31 December 2012

twenty-twelve re-cap.

after spending the morning/afternoon running errands & helping cook food for tonight's party, i thought i'd take a moment in the quiet to recap this year before the guests arrive & celebrating begins! we're in ohio for the new year {per tradition}... though we almost didn't make it this year due to daddy having the first of two surgeries {for 2 torn rotator cuffs} on thursday. thanks to pain meds, he's feeling pretty good so we were able to make the drive over & tonight will be a big reunion of mama & daddy's friends from college. one of our favorite traditions for tonight is that the youngest chillens always create a ball drop for us at midnight:) it's been snowing again all day so this might just be the prettiest ball drop yet!
how are you celebrating 2012 & ringing in 2013 tonight?!! do you have any traditions?!

2012 turned out to be a pretty exciting year! i didn't have many goals or plans as it began but God blew me away with the blessings & opportunities he brought my way! 
this list isn't all-inclusive or in any particular order but it will give you a glimpse of the many beautiful moments i was able to experience:)

 + got my passport!!

traveled to Uganda, Africa & London England with one of my dearest friends

+ ran the Color Me Rad 5k with friends

+ sang with the Indy Symphonic Choir in a tribute concert for Martin Luther King Jr.-- such a neat experience!! {a one-time event... I've not joined the choir}

+ celebrated my 19th birthday IN Tennessee, swing dancing with dear friends. Alex was in Taiwan at the time & because of the time difference we got to celebrate our birthdays on the same day! {usually one day apart}

+ had some very long standing prayer requests answered

+ took 2 road trips by my lonesome- once to Cleveland & once to Nashville

+ joined friends for swing dancing at Symphony on the Prairie for the 4th year in a row {Glenn Miller Orchestra again!}

+ unexpectedly had to replace my MacBook Pro :/

+ ran Wheeler Mission's Drumstick Dash for the 3rd year in a row- best Thanksgiving Day tradition!

+ joined Christian Community Church

went skydiving with Alex & Brent

+ legally launched my photography business {public launch coming in early 2013, so check back}!!!
+ explored Super Bowl village with the family

+ had the privilege of spending 6+ months getting to know a certain guy. our paths ended up taking separate directions but  I will always appreciate how much he encouraged me to deepen my walk with Christ.

+ went to Texas for the first time & watched Micah graduated from Air National Guard BMT

+ went to a Josh Garrels concert with Hannah

+  traveled/was out of town a total of 86 days--- that's  over 12 weeks!!

+ photographed 3 weddings & had 19 photoshoots with couples, families & individuals-- many more than I expected considering I hadn't publically launched my photography business.

+ watched several dear friends get engaged/married

+ finally biked on the Monon trail

+ became more deeply involved with Heart Change & more familiar with the near east side

+ met so many new people & made many dear friends

+ went kayaking & sailing for the first time!

+ vacationed again in Michigan with most of the family

+ slept under the stars at least once & soaked up every full moon I could

+ was challenged in many areas throughout the year, including my relationship with Jesus, and learned *so* much. i'm still learning to be grateful for growing pains though! 

Here's to 2013!!!!
Happy New Year!

24 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 6:9

21 December 2012

Family Session | The Wellers

It's a double-wammy on the blog today as I wrap up work this afternoon for Christmas/New Years vacation. My last day of work for the YEAR!! What?!! Kind of weird to think about that but it's such a good feeling to know I've wrapped up everything on my must-do/to-do list {except some tax stuff:/} for this year. Now I can spend some of my free time brainstorming ideas for the coming year. And let me tell you, I am so, SO thrilled about what is coming in 2013 for my photography business {including an official launch!} & how I'll be better reaching & serving my clients... so stick around!! Exciting things coming after the holidays! 

On another note- I've been debating recently whether or not to continue doing family shoots since I'm specializing in weddings & portraits. But I've had such fun with my family sessions this year & I love having the opportunity to capture the relationships, quirks & love that is shared so at this point, I'm still booking family shoots for 2013!!

After working around rainy weather & tight schedules, I met the Weller family on Mass Ave the other afternoon to capture some family pictures before Rachel moves out of state. Urban locations are the perfect setting for fall/winter shoots & this was no exception! So glad they chose to hang out downtown with me! Plus this family was so laid back & made my job super easy! Now to share the pictures with you!!
Enjoy this beautiful season with your families! Merry Christmas! xoxo, em

such a great looking family!
so beautiful!
yay! love this!
so, so cute!
love this!
again! seriously adorable! 
 we stopped in at the Flying Cupcake to wrap up our shoot & I love these last few photos of the girls!!

Maternity | Caitlin

after my day got crazy behind schedule due to a prolonged dr. appointment, i only had 15 minutes to stop by caitlin's before heading to a shoot. but despite the time crunch, we managed to grab some super cute shots to show off her growing baby bump before mr. kyve makes his entrance into the world in a few weeks!! i love this sweet friend & am excited to watch her little family grow! and we'll make sure to include her husband steven in future pictures:)