Last year at this time, I had collected responses from my closest friends and family to do a Week of Thankfulness on this blog. This year, it didn't even come close to happening. In fact, about three days ago, I realized that the week before Thanksgiving was here and I had made zero effort to get a Week of Thankfulness together.
But then I realized that what I'm truly thankful for this year is that I didn't even have time until three days ago to even think about a Week of Thankfulness. Because that means that this little business has done pretty well and is still going strong here in November.
I could go on for way too long here, but I just have to take the time to say that I'm so insanely thankful for each bride that chose to use me for their custom wedding invitations this year. I truly feel like I get to develop a relationship with each of you (and sometimes your moms, too) and am constantly amazed at what a unique, thoughtful, graceful group of women you are. You are what keeps this business going and I couldn't be more grateful.
I'm also so thankful for each person that came to me for baby shower invites, wedding shower invites, birthday party invites, bachelorette party invites, halloween party invites, wall prints, thank you cards, and now thanks to my Etsy shop, Christmas cards. I LOVE these side projects and have so much fun creating them with your help.
I can't even begin to fully express what this business means to me without getting so ridiculously gushy, but I will say that making the decision over two years ago to step way the heck out of my comfort zone and do something so completely unfamiliar was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I hope that everyone, at some point in their life, feels the same sense of accomplishment and complete and total joy in the work they do as I have this year.
But on to the reason for this blog post...
One of the most fulfilling parts of this business has been meeting other vendors who share the same passion for their work that you do for yours. Kelli from One Six Photo is one such vendor. :)
I was introduced to Kelli a few months ago when she contacted me about making a logo for her photography business. My husband has known her since they were four and he referred her to me (this should come as a surprise to no one at this point) because he knew that she wanted help designing a logo.
I feel like there are people that you meet in life that just radiate positivity and warmth and are the kind of people that you know would be such an encouraging addition to your life. Kelli is exactly that kind of person and I knew it after spending about two minutes with her. Since she already knew Luke, and therefore (hopefully) knew we weren't super creepy, I had her over to our house to discuss her logo. When she left, I looked at Luke and was like, "um...that girl is awesome."
So we began working together to design a logo for her photography business. At the beginning, Kelly told me she wanted her logo to be "country bumpkin with a slight modern, clean twist." As we started working on it, the logo evolved into what we eventually came up with.
I knew I could just show you the logo as I made it, but I really wanted to show it off with Kelli's beautiful photography. I asked her to send me a sampling of her work so you can all ohhhh and ahhhh over it like I do when I see it come up on my News Feed.
Kelli lives right here in the metro Detroit area and pretty much does everything but weddings (she's just not interested in that right now...leave her alone, people!).
She does engagement sessions...
And friend shoots...
(This photo is so special. I feel like I want to say a thousand words about it, but I'll just let it speak for itself. Such a beautiful moment.)
To be honest, I was completely terrified when Kelli first came to me about a logo...I hadn't done one before and wasn't sure if I'd be able to fully capture what she wanted. But as we worked together and redesigned and redesigned some more, we came up with something that she seemed totally happy with, and so I was totally happy with it, too.
So if you're in the metro-Detroit area and looking for a reasonably priced photographer to capture the everyday moments in your life, "like" One Six Photo on Facebook and message Kelli. I promise you will enjoy every bit of time spent with her.
Happy Thanksgiving! :)