Man, this has been an amazing year.
2013 started without the typical “slow season” in January, which was instead filled with headshots galore, a theme that continued throughout the year. I attended and provided headshots at a celebration for image consultant Sasha Westin of Fabuliss and at an event for the Twin Cities Human Resource Association. I worked with several people to arrange headshot mini-sessions parties, hosted a few of my own, provided corporate/executive headshots for several companies and got to work with countless individuals on both corporate and more casual headshots (like Emily of Macaroni Kid, who puts together a great newsletter of tips and events for families in the Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Oakdale & Stillwater areas). Headshots were never an area that I intended to work but I love how naturally it has worked its way into the business. I’ve found that I especially enjoy working with people who aren’t particularly confident in front of the camera and showing them that it can be a painless experience with great results.
During the rest of the early part of 2013, I spent several days in Atlanta at a photography conference, learning from a variety of speakers and, of course, hanging out with other Minnesota photographers. I gave a presentation on taking better photos of your children at a session of Baby Boot Camp – Maplewood & Woodbury MM and hosted a f(un)booth at the Minnesota Mothers of Multiples State Workshop. I also photographed the Woodbury Business Expo which was especially fun because it was such a great opportunity to be reminded of how many wonderful Woodbury businesses and individuals I’ve been lucky enough to work with as well as meet some new ones.
Spring and Fall, as usual, brought preschool photo time. I returned to Lexington Kids, Primrose School of West Plymouth,Primrose School of Woodbury and Cathedral Hill Montessori School, as well as adding The Goddard School of Plymouth, Primrose School of Edina, Little Sprouts and Seeds to Seedlings to the preschool family. This Fall, we also incorporated preschool mini-sessions – an opportunity to get Glimpses of Soul Photography preschool photos even if we aren’t at your school. (Look for those again!)
Filling in the rest of the year, I got to capture several amazing births, meet lots of snuggly, squishy newborns and photograph so many terrific families. My base of repeat clients continues to grow and feel like family – they are so supportive and I love to see how their kids have grown over the years. With their help spreading the word and through my work at preschool, I also got to meet many new families (who I hope will also become repeat clients, of course!).
One significant milestone that I failed to mention early this year – Glimpses of Soul Photography turned FIVE over the summer! It seems like forever and only a mere instant at the same time. November brought my 5 year “quitaversary,” when I turned in my resignation from my day job to pursue photography full time. I haven’t regretted it once! (Okay, not entirely true. One time this year, when I was quite ill and had several days of shooting that couldn’t be postponed, I wished I had a desk job where I could just call in sick. But one time in five years isn’t bad.)
I am so thankful for all of this. For everyone who has entrusted me to capture their families, their fun, their unmissable moments; for everyone who has told a friend or a Twitter follower or a forum reader about me; for my tireless assistant; for the faithful clickers of the Facebook “like” button who reassure me that I’m not posting into a dark void; for the clients who have become friends; for the friends who have become clients; for having a job that I am so eager to work on instead of Sunday evenings that I dread.
I’d like 2014 to be twice as amazing – for me and for my clients. I’ll be spending the next couple weeks figuring out how to make that happen. In the meantime, having a fantastic sayonara to the old year and a refreshing, hopeful start to the new one.