TWO THOUSAND AND ELEVEN

For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. T.S. Eliot 

I am not much of a resolutionist. Someone asked me a couple days ago if I was going to make a resolution for 2012 and I said I had not thought about it...which was true....and then I realized that I have never thought much about it. I don't recall ever making a proper New Years resolution...so I'm not going to start now. But it made me realize that the joy of the new year for me, comes in remembering the old year. I love reminiscing (to a fault sometimes). I just love that when I remember things it's mostly the good stuff that remains prominent and if the bad stuff creeps in I am usually far enough removed from whatever it was to see growth and the beauty that resulted from it.

Two thousand and eleven was a year of recognized horizons. I just spent some time digging out some of my favorite images from the year -- both of clients and my own life, and as I went through month by month of our repertoire of self-portraits I was reminded of my own personal growth. I remember my mind last January...and I know my mind this January and I am so thankful for the perpetual tranformation that the mind undergoes while you live life and recognize dreams and come to grips with shortcomings and let God lead you on his journey.

Here are a few images of Kevin and I all over the place doing our signature self-portrait on our point-and-shoot Canon.

I'm not sure if this is big enough on the blog to get the full effect, but in the picture that is three columns over and two rows down, I love the guy behind us at a concert who purposely stuck his head out to make it into our picture. I wish I knew who he was so I could let him know he's making his debut on the RWG blog today.

I am so thankful for Kevin and for the adventures we've been on together. Traveling and romping and leaving my computer off for days at a time truly feeds my soul. I will never stop doing it (uh oh, is that a proper resolution?). 

Red White and Green had a happy year. I am so sincerely thankful to all of the clients who trusted me to capture their wedding day this year! It is an honor-and-a-half every single time that someone writes me an email inquiring about me photographing their wedding. It gives me so much joy to be able to document such an incredible moment in time. I am humbled each and every time. This year it was twenty times. Here are a few of my favorites from the twenty weddings I was privileged to shoot this year:

Though I am not a lover of resolutions...I am a big beliver in goals. Mostly goals that are uncomfortable. I think when we push ourselves to pursue things that scare us a little, these really great hidden bits of talent and fortitude come out and the world gets to see them. One of those goals for me in 2011 was submitting my work to wedding publications. It's on when you put yourself out there for others to accept or reject. And the rejection comes. And then you pick up the pieces and try again :) I was ridiculously humbled and happy to see some of my work in Southern Weddings Magazine and featured on the following blogs this year: Green Wedding Shoes, Style Me Pretty, Something Turquoise, Onto Baby, Oh Lovely Day, Wedding Chicks, Postcards and Pretties, The Knotty Bride, and Brooklyn Bride.

I have really been thinking about what kind of goals would grow and stretch Red White and Green in 2012. I am commited to being intentional with all my business decisions...and well...that just takes time. So I'll get back to you on this one :)

A few things on the logistics-front for early 2012...an office and a little logo-love. I am typing this right now from my two-day-old-office! Wooohooo! Kevin and I barged down the door to the room where we put things that don't otherwise have anywhere to live and we cleaned, moved, painted, rearranged and then made a desk out of an old door and some saw-horses. It feels so peaceful and wonderful working from here instead of the dining room table and having all my equipment in one room! It is only in the beginning stages...maybe another post eventually after we spruce it up and give it some life...but here it is as of an hour ago:

I spent some of October and November dreaming up some new plans for the Red White and Green logo with the incredibly talented husband-wife team called Wednesday Inc. The Christmas post card we sent out was designed with the logo's new concept in mind. Here's a little taste of what is to come in the end of January!

So here we are at the end of this post and at the beginning of this year. My heart is thankful.

May your year be full of merriment and new beginnings!