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THE YEAR 2018

Growth and Balance

I could start out this post as a giant feel of gratitude, which will ALWAYS be how I feel, but this year was about growth and balance. I am utterly obsessed with my career and sometimes don’t know how to separate myself to enjoy my own personal adventures. I care a lot, always putting my clients and friends first. I am always eager to learn new skills and always wanting to be better within every aspect. 2018 was my year, to put myself in the top priority list. This sounds like an easy task, but it wasn’t. 

Looking through the adventures that 2018 has brought, I have never felt so humbled and so happy. I’ve shared so many life events with you all. The excitement and racing heart of a new engagement, tears of happiness and smiles of a blissful wedding day. The new feels of expanding your family with the stages of maternity, the new love that your heart has felt for the first time with your newborn. The playfulness and bond of family time. Standing proud of your achievements as a senior and what the next chapter has to offer.  The opening of your mind with creativeness, so we can pull out what makes you, you, with portraits.

You all chose me to share this with, and that is something that makes my heart overflow.

ALL OF YOU.

You leave me speechless and with a heart so full. And just when I think to myself “How can I even feel more than I do now.. ?”

My heart expands and keeps filling.


So..what do I mean by balance? I could just schedule a day off for myself and call it good, right?

My kind of balance is taking in the small moments life offers me daily. Like, taking an hour and walking along the shoreline of Lake Huron, feeling the sand beneath my feet and listening to the water rush to meet me. Laying in the cool grass with the sun upon my face, or taking a bike ride through the wooded trail by my home. Actually dancing in the rain of a warm summer day or sitting around a bonfire with your best friends while playing music.. having your morning coffee outside and listening to the birds sing..

These are the small things I would brush off because I had my own deadlines to meet or there was always work to be done..

I learned that I needed to make sure that I was keeping a balance, for my own personal growth along with growth within my business. I have been working hard, pretty much nonstop at building over the last 5 years, that I almost forgot how to separate myself and take in the moment. This is still a work in progress everyday but, it had lead to the most incredible year.

2019 is already starting to top it with the adventures lined up and I am ready to chase the light!

On an end note, I want to say a huge thank you to my partnerships with the most influential people in my industry who have my best interest always, MeghanMelia Photography, Justine Castle Photography and Jennifer A. Berggren Productions.

And also a huge shout out to Eighth Day Media and the Port Huron Prowlers for the continued growth in friendship and business.

CHEERS TO 2019!!


THE YEAR 2017

Where to begin..

 

First with so much gratitude, to the people who have believed in me and continue to push me forward <3

This has been the most successful, most challenging, adventurous, wildly out of control with love kinda year.

 

Why most successful and most challenging?

 Hands down this is been the busiest year I have had.. like as busy as in my first two years of business combined. I learned a ton of new things, business wise and have had a ton of growth since last year. On the flip side of success comes challenges. Just like with everything else, it is balance. I worked myself to the point of no social life haha and a very isolated work space at home ( does sound amazing, right?) Well, it is and isn’t. I am not use to sitting down for half of my job, and literally not verbally talking to anyone for half my days ( besides singing songs to my kitty, go ahead judge me…) so for 2018, you’ll be catching me moving around more and being active, cycling, yoga, and beach volleyball are at the top of my list. So let’s play!

 

Adventure.

I was able to travel to two different mountain ranges in 2017, so incredibly fortunate for being able to travel with one of my best ladies MeghanMelia Photography out to Boulder, Colorado and yes we drove.. I hope you saw our infamous “ Fields and Fields and Fields” video). I was also so grateful  to take one of my adventurous 2018 couples to Asheville, North Carolina. Talk about filling my heart! The mountain air is like no other, the view and to be able to photograph in it was a dream. I want more. If you’re one of those adventurous couples, let’s go! 

Besides going out of state to my favorite places besides our gorgeous Great Lakes here in Michigan, I was able to travel around our Mitten State and into Chicago. I am ALWAYS ready for new places and new faces, so reach out and let’s hang!

 

Wildly out of control with love.

Do I really need to explain that? I mean, c’mon. I have the most beautiful couples and the outpour of love radiating from them had been so exciting. Actually, I can’t even just say couples, all of my clients are so full of love, whether it is preparing for their wedding, adding a new member to their family, new business adventure or putting forth their creative flow.. it all shines in their images. 

 

This is THE YEAR 2017!