Monday, January 2, 2012

Sharing the love...hello 2012!

Today when I got dressed I decided it was a double pink day:) One layer of pink to say goodbye to a great 2011 and one layer to welcome 2012. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to do what I do and to share my passion for photography with people who not only let me into their lives but become a part of mine. Here are just a few reasons why 2011 was so great:

1. Fabulous clients! So many beautiful couples, and adorable families.
2. I met lots of new and talented folks whom I collaborated with and was inspired by. Thank you!
3. An awesome community of photographers. I feel so fortunate to have connected with so many creative folks.
4. My cheering squad! Friends and family, old and new, who have supported me and cheered me on.
5. The moments I captured through my viewfinder. Wow. The emotions, the love, the beauty; it was pretty spectacular.

In thinking about 2012 there are a lot of things I hope to accomplish. Here are a few goals I feel most connected to and know will guide me toward greater success:)

1. Sharing the love
How do we open our hearts to achieving great things? We must have faith and know despite fear or uncertainty life is about taking chances, being true to oneself and trusting that there will always be a net. There is this line from the movie Elf in which Will Ferrell says, "Smiling is my favorite." It's a silly line but the joy and love I receive from this life is something I want to share with each person and hope they will pass it on. It is a small gesture that I think will create greater love in the world. Yesterday while out walking at Mt. Holyoke College I came across this bench with the following inscription that really spoke to me and my hope for the new year.

"The more on earth there is of loving hearts the more worth loving, and the more the love, which, like a mirror, each to each imparts." Dante's Divine Comedy

2. Celebrate community, build new partnerships
Being a photographer can often times mean working alone. It was one of the things I was most nervous about when I launched my business as I like to collaborate and socialize:) In the last year I've developed some amazing relationships with fellow photographers, wedding professionals, and other small business owners. These friendships have helped me to grow my business, see things differently, and have offered new ways of connecting to a larger community. I look forward to seeking out new partnerships and establishing greater community both locally and beyond.

3. Find a new perspective during times of challenge
This is a tough one. Do you ever find yourself in a moment when what you're doing isn't working but you're not sure what to do next? Maybe it's out of fear or a sense of perfection (who me?) that you can't move forward. Either way you feel stuck. I have big plans for 2012 and some of those plans will require a new way of thinking. I know if I am able to trust in myself and others that movement toward greater success will find its way.

I am so grateful to be able to share my world with you and can't wait to document all of the amazing things to come in the new year! Here are a few of my favorite photos from this past year. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. as with all of your photos, I love them! But one of my favs are the beautiful brides in the snow xoxo Holly