Now that I'm a blog writer and a business owner, it seems I am obliged to do the "year in review" post. But I was sick from Christmas through New Years and then it's back to the grind we go. So I'm a bit late but better late than never, right?
There is so much weighing on my heart, so much to be grateful for and so much to look forward to in the coming year. It's amazing to think one year ago today, this dream was just a dream. An unspoken dream at that. It only took a month into 2014 to realize my hearts true desire and to take the tiniest of baby steps to make it become a reality.
I'm so thankful that FOUR couples trusted me enough to allow me to document one of the most important days of their lives. I'm thankful that it's led to relationships, knowledge and more open doors. Beyond that, I captured babies, growing families, extended families, growing business owners and friends. I learned the power of a photograph and how much it can mean to the most unexpected person.
I've grown in my skills, my technique and my style. I'm learning who I am and instead of shying away from it, I'm embracing it. This is the person God created me to be.
This year did not come without struggles and pain. Oh, so much pain. The growing pains of developing new skills and habits. The pains of working until I couldn't see anymore and yet couldn't sleep at night. The pains of cultivating a new marriage on top of a new business on top of a new day job. Of keeping friendships alive. Of keeping myself sane.
I compared myself to others more than I care to admit. I threw more pity parties than one person should be allowed. I cried so much I wondered if I'd ever run out of tears. I prayed more earnestly and honestly than I ever have. I gave up control because in reality, are any of us really in control? (The answer is no).
I'm so amazingly proud of how much was accomplished this year and how much there is to look forward to in 2015. Here's to exposure, experience and education.
I'm Chelsea - a photographer, writer, adventurer, traveler, wife, Christ follower and mama to the most adorable rescue pup. I'm passionate about telling authentic stories with meaning and purpose and spreading joy through photographs. Grab a cup of coffee and stay awhile.