It's been a very busy and stressful (tax preparation!) week, but a rewarding one in a way I did not expect.

I spent over four hours with my CPA, and am slowly but surely learning the ins-and-outs of business accounting. During the process of gathering my tax documents and putting together tax and accounting spreadsheets, I got a glimpse at what I have accomplished as a photographer and new small business owner over the past eight months. While I still have a long way to go, it was really cool to see how I have stretched and grown over the past year.

As I looked back at the images I took, photo sessions I completed, events I attended, first assistant photography job I experienced, and new things I tried that were outside of my comfort zone, it became clear that I owe a HUGE debt of thanks to the people in my area who have helped me get to where I am today. People like George Joell of George Joell Photography....Amy Matthews of Amy Matthews Photography....Lydia Crouse of Lydia Crouse Photography....Adrion Bell of The Studio in Hope Mills....and Raul and Kat Rubiera of Raul Rubiera Photography and Candy Gram Studio. Wedding and event planner Ginger Raxter of Simply Haute Affairs. New clients and friends, who took a chance on me and permitted me photograph them over the past several months. And my small business counselor Jane, from the Women's Business Center of Fayetteville, who provided me with support, suggestions, and resources when I was at a low point in the initial start-up phase of opening my business. 

These folks are all part of my "tribe." I am so grateful for who they are, what they do, and for their support and encouragement in my journey as a photographer!