I don’t typically post personal blogs…but here it goes! 2012 was one heck of a year! Finally 11 years of hard work is starting to pay off. For those of you who know me well, I spent the past 11 years trying to establish a career that was not only successful but was also fun and full of freedom. 2012 was my first year of being 100% self-employeed and I couldn’t of asked for a better year.
This year was also the first year that I had a second to breath and absorb everything that had happened and really enjoy the present.
So what did I do this year? I shot more weddings than ever at some really exciting Chicago wedding venues including Union Station, Navy Pier Crystal Gardens, Chicago Park Hyatt, the Peggy Notebaert Museum, and I traveled to California and Florida for engagement sessions. I traveled to Florida, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Michigan, and Iowa to spend time with friends and family. I went to a movie premier in Vegas with my boyfriend for “Where the Trail Ends” in which he did all the slow motion cinematography for a mountain bike movie he helped film in Nepal, China, and Canada for Redbull and Freeride (so insanely proud of him). My photography was featured on Style Me Pretty, Interior Design Magazine, Indie Tot, Baby Lifestyles, Elizabeth Anne Designs, and Be U Weddings. I was accepted to Style Me Pretty’s little black book. I started photographing families and children. I joined the 21st century and finally purchased an iphone. I kept my tan lines clear up to December. My dog lost 4lbs and is no longer considered obese (really proud of him too). And I finally have a real adult like apartment that is only lacking decent bath towels and kitchen utensils (its fine, I never cook anyway).
So I hope I don’t sounds like I am tooting my own horn, its just great to finally reflect on a year where all my hard work is starting to pay off.
So for 2013, my goal is simple; to remember to tell my friends and family how much I love them, to appreciate all the helping hands along the way, to be more patient and understanding, and to make 2013 even better than 2012! Oh and to achieve six pack abs.
Below are some photos from 2012. Some were taken with my DSLR, some with an iphone, and some were taken by someone else. I hope you enjoy them as much as a I enjoyed reflecting on this year!
Happy New Years everyone!!! Be safe and have fun!