A Year to Reflect – Southern California Photographer

2016! I had a good time going through photographs and remembering the sessions and events that I was able to document this past year.

My first session of the year was of Mr. Cullen, who came over an hour away to be in front of my camera. I met his mama when when we were both in a local Christian mama meetup group. I actually met some amazing mamas that are still my friends even though we might not live close anymore or even see each other very often (in person) but they are some beautiful souls that I am blessed to know and call my friends.
We also took our kids ice skating for the first time. I fully intended on holding the baby while my husband skated with the kids but on the way he told me I could skate with them and he would hold the baby. I was a bit nervous as I hadn’t been ice skating in almost 20 years! Yes, seriously! Good news, I didn’t fall and actually found it easier to skate backwards.
January was also when I photographed Joy’s maternity session with baby number 2! This time around we did an In Home maternity session that I just love. One of my goals this year is to do more In Home Maternity and Family Sessions so if you’re interested please Contact Me so we can start planning!
And because we did the maternity and newborn session In Home we were able to create this.
We sold our first home at the beginning of the year. I have to tell you, if you ever have to sell your house, don’t let people come any day of the week. It would take us at least 2 hours to straighten up (among doing school) for people to walk through for 15 minutes. Set specific days during the week where you know you won’t be home and the house will stay clean for viewings. You’re welcome!
In the Spring my girls and I flew up to Washington state to photograph adorable twin boys. I foresee my big girl and I making more photography related trips in the near future. (Insert big cheesy smile)
These are the pictures my baby watcher/assistant/camera holder/awesome daughter, took of me working.
I also put together a boutique for local small businesses. We had over 20 vendors for our Spring Boutique and Tea. Our raffle money was donated to the Women’s Pregnancy Care Clinic in Whittier, who offers support to the women who come through their doors by way of doing ultrasounds, sharing resources, support groups and supplying the moms with diapers and clothes for their babies. In the past I’ve been able to photograph some of the ladies who participated in one of the support groups and they were telling me how they were so thankful for their mentors and the love they felt from the support team and staff.
In the summer my family drove with me to The Inspired Story conference in Dallas, Texas where I was able to learn from some amazing, God fearing, creative women. I was able to sit and chat with Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography and Mia Cohelo of Mia Cohelo Photography and Laura and Rachel Hernandez and many others who spoke truth, encouragement, and led shootouts to share how they create. Like I said, it was an amazing experience and I’m so thankful God opened the door for not just me to go but for my family to take the trek with me. I posted some of our pictures on my INSTAGRAM , our road trip is under #nunez2016roadtrip , if you want to check it out. We made some fun stops along Route 66.
Here some of the photographs I created while in Dallas.
To recap… 2016 was filled with… newborn cuddles, teaching photography classes, being totally blown away by God’s blessings, photographing more In Home documentary (my home and my clients), networking with other boss ladies, traveling, photographing twins, being a baseball mom and coach, exploring new places, helping others, fundraising, purging, moving, refocusing, encouraging, saying yes and stepping out of my comfort zone and saying no when it doesn’t benefit my family, DIY, essential oils, working on our home, meeting new friends, getting back in shape, not sending out Christmas cards (sorry!) and saying goodbye to a beautiful soul.
Now for 2017! I’m working on writing out my goals but this word keeps popping up in my head so I think this is my word. “REFOCUS”. I’m working on that post right now as I didn’t want this one to get any longer.
Do you have a verse, word or goals for 2017? I’d love to hear what they are! Share in the comments if you’d like. We can keep each other accountable.
Alaina Nunez Photography
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