I think Cody will be proud of me for getting the numbers on this one (he's the math guy)
2 years, 39 graduating seniors, 18 Weddings, 1 cookbook (and counting), 1 Workshop Launch, 1 card corruption (that was recovered!!), lot's of late nights, tired eyes, sore feet... but a total of 97 sessions/life events (whether food/bloggers/families etc.) AND 300+ (hard to estimate an exact # on this one) beautiful people that have been a key part in theses sessions/life events that I have personally gotten to capture and illustrate memories for and call the greatest clients in the entire universe....
I'm a little speechless.
I'm not a numbers girl and I am not the best estimator. So truly... I don't know if these numbers are on the small side or not.. I just know that 300+ people have trusted me in the last 2 years to take care of their memories, doing what I so passionately love and believe that I was designed to do!
From the bottom of my heart, thank you to every single senior who finds my experience different and exciting.. and for every mom & dad who lets their daughter go with me for their senior photos. I LOVE this time in your child's life, and I can't wait to see how they change the world!
Thank you to my sweet couple's who find and trust me with one of the greatest life events that could ever occur.. Committing to each other and God and entering into the covenant of marriage! Thank you to their parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles who have helped or fully financially supported their decision to have me be apart of their Big Day.
Thank you to every blogger, restaurant, skincare line and small business that has trusted me with the face of their brands. I cannot tell you how honored it is to work with other creative minds in creating a vision tailored to you!
Thank you my families - I only take about 1 or 2 on per year... but most of you, I know personally and you have been clients since I was 17 and this business had not even officially began. To you, I am so grateful!
I know that with all of these "Thank You's" and terrible grammatically incorrect run-on sentences... it is beginning to sound like I have won an award of some kind... With clients like mine, it feels like I have. I have a few more personal thanks to give out, so bear with me!
Thank you to every Instagram/Facebook follower, like-er, comment-er... Your engagement and interest in me and my work is so valuable to me!
To my mentors and teachers from the very beginning: Molly Kresta, Jon Eilts, Hannah Browning, Lauren Carnes. Thank you for being so encouraging and freely pouring so much knowledge into me from the beginning stages of my hobby to where I am now in my business. I wouldn't be where I am without you!
To the one that told me I "would never make it" in College Station and that "there are a thousand you's"... As much as this stung, I am so grateful that, somehow, I did not listen!
To the people who thought I was weird for carrying around a camera at High School Football games, taking pictures of my friends, taking it "too seriously" and acting like a pro when I really wasn't... acting turned into my reality. Thank you for being a great motivation in my life and business.
To my family and friend's and friends that are family. You have given constant support, love, advice and hugs. Specifically, my parents. Mom, for your creative advice and overwhelming excitement about everything that I do. Dad, for your money real-talk and business advice and, like mom, overwhelming excitement about everything that I do... And to my baby sister & brother - You guys are the greatest and I love you with all my heart! Thank you for ALSO always giving overwhelming excitement about everything that I do. (I really have the best family) I pray you always follow your dreams! To my Mom, Dad, siblings, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and cousins - You are amazing and wonderful and I will never once take for granted your support of my entrepreneurial endeavors!
Lauren, my best friend/honorary business advisor and photographer - you have seen the in's and out's of me going from part time to full time. You are always there for me, you put up with messiness when I rearrange everything in our living room for my food shoots- You're one of my biggest cheerleaders and I am so grateful I went against my decision to live alone, and tried out the whole random roommate thing over a year ago! You have become like a sister to me!
And Cody, you are everything to me! You are the sweetest, most caring, loving, supporting man I could ever ask for. You give comfort when I feel like a failure, but never let me wallow in that feeling. You give me honest talks about business decisions and help me work through every trial I face. You tell me I'm cool and you give me amazing love and forgiveness. Thank you for striving always to love me like Jesus! Fun fact (that you know, but my readers do not): You literally saved the day at our VERY FIRST wedding and I will have everyone that reads this know... If it wasn't for you, that couple would not have seen their sparkler exit. (I have no excuse. It was my first sparkler exit and my images were out of focus somehow. I have since strived to become an expert at this LOL!)
Lastly, and most importantly, thank you, Jesus for giving me all of the above. This gift, and a thousand more things that you do for me daily is just mind-blowingly, earth-shatteringly incredible. I am so grateful and undeserving of your Love and Grace. I promise to strive to serve You through this gift you have given me as long as You let me!
So, here's to the start of our 3rd year. I can't believe that it can get better than this, but I am so excited for it!