In a word, 2018 was a year of change. We moved from RI, away from most of our family and friends, and put down new roots in Charlotte. I also decided that this would be the perfect time to quit my job in Corporate America and pursue my dream of becoming a full-time photographer, because, why not have all the change happen at once?? Our girls started new schools. They made new friends. I made new mom friends (who have been such a blessing in helping us get acclimated and involved in our new community). I made new photographer friends (which has been so fun and helped me grow immensely as a photographer!). And...I made new clients! It was a slow roll at first...slower than I thought it would be...but eventually they came. One by one. Trusting me with their special moments. I am so honored that they chose me and thankful that they helped make my 2018 the success that it was. To my 2018 clients, THANK YOU! I hope to see you again in 2019! (And bring your friends!)
For the past two years, I've entered a photo contest hosted by Shoot & Share. The Shoot & Share Photo Contest markets itself as the world’s only free and fair photo contest. Anyone can enter their photos into the contest (even you!), and anyone can vote on them (even you)! Each person can enter up to 50 photos, in 25 different categories. What I love about this competition is that it's completely anonymous, so you're voting solely on the merit of the photo itself and not who took it. No popularity contest here! When you go to vote, you are shown four random pictures, and you pick your favorite of the four. You can do this over and over again (and with 412,379 submissions this year, there was no shortage of photos to vote on). All in all, over 75 million votes were placed!
For me, the fun part was comparing my progress year over year:
Not bad, right!? And I was a finalist this year too! So let me show you some of my photos that placed this year in the top 20% or above:
I love this mother/son moment between baby Magnus and his mama, Lisa.
Same ridiculously attractive family, just pre-Magnus! This was an outdoor winter cake smash that was made all the more special because daddy had finally returned from Afghanistan after several months away.
This is my sweet niece, Avery. I was babysitting her one weekend so her mommies could have a date night, and I squeezed in a photoshoot...because what else would we do!?
This one holds a special place in my heart because it's my daughter and my best friend's daughter. We've been besties for 25 years, and in this photo I see the start of the next generation of BFFs.
I'll be honest-- I love me a good sunset shoot. But in New England, in the winter, the sun sets ridiculously early and things can get DREARY. So you have to get creative. So on one particularly dreary day, I did a cereal milk bath shoot with my girls. So fun!
And as luck would have it, her sister was a finalist!! Love my girls.
Thank you to all my clients who allowed me to capture such beautiful moments. I can't wait to see what the rest of this year holds! Here's a video if you want to see all the photos I submitted:
I picked the perfect location for my first sessions since moving to NC -- Springs Farm in Fort Mill, SC. I learned early on that peach blossoms were a big to-do down here and Springs Farm has beautiful orchards right next to an equally beautiful place called Anne Springs Close Greenway. The trees usually bloom in early spring, so the timing was perfect...as were my beautiful first NC clients!