If 2009 was a year of growth, 2010 will be known as the year I loved deeply. 2010 is also the year I traveled big, photographed big, dreamed big, changed big, failed big and then succeeded big.

I traveled to California, Las Vegas, Utah, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Utah (again), Cabo, Pennsylvania, Phoenix, Maryland & Colorado. And still (still!) did not earned that elusive elite status.

I took workshops; photographed lifestyle sessions, engagement sessions and lots and lots of weddings. I also learned the value of taking photos just for me.

I made lifelong friends, cried until I couldn’t cry anymore and changed the way I thought. I listened to beautiful music, watched amazing movies and had conversations that both wrecked and spellbound me.

I was published More than once! Actually, like 6 times!

I stayed out too late, laughed a LOT and shared a 50 piece Chicken McNugget with 7 other people.

I crossed items off my 5-year goal list faster than I had ever hoped. I emailed a hella lot. And then I learned how to make sushi.

My marriage turned 5 years old and my dog turned 3. I remodeled my office and color-coded my bookshelves.

I spent months rarely sleeping and crying a lot but in those same months I experienced the highest highs of my photography life.

I rebranded ALL YEAR LONG but it turned into something I am emphatically proud of.  I saw my bestie two times this year; two times! (For those of you who don’t know – that is WAY more than usual.)

I planned, executed and photographed the most amazing concept shoot that would make me lose my mind and fall in love all at the same time with a team of vendors that I am pretty sure could change the wedding industry as a collective and then? Two days later I turned 27.

I think it’s safe to say, 2010 was pretty much the most amazing year yet. You have some big shoes to fill 2011; let’s get started.

(14) Comments

  1. ~GREAT job Melissa! You are such an inspiration and such a positive spirit. Congratulations on much success in 2010! Looking forward to hearing about your 2011~

  2. Gina

    LOVE this and love the banners. SO SO awesome. so happy to have you in my life. PS. I have a present for you!

  3. Kimber

    Thanks to you, we have some awesome and amazing memories that were captured during a year that we both will probably never forget. Thanks for being you :)

  4. LOVE this! How inspiring. And I definitley laughed at “I stayed out too late, laughed a LOT and shared a 50 piece Chicken McNugget with 7 other people.”

    Great blog!

  5. HOORAY for you Ms. Melissa! :) 2011 will rock your world and I can’t wait to see what kind of inspiration it brings you! :)

  6. Emily S

    You are so fab! Excited to see what 2011 brings for you!!

  7. Fantastic! So proud of all you’ve done, and so excited for your adventures in the coming year!

  8. M! Love it and so so so stoked for your 11. We shall have to do another meet-up at punch soooon=)

  9. Love it! Such a great post, the photos in the strips are the perfect touch! You are so inspiring to me!

  10. What an incredible post to cap off an incredible year Melissa! You should be so proud. PS- I’m glad I made your photo strip! ;-)

  11. Love these! Especially love the shot of you and the sour kids. So cute! You were such a great part of my 2010! Can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store for you :)

  12. I am so proud of your accomplishments! Your work is truly amazing and I still can’t get over the incredible beauty of that concept shoot – talk about GORGEOUS! You continue to impress me in more ways than I can count and I am so glad we “met”! XO, S

  13. Melissa ~ you’re seriously the bomb. I’m so inspired by you, and I agree – you have the most positive spirit. You light up a room when you enter it. CONGRATULATIONS for all of your successes in 2010, and here’s to MANY more in 2011 & beyond! *muah!*