2013

This year I dedicated a lot of time to my small photography business and helping it grow. For a while, I felt that I hadn’t dedicated much to anything else, but after looking over my 2013 blog posts and reviewing my goals list, I realized I accomplished more than I thought. Photographing and working with the people I had the opportunity to work with in 2013 alone was an accomplishment, and it’s a breath of fresh air to look back over the year and see what I actually did accomplish.


-Invest in the 50 mm 1.2 
-Finish designing my new logo & brand
-Practice with the lenses on my “fun” list 
-Read Jasmine Star’s new magazine 
-Watch the videos in Jasmine Star’s new store 
-Shoot two weddings 
-Shoot three+ engagements 
-Shoot a bridal session 
-Find my workflow 
-Travel to Nashville 
-Travel to Staunton, VA 
-Stay in a cabin in the mountains in the fall 
-Celebrate our 2 year anniversary in Morehead City (tradition) 
-Finish my Simple Knits book
-Take baking & cooking to the next level 
-Redefine my style of photographs 
-Practice with posing 
-Define my ideal client 
-Practice with natural reflectors/sun flares 
-Practice with using a flash 
-Meet Christa 
-Office Makeover
-Finish the No Brainer Wardrobe series 
-Finish the first floor of the house makeover 
-Start hunting for land to buy 
-Put my Holga camera to more use 
-Buy new memory cards/battery/battery grip 
FINISH THE KITCHEN THEN MAKE A V-LOG FOOD TUTORIAL 
TAKE A BREAK FROM HOUSE PROJECTS
FINISH MY RECIPE TO-DO LIST 
START A RECIPE BOOK ON MY BOOK LIST 
FINISH FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES BOOK 
FIND A NEW BOOK TO READ 
BUY MY NEW KITCHEN SUPPLIES ON MY LIST 
BUY NEW BEAUTY PRODUCTS ON MY LIST  

GO TO YOGA 

Hunger Games #2 is coming out! Must see! 
BLOG THE FINAL LOOK OF THE UPSTAIRS PROJECTS 

Find good deals on Black Friday with my black friday partner, Kari
START ON THE DOWNSTAIRS HOUSE MAKEOVER

Spread out my time more thoroughly and dedicate what I want to each shoot

Save more money for my business by the end of the year

Apple picking at Carter Mountain 

Have a successful day of Mini Sessions
Finish out wedding season with a bang
Plan for what gear I want to buy next

Met Christa after two years of emailing 

Was introduced to Trader Joe’s Salted Caramel Chai 

Got sick for the first time since I was 17…..ugh 

Gave my office a makeover….twice…but only blogged about one of them 

Experimented with Revlon’s Lipstick Colors 

Explored new recipes for cooking and baking 

Used the same purse for almost an entire year….

Make a really good chocolate cake- recipe by Vanilla Bean Blog 

….and a vanilla….

Gave my mom’s upstairs a house makeover

Had a joint birthday with my best friend 

Celebrated my brother’s first baby coming into the world 

Went to Ikea….for the first time ever…

Did beach yoga 

Had a blast on our annual Morehead City beach trip and saw some amazing new people and places while there

Bought some Hunter Boots for shooting 

Met my niece 

Made our traditional Chocolate Chip Pie

Had a truly American Thanksgiving 

Went to New York for a Christmas trip and got snowed in

Bought the iPhone 5s…and tried the EOS ball….life. changing. 

Invested in this beauty 

Found my nearly perfect chicken taco recipe 


Learned how to make friend oreos….yum. 


Started the Grocery List & Budgeting Series


Branded my business

and lastly…took another best friend’s senior portraits, she’s growing up so fast! 

All in all, it was a great year. 

2 Comments

  1. kristyn
    December 30, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    WOW! You really went to town on your resolutions 🙂 And got to experience a lot of wonderful things! Your accomplishments are truly inspiring, and I hope the new year brings you many more blessings 🙂

  2. Dani
    January 7, 2014 / 3:49 am

    I am from Staunton, Va! It's a tiny but quaint city with tons of great places to take photos! You should definitely visit 🙂

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