As every year comes to a close I like to stop and take a look back at all we accomplished before moving forward. I am proud to say that while 2016 was a beast of a year we managed to achieve some pretty amazing accomplishments. Looking back now and taking count of it all...I have to say HOLY SMOKES! We accomplished so much and I owe so much to my family, friends, mentors and my especially my clients who are always here to support me, give me that boost of encouragement and helping hand when I need it.
My son, my husband and a few friends that have helped assist me this year- I owe you a huge thank you for helping me, lugging gear, setting up and sometimes just grabbing me coffee, or making dinner.
This year I was so excited to capture nine stunning horses and one of those was even a mini! I can't thank this handful of owners enough. I just love every chance I have to work with these amazing creatures.
After the Cubbies win I got the odd call and had the honor of photographing two goats this year. Their names: Addison and Clark! This was another amazing experience and my first time photographing goats posed. A HUGE thank you to their owners!
My clients graced me with thirty-seven professional studio and on-location dog sessions this year. Sadly the only cat I got to photograph was my own however I will say I am pretty proud that after 15 years I finally got her to pose for treats.
I had to opportunity to photograph four liters of puppies.
I captured images for Commercial use for two local business clients. When it came to events I photographed eight of them this year and I had one speaking engagement/demonstration for a local camera club.
I also hit the studio with volunteer sighthounds for my Sighthound Project. In 2016 alone I captured forty-five sighthounds from all over Illinois and even one from Michigan!
My husband Chris worked hard on custom designs for fundraising coffee mugs for the project and I managed to get the 2017 Calendar out before the holidays arrived.
Along with the success of The Sighthound project, the most amazing thing happened. One of the images that started the whole thing...an image of Bunny of Tales and Tails was requested by Town and Country (UK) for publication in their Winter 2016 issue.
Another HUGE accomplishments this year was competing in print competition and having my work judged by my peers. I first competed at Districts and merited 4/4. From Districts my images went on to International Print Competition where the same four images were judged again and I was awarded a platinum medal. It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it to any photographer that wants to grow. Pay for the critique when you enter and listen to what the judges are telling you.
With 2016 being such an amazing year I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store. I know for The Sighthound Project, I will be looking at hosting a few very particular sessions (one including a custom collar coming from Bosnia) but for the most part my photography is complete. The project is now moving to opening the online gallery, locating an in person gallery to host an event and working on the book. As far as my personal photography business, I have goals set to continue to grow and personalize my services. Keep an eye out for the introduction of some new products and packages.
I hope you all have a Happy New Year! Again thank you all for your continued support and giving me the honor to photograph your pets. It truly warms my soul to meet and photograph each of them.
I'm looking forward to 2017 being AWESOME!