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I find it hard to believe that seven years have passed since I made the decision to pursue my dream of becoming a photographer. Even though it has been challenging, I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I have had some amazing clients to photograph, and have made some lifelong friends. When the photos session is over, I can't wait to get home and upload the photos to see what I was able to capture. I love the finished product. A few years ago, I began blogging but have fallen behind in this area. I promise I will try to dedicate more time to my blog, so others can get to know the wonderful clients I am photographing. Many of them have interesting stories to tell. I also think it is interesting to see how couples met, and of their plans for the future. I am available most days to photograph you and your loved ones. Message or call for an appointment. View more on my website at http://brendakingphotography.com.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 In Review

At the end of last year, I wrote a blog post entitled 2011 In Review, and many mentioned they enjoyed reading it.  I summarized a little of what had happened at Brenda King Photography during the year.  I decided I would like to continue that tradition for 2012.  This past year was another amazing year for me. The best way for me to summarize the year is by reviewing my 2012 appointment book. I don't know what I would do without that book.  I imagine I would miss most of my appointments. I just pray I never lose it.

I elected not to schedule any sessions during the month of January. This month is set aside to rest up from the Christmas tree season. Most are aware my husband sells Christmas trees, and I help out during December with that. In February, I took photos for a few girls for Freedom High School Anchor Formal. All of the girls and their dates looked amazing. I also had a wonderful session with the Stotts family at one of their friend's barns.  Their daughters Chloe and Taylor are so beautiful.  I worked a few days at my old position at the hospital, filling in for vacations.  I also planned a trip for the ladies of my church. We went to Charlotte for dinner and shopping, and had a wonderful time. Toward the end of February, I set aside time to practice off camera flash, and I asked Alannya Meroney to be my practice model. She was amazing.  In March, I spent a couple days taking photos for a cd cover for a local artist, Buck Austin. I was extremely excited to help him pick the photos for his CD.  April consisted of several sessions, including engagement photos with Chelsea Keene and Aaron Rhoney, and a senior session with Ashley Phillips. I also got to photograph my first baby dedication, with Jaiden Bame. In May, I photographed the CD release party of Barbara Lowman. I also had a session with Cameron Fisher and family at the beautiful Lake Susan.  I had so much fun with all the kids that day.  Mid May was prom time, one of my favorite times of year. I absolutely love seeing all the beautiful dresses and tuxes the couples choose. Most are bright colors, and those that know me, know I love bright colors to photograph. Early June, my assistant Leslie Ritchie and I made our first trip to New York. We took so many photos during that trip, which took several weeks to edit. In July, I was to photograph a birth, but there was a last minute emergency c-section, so photos were limited. I would love to shoot a few births during 2013 though.  In July, I also photographed the engagement session of Katie Weatherman and Michael Tollison.  We took the photos at the home of Jim Richardson at Lake James. I think it was one of the hottest days of the year, but we were able to capture some beautiful photos of them.  At the end of July, my husband and I went to Sandals Montego Bay, Jamaica to celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary.  That week would probably rate as one of my favorite weeks of all time. Everything from the beach, sunsets, food, and accommodations was top notch. I could not have asked for more.  August consisted of several more sessions, including senior and family sessions.  At the end of August, we were blessed to take a trip to Hilton Head, SC with our son and daughter and their spouses.  It's not very often that we are all able to get away together, so we treasured that week.  In September, I took my Mom to her high school class reunion in Kingsport, TN.  It was great to meet some of her high school friends, and to hear some of their stories.  Jeff and I both celebrated our birthdays during September. I also had an uncle pass away. We had a family reunion to attend, as well as our high school class reunion.  October consisted of several sessions with children and families. One of my favorites was a trip to the mountains with the Land girls. I always enjoy photographing Lauren and Riley.  I only scheduled a couple sessions in November to allow time to prepare for our Christmas tree lot.  One of my sessions was with Tiffany & Steven Cooke, and I was able to take them at our tree lot. I was happy to at least be able to do one Christmas session.  Some of my favorite photos of the year were taken in my studio with Carrie Stephens, and another with Aubrie Cline. I took their photos indoors using off camera flash, and a few backdrops I purchased. I got a lot of positive input from their photos, which increases my interest to possibly do more "studio" photos in the future. I did not accept any sessions in December, due to time spent working at our Christmas tree lot, Christmas shopping, and editing in between.  

I made the decision to take 2012 off from photographing weddings. I declined many weddings (52 to be exact) over the course of about a year and a half.  After being away from them for a while, I have accepted a few weddings for 2013.

God truly blessed me in 2012. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting new clients and making new friends. I am so blessed to be in this great profession.  Following are some of my favorite photos from 2012 ! I hope you enjoy them !




























































































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