Thursday, January 23, 2014

2013 Lil' Steps {Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA Children and Family Photographer}

I love January for gaining a new focus.  As the Holidays end and life slows down just a bit, it is a great time to reflect on the past year and think about personal, business, life goals for the coming year. I am not one to make specific "New Years Resolutions" per say, but I have found it effective to generate a theme for the year that can help me focus on business and personal goals.  You may remember reading this blog post from last year about the theme for 2012 being "Customized". In early January 2013, while running along one of my favorite local paths I came upon this hill that always causes me trouble.  It is such a steep incline I can never run up it and always have to stop and walk.  I snapped a picture of this hill with my phone and was inspired for my 2013 theme to be "Little Steps" or "Lil' Steps" On a basic level I knew it was going to mean taking little short steps if I ever wanted to be able to run up this hill without stopping.  Anything worth achieving is not gained on the first try and often takes multiple attempts.  During subsequent runs later I would always remember this motto and take smaller steps toward reaching this trivial goal. 


2013 was a year of a lot of life changes.  My family was faced with relocating to the Atlanta area.  Looking at the whole process it seemed overwhelming, but when given time to work out the details into   "Lil' Steps" the process wasn't so daunting.  We were granted time in getting a home ready to sell, listed, and sold. We had time to visit the new region to determine the best location for family, schools, and business. During what seemed like a long transition process, I saw the small strides play out in real time for every little detail to align perfectly as we made our move and got settled. 

During this year the opportunity arose for me to acquire a new photography business with Spoiled Rotten Photography.  I knew it would take time to build a brand new business in a new area. I made lots of little steps to get my foot in the door with a good many local preschools and schools in the Roswell and Alpharetta, GA area this Fall, and continue to grow for Spring 2014. 

When planning events for E. Bailey Photography this year "Lil' Steps" was the motivating theme.  In January I had prayed for the right cause to come along for me to be able to bless a family with portraits.  Charlotte's Story prompted our Lil' Angels promotion.  The Spring Lil' Sessions borrowed from the theme.  I looked forward to planning sessions for a good many of my Lil' Sprout Baby Members during 2013. After receiving my Professional Certification in 2012 I took the next Lil' Step to further push my skills as a photographer.  I entered the International print competition through PPA and had 2 of my 4 images awarded a merit.  After attending my first Imaging event 4 years ago I never would have dreamed my images would on display among such amazing talent.  Here are my 2 winning images.

Summer Bliss

Her Comfort Zone

This past year I began taking lil' steps towards a healthier lifestyle for my family.  I know we still have a long way to go, but we've slowly cut out a lot of the extra fried and processed foods from out diet and replaced with more wholesome choices.  I was introduced to and fell in love with Young Living Essential oils that we have begun incorporating as wellness supplements.

So maybe I should have written this blog post back in January 2013 to hold myself accountable, but I prefer to look at the big picture in hind sight and reflect on how events and decisions have successfully played out over the course of the year.  I can tell you the theme for 2014 is "Reach."  Expect a blog next year about this time how this theme spread across 2014.  :)


To all my clients....Thank you all for being so amazing! I consider each of you a friend! Thank you for being so loyal to me and allowing me to be able to work your Fall sessions in, during my visits to  Birmingham.  To new clients in Atlanta... Thank you for giving me the opportunity to create memories for your family.

To show my gratitude for a great 2013 year, I am doing a Giveaway for a 2014 Spring Lil' Session (30 minute session complete with 5 full res digital images).  This is open to anyone in the Birmingham, AL area able to be available for a session on Saturday, April 5, 2014 or anyone in the northern Atlanta area.  Follow directions below to earn up to 9 entries.  Contest is open until midnight on 1/31/14.  Winner will be notified on 2/1/2014.

11 comments:

Meribeth Gilbert January 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM  

So well-written and an inspirational message. As very sad as I am that you're not "local" anymore, I sincerely appreciate you remembering your Birmingham clients :) Can't wait for more sessions in 2014 in Birmingham OR Atlanta!!

Brittany January 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM  

What a wonderful look back. I can't wait to see what 2014 holds.

Anonymous January 24, 2014 at 11:54 AM  

Such a cute pic with the water!!

cassi January 24, 2014 at 11:55 AM  

such a cute pic with the water!!

Anonymous January 24, 2014 at 3:46 PM  

It is amazing to look back and see all that has happened in the last year. It's especially amazing to see God's hand in every, single thing…how everything fell into place. Love everything you're doing!!
Susan

Unknown January 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM  

What a year for your family! He does work in amazing ways doesn't He??

Emily Atherton January 24, 2014 at 9:13 PM  

Hope you are enjoying your new city, and I hope 2014 is another great year for you and your family!

Kathryn January 24, 2014 at 10:40 PM  

Enjoyed your reflections on the past year. Can't wait to see what's in store for all our family this next year. Hopefully more visits to Atlanta! ;)

Amy Dyle January 24, 2014 at 10:42 PM  

Love reading your update!

Linh C. January 25, 2014 at 6:02 AM  

I'm so happy for you that things are going so well!

Erika Coleman January 26, 2014 at 1:00 AM  

Wonderful photography and loving the story of how you came to be in Atlanta. God moves us where we need to be. :)

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Elizabeth Bailey is a photographer in the Northern Atlanta area, specializing in Newborn, Children, and Family portraits. She is available for studio and location sessions. E. Bailey Photography is available for a limited number of sessions in Birmingham, AL.

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