So many things I would like to talk about with this final post of 2014. I’d like to talk about how amazing (and different) this year has been. I want to talk about what changes I am excited for in 2015. I want to talk about the fact that I didn’t do much for personal posting this year, and that I am excited about that changing for this next year. I want to talk about my baby! I want to talk about being a working mother. I want to talk about the weddings I photographed this year and how it all went. I want to talk about the weddings coming up for 2015. SO MANY THINGS!
I think for today, I am going to share just a few of my triumphs and challenges from this past year.
Many of you know that I had my very first babe this year. A beautiful little baby girl that I am desperately in love with. She is now 8.5 months old, and her big blue eyes melt my heart completely.
Some of you may also know that I had decided to continue work after she was born. I had my first wedding just 3.5 weeks after her arrival to the world ( I obviously had an amazing back-up photographer on hand – thank you Jessica Balfour!).
So, this year has been a year of learning to balance all the things I love; my new precious babe, my incredible husband and my amazing job. It also ended up being a year we moved and bought a new house (just 5 weeks after the babe arrived on scene).
Needless to say, I wasn’t able to stay ‘on top’ of everything the way I am used to, which led to a few of the ‘less critical’ things slipping by the wayside. One of those ‘less critical’ things being my blog. Which makes me sad, because writing my personal posts between my wedding blogs is one of my favorite things to do! Not only have I loved writing since I was a little girl, but I love sharing my heart. I love sharing and I love connecting with others. Having said that, this is obviously one of my goals for 2015. I am going to make time again for writing and photographing for the simple joy of it. And I’m going to share it with you.
And now just a few little things from this festive season… this was our first Christmas as a family of 3. Christmas morning was very special. Not only because we were sharing it with our little girl, but we were starting new traditions in our new home. You may or may not know this, but Ryan and I have moved a lot. We met in Penticton over 10 years ago, and since then have lived in 8 different cities and towns in BC. This last move, is one we plan to anchor our lives to for awhile. We love our new home, we love our new town and we can’t wait to set our roots down into the ground beneath us. We definitely have some ‘gypsy’ in our blood, so I know we will have many adventures in our future, but for now, I will be excited about my life as it sits. Which is firmly upon this beautiful town that I now call my home.
Thank you to everyone that has been a part of my life this year. Most importantly, I want to thank my husband for being so supportive as I trudged the new waters of being a mom. He has continued to support me in my work, which I am forever thankful. I also want to thank my mom who has played a huge part in supporting us through everything. She has been my go-to when I need someone to help with Arianna, and I can’t thank you enough for what you do. I also need to thank my dad, my sibs, and my wonderful in-law family for all your support.
And a big shout out to all of those who jumped up to help me this year within my work. As I mentioned above, Jessica helped me out for my first few weddings, as a ‘just in case’ anything happened. Of course, everything went smoothly, but knowing she was there was just what the doctor ordered. And thank you to all the rest that seconded me this year! Amy, Royce, Michele and Lindsay. All amazing photographers in their own right, and they came out to hook me up! I am so thankful for such a supportive and talented group of photographers that I am lucky enough to work around.
I think I will leave 2014 on that note. Hope you all have a wonderful night celebrating the coming of 2015, and I’ll see you on the other side!