Looking Back at 2018 – Year in Review
With just days left in 2018, I cannot help but look back on what an amazing whirlwind this year has been. My family welcomed a baby boy in January, our girls both started new schools (preschool and kindergarten) this fall, and our oldest son has grown leaps and bounds both socially and academically. My family implemented 1-on-1 dates for my husband and I to each take turns spending time individually with each child. I have loved having that special time with each of them so very much.
This year I grew friendships (see below regarding a videographer partnership for one!), I took on a fitness/health challenge, and I worked on better self-care and self-grace. All of these things are still works in progress, but I look forward to all that 2019 may bring for me and my family.
I photographed both new families and returning ones.
I am grateful for each family who welcomed me into their hospital rooms during those first hours with your newborn baby. I captured many newborns, both first born babes and siblings. I had the pleasure of meeting so many new families this year along with lots of long time yearly families. (I am so thankful for those of you who referred your friends to me, it is because of you that my small business has grown like it has).
I added custom albums for all family and newborn sessions.
After being in business for 9 years, I have tried many different options for packages. Two years ago I moved to all-inclusive and it was the best decision for both my style of photography and for the families who choose me to photograph them. I wanted every family to have all of the images in their gallery. However, I still wanted something beautiful and tangible for each family to have with their session. In the past I had tried, proofs, canvases, metal prints, and print credits, but this past year I moved to the custom 8×8 album and it felt “just right” (think goldilocks). Families had nothing but positive feedback, so I’m excited to say they are sticking around for 2019! Since I do still love canvases, families may just find a wall display option in their gallery!
As a Community We Gave Back
Through Mom & Me Mini Sessions last spring and Fine Art Portrait Sessions this fall, we helped Team World Vision bring clean water to many families. Through Santa Sessions we raised $450 for the International Justice Mission to help fight human trafficking. (Thank you to the Snoqualmie Valley Santa for donating his time and amazing talent to help make this possible). Even more, with your school portrait purchases 10% went right back to your school. It is only because of your continued support of my business that I could use my gift of photography to make such an impact in this world. It is true what they say, if you want to go far, go father together. This year we went farther!
I held my first ever DSLR Summer Camp for Young Adults.
If you would have asked me at the beginning of the year if I thought I would be teaching a workshop for teens, I might have laughed. However, a friend approached me saying there was nothing around for young adults to learn photography, and the DSLR Summer Camp for Young Adults was born. I was completely blown away by how quickly they learned to shoot in manual mode, and even more blown away by their eye for the world around them. At the end of the week, they unanimously agreed their favorite part was photographing the baby girl who came to model for us!
I teamed up with a videographer for an amazing branding project.
This year I have gotten to really know Cicely of Rusted Van Photography as we worked together on a lifestyle commercial branding project for hesmarieh jewelry. Cicely did videography while I did photography. It was the start of a friendship and partnership that I cannot wait to see where it takes us. (Stay tuned because Cicely did some videography for me, coming next year!).
I won the Gold Daisy Award for the second time.
I am so grateful to everyone who took the time to nominate and/or vote for me for this year’s 2018 Gold Daisy Awards. This award is a local (Issaquah, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, and North Bend) award for the most loved businesses in the area. I know you have plenty of amazing choices for photographer and I am honored you selected me this year. Thank you so very much.
Ending the Year with Gratitude
As I sit here looking back of 2018 I am so grateful for all that this year brought. I am grateful for every family who hired me to capture their family, for every person who recommended me to a friend, and for every person who continues to follow along with my work and my business. I am so grateful for my tribe – my parents and in-laws who help with the children, friends who listen when I need to run ideas by you (you know who you are), and my husband and my kids who support me 100%. Without all of you, I could not do what I love while helping support my family. So I end this year full of gratitude for you. Thank you so very much.
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