This post feels hard to start. Mostly because it was such a hard year in business and life overall. Ya know, global pandemic and all.
For the families who trusted me to come into their homes.
For the families who let me be one of the only people to meet their newborn babies.
For the ability to meet and celebrate families who look different, act different, parent different, and love different than me, but who still believed I was the one who could capture their story.
For the businesses who called on me to help them boost their image in a year when online presence is more make-or-break than ever.
For the people in years past who have helped me lay building blocks that kept Firefly not only afloat this year, but thriving, and completely debt free.
For those who called on me to capture joy before chemo, the baby they thought they’d never have, the birthday parties where I was the only guest.
For the families who reached out and said “we cherish each other and that feeling is worth capturing.”
For Autumn, who’s grace and patience and diligence behind the scenes kept us rolling through maternity leave, the shutdown, and the busy seasons—serving families with excellence when I was running on fumes from mom-life sans childcare in the name of safety.
And it’s you, too. I’m so, so so grateful for YOU – just reading this and cheering us on.
I can’t always put a finger on it, but I think if you look, you’ll see a common thread.
And interestingly enough, that was my word of the year.
Despite the fact that we’ve never been more distant from some of the ones we love, these photos show that there’s joy, love, and yes, connection in the smallest finger in a curl, in the biggest squeeze around the belly, and the silliest all-teeth laugh— it’s all waiting right in front of us day to day.
My prayer is that we’ll create many more moments of connection between us in the year to come.