What a year, am I right?? I shot somewhere around 110 sessions this year, which absolutely blows my mind… From teens, to high school seniors, to college kids and college seniors to theatre productions and promo shoots, headshots, families, newborn babies and baby plans, births and maternity, small business owners and community events… I was present for so many huge events in people’s lives and I gotta tell you… It’s really really amazing. I’ve always been a big dreamer, but I never dreamed in a million-trillion-bajillion years that I would be where I am in my career. I never dreamed that my phone would be ringing off the hook to get on my 2020 calendar before I even open it up, or that I would have a huge team of senior girls who are repping my business and an even bigger group of girls who are in line to do it next year… Y’all it all just blows my mind and I am insanely grateful. I am grateful for every single client, session, like, share, comment…. You have no idea. To love your job as much as I love my job is a rarity, and that I know for sure. It makes me even more thankful…
One of my favorite sessions of the year is the New Year’s Eve shoot. Who doesn’t love confetti and glitz and glam??? This year I told the girls I wanted sparkle. Some of them are in sequins, some of them are in sparkly dresses, and one is even in a tinsel skirt made by my friend Jodi (vintage pattern project Jodi). We spent a month or more planning outfits and preparing and we were all so excited for the shoot!! It was so * much * fun! The girls showed up ready to go and we laughed and threw confetti and made a huge mess and had SO much fun doing it. We listened to music and danced a little and when they left my heart felt full.
I really can’t believe it’s already 2020. I think as we turn into another decade it makes it even more difficult to believe… It’s been twenty years since we were dancing to Prince’s “1999” and wondering whether or not the world would end at midnight when the calendars rolled over to the year 2000. NONE of the kids on my team had even been born yet… It’s just crazy to think about, you know? Time.
As we close out the year, we all get a little more reflective. We think about the past, and we think about the future… I think today I’ll think about the present. A friend of mine and I were talking last night about how hard it is to focus on the present if you’re worried too much about the past and the future and I’ve been thinking about that ever since. As a small business owner, I never really know if I’ll have a job tomorrow… I have faith that I will, and I have stats from the year, and forecasts, etc… but I never *really* know, you know? All I have is right here and right now, and let me tell you… Right here, right now… I’m thankful for all of this. All the confetti and glitter and sparkle. All of the milestones documented and the belly laughs and the l o v e.
Cheers to 2020, friends… I hope we get to capture more magic together this decade.