top of that, I have been able to collaborate with some awesome vendors – there are so many talented people out there!
- In all seriousness, I am proud to say that I have the Netflix binge watching while editing thing down to a science now. 😉
It’s hard not to compare yourself to others and wonder if you measure up. It’s hard to compete on social media, especially when as a busy mom of teenagers, working full time and running a household, serving in my church and community and also trying to have a social life ;), I am often pulled in many directions. I have lots to improve on and hope to do a few things differently going forward. I feel so lucky to do what I love. Thank you for supporting me!
Here’s to an amazing 2017!
Here are a few of my favorite images from 2016… (you can see the full size images below or view the slideshow)