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2009 | A Year in Review

well, well, well…

2009 has come to a close

it has been an AMAZING journey this year

the beginning of 2009 is COMPLETELY different from what it is now

every year, i total up the sessions from the year.

here is the tally for this year’s sessions:

16 maternity sessions, 17 babies, 43 children, 52 families

18 weddings, 31 engagements, 7 bridal sessions

6 boudoir sessions, 11 headshot sessions, 35 Graduates!!!

4 commercial shoots

11 plays

1 MMA Fight

4 Birthday Parties

1 Fundraising Event

1 50th Anniversary


that translates roughly to

that’s 222 sessions!!!!! 18 weddings, 1 MMA event, 4 parties, 1 event, and one anniversary

wow!!! that’s a lot of photography!!!!!
it’s no wonder that life has been such whirlwind!
sometimes things became overwhelming and i spent a lot of time in a bipolar ebb and flow


close family illnesses brought my family to its knees and we decided to re-evaluate our priorities
and in case we had forgotten what we had set our mind and hearts to do….
several months later, we experienced more shocking and FRIGHTFUL situations


that isn’t to say that we didn’t spend much time in laughter
that despite ourĀ  losses, that we didn’t find great joy in our blessings
it isn’t to say that we didn’t have a great year


we simply had a year that made us put some thought into our everyday lives


a couple of years ago, Ali Edwards, a scrapbook goddess
asked us to choose one word that we would use as a reminder everyday throughout the year
keeping us centered


i have done this challenge for two years.
the first year being “life” and this year’s word was “faith”


for 2010… my word is




whether that means i’m focusing on my work
deadlines. goals. workflow.




life. love. laughter. hugs. moments. memories
because those are all fleeting.


2010 is my year of FOCUS


i hope you all have a WONDERFUL New Year’s Eve!!!
right now, laken and i are out of town decompressing from the holidays
from the hustle
from the sounds
and just enjoying quality time in each other’s company
Chriselda0000photo courtesy of Andie Smith
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December. 31. 2009 - 10:49 am

Kristi S - Wow girl, I know you’ve been busy and I have enjoyed looking at all the sessions but 222….wow!!!! Keep up the wonderful work and I wish you continued success in years to come :)
Happy New Year!

December. 31. 2009 - 4:21 pm

Danielle - i wish you much happiness & success in 2010, hon! have a happy new year!

January. 1. 2010 - 2:24 am

Libby - WOW! amazing! you have been a busy busy woman! well i knew that already but 222! you’re awesome!

I love that picture of you and Laken! happy new year!

We got your Christmas card in the mail yesterday! thanks so much. we loved it.

January. 1. 2010 - 3:06 pm

Maci Reinbold - Chriselda-
You were such a present person in my 2009! We had some pretty big events happen this past year and you were there to document them. I am so thankful for your work! You are incredible and talented and I love you to the moon. I am so thankful not only for your work, but for our friendship! I hope 2010 has just as many photo worthy events…and if not…bring on the wine! ;) I am praying for you and Laken and I demand a date sometime soon! Can’t wait to see what your future holds this year! May you be blessed! xoxo

January. 1. 2010 - 3:37 pm

Briana - My gosh! What a year! Someday I hope I can say I’ve had so successful a year. Happy New Year, and may 2010 be wonderful for you.

January. 4. 2010 - 11:46 am

Joette - Thank you for allowing us to be part of your 2009. I know Caitlin will call on you often in years to come to be part of the special moments in her life. This was just the beginning.
Here’s to a blessed year for you and Laken.

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