I meant to get this post up a lot sooner in January. But alas, you can only control some things in life and timing/circumstances at the end of 2012 weren't among them. : ) I wish I could, but I can't say that all of 2012 has been rosy. Personally, it has probably definitely been the hardest, most trying year of my life. Due to things out of our control, the hubby and I have been on a roller coaster of emotions, but no matter what, we're stronger and hopeful for what the future brings. My newest mantra: you can't always control the situation you've been dealt, but you can control how you react to it. So, back to 2012. : ) Here are some fun things that stand out in my mind...

Impromptu trip to Sunset Beach, North Carolina (my favorite beach!) with the hubs and his brother:

The hubs and I took a vegan cooking class in Athens, Georgia at Gymnopedie with the talented Sarah Dunning:

We traveled to Florida to visit my husband's sister at Jacksonville University and also my brother, sis-in-law and nephew, who was almost one-year-old at the time (now almost two!):

My good friends, Mary & Nick, got married (and I was IN the wedding for a change!):

The hubs and I tripped it over to Australia to photograph a wedding (and we snuck in a few days of sight-seeing in one of my favorite cities, Sydney):

Ryan argued a case for his appellate litigation clinic in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (kind of a HUGE deal, y'all):

I photographed another wedding in the Bahamas!

Ryan's youngest brother, Alden, graduated from NYU film school, and we helped celebrate:

Ryan graduated with top honors from UGA law school! So proud (and a little relieved that it's over). ; )

We moved to Rome, Georgia, where Ryan is now working for a federal judge (postcard designed by linkedesign):

I photographed a wedding in California for friends, and the hubs and I made a mini-trip to LA out of it:

Another impromptu beach trip to Jacksonville Beach to visit with Ryan's family:

Bella turned four, Sadie turned two, and we got a new pup and named him RILEY! : )

I had the privilege of photographing my music idols The Avett Brothers for CNN:

Business-wise, I found myself shooting 28 weddings, 14 engagement sessions, three bridal sessions and 17 family/newborn sessions. That's a whole lot of clicks of my shutter! I am so grateful to all of my clients for continuing to make my dream a reality -- you guys are my inspiration, and I'm so happy to have shared in your moments this year, however grand or quiet.

Whitney + Reed at the Biltmore Ballrooms in Atlanta, Georgia

Natalie in Smyrna, Georgia

Em + O'Hara in Hobart, Tasmania [Australia!]

Monica in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The Crawford family in Charlotte, North Carolina

Donna + Chris in Charlotte, North Carolina

The Stevens family in Belmont, North Carolina

Janna + Ike at Hotel Indigo in Athens, Georgia

Bethany + Garen in Lake Hartwell, South Carolina

Clancy + A.J.'s rehearsal dinner in Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Bahamas

Clancy + A.J. at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge in Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Bahamas

Darcy + Daniel at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville, North Carolina

Marina + Justin in Charlotte, North Carolina

Suzie Marie in Athens, Georgia

Patty + Scott at Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia

Kara + Jon on Dewees Island, South Carolina

Chris + Katherine's rehearsal dinner in Monroe, Georgia

Chris + Katherine at Vines Mansion in Monroe, Georgia

Ella in Newnan, Georgia

Claire + Blake at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina

Benjamin in Athens, Georgia

Megan + Trey's rehearsal dinner in Camden, South Carolina

Megan + Trey at Camden House in Camden, South Carolina

Marina + Justin at The Westin in Charlotte, North CarolinaLauren in Colbert, Georgia

Laura Beth + Keith in Athens, Georgia

The Lunsford family in Belmont, North Carolina

Meagan + Oscar at VanLandingham Estate in Charlotte, North Carolina

Karie + Laird at Whitefield Chapel in Savannah, Georgia

Katie + Kyle at The Georgia Club in Athens, Georgia

Heidi + Eric at Rock Quarry Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Meredith in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Laura + Chris at The Carl House in Auburn, Georgia

Melanie + Collin at The Walters Barn in Lula, Georgia

Lauren + Ryan at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia

Bernadette + Casey in Baltimore, Maryland

Rachel + Andy at Verandas in Manhattan Beach, California

Patrick + Erica at Carnegie Institute of Washington in Washington, DC

Kristen + Bobby at The Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC

Charles + Meredith's rehearsal dinner in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Charles + Meredith at The Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Brooke + Hunter in Charlotte, North Carolina

Kylie + Matt in Colbert, GeorgiaKara + Jon at The Mint Uptown in Charlotte, North Carolina

Rachael + Jaran in Rome, Georgia

Chris + Victoria's Greek Orthodox ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia

Chris + Victoria's American ceremony at the Cator Woolford Gardens in Atlanta, Georgia

Caroline + Robert in Atlanta, Georgia

Bethany + Garen at Cedar Hill Lake in Calhoun, Georgia

Joey in Athens, Georgia

Meghan + Thomson at Claxton Farm in Weaverville, North CarolinaKatie + Matt in Charlotte, North Carolina

Rosemary in Charlotte, North Carolina

Emily + Travis at 128 South in Wilmington, North Carolina

The Walenczyk family in Charlotte, North Carolina

Victoria + Ben at Castle Ladyhawke in Lake Tuckasegee, North Carolina

Sasha + Sinisa in Adairsville, Georgia

Chris + Donna at The Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Kelly + Hudson in Dacula, Georgia

Fall mini-sessions in Atlanta, Georgia

Janelle + Tim in Charlotte, North Carolina

The Irvine family in Belmont, North Carolina

Hank in Charlotte, North Carolina

Thanks for sharing my journey with me -- here's to 2013!