A thank you to 2015

A thank you to 2015

Hello, 2016. I am excited for all that you will bring. However, I would be remiss not to lovingly reflect on the amazing year that 2015 was. Everything that happened last year got me to where I am today, and I am forever grateful for each and every moment of 2015.

In December 2014, after being introduced (via the Internet) to one of the most amazing glamour photographers in the world, I made a decision: I wanted to photograph modern glamour portraits for women. And I never looked back. Over the course of 2015, I photographed about 20 women in this style. I am so profoundly proud of the images I created, and it warms my heart so much to know  that these women have gorgeous printed portraits for themselves, their spouses, their children, and for future generations to come.

I also had the opportunity to work with amazing women’s organizations or businesses run by women, such as Pinspiration, Bosom Buddies, The Craftcaster Girls, the Alpha Delta Pi sorority at ASU, Mary Kay, and Miss Arizona United States. I was published for the first time in New Moon Girls magazine, which promotes confidence in tween-age girls. I also took headshots and promotional images for organizations such as UMOM New Day Center and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. I've met a lot of amazing people along the way, many that I now call my friends.

I worked a full-time job on the side while putting in 40-hour+ work weeks on my photography business. I set the foundation for my business in everything that I did in 2015, and I am incredibly excited to watch all of that hard work come to fruition in the new year.

In November, I had a life-changing opportunity to meet my online mentor, Sue Bryce, in person. She hosted a workshop in LA and myself and 25 other photographers from throughout the US and Canada joined her to learn about posing, lighting, self value, and more. We were equally blessed to have guidance from talented photographers that Sue calls her “mentors” who shared their advice and expertise openly and freely. The cherry on top of the weekend was that I was able to be photographed by Sue Bryce and all of the mentors. What a dream come true! I am anxiously awaiting my final images and I can’t wait to share them with you. An unexpected outcome of the weekend was the friendships and strong bond I developed with the rest of the workshop attendees. We have created a safe and supportive network on Facebook to bounce ideas off each other, express our joys and fears, and get advice…all in the name of supporting one another as we grow our businesses.

So to 2015: thank you, thank you, thank you. I learned so much from you, and I will take those lessons with me into the new year.

With love and gratitude,
Kari