The Year in Review – 2012

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Jan 4, 2013

It seems a little premature to move on with blogging in 2013 without at least saying a proper good-bye to good ‘ol 2012. So, let’s take a moment shall we?

In all reality, I can’t think of a year where I’ve been happier to see it go. Outside of the arrival of baby girl, 2012 has easily been one of the toughest years we have weathered (you may have noticed a serious lack of posting on the blog as a result). I know I haven’t said much, but I will say that thankfully we have such a blindingly bright little girl to focus on through it all. And though it was tough, we kept getting back up and faced each challenge. In the end we know we are still so blessed in many ways – life can always be tougher.

So, I’m taking a moment to count some blessings from 2012:

-It would be a tragedy not to list it first; we became parents. For all it’s challenges, parenting is far more rewarding than it is anything else. Seeing a small version of myself and hubby walking (oh yes, she walks a bit now!) around who doles out liberal and adorable hugs, chases Ringo with a fast crawl, giggles at the hint of a game of peek-a-boo, and brings immeasurable joy to our families is beyond measure.

-I completed a little wedding quadra-fecta of sorts that I had set up for myself. I got to shoot in every Kohler venue in 2012; The American Club, Whistling Straits, River Wildlife and Riverbend. It doesn’t get better than the service and scenery Kohler provides, and that is why I will happily return again and again to that fine town to shoot weddings.

-I stuck closer to home this year with a new baby in the house, but still got out a bit for some shooting around the country. Weddings and clients took me to Gasparilla Island, Florida; Denver, Colorado; Orlando, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina. All were seriously gorgeous and I can’t wait to go back. Traveling fills my creative soul, and I definitely missed my usual schedule of destination weddings this year.

-Hubby and I celebrated 5 years of marriage. You want to talk about time flying by – our wedding feels like it was just yesterday, truly. That makes twelve years together too. Craziness.

-With each wedding anniversary comes another anniversary for m three studio. This little business of ours reached the five year mark as well. We might be just as proud of that as we are of the other anniversary.

-I stuck with my fitness routine and bounced back from pregnancy quickly. December marked two years consistently sticking to this lifestyle. I still love it and crave the workouts and the healthier ways. Getting fit and serious about it remains one of the best things I’ve ever done.

-One of my weddings was published on the Martha Stewart Weddings Blog – a long-time goal that felt so good to achieve!

-I participated in my first wedding show. It was plenty of fun and putting yourself out there is always a valuable learning experience.

-I had a full-circle moment when a side trip in November allowed me to see Ca d’Zan in Sarasota. This is a historic property that has long been an inspiration for me, and was a huge part of the development for my thesis film. In the end the actual property didn’t live up to my own imagination – but that is how it should be I guess.

-I really got an opportunity to see all the diverse beauty that lives within a drive-able distance of my own home. Weddings in Door County, the Dells, Lake Geneva, Madison, Kohler, the Northern Chicago suburbs and right here in Milwaukee filled my lens with so much loveliness. I’m genuinely grateful to all my wedding clients for letting me walk in step with their lives for one day.

Hubby’s Chasin’ Mason Concert was a big hit and helped him and his team towards their goal of raising money for the American Cancer Society. It was a joy to see him so excited and invigorated by the challenge, and the achievement!

-So many friends, family and clients had babies this year – in June alone six little friends were born for Baby Girl! It is wonderful to have some friends on this journey with us, and even more wonderful to see Baby Girl grow up with the children of those we hold dear.

I looked over my twitter feed and facebook to see if there was anything else I should add. Most of what we posted this year was about baby girl. Really, that’s the biggest thing I will take away from 2012, it would be terribly hard to top. I have no idea what 2013 has in store for us.  For the first time in a long time, we are heading into a new year without any big plans or goals on the horizon just yet.  I’m excited to find out what happens!

Happy New Year!

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