A whole entire year. Geewiz, that flew by. I swear the older I get the faster time flies by. This last year was a good year. I could sit here and say that I'm glad 2013 is gone and bla bla bla, but really, I have a LOT to be thankful for. Of course 2013 had its hard times...like when I doubted my art, thought I should quit, wondered if I was on the right track, felt like I needed to be a better mom/wife/person....but who doesn't think those things? Those are not THINGS that defined my year, at all. Those were just events that shaped how I grew as a person and photographer in 2013.
I must say, 2013 has been such a different year photography wise (in a good way). I felt like I finally imprinted who I AM as a photographer and what my style looks like.
My studio finished up at the beginning of the year and I am SOOO thankful to have a place to call home. I also added a Make Up Artist to my studio, and I look back and wonder what I ever did without Miss Ellie Monce. This last year I made SO MANY NEW friends in this industry and I LOVE IT. My Shoot & Mingle group grew even more in 2013 and I loved getting to know the new people whom attended. I am so very grateful for the relationships I have made in 2013.
This year was a year to learn. I took two workshops, one with Lindsay Adler and Lou Freeman and another with Sarah-Beth. Both workshops were flipping awesome. I traveled to Detroit with my model friend Christina (so glad I can call this amazing lady my friend) and my amazing make up artist and friend, Ellie. So grateful for all the knowledge these women (Lindsay, Lou, Sarah) shared, they are all truly talented!
My 2013 clients....amazing. Not just saying that either. I have never had so many clients who TRUST ME and my vision during their session. It is truly a wonderful thing when your client WANTS ME to CREATE for them....it doesn't get any better than that. I am so very thankful for each and every one of you who let me capture something precious for you....from weddings to newborns to maternity and family or children AND even boudoir...I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT and the individuality of each shoot!
Gosh, I have gained so much knowledge and new friendships this past year...I really cannot complain at all. I know I DO COMPLAIN to my friends and husband because some days just plain ol' suck...but that DID NOT AND DOES NOT make 2013 a horrible year. 2013 pushed me to test my limits and got me outside of my comfort zone which forced me to finally UNDERSTAND my art. I am no longer afraid to admit that I love shooting crazy concepts and fashion shoots, I found what I LOVE to shoot and I am okay with that. For 2014 I really have no set goals, of course I want to grow and build more relationships...but most of all...I just want to shoot more of what I love and take one day at a time.
Thank you, to each and every one of my amazing 2013 clients for standing in front of my camera and listening to my crazy talk while I photographed you! :) HAPPY NEW YEAR!!