I am happy that I have made it in before the first week of the year ended. As most of you can relate, the past month is nothing short of utter chaos, happy chaos! Now that the year has ended, I have thought about how to properly wrap up or reflect on 2016. I thought of going through a year of photos and posting a top 10-20, but 2016 was more for me than a library of great photos . It has been about what lead me to the great photos. I am sure there are several people who couldn't wait for the clock to strike midnight and have the new year begin. 2016 may not have been very kind to some. I have actually reflected back quite a few years this past week, which lead me here to this post. There have been many years that weren't kind to me or my family. There was death, accidents, divorce, sickness, among other things that would make myself and my family anxious for the beginning of a new year. As awful as some of those years were, and the challenges they presented, I wouldn't erase them. They have made me who I am today , and after surviving the challenges and mishaps of those years, I began to see the fruits of the hard times. I have been collecting the fruit for several years, the fruit stands for strength , knowledge, love (both receiving and giving) , and most of all for me, confidence. How does all of this tie into my business? Well, a few years ago as I was starting as a professional photographer, there were challenges. There were financial challenges, worry about succeeding, lack of real business knowledge, I could go on and on. Over the past three years my business has grown into something I only dreamed of. I had to put the dreams to action, and it worked! Largely the growth has come from confidence, confidence in simply believing I was good enough. I didn't wake up one day, buy a good camera and start snapping. There have been sleepless nights, sweaty palms during the first sessions, and overall worry about whether or not it was a good idea. Looking back, I wouldn't change one minute of the doubt and anxious feelings. They have made me stronger and better at what I do. It also lead to more fruit in my basket. This year has been about enjoying what I do everyday, praising God for the people I get to meet, and the new life I get to touch and watch grow! This journey would be boring without the best clients that follow and support my business. The greatest fruit I hold in my basket is the love and relationships I have with you all. 2017 will be a year of a little change for Dawn Colson Photography . A new logo, expanded studio space as well and some new products. I will be hosting an open house Sunday February 12 to thank you for the support, and also to give you a chance to see some of the new things happening . Details will be posted at a later date.
To conclude, no matter what 2016 was to you and your family, there will be good coming , there is a fresh and ripe fruit that surfaces from each challenge. After all, we know it has to rain before the fruit can grow and ripen. Happy New Year my dear friends, and I thank you for your love :)
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