I can hardly believe that we are here, December 31, 2011. It seems like this year went by more quickly than any other… and I’m sure I will feel the same way 12 months from now as well. It just reminds me that days, and years fly by, and I need to treasure every moment. It’s much easier said than done, we all get caught up with work, with obligations, with stress, with mixed-up priorities… but now is the time when many of us reflect, and maybe make resolutions for the year to come. If there is one thing that I have taken away from this year as a wife, mother, friend, business owner, and artist, it is that I have to live in the present, and stop worrying about the past or the future. So much of it is out of my hands anyway, and I’m becoming more and more aware that things can change in a heartbeat, and how much I don’t want to have any regrets. In 2012 I will spend more quality time with my family, and more time focusing on my own wellness. My business will be a valuable part of my life, but not the center of my life.
I’m thankful for the times I have had with every client, and the special moments and people that they have let me capture. I’m thankful for my dear photographer friends (you know who you are), who have been there for me when I needed support, or to laugh, or to cry, and that you have trusted me when you needed someone to call on. I’m thankful for Ron, who reminds me so often that I’m good, I’m starting to believe him. I’m thankful for our kids Lucy and Henry, who ultimately keep the balance I need in my life. I’m thankful that all my equipment and my data storage have served me so well. I’m thankful for my health and the health of my family, that I’ve been able to work this year, once again, without serious injuries, illness, or tragedy!
Here are the highlights of some of this year’s work… it was tough to pick images, but it was a lot of fun to take one last look back at the sessions and weddings I had the honor of photographing (I recommend switching to full-screen mode after clicking “play”).
Sitting here on the brink of a new year, it’s difficult not to look back, or to look forward. It’s my challenge to you in 2012, to just look Upward and be thankful… just for the present, for wherever you are, and for who you love.