I'm a little behind, but "Welcome, 2018"! Last year was most definitely a great year. I learned so much and am excited to start implementing new strategies to help keep things smooth and consistent.
For those that follow me on facebook (if you don't, feel free to send me a friend request!) you might have seen that last fall I struggled a lot with finding reliable childcare which ended up setting me back a lot. I feel incredibly fortunate to have some amazing clients who were extraordinarily patient. I'm happy to be able to say, photo deadlines were all met, however, blogging and other design work took a big hit.
January is usually the month where I'm able to catch up on a lot of those 'behind the scenes' projects that were put on the back burner in the previous months. However, this January hasn't slowed much. January 12-17th, I attended Imaging USA, the annual Professional Photographers of America (PPA) convention, for the first time in Nashville and then a few days later, I took a much needed vacation with my family to my grandparent's home in Tucson, AZ. As guilty as I felt taking that time away, I also believe it's so important to be able to take time to invest in yourself, your education and your family. So often people can get so engrossed in their work that they often forget to take that personal time to grow and relax their body and mind and really focus on the true foundation of creating 'success' -- their support system. I had a great time, as did my family, and feel so much more energized and ready to tackle this next year!
The next few months hold the Professional Photographers of Iowa (PPI) convention, several design projects, new collections, new samples, new blogs and many new friendships. I’m very excited to start offering some amazing new products and having a nice collection of samples to show off some more current work.
Late spring through late fall are also looking to be some of the busiest months in my photography career. Forgive me as I put my heart on my sleeve for a moment, as I have to admit that when I decided to pursue photography, I was only doing so because I felt I had nothing to lose. Doing something was better than doing nothing. It was a dream, but not anything that I thought was going to go very far -- the term "starving artist" always came to mind when I considered pursuing a career in anything 'art' related. However, over the last couple of years, I've watched myself reach goals that I doubted would ever be reached. Today, when looking back on where I started to where I am and every little thing that, at the time, just felt like awful luck, and how it played a crucial part in that journey -- it's all very humbling. If nothing else, it's a nice reminder that God has a plan. We're all designed with gifts and dreams that help serve a purpose in His earthly kingdom. (Check out 1st Corinthians chapter 12) Listening to those dreams is the first step and making those dreams a reality won't always come easy, but with trust and persistence comes success. What does success look like to you? Leave your answer in the comments. I'd love to hear your story and vision of your own dreams. <3
With all of that said, I want to wholeheartedly thank everyone who has played a part in that journey, whether you knew it or not, and especially to those who have supported me through it all. Making me get up and brush off every time something knocked me down. I finally feel like I'm where I am supposed to be and a lot of the credit goes to you. Thank you.
Feel free to scroll below to check out some of my favorite images from our Tucson trip. A few of these captures will be my side projects for the year. A little more extensive editing to produce some really neat composites and imagery. Check out last year's projects here. It happened by accident last year -- this year was more intentional. I'm very excited to get the finished products printed. If you would like a copy, I'd be more than happy to chat with you, just contact me by filling out the form here.