It’s definitely been an eventful year, both personally and professionally!
My year started off with a bang in January when I received two awards from the Wedding Industry Experts as the Best Wedding Photographer in the Muskokas (Huntsville) and for the 2nd year in a row, the Best Wedding Photographer in Haliburton. This has been an incredible honour and because of these, I’ve booked some amazing brides as well.
This year was a bit slower than usual for weddings, however, that appeared to be a trend this year. Most of my wedding photographers friends had similar seasons. Nevertheless, I still had a fantastic one with 15 amazing weddings with some beautiful new venues in cottage country! I have to say a big thanks to all the wonderful couples who chose to work with us — Jacqueline Terry, Kelly Kevin, Rachel Greg, Tiffany Josh, Sarah Wes, Sabrina Matt, Leeanne Jim, Tiziana Andy, Julie Matthew, Erin Ryan, and Babeth Colin. And yes, I will blog all of those soon…I hope!
There were also some family sessions throughout the Muskokas along with several engagements.
We finished up my new office/studio space in the spring. It’s great to have the construction over and I am looking forward to shooting some family, engagement and TTD sessions in our woodlot and beach this coming year.
On a personal note, we lost our furry baby this past August. Leo had been with me since before Don and I got married. It was hard to say goodbye but he was suffering and it was time to do the “right” thing. At 19 years old, Leo was a very old Llasa Apso. We have decided that we won’t be adding another to our family as we are going to be doing more travelling in 2014, both professionally and personally.
We also were able to enjoy some family visits during July and August. (The advantage of being self-employed). Two of Don’s sons and their families spent a few days with us enjoying each others’ company and just having fun. Two of my sisters and their families also had a few days at the lake this year. For 2014, we are planning on more family get-togethers which is why NightinGail Photography is limiting our number of weddings to 15. This number will give us the perfect balance for family and worklife!
We spent our second winter in N. Ft. Myers, FL. It’s a beautiful place and we enjoy being away from the cold and winter weather. But I am still busy with booking new clients both in Canada and internationally, updating our marketing materials, and revamping our website and blog. (Hopefully, I’ll get it done sooner rather than later.)
So, all that being said – I can’t complain much about 2013. It was a year that brought me a lot of happiness and a lot of wonderful clients who have turned into friends. I have such a great family who spent time with us up at the lake this year. I can’t wait for all my 2014 weddings and to see what new adventures and experiences come our way!
I need to thank all of my clients (past, present and future) for all your love and support. 2014 marks the 10 year anniversary of NightinGail Photography! Crazy!
2014 is also Don’s and my 10th anniversary! It’s been the best ten years of my life.
I could not have done it without everyone who has been a part of my life and business.