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happy new year! a snowy personal post

Happy New Year! We hope that your year is off to a beautiful start! To celebrate the Holidays we drove up to a very snowy Oregon  to see my family, and then Paul flew to DC to see his family. We both flew home to Santa Barbara just in time to reunite for New Year’s Eve.

2012 was a pretty huge year for us! As newlyweds, we spent six months volunteering at an orphanage in Thailand. Its hard to believe that last New Year’s Eve we were out camping in the jungle; it seemed like a different world. We returned to the states in the spring as planned. After much preparation, we moved to the sunshine state in the summer and started this new business together! When we moved to Santa Barbara, we didn’t know a single person. Its only been six months since we made Santa Barbara our home, but we already have some amazing clients, some wonderful colleagues and some great new friends. There is so much beauty in this ocean-side community. We are so thankful for all of you (both near and far) and we feel so blessed!

2013 is going to be beautiful! This year we will be settling more into our new home and working hard developing our business. We will be photographing some amazing couples, weddings, and families on both coasts. We will be learning and improving and growing as creative professionals and entrepreneurs. We will be laughing, loving, reading, playing, exploring, and volunteering. In August we will celebrate our second wedding anniversary! This year we are not newlyweds living in a foreign country, but I know it will be a year completely full of beautiful change and crazy adventure.

Lets all make this a beautiful year! How are you spending this first weekend of 2013? I hope you enjoy these lovely white christmas photos. Paul took these in Oregon while I was bundled up inside!

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