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A first and last post for 2021

As I reflect on my year, in the last few days of 2021, my heart is filled with gratitude. How can it not be, looking at all of these smiling faces? I feel so lucky that, despite the continued swirling craziness, constantly changing norms, and ever-present anxiety, I was able to see so many of my dear clients and capture memories for them, this year. That they were willing to travel to me, to be flexible and patient as we rescheduled due to weather or illness, to shoot outdoors, sometimes in less than ideal weather…or even once in my garage!

At the start of 2021, I wasn’t sure where JSP would fit in my new normal. I wasn’t sure, in the struggle of remote school and isolation, that I felt the same passion when I picked up my camera. I wasn’t sure my business could function the same as it had for the past decade with the new stresses the pandemic imposed. Much soul-searching ensued. I decided to try dialing back, to set boundaries, to change how I worked instead of walking away altogether. And I am so glad that I did. Because all of you showed up for me, despite the changes. And we had a blast, and laughed and smiled together, despite the challenges.

As a result, it was one of the best years JSP has ever had on multiple different levels. And, most importantly, I remembered why I loved this job in the first place. Because of YOU, and the friendships we have built over the past ten (eleven?!) years.  Your kids may be taller than I am now. But I still remember our first sessions together, when they were in their diapers and swaddles. We have shared each other’s joys and sorrows, and I will be forever grateful for your loyalty and friendship.

I am excited for JSP in 2022. Some of the changes I implemented may survive into the new year. I probably won’t be shooting in The City as much and may continue to stick closer to home. Who knows how many Blog, Instagram, and Facebook posts will happen. My smile may stay hidden behind a mask during sessions for awhile longer. But, I know it will all work out. It will be OK. Better than OK. It will be good. There are so many special memories yet to capture, and I’m excited to share them with you.

Thank you, friends, for being the bright spot of 2021. And I wish you all a happy and healthy 2022, filled with wonderful new moments.