Season of Love
At the beginning of the year I could not have predicted what this year would bring. Now that's it's wrapping up (and I'm busy wrapping our holiday gifts) I am beyond grateful for the many blessings I experienced this year.
2011 was a tough one for sure for me. My big brother passed away toward the end of 2011 after battling one of the worst cancers ever - pancreatic cancer. Cancer has affected far too many people in my family including a first cousin (she died in 2009 of breast cancer) and my husband who thankfully is cancer free (prostate cancer). I am grateful to donate my time to two causes to find a cure: PanCan.Org and Shoots For a Cure. Participating in both of these organizations helps raise awareness and opens my eyes to what others are going through.
Earlier this year I began to notice homeless people more and more. Every time I exited a freeway they seemed to be there holding up signs. I used to ignore them as if not noticing would make their situation go away. But then I started wondering - 'what is their story?' Perhaps because that question was on my mind a lot I noticed an article about chronic homelessness. I made a few calls and eventually got connected with Housing 1000. It's been an incredibly rewarding experience. I've met so many people who care about the welfare of these folks who were born into a situation they had no control over. Most were born into a bad situation that did not provide love, cohesion or guidance. I understand their situation in a totally different light now. I plan to continue working with Housing 1000 and the cancer organizations indefinitely.
Other opportunities opened up for me this year as well. I'm working with a couple of PR companies and have taken event photos and corporate head shots. I have enjoyed working with the fabulous ladies, Lisa and Cathy at Acme Party Box, with Dishcrawl (and working with the fabulous owner and CEO, Tracy), SV Local Market and entrepreneur Paige, and 78 Degrees. The Retro Dome theater has been one of the highlights of my year. I love working with their whole crew and their performances are outstanding. In my studio I am getting 3rd and 4th level referrals - that gives me so happiness I can't begin to express how wonderful it is.
I truly feel blessed and love all of the types of photography I am doing. Head shots, family portraits, commercial and landscape. I love it all. I can't put my camera down.
And best of all I see how my passion has started flowing to my daughters. They have been bitten by the shutterbug too. They are learning about aperture, ISO, shutter speed and are taking amazing shots. This, perhaps, gives me the greatest satisfaction of all.
So as I close this year in my blog I just wanted to take a moment to say "thank you." To all of the people I have encountered, who helped me grow in my craft and provided feedback, assistance and opportunity. I am humbled and grateful for a year that was pivotal. A big shout out of thanks!
Have a safe and Happy Holiday!
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