2010. What a year. In 2010 I bought a new house, broke my leg, finished my master’s degree and was named Oregon Bride Magazine’s Best Wedding Photographer. I also began working on many projects that you don’t see on this blog. I shot add campaigns for Oregon State University and I did photography work for many political campaigns across Oregon and California, not to mention shooting family, maternity and baby portraits. With all the chaos and craziness sometimes often I felt completely overwhelmed.
In 2010 I spent a lot of late nights on my computer so while my kids and wife slept I could work uninterrupted. Whether I was editing a wedding or writing a term paper, or researching my next project, I often felt guilty that I wasn’t spending the time I’d like to with family and friends. I hadn’t done the dishes or helped with the laundry in a long time. Everything was focused on completing my Master’s degree and keeping my business going strong.
With my Master’s degree behind me, in 2011 my goal is simple: focus on the family. My kids are growing so fast and I don’t want to miss any little part of it. Because of that I’ll probably be incorporating my family a little more into my business life. This blog will continue to be about my business, but I’m also going to start treating it like an online journal, documenting my family’s growth as well.
I really feel like the luckiest man alive right now. How many people go through life struggling to find fulfillment or the right kind of job? I told a client in a meeting this week that I have the best job in the world and that’s the truth. I get to capture the happiest day of people’s lives. I get to capture memories that will be handed done through generations. When I’m shooting a wedding, I think I about the couple, but I also think about their kids and grandkids. I want to create something timeless. In a way I want to bring the passion that I have for my own family and my own kids to the wedding or portrait session. 2011 I’m looking forward to you being the best year yet.
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