Where do I even begin?
First, I want to thank all my amazing clients over the last year. Thank you for believing in my art, for trusting me to photograph some of the most important moments of your lives...it meant the world to me to watch your families grow in 2016. I hope I was able to give you photographs that made your heart smile, that showed you just how beautiful your family is. ♥
I started 2016 with big dreams and even bigger goals. I wanted to see just how far I could push myself + my business. I wanted to see if this was truly something that would work for me and I told myself 2016 was the year to prove it or I needed to let it go. By doing this, I learned so much - about myself, my heart and which path I should take....
I learned my heart is with maternity + newborn sessions + I absolutely love photographing a baby's first year.
I learned that my eye is drawn to connection + love + those little moments that are gone in a matter of seconds.
I learned that there are some amazing family stories out there...each one beautiful, each one unique. Each one deserving to live on forever in a photograph.
I learned that even though I am a small fish in a giant pond, it doesn't mean I can't make a difference. My voice can still be heard.
I learned that when you invest in yourself + your business that's when the biggest growth happens.
I learned there are people out there that value what I offer...and that I CAN grow a sustainable business.
I learned that when you stop worrying about what others are doing, it opens the door to finding yourself + where you belong.
I learned that I'm definitely not the photographer for everyone. And that's OK.
I learned that I don't have to do this alone. That local photographers don't have to be my competition + enemy, but rather my friends. (I'm looking at you Sarah, Rachel, Heather + Katie!)
I learned there is indeed a balance between life + running your own business from home.
I learned that there will always be hard days on this journey, but it doesn't mean I need to quit + give up on my dream. Hard days pave the way to the good ones.
I am so thankful for all the lessons I learned in 2016 and for all the wonderful families I had the honor of photographing + the friendships that started to grow. I'm going into 2017 with big dreams + goals again...but it feels different this time. I know where I want to go + what I want to do. I know big things are just around the corner. I know that if I let my heart lead the way, I'll end up right where I belong.
Here are some of my favorite moments of 2016. I hope you enjoy! ♥