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It’s all about Family in 2011

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.

p.s. to prevent spam I used to have comments disabled on my blog.  I think I’ve gotten that fixed, so feel free to comment away!

  • Katie - Congrats on a wild ride in 2010, Chris! Wish we lived in OR so I could get on your family portrait shoot schedule for 2011. Will be sure to let you know when we get up there 🙂

  • Mandi Wiley - Your family is adorable!!! Congrats on a great… and eventful year! May 2011 bring much greatness and a little more relaxation!

  • Carol Young - Chris, love the photos of your kids. Yes, do take the time to capture and enjoy every minute as they do grow up so fast. You will forever have the memories and the photos.
    We are in the process of updating our website. Any chance you could get us some of Elizabeth’s wedding photos, especially a close up of her with the wedding bouquet?
    I know that you are busy and school starts back up tomorrow. Here’s to a Happy 2011.
    Carol and Peggy

  • Jennifer Walker - Your kids are adorable and I love your perspective on life/business 🙂 Happy 2011!!!

  • Chris - Thanks Katie! It would be great to see you guys again. I’ve been thinking about expanding into warmer areas during the off season in Oregon, so I might be in Arizona sometime…. By the way Carrie contacted me about her wedding and I might be shooting it in California!

  • Chris - Thanks for all the well wishes everyone! A happy 2011 to you all too!

  • Amanda Pistor - Chris, reading this made me feel a little choked up. I am very happy for you. Following your dreams is something people rarely do and can be so fulfilling. You are very blessed 🙂 Can’t wait to see pics of the New Baby Becerra!

  • sara - Love the photos of the kiddos Chris! You have such a beautiful family 🙂 Congrats on all the accomplishments this year! I hear you about focusing on family — that’s my goal this year as well, and to slow down and enjoy each moment. It goes by so fast…

  • Chris - Aww thanks Amanda!

  • Chris - Thanks Sara! And thanks for going on those early morning walks with Kara, they’ve been very helpful!

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