Well, class of 2017, we made it...oh wait, nevermind. 

Okay, so going into this year I had just quit my job at Walgreen's and decided that I was going to pursue photography as a full-time gig. I had already spent so much time shooting with other photographers, studying how they worked and slowly started developing my own technique and figuring out what I wanted my style to look like.

The second couple you see in this slideshow are my friend's Ashley and Derek, and they let me take them out to Half Moon Bay for a quick session on New Year's Day. I was so determined to get better at posing couples and learning how to communicate with them amidst a session that I just took a bunch of my friend's out until I figured out what worked and what didn't. Since then I've photographed so many couples and met so many incredible, unique people that it just overwhelms me with joy to think about how blessed I've been this year. 

My goal for next year is to really hone in on my product and set realistic expectations for myself. I cannot say "no" most of the time and I volunteer to do everything and after awhile it just burns me out. It doesn't do me or my clients any good because then I lose track of why I enjoy photography. In writing this I feel a little hypocritical because I just enrolled for another full load at school, I booked a handful of flights, and I am almost to my goal for weddings for next year. All of this is awesome! I seriously cannot wait for what 2018 will bring, but I also want to spend more time with my family, hangout with friends, do shoots for fun, appreciate the outdoors, go to all the cool places I get to go to, but for leisure and not because I need to "work." I hope that makes sense? I need to practice balance and being honest with myself about what I will be able to handle. 

I guess now is as good a time to shout out the AMAZING community of photographers that there are, not only in the valley, but INTERNATIONALLY. I have received so much support from amazing people who just happen to be photographers. Photography like any other art form has been an incredible way to connect with so many people. I don't know what I would be doing without the help of other photographers that have been so generous to offer me any kind of advice that they have to offer. Shout out to you if you're one of those photographers reading this. You da real MVP.

Lastly, I am so thankful to God. It's been incredible to see how he's delivered me from such brokenness and rough patches of life. He's also shown me so much within this past year about myself, others, life... you always picture how you feel like your life will go, but can never truly know what's in store for you. It's been a real test sometimes... and I feel like on some level we all are kind of concerned about the future and it can suck. But throughout my life I have always been able to rely on the fact that God knows it all and that I can rely on his endless amount of love and grace. Can't rely on people, can't even rely on myself, just God's love. There's my schtick. I didn't mean to go on a tangent, but this has been something that I have found myself thinking about a lot this year, so it just seemed fitting that it would be in this post.

With myself, I really think that I would like to work on being more patient. This can apply to SO MANY THINGS. Patient in life, patient with my family when I'm stressed out, patient when Amazon doesn't get my package in before the weekend. I would also just like to take it easy. My brain feels fried from constantly pushing myself to do more and the thing is that, with this business, you can ALWAYS do more. The possibilities are endless. I'm just hoping that this whole photography thing and my life will become a lot more cohesive and hopefully work in tandem rather than constantly conflicting against one another. We'll see, ya know. There's no tellin' what this year will bring, but in finishing this post I can genuinely say I am SO SO SO excited to experience it all. Bye for now, folks!