Thanksgiving is upon us and it is only natural that I reflect upon the blessings that have been showered upon me this year. Even though there are ups and downs in everyone's life, it is those treasured moments that have made me so very thankful for what I have, who I am surrounded by, and the wonderful experiences that I have had this year.
First, I have to thank you. Yes, you who is reading this blog. I want to thank you for your interest in me and my passion for photography. I can only hope that you are reading this because I have touched you with my images. I have completely dedicated myself to growing as a person and as a photographer, and it is truly an honor when I am asked to be behind the camera for you. I strive with each image I capture to convey the beauty, the intimacy, and the connection you have with your loved ones. I am so deeply in love with my family, and to be able to capture moments for you that display that raw emotion in a fleeting moment, is priceless. Take these images, cherish them and be proud to share with future generations of the testaments of you and your lives.
Second, I have to profess that I am completely and undoubtedly indebted to my parents. Never have I seen parents so supportive and encouraging. My parents are some of the most unique individuals that one may meet as they perfectly compliment each other, yet are complete and individual on their own. Every moment I share with them is a learning experience, whether it be through a conversation, or quietly watching them from a distance. Words can not describe how much love and gratitude I have for them. Mom and Dad, I love you both!
And finally, I have to thank some of my dearest friends that I have made within the photography industry. You each know who they are, and the imperative roles you have taken in my life, whether it be mentor, friend, or co-worker. You have propelled me to strive to be better. Your presence gives me that drive and permission to excel, no matter how uncomfortable it may feel. For it is those quirky and uncomfortable moments where I prove to myself that I could do what you already knew I could. And I thank you for that.