2013… what an amazing year!

It amazes me how this year has flown by so quickly. This year has been a year of growth for my business and myself.

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Lessons Learned-

  • I have learned its ok to say “no” and focus on what is best for my business and my personal life.
  • I have learned to stick to my business practices and to never stray from it. Ever.
  • I have learned to stop doubting myself. I am my biggest roadblock – seriously. For anyone that knows me, I am an Extrovert. I love to meet new people. I am intrigued with what makes people tick. I think out loud – and in order for me to get over something, I need to talk it out. But when I doubt myself I don’t say anything. I don’t let my insecurities known. I am literally beating myself up inside until I implode. I have learned that the images I produce are what I consider beautiful and it is how I see beauty in this world. I have accepted that I am not like every photographer. My images are not like others – and I am FINALLY ok with that.  I used to gawk at other photographers images and wondered why my images couldn’t be like there’s. But it wasn’t until my clients gave me unbelievable feedback on how much they loved my work – my self-doubt became acceptance and love.

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Things I am grateful for:

  • My husband – He has been my biggest supporter and motivator. He has seen my struggles, offers advice and is there to listen to me when I really need it.
  • My Clients – I have had the BEST clients a girl could ever ask for! Each one of my clients has been amazing to work with! I got to learn so much about them and developed amazing friendships out of them. I am thankful they have allowed me to capture their special memories and for trusting me to tell their story with my photographs. I am FOREVER grateful!
  • My parents- I am so blessed to have my parents in my life. As an only child, I am extremely close to my family. The extra measures of grace and unconditional love that my parents have showered on me is the backbone of the woman I am today. Their love is the reason I am who I am, the reason I love the way I love. I couldn’t have done a single day of 2013 without their constant encouragement and support and guidance.  In the end, EVERYDAY of my life is a blessing that they are in my life.
  • You! My fellow blog readers! I am so thankful for you to be reading my blog and leaving encouraging words for each session I post.

 

What I look forward to in 2014-

  • Simplifying my life – Removing distractions, staying focused on one project at a time.
  • Networking – I have connected with so many wedding vendors and fellow photogs this year. I look forward to collaborating with them in the New Year!
  • Expanding & developing my business – I am working on developing my brand, creating a client experience that is fun and memorable.
  • Taking time away from social media – This is huge for me! I am an avid Instagram/ Facebook junkie! When I am idle, I am on one of those social media sites. I have caught myself checking Facebook or Instagram while at dinner or even watching a movie.  I know, I know – I am so guilty! I am going to gradually unplug from social media in the New Year.  I may not be able to totally unplug, but at least I can schedule times of when I can be “plugged in” while maintaining a balanced life.

It feels good to reflect on and remember where God has taken me, what He has brought me through this year and where I am heading next. 2013 was a year for me to reevaluate my business, learn from my mistakes, taking all of my ideas out of my head and turning them into actions. 2014 will be a year of forward steps – and I am extremely excited to get started!

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Do you have any New Years resolutions? Feel free to share some below!

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Gaby - So important to look back at your success to set goals for the upcoming year! Best of luck to you!

Dani - Awesome post!! So excited to see what 2014 brings you!!

Michael and Carina - Inspirational! Thanks for sharing!!

Natalie - This is such a great post! :) I love how you constantly express gratitude and genuine honesty! Go girl!

Debbie M - what a great time to reflect personally and professionally.

Wray Family Session | Atlanta, Georgia Family Photographer

I had the pleasure of photographing the Wray family for one of my Winter Mini Sessions! I absolutely love what I do because I get to meet and become friends with kind and warm-hearted families like the Wray’s! their daughter Marley has so much personality! She is so sweet and fashionable, might I add.:)

Here are a few of my favorites from their session…

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Marley was so fascinated with the water…:)

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Isabelle - Awww, Janelle! This is such a gorgeous session!! Love each and every single frame, so adorable!!

Brea - They are so cute I can’t stand it!! Such a beautiful family, their style is amazing and you did a fantastic job, as always!

Shahed - This is so cute!!! I love how she is looking back at you in the last photo: obviously enjoyed herelf!!!! Awesome work!

Debbie M - beautiful family photos

Jaime & Leon | Married – South Beach Wedding Photography

True friendships are hard to comeby. I have known Jaime since I was 11 years old and we are closer than ever before. I was so ecstatic when she announced she was getting married and wanted me to be her wedding photographer!

I was so excited that she was excited to have me as her photographer!:)

Jaime and Leon – Thank you for allowing me to capture your special day! You two are so special to me and I am forever grateful that you have entrusted me to preserve your wedding day memories.

…. Here are some of my favorite images from their day….

Jaime and Leon’s wedding was a sunrise wedding on South Beach and the sky was absolutely beautiful!

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Photos with family and friends.

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What I loved about Jaime and Leon’s wedding day was that it was intimate. Close friends and family were present to witness their love and their union.

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Oh stop it Jaime, you are gorgeous!:)

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Wedding day preparations and coordination were provided by The Social Hostesses.

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Congrats again Jaime and Leon! Many blessing to you!

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Brea - I love that you got to photograph your best friends wedding!! And quite beautifully, might I add :)

Krista A. Jones - I love this wedding! It’s so sweet that you were able to photograph such a special day for a friend!

Kathy - I adore the tropical feel of this wedding – weddings on the beach are always so beautiful!! Congrats to the couple! 😀

Alison Harper - What a beautiful wedding! I love their couples photos, especially the last one. :)

Dani - Gorgeous shots and such lovely details!

Jaime - Well, I’ve told you this on at least 10 occasions, but thank you so much for taking the time to come down, stay up all night, and still manage to take such AMAZING photos. A weekday sunrise wedding is definitely a way to sort out who your real friends are. LOL. Everything was absolutely perfect, and I know not a lot of folks can honestly say that about their wedding day. Thank you!!!

Lyanne Cassimire - OMG. I love love love all of your work. Truly passionate. I wish that you had discovered your desire for this art years ago for my wedding!! Lol.
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Sarah Adams - So beautiful! Love a beach wedding- the details are gorgeous- and those portraits are amazing!

Abbey - Gorgeous wedding Janelle!!!

1,096 days…

1,096 days…

1,096 days – 3 AMAZING years that I have been married to my best friend and my college sweetheart Stephen. The person that knows me to the core. The one who understands me and accepts me – flaws and all.

This time 3 years ago, we were in Miami in a beautiful church saying our vows in front of God, our closest friends and family.  We have been waiting for this day for 6 years… 6 AMAZING years and when this day finally arrived it was the happiest day of our lives! We were so excited to commit our love to each other and start a new chapter in our lives.

A lot has changed in the past 3 years, from moving from Florida to Georgia to welcoming our adorable puggle, Lucy, into our lives – yet things remain the same between us. I am still insanely in love with Stephen. I still smile uncontrollably when I hear his voice, when someone mentions his name and when I see his face. I am incredibly lucky to have him in my life and to have him as my husband.

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 I still look at him this way…

Stephen – Thank you for loving me as much as you do. Thank you for believing in me, supporting my dreams and walking hand in hand with me as we continue our lives together. I look forward to growing old with you; to spending 1 million + days with you while creating incredible memories. With you.

I love you.

Photos by our wedding photographers at Studio 1791

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(… Enjoying fireworks displayed for our wedding…my favorite & had to have it!:))

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Alison Harper - Happy Anniversary!!

Krista A. Jones - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! :)

Laura - Congratulations and happy anniversary!

Brea - Congratulations!! Happy Anniversary! You make a gorgeous couple and I love all of the photos!

Dani - 3 years!! So awesome!! Congrats, you two!

ashley barnett - Awww happy anniversary!!!! :) I loved reading about this and love how madly in love you guys still are!

Jaime Bannatyne - Goodness 3 years already?!?! Cheers to MANY more!

tPoz - Happy Anniversary!! Love the fireworks!

Monica Day - Awe!! This is so sweet!!

Kimberly - Happy Anniversary!

Roxanne Ash - You guys look amazing!! It’s wonderful to see to people celebrating real love. Many happy returns!!!

Abbey - Happy Anniversary!!! Continued blessings to the both of you!