A Little Byrdie Told Me | A Celebration of 2021

The week between Christmas and New Years is a time of stillness and unhurry, a time to reflect on the year and look forward to the new. This reflection has lingered this first full week of 2022 for me and honestly, I had to look at my calendar more than once to determine the date. This time is good for me to take in and be thankful for all the things that happened with Rare Vision Photography the last 365 days. Here are a few things to celebrate in 2021!

My first….and last wedding

My sister, who is also a photographer, was the maid of honor in a wedding, but her friend also wanted her to do the photos…see the dilemma. My sister contacts me. I was the second shooter with my sister for our brother’s wedding and enjoyed it so I thought this would be similar. I was wrong. I knew it would be different in terms of what I was going to be responsible for while my sister stood beside her friend, but what I didn’t expect was the tremendous weight I felt making sure I was capturing it all well. The day showed me I don’t want to be a wedding photographer. My sister is and does a fantastic job but it didn’t fill me up like newborn, family or branding sessions do. I will be forever grateful to my sister and her friend for allowing me the ability to realize this.

Stepped up and stretched

Instead of not sharing what I was working with on social, I began to showcase more of my mini sessions on Facebook groups and spoke up when I saw someone needing a photographer. This stepping up, allowed me to capture moments for some new clients who loved their images.

How I was stretched was in a few areas: Offering new types of photography sessions and making my Christmas sessions a full weekend. Though it was busy that weekend, I had a blast and was able to quickly deliver those images to my clients so they could use for cards and gifts.

Meeting goals

I always love a good goal, and last year I made goals of reaching more people, connecting with more people and capturing more moments. While I didn’t meet all the goals, I did reach my goals of 15 new clients by the end of the year (I actually surpassed it!).

My clients

I can’t end this celebration without mentioning you, my wonderful clients. I loved seeing images on Christmas cards that were sent and people posting images I captured on Facebook. I’m thankful for you telling others and helping my business grow! I’m always giddy capturing moments for you and hope you know how much I care!

I am already eagerly planning 2022 and all the special things it will include! I can’t wait to celebrate five years in business in June and capture many more moments. I’ll be talking about my 2022 goals in my next post, coming next week.

Image of some of the sessions during 2021
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