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a year in review | 2008

last year, i was working a full time job and doing photography “a la carte”

when i went to dallas last October, i sat at the Chili’s Too in Dallas Love Field Airport and furiously scribbled on a napkin that i was going to go into “full-time” business for myself on Septemer 24, 2008. This would be my birthday gift to myself.

In February, i unexpectedly lost my job. I came home. Was a wee bit stressed. And stared at my computer – blinking slowly and trying to shake myself out of a trance.

then Fred im’ed me – most likely to recommend new music to me – and i said “i lost my job today”

and he said “great! now you can stop making excuses” And i will never forget that. What happened next, i was not prepared for. I saw my business TAKE OFF. i have been shooting just about every day since the middle of march.

I recently went back and tallied up all of my sessions and thought i would share the numbers with you.

in 2008, i have photographed:

147 Sessions, (yes… that is CORRECT, one hundred-forty-seven!!!), 18 Weddings, 3 NILMDTS Cases, 1 Fundraiser, 1 MMA Fight, 10 Plays for the Amarillo Little Theatre

and i traveled 19 times this year! including my trip to Mexico for a wedding!chriselda2008there were certainly times when i thought i was going insane. when i felt extremely overwhelmed. when i thought maybe i just wanted to apply for medical school after all. yet, times when my clients made me completely appreciate my life and career. i have learned many a lesson the HARD way.

but as my dry erase board read for most of this year, “You are blessed to be this stressed”

and i truly was. 2009 is a year of change for me in many aspects. i’m both excited and anxious to see what i can learn this year!  I am excited to be meeting and working with a lot of new clients and to be given the opportunity to work with several returning clients. you are why i keep doing what i do. and i appreciate the warmth, patience, understanding, appreciation, and respect that you have given to me over the course of the last year!

i am thankful  for the opportunity to work with local non profit organizations, for all the friendships i have made with my clients, for the cake and cookies you  have so lovingly sent and shared with me, for the many children that have hugged my neck or kissed my camera lens, for the couples who trusted me and welcomed me into their families and wedding memories, and for my friends who stood by my side and watched me grow, strengthen, stress, crumble, and offered a helping hand on the way up! for other local photographers who have formed a special friendship and bond with me on purpose! and for the photographers in other cities and states who i have worked with and for. and for the adorable little boy that keeps me grounded, motivated, and determined to push up and through. i love you all!

you made my 2008 not only possible, but enjoyable.LakenChristmas

cheers to 2009!chriselda-photography4

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January. 1. 2009 - 11:53 pm

Libby - All I have to say is YOU’RE AWESOME! Thanks for all the memories you have given us and for many more that will come! Happy New YEar!

January. 2. 2009 - 4:09 am

wrecklessgirl - dang you are blessed, sister. great to hear. it is definitely a story that does not match my own, though i’m certainly looking forward to doing some scribbling on a napkin this year. :)

January. 2. 2009 - 3:10 pm

islandjen - you are so inspiring Chriselda…it’s been so fun to watch you progress through all of this! you rock chica!!

January. 2. 2009 - 5:19 pm

Monica Z - you are amazing! I miss you already!

January. 3. 2009 - 6:55 pm

Maci Richie - Chriselda! You are truly a blessing! We love you and your gift of photography is unmatchable! Congrats and good luck in the new year! I can’t wait to see you soon! LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!
and p.s. my day planner quotes "Your too blessed to be stressed!" Ü

January. 4. 2009 - 4:17 pm

jensmack - I am so PROUD of you! You followed your dreams – you WENT for it and GOT it! Congratulations, girl!

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