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Live the Dream: Year 2009

When I quit my “Monday through Friday, 9-5” job a year ago to pursue my own business full time, I was scared. No, I was scurred… I had no idea if I would make it or if anyone would even hire little ‘ol me to photograph their special moments.  I honestly bet myself that after a month, I’d probably need to get another job again just to pay the bills. I was so nervous of failing MISERABLY. But I suppose that’s the risk anyone takes when they decide to start their own business. Looking back now, I know without a doubt, that was one of the very best decisions I have ever made in my life. I never realized how working for someone else had been holding me back in a huge way. I’ve been a photographer for almost 12 years but it wasn’t until I was able to truly spread my wings and fly, that I could become the artist I was meant to become. I was an artist that had been placed in a box and didn’t even realize the potential I had inside of me to be all that I was created and designed to be. Taking that huge leap of faith was probably the scariest thing I have done, but the best. This big wide world can be so intimidating. But I truly, truly believe in living your dreams and trying your HARDEST to make them a reality.

Looking back on this past year, I am truly in awe. I cannot believe how amazing it has been and all of the many blessings I have been given. I was able to travel to New York City, Paris, Jamaica, Virginia, California, Florida and Chicago for both work and play. I look forward to much more traveling next year! I can’t get enough of it and I feel like the luckiest girl alive to be able to do TWO of my favorite things ever : see the world and photograph it. I am blessed. I wake up everyday and wonder to myself why God loves me this much. I don’t take credit for anything, because I know He is the one who has given me everything I have. However I do know that my life would be different if I hadn’t been the one to step out and chase my potential. God will only give us so much and then we have to be brave enough to do the rest. I believe WITH ALL MY HEART that you can do ANYTHING you want. If you set your mind and heart and every bit of your being to it, you can do it. Anything is possible. Don’t let your dreams be just dreams.

I only have one life and I am determined to make it the best one I can possibly make it. Thank you to each and every one of you who share a part of that journey with me. You will all forever be imprinted on my book of life – and I can honestly say I love you so dearly for it! Thank you a million times over for being a part of my story.

2009 has been the BEST year of my life so far for so so so many reasons. I have experienced amazing things, I have learned so much about myself, I have met AMAZING people, and I have lived some of my dreams. I am so excited about the future!

Life may not always be perfect, but I am so grateful for every bit of it. The perfect and the imperfect. For the imperfect moments make you appreciate the perfect ones so much more. In 2010 I look forward to growing more, learning more, loving more, experiencing more, dreaming more, inspiring more, and living more.

Life is what you make it: dream and believe.


Below are just a few of my amazing clients shot this past year. I look forward to the many more in 2010 and to all that the future holds.


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