Here we are again. Another year's gone by. It happens faster and faster now. If you really want to become hyper aware of how quickly life goes by, have a child. That'll do it.
Oh this wedding. This was such a unique experience for me. I've known Nicole, well probably as long as she can remember. Since I rang her family's doorbell every morning so that I could walk to the bus stop with her older sister and my best friend Kristen, starting at age 10. I went on nearly every Hamlin family vacation with them from then on out and I've literally seen Nicole grow up before my eyes. In fact, she's probably the person I have photographed the most in my entire time as a photographer... she was my FIRST portrait client when I did her senior session long ago. I took some "just because" portraits of her and Stephen when I was filming a promo video for my website. We did the engagement session this past summer. And now of course, the wedding.
It occurred to me recently that in my eagerness to share some personal blog posts that I wanted to be timely (holiday-related things, etc.) I breezed past a few of my favorite sessions from this Fall. I've been wrestling lately with whether or not I need to share as many sessions on the blog as I used to. I've never blogged absolutely everything I photograph, for various reasons... sometimes, my clients express needs to keep their images private. Sometimes I photograph special things that aren't really what I'm trying to grow in my business, so they don't get shared. And all of these are fine reasons to not share images. But. To be honest, blogging is a very time consuming process and ever since Willow's been born, my life has become an exercise in maximizing my time. So I'm always thrilled to have new clients and I want people who are booking to be able to check the blog and see recent work. But at the same time, after this many years and a portfolio as large as mine has become, I don't think it's ALWAYS necessary.
Hey! It's January 2! That means new year, new beginnings, new start, yayyyyyyy...
I'm kidding. I actually do like the idea of hitting the refresh button in January. Even just putting away my Christmas decorations, while it's sad, when I'm done I always look around and feel a relief to see some of the clutter fade away. Note to self, do more decluttering this year. I'm always happier when I do. Another note, stop accumulating clutter.
Technically, not really. She experienced the snow last year, but she was too little to enjoy it. This time around was so much more fun. Willow has become quite the little talker lately, so she actually stepped out into the snow saying "wow" "whoa" "wow." In other words, she was suitably impressed. A+ mother nature.