Oh man?! I can’t believe 2015 passed me by as fast as it did. And 2016 is already flying- in my opinion! Its crazy, because once you get older, you start to build your own life, and you are SO busy makings plans to get to where you are headed. And life can sometimes pass you by.
Where is life headed?! Well- I have found myself booking weddings with so many adventurous clients for 2016 and 2017. Some of my weddings coming up include a barn wedding, a backyard wedding (on the outskirts of the Appalachian Mountains), and a roof top wedding!
My style has been coming together more and more over the past few years. Its taken a lot of hard work, and a lot of mentoring and advice from so many talented photographers. And I am still learning. I am still progressing my brand and myself- I learn every single day!
2015 had so many ups and downs… from the lowest lows of our puppy having to have two surgeries, my grandma passing away, and just recently my grandpa passing away. The highest highs would have to be amazing traveling opportunities, buying our first home (yayyy!!), and booking 10 weddings for 2016… and already having 4 on the books for 2017!! Oh man, I am so grateful for all of my blessings this past year that have flowed into this year as well. And I know they can only keep coming.
I am finally feeling like I am making a comfortable living for myself, and many photographers weren't lying when they said it takes 4-5 years to build a business! Some days I wanted to cry, give up, throw in the towel, and practically give up my dreams. I am so glad I am still standing because I have the most amazing clients lined up for the next two years, and have been blessed with such incredible loyal clients during the past 3 years of the building stages of my business. (A million and one thank you’s!!) I feel like all faith has been restored in my life after all I went through in 2015. It can truly only go up from here.
What do I see in the future for myself? I believe that I will always progress and grow. I won’t ever be stuck or comfortable, and I always have an open heart, mind, and willingness to keep learning. I will also always have dreams to chase. I learned that about myself a long time ago.
Now- lets end on the heavy stuff. (I am candidly writing this blog, and I am not holding back whatsoever.) My grandpa fought hard for the past 3 years against cancer. I hope he is at peace now fishing at Bear-lake, or sun bathing in Key West. I will make a promise to him to never give up on our family, to always be there for them, a shoulder to cry on, a mentor, someone who will always care… just like he did every single day. He was a family man... he always wanted to see everyone smiling, happy, and loving on one another. I want to live in his honor. I will always remember the jokes he would crack, and I will miss them dearly. I will always remember how he overcooked steaks (and practically burned them), how he drank bud lights daily, and I will never forget the way his mustache would tickle my face when he would give me a kiss goodbye. And that laugh, I can practically hear it in my ear as I think about it. (Life is far too short, and I want everyone reading this to love on the people in your life while they are here.) I will try not to be sad that he is not with us, because I know he would have never wanted that. He had a heart of gold- a true selfless man. I know it is in our family's blood to be hard working, passionate, and pursuing our dreams. I won't let him down. I know he will guide me in all of the right directions. I will pray everyday that when its my time to go, that you will be standing at the gates with open arms. I love you grandpa, and not a day will go by that I don’t think about you.
Below are some of my favorite photos from 2015- I am looking forward to a great 2016, and THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has believed in my work thus far!