Photo by Olivia Bane Photography
Wow. This is about to be a long post, so settle in, grab a snack, and get ready. If you don’t want to read about my life for the past year as a photographer, I will not be offended! Just skim past my babbling and look at some of my favorite images from the last year. While I am 100% aware that my future self might be the only one to read this, I am fully prepared to create a post that I hope summarizes our year at Elizabeth Alice Photography and my personal year as a teacher/photographer. I ALWAYS go back and read these, so hopefully this post will say something to me next December and I will be able to remember these awesome times and lessons I learned in 2017. Oh, and ignore my grammatical errors….I am no writer. I just have a lot of thoughts on the year, and I want to write them down. 🙂
This year has been the BEST year so far for my little photography business, and I want to start this post by saying that I am so THANKFUL and humbled that all of you would choose me to document these precious moments in your lives. Recently, a friend gave me such a heart warming compliment, and I want to share what she said. I don’t want to share this compliment to brag about my photography, but it truly touched my heart because she said exactly what I try to do in my photos. She said, “Wow, your ability to capture people’s true selves is amazing.” A simple compliment that 1,000% made my day and made me realize that this year I have achieved my main goal….to capture actual moments and true personalities in my photos. I have LOVED being a part of all of your lives this year through photography. I adore seeing all of the Elizabeth Alice Photography families grow. I get so excited for my Elizabeth Alice Photography seniors, and love hearing their plans for the future! I cannot even handle the love for the precious Elizabeth Alice Photography newborns that I get to photograph. And I am over the moon excited for all of my Elizabeth Alice Photography couples who book me for engagement photos or just to capture their love on film! At the beginning of this year I thought, “I should just choose one avenue to specialize in this year. Families, Senior, Couples, Newborns, Lifestyle, Portraits, Head Shots…I can’t do all of these?! Let me choose one.” Then, the year happened, and I realized that I don’t want to choose just ONE avenue of photography to specialize in….I want to capture all of these special moments for my clients! 🙂 This year was busy, but rewarding. So, thank you to everyone who helped Elizabeth Alice Photography grow in 2017!
In 2017, I had 103 photo sessions (WOW!), established Elizabeth Alice Photography as an LLC, learned to shoot film, edited for countless hours, met over 20 new families, photographed 2 proposals (omg so fun and sneaky!), photographed 7 newborns (I hope this number keeps growing because this is my favorite type of session!), and even got to shoot a styled brunch that might be featured in a Southern Living Cookbook (yayy….stay posted!). A special shout out this year to my little beast of a coffee pot, Spotify Discover Weekly, Netlifx for getting me through HOURS of editing, and our fireplace for warming up my toes after all of those freezing mornings. Also, to Bruegger’s and Chipotle for fueling my fall hustle. 😉
My sweet and amazing husband became such a pivotal part of my business this year. He is the most selfless and giving person, and is ALWAYS so supportive of me. He always loves me, always makes me laugh, and calms me down when I get too overwhelmed (more on this later). This guy even came to my mini-session day when it was 27 degrees and I had a 25 minute break. He brought me soup and sat in the car with me during my break so I could eat the soup and have a little break. Dan has made me countless lunches or Brueggers runs for after my long morning of photos. He will play whatever show I want while I am editing photos and always asks me what I need. Without him, I would be so lost in the world of business’y things…he basically runs my business on the back end. Not to mention he created a sheet to help me very easily run a calc to figure out my quarterly sales tax. All I know is I must have done something very right in life to deserve such a wonderful man as a husband and best friend. He has met many of you on location for our sessions, especially if you had a newborn this year! A HUGE part of our success this year was due to the support of the one and only Dan Lipetzky.
Photo by Jennifer Lagrange Photography
A few things I learned in 2017…
So, in conclusion, this year has been a momentous year in Elizabeth Alice Photography. I have spent many hours getting teared up while editing the sweetest images (an let’s be real, while photographing them) of some of the most genuine people that I have ever met. I hope these photos do this year justice, and I hope you get a smile from seeing your photos featured in my little “Year in Review” blog post today. Happy New Year to everyone! I know 2018 will be our best year yet!
(This is my favorite picture of the year ^ because my sweet and perfect niece is such a big and beautiful smiley little toddler now! I can’t handle her perfect little ANGEL face in this picture! LOVE!)
(This photo is a close 2nd for my favorite from 2017! I actually loved this entire shoot, but this sweet girl and her contagious smile…plus that morning light on her hair?! ALSO- does this dress come in my size?)
(Also, this was a close 2nd for favorite photos! AND it was taken yesterday…my last photo shoot of 2017. It was 18 degrees. 18 DEGREES! But doesn’t their happiness just warm your soul?!)
A few behind the scenes and personal shots from the year!
Teaching Abby how to roll 120mm film! My future photographer buddy?! #dream
AND FINALLY, a few shots from our trips this year! We went to Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Boston and Vermont. A pretty solid year for travel as well. <3
Congratulations for making it through this beast of a blog post. I loved sharing it with you. Happy New Year, everyone!
Photo by Jennifer Lagrange Photography