One year ago: ☀️Honeymoon session on the beach in Hawaii. Today: ❄️Total exact opposite! Skied down a mountain in -5° feel like temps.
New Year, new post!⠀ How has your first full week of 2020 been? After we celebrated the new year with some friends and family, Daniel went to enjoy his last hunt of the season and I took off to visit my family in Colorado with my sis & her boyfriend, & Nitrous! I sure do enjoy spending time up here near the mountains! Skiing day tomorrow & then we head back home Sunday! Swipe to see where we went yesterday & how much fun Nitrous has had. 😅 ••• What have you been up to this year so far? ⠀
Since I shared about how 2019 was for my last year, I figured I'd bounce back a little further and share some big moments & memories that have happened last DECADE! Still kind of can't believe it's 2020 (even though I've been writing it on contracts for a while now...haha)!⠀ •••⠀ Since 2010...⠀ I graduated from UNT⠀ Daniel proposed ⠀ We got married⠀ Moved to Lewisville ⠀ Bought a house⠀ We both bought our first brand new cars ⠀ Acquired our sweet Black Lab, Nitrous who's now 4!⠀ Daniel got his first degree, soon to be second from UNT⠀ Daniel took his first & second trip out of North America...as for me, I've now hit 6 continents & 21 countries.⠀ I've maintained a successful business with an amazing team. 🎉⠀ We couldn't have done all these things if it weren't for the Lord guiding our path & our friends and family supporting us. ♥️
Twirling into the new year like... • Looking back at the year (and decade) has me feeling so thankful for what I've accomplished, where I've been, & what it took to get where I am now. Even through the hardships. • In 2019 I... Saw some great bands in concert like Coin & Bad Suns Took my mom on her dream vacay to Hawaii Hired Rachel to work alongside me & created an associate photography brand. We had some of the best ever weddings and the sweetest couples to work with. Photographed awesome couples on the beach in Hawaii & San Diego to the mountains in Colorado! Started a new business, created new things (coming soon, hopefully), and hosted a workshop with Allison. Went on my first & second helicopter rides/scenic tours seeing the beauty God created on this earth. Got to check off another continent & Had the best time road tripping through New Zealand! Finally enjoyed the Reunion Tower as a guest vs. photographing there haha! Had a fun day exploring San Fran with my sis, Audrey Bought a drone and named it Maxine that I'm co-parenting with Allison. Went on many walks with Julia & Umka - Nitrous' favorite days. Got an espresso machine & took on the new hobby of creating latte art. Got to be a part of a mastermind, UPWRD & my group started our own mastermind. Photographed Jada Pinkett Smith Went surfing again and boxing for the first time Daniel and I went to our first all-inclusive in Punta Cana. Visited Allison twice in San Diego & we got to see a bunch of State & National Parks including Big Sur, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, & Joshua Tree! Hosted lots of Coffee Fam Dinners at my house. It's been fun having a thing we do every week with some friends! Now I'm going into the new year with new goals and ALL (client + personal) editing DONE! • Overall, last year was an awesome year, definitely one of the best yet. Even though it started out rough, losing one of my closest family members, my Uncle Leroy (he was like my grandpa). I'm blessed to know (after the fact) that my grandma was finally able to get the Lord through to him, even if it was the very last moment of his 93 years of life. • What was your best memory of 2019?
Swipe to see my Top 9...⠀ •••⠀ So many great memories in 2019!!⠀
I recently posted on my stories about my 2020 travels through July, but if anyone is interested in having a session in any of these areas, let me know! I'd love to set something up! PS travel fees are WAY less (if any) when I'm planning to be in the area already.⠀ •••⠀ ✈️ Coming up: Colorado (Going in January, but I usually go 2+ times a year)⠀ Vegas⠀ New England⠀ Petra⠀ Greece⠀ South France⠀ Alaska⠀ •••⠀ This couples session was in San Diego with my past bride & groom, turned friends @vcroxx & @theodaurusrex. If anyone wants to hang out on the beachI'm definitely planning to go back to see @allisondavisweddings there!! I don't have dates yet if you want to join me for a shoot there!⠀ ••• What are your travel plans or dreams for 2020? I’d love to know where you’re going!!
Thinking about the year ahead and writing down goals today has me pumped up and excited for what's to come in 2020! ⠀ •••⠀ Whenever there's a new year coming up, I'm one of those people that gets excited over any goal. Hints, my Enneagram being 3! Who else is a 3 out there?!⠀ •••⠀ Also, how amazing is this bride's dress that she handmade?! ➡️ Swipe to see the rest!⠀
Merry Christmas! ⠀ From our little family to yours.⠀ This is as good as it gets this year since I didn't get around to making our Christmas cards. Next year! 😉 >>>swipe to see more of Nitrous 🎄🎄🎄 📷 @melissaclairephoto
I'm not sure why this year seems to have less time between Thanksgiving & Christmas, but it sure seems that way to me! Anyone else with me?! Also, fall went by so fast that I didn't even put up fall decorations other than pumpkins and I LOVE fall decor! ⠀ •⠀•⠀•⠀⠀ Can anyone explain how 2019 has gone by SO fast?! ⠀ Maybe it was that I worked too hard, or maybe I had too much fun? I wonder what it was...I do know I definitely put in enough hours to take some much needed time off after (or during) those busy seasons.⠀ •⠀•⠀•⠀⠀ I'm not going to lie, this year was hard in some ways but super great in so many more. Lots of exciting things to come next year - I can't wait!!⠀ •⠀•⠀•⠀⠀ I sure hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas this week, time with family, and time to take off and enjoy life.
Wrapped up in love!!⠀ •••⠀ But are your presents wrapped? Mine aren't...🙈