Every December 31st, I sit down to compile the year-end video. I never “have the time” because I’m usually in the middle of an editing flurry and trying to figure out my plans for New Year’s Eve. But every year, it’s the single best thing that happens to my business. It makes me stop, pause, and reflect on all of the amazing people that I’ve had the chance to document in the last year. As a small business owner, my life goes about 129 miles a minute, all the time. I wouldn’t have it any other way, either! But the biggest gift is to take a step back from this crazy life and see the beauty of the BIG picture, not just all of the little pictures that comprise it. In the big picture, I don’t see flyaway hairs or closed eyes. I see truly beautiful, shining faces. I see compassion and joy. And that is such an important reminder of why I fell in love with photography in the first place.
Besides the amazing clients I had the chance to meet, it’s been a very exciting year for Kate L Photography. I was featured in a magazine and a book. I mustered up the courage to enter my first national photography competition. I made wonderful photographer friends (shoutout to NAPCP!) and we shared our knowledge and passion with each other. With their help, I took the scary but thrilling leap of making photography my full-time job. And finally, Kate L Photography moved into its very first home, a cozy little office in Boston (more photos to come soon!).
2014 is the first year that I’m including session outtakes in the video. This idea came to me about a month ago, when I was asking someone to make a silly face (as I often do in photo sessions). The unplanned moments are always some of my favorites, because it’s when people let their guard down for just a second. And besides, what good is life if you can’t laugh at yourself?
Looking ahead to 2015, I’m wishing only to be more present. I’ve tried for perfect before, but it’s not a happy place. My life is no longer about trying to be perfect, but more about appreciating each moment to the fullest (the bad along with the good). A life without ups and downs would be boring, and so I want ALL of it. I want the crying photos AND the smiling ones. I want the goofy faces AND the Kodak moments. I want to document my clients as I see them in real life— multi-faceted human beings. And I want to spend more time with the people that I love so that I can capture the people that YOU love with greater understanding.
I cant wait to see where this vision takes us! Here’s to a beautifully imperfect 2015— may you enjoy the roller coaster ride and be present for every moment of it!
PS: The video includes one of my favorites from every session in 2014 that I have permission to share. I also included one outtake from each session. Some of you were just too cool and composed, and I couldn’t find one for you…but don’t worry, I’ll get you next time! 😉