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Year 3: Happy Anniversary!

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Feeling free 3 weeks ago in the Shenandoah Mountains!


Three years ago today I launched my photography website and started a love affair with entrepreneurship.  The transition from Minnesota to Washington, DC, 15 months ago now, forced me to press pause on most things and just focus on living and breathing.

Photography, however, has continued to be a constant, daily practice. I have over 14 thousand images that no one but me has ever seen.

For the longest time, I felt like a fraud – you’re supposed to be a photographer, where is your new work? What do you have to show for all this time?

Just this week while reflecting on the last year, I realized that although I love the final photographic piece, I’ve taken so much joy and solace from just the act of taking photographs.

And for now, for today, that can be enough.

I’ve been constantly practicing my craft, and I feel great about that!

When I finally figure out a routine that has space for weekly photography updates, you better believe I’ll be lighting up your feeds with the wonderful people, places, and moments I have the honor to capture.

I have the feeling it’s going to be soon. 🙂

dandelion seeds

It wouldn’t be a proper anniversary if I didn’t recognize the journey that’s been the last several years. I’ve learned several valuable lessons, some of which I’ve shared on this blog.  I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to grow and for the understanding, encouragement and patience those who love me have practiced as I’ve both struggled and thrived these last 12 months.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I appreciate you.

Here’s to more love, life, and photography!