Yearly Reflecting + Positive Reinforcements

Okay, I admit it. Every December, like clockwork, I get reflective. i start asking the deep questions - am I where I want to be? Have I made the right decisions? Why do I love jelly beans so darn much?!

And, like clockwork, I start reassessing and redesigning. As 2014 approaches, I'm repeating this familiar process and making minor changes. But I can honestly say that this year, as I look back, I think I made some pretty good decisions!

I love our name. Seriously, I am so proud to tell people our business name, who we are, what it stands for. Working with Braizen was one of the best decisions we ever made. They helped our business find itself, and then helped it stand out from the crowd. If you're starting a business or re-branding - call Braizen. They're like the cheese to your macaroni, and they're pretty cool peeps too (did I mention a bunch of them are Doctor Who fans? Yessss!)

I love our work. There is always room for growth and improvement and every year I know that what I shoot might be my best work yet, but not my best work ever. I had one main thought in mind when I shot sessions and wedding - to shoot images that made me happy, and matched my brand. Sweet, romantic images with lots of laughter. Videos that matched our couples and brought people to tears and/or laughter consistently. And I feel like we did that this past year! Brian and I still have a lot to learn technically, but this was definitely a good hurdle to get over. Now we can focus on shooting the right images better.

I love our brides. Which is something I say every year (because it's true). But we continue to get AWESOME BRIDES every year, so I feel this needs repeating. No seriously, guys, I'm pretty sure we have the best brides everrrr (and that's not biased at all... :P) I have gained a lot of friends this year through our business - brides who invite us over for dinner or dancing, or jump up and down when we see them at the fair, or get excited over the same books (Divergent anyone?!) They're fabulous and it's an incredible feeling. We haven't been at a single wedding this year that didn't make us feel genuinely emotional, either from seeing an amazing couple say, "I do," or from realizing that this is the last time we have an excuse to invite them over and tell them my hilarious jokes. 

Now I'm sure I'll be rewriting something very similar to the last paragraph in December 2014, especially since we already are madly in like with our brides and grooms for next year. Plus many of them are friends or bridesmaids from previous clients, so we're already besties for life ya'll. For. Life. :P

I've got a lot of improvements to make, and I know we want to make 2014 even better than before, but it is nice to think about what we've done right, isn't it? Positive reinforcement and all that. Either way, I am EXCITED about what's next for us.

"I'm on a rollercoaster that only goes up, my friends." - The Fault in Our Stars

Thanks for reading!


P.S. Thank you Kelly for letting us borrow your picture!! 

Ariana Watts

Silver Feather Studios, Burlington, NC, 27217, United States