a year in review: 2016
It’s hard to believe that 2016 has come and gone. I can truly say that 2016 was a mixture of ups and downs for me. I have experienced incredible growth as not only a human, but as a photographer.
I used to take on oodles of weddings every year; but I can truly say I ran myself into the ground. I noticed my health was failing, my friendships became distant and my soul was bleak. I lived vicariously through the happiness of others – I missed being truly happy. I missed feeling my cup half full at all times, being positive, laughing and finding joy in the everyday life.
I put my heart and soul into photography; but I never stopped to replenish my happiness. I paid for it dearly. I paid for it in my personal life and I lost valuable time with family and friends.
When 2016 began I swore off working so much. I realized that I would rather concentrate on more aspects of life and bring that joy back into my photography as opposed to leaving everything I had out there with photos.
I can truly say that I saw a spark back in my own eyes when I looked in the mirror this year. I remember reviewing my weddings this year and just going “wow”. I was amazed at the relationships, photographs and love I was able to produce with clients this year. I truly feel like this year rewarded me for stepping back. For breathing. For finding an internal peace again.
I just wanted to stop and take a moment and say thank you to everyone over the last year. You’ve been my sounding board, my support system and my on going cheerleaders. You’ve allowed me to lean on you all; I never once fell. Thank you for embracing this “new” me. I can’t thank you all enough. It is hard to believe that I will close my 7th year as a photographer feeling so light on my feet. It feels so good to be back, feeling and craving this craft like I did at the beginning.
I raise my glass to all of you, and here is to a fond and welcomed good-bye to 2016, and an anxious and gracious hello to 2017.
Cannot wait to met and work with all my new and returning clients for 2017 – much love! xox – Becky