Happy Thanksgiving!What I'm Thankful for this Year
Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday of the year (read: I really like turkey.). I'm the girl who shuns all things Christmas until the Friday after because I feel like Thanksgiving needs it's full time to shine. So in the spirit of all things Thanksgiving, I wanted to share with you a few reasons why I'm feeling extra thankful this year. Spoiler alert: It might have something to do with you. ;)
I'm thankful for...
My Family and Friends
Life would simply not be as interesting without all of you! I am so lucky to have such loving, caring people in my life. I am especially thankful for my parents who continue to be my biggest cheerleaders. When I was growing up, they never missed a track meet, band concert, art show or graduation. To this day, they still come watch the occasional race, always attend my Dupage Symphony Orchestra concerts, and look through every wedding photo that I take.
My Business Support System
When I first joined the wedding industry, I was all alone. I barely knew anyone in the same industry. Networking wasn't exactly my strong point and I didn't have a support system to lean on for help. Over the last 7 years, I've made new friends in the industry, and it's so nice to have people to talk to and who understand what weddings are all about. While I could make a very long list, I'd like to especially thank Ashley of La Belle Fleur Events and Rachel of Life in Bloom. These girls are some of the hardest working people I've met. About a year ago, we started a ritual of meeting at least once a month to discuss our business goals together. Through this accountability group, we've been supporting and motivating each other, helping solve our business problems, and celebrating our successes. I'm so happy we've kept it going together!
I am thankful all all the members of my team who always go above and beyond for me. Hannah - for taking the lead and photographing my best friend's wedding this year. Aimee - for always blowing me away with your creativity and being the best light-test model in the history of ever. And Chelsey, for not only being an awesome second shooter, but for helping me edit my client's photos this year and making my life 1000 times easier.
Finally, I am beyond thankful for all of you who have hired me to photograph your wedding and engagement stories over the last 7 years. Your support gives me the opportunity to continue doing what I love while building a business that I'm passionate about. I truly wouldn't be here if I didn't have the best clients in the world, so thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.
I wish you all a turkey and stuffing filled Thanksgiving!