Holy moly yall! I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by!

2017 was filled with SO many highlights. I can’t even explain how blessed I feel to have been at home figuring out this whole #bossmom thing.

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” – Nelson Mandela

Years ago, I was having fun experimenting with all genres of photography, but deep down I felt I just wasn’t THERE yet. Something about posing clients just didn’t feel right. I decided to take a step back from photography.

Months later my first child was born. The newness of motherhood rushed in like high-tide. Suddenly I was very aware that this precious little gift wouldn’t be like this forever.

Just think about it.

Doesn’t it seem like just yesterday that your little one was born? Every hour engulfed with feedings, sweet-flaky baby skin, that small cry. What does today look like?

At that moment my photography journey couldn’t have been more clear!

Real moments. The ones you don’t want to forget. One’s that seem to fly by with a blink of the eye.

THIS YEAR HAS BEEN ALL ABOUT EDUCATION.

In October I took my first ever mentorship with a local photographer in Norfolk, Chelsea Furlong. Following around a photographer who has been doing documentary work for a while was such a gift. You can read more about that here.

I also took Marie Masse’s Brand Story Workshop over at Fearless and Framed. This class was filled with so many light-bulb moments. Like my why is based around the emotion of loss. As some of yall know, I lost my dad around 14 months old. As a documentary photographer I am able to offer my clients a sense of security knowing that they will be able to relive certain moments in their past. Because of storytelling, the families I work with will never have to worry about their memories fading.

Little pieces of their lives get to live,  forever.

THIS YEAR HAS BEEN ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHING THE WAY I WANT.

Being able to shoot the way I want has been incredible. Just the other day I photographed a family whose submission I got through the Legacy Project. As I was leaving she said, “This has been the best session we’ve ever had!” Queue the internal happy dance. I honestly can’t believe this is real. That I’m actually doing what I want.

Below are my favorite personal images of 2017. Next year I hope there is a 50/50 mix of personal and client based work. Thank you to everyone for all of the encouragement and wisdom. Thank you to all past and present clients helping a girl fulfill her entrepreneurial dream.

 

2017 Highlights photo grid

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