What a year it's been! I am truly filled to the brim with gratitude writing this. I still am in awe of all the good that happened this year, all the crisp evenings, adventures, new experiences, warm traditions. Looking back at all that happened in 2017 has been insane! I cannot believe how much I've grown and failed and overcome and lived. This year has been full of new places and new people, I travelled all over the country documenting wedding days, couples, and families. I celebrated 4 years of marriage with my husband by road tripping around Ireland. I got to spend so much time with my nearest and dearest people. This year has held so many incredible and tangible moments. Of course we've had our share of difficulty. Loss, unexpected health issues, seasons of endurance rather than reaping... It's interesting taking the good with the bad, trying to remember both sides of the days and months. Each year I feel like I am getting to know myself more, I have a better grasp on who I am. I'm learning what I can offer the world as not only as a person but as an artist. It's really been a year of introspection and finding my voice even more. There are things coming I cannot wait to explore, and I'm so excited to be announcing some changes in my business soon.
To all my wonderful couples of 2017, I cannot thank you enough. I am so grateful to all of you for following along with me, for supporting me and for trusting me to document your beautiful, wonderful lives!
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MY GOALS FOR 2018:
(because writing them down makes them real, right?)
SAY YES LESS
Anyone else feel me on this one? While 2017 was incredible, it also involved a lot of sacrifice with my personal health, family time, and other values. I want "less is more" to be my theme this year. I want to sincerely get to know each and every client of mine so I can tell their stories better than ever. I am thrilled to be seeing this theme more and more with my creative peers, and I think it takes guts to say it out loud! I've been really honing-in on what I feel I'm best at, and how I can best serve my current and future clients. Part of this transition means I'll be limiting the number of full weddings I'll be booking in 2018. I'm only a few away from my max for the year! I'm SO looking forward to focusing on the quality of each wedding day, rather than the quantity I shoot in a year. I cannot wait to celebrate with all of my brides and grooms next year - WOOT WOOT! This shift will also open me up to offer even more adventure sessions, and a few new services I'll be announcing soon!
GET OUTSIDE MORE
Ok, this is so ironic, right? I mean 95% of the photos below were taken by me, somewhere outside and breathtaking. The thing is, I spend so much of my time in front of the computer and doing the behind the scenes of running my business, wishing I could teleport into the photos I'm editing, that I often forget to get outside for just myself! A common goal for my husband and I this year is to go hiking and camping MUCH more than last year, and really take advantage of the beautiful places we live so close to. I'm looking forward to more exploring, and days and nights away from all the screens!
CONTINUE TO LEARN + GROW
This one seems obvious, but I just have to write it down. Every New Year when I look back at who I was a year ago, I'm blown away! This is my reminder to give myself grace in failure, and that every day can be used to learn something new and improve. This of course applies to my business and being an artist, but I'm also striving for it my spiritual and personal life.
COMPARE LESS + SUPPORT MORE
Another common theme, and one I know we all struggle with on some level. This is such a hard one, but I feel like it's getting easier and easier the more it's talked about! Even from the beginning of this year I've been able to own my craft and my voice even more, and I see where I've grown in being confident in what I have to offer. There is no such thing as too much beauty in the world. Celebrating each other's victories and supporting each other in our wins and loses needs to be a part of the equation.
MAKE TIME FOR PERSONAL WORK
I have some ideas that have been burning in my chest for awhile, and I just haven't made the time to make them happen. A goal for me this year is to set aside time and creative space for at least 1 thing that is just for me, just for the sake of creating. I think it's so important as artists to have this type of outlet - to have the space to make things with no real agenda, no fee, and no pressure.