Colorado Photographer | 2020 Recap

It’s finally over, folks. 2020 is officially over and I’m officially thankful for that. I’m happy that my family is safe and healthy, but I’m so sad at the turmoil our country experienced. Here are some of my highlights as a Colorado photographer, and some of my lightbulb moments as a human. 

I hung out with some of the best families to live in the 303 and 720. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I work with the best families to ever exist. 

Free Sessions!

My favorite photos I’ve ever taken all came from free sessions. I wonder why? Maybe because it was a stress free environment and I never had to care when the end result looked like?

Photos of my own kids with my big girl camera was rare, and they were thrilled about this. I took a couple test shots of my daughter, but tried to focus on just using my cell phone for them so I can’t hurry and print them out. 

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Colorado Photographer doin’ Boudoir

My very first boudoir session occurred last year, and my business has completely sky rocketed ever since. It’s an area I never thought I’d photograph, but being in a community of women who all think like me has been totally refreshing. 

I signed up to go to a photography retreat in Florida in March. I’ll be staying with a bunch of strangers, so hopefully they don’t kill me haha. No, but seriously. I’m so proud of myself for stepping so far out of my comfort zone all in the name of creativity. 

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All the gratitude right in the feels.

Had an immense feeling of gratitude smack me in the face. I came to realize that it’s impossible to count how many people I’ve been able to meet because I’m  a photographer. Those relationships would never have been able to exist had I decided against following my passion. 

I photographed more babies than ever and I loved it so much. It’s definitely an area that I want to specialize in and do daily. 

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I only photographed three seniors. I normally do thirty. I’m at a loss as to why this was suddenly different. Is it because I’m too expensive? Too cheap? Not cool enough? High schoolers didn’t have senior advertising sent in the mail like normal? Are the iPhones just THAT good now that they don’t need us? So many questions I have. If you know why, help me out. 

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Who to KNOW and who to NO!

I learned who to KNOW and who to NO. Just because a client is incredibly photogenic, it doesn’t mean they’re meant for me. 

Was able to mess around with digital portraits and that is so much fun! I feel I’m a multi-talented photographer now. JK.

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Photographing with a mask on sucks. I don’t care what you say. 

I learned that no matter what you say or don’t say on social media, someone hates you. You can have every positive intention-someone will still hate you. 

I’ve learned that it’s okay to unfollow someone because you JUST. CAN’T. EVEN!

Photographing in the summer is still my favorite because of the full pops of color everywhere. Fall and spring are just too unpredictable for Colorado. The pink trees didn’t even bloom this year. What the heck? Such a 2020 move, Mother Nature. 

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The nasty wild fires in Colorado produced the most gorgeous sunset photos, but they’re actually really hard photos to edit. 

Goal Setter, who dis!?

I’ve never set business goals, but I just started to in December of 2020. I crushed every single one of them and am now onto 2021 goals. Goal setting really does work, guys. Try it. 

I started working out mid December. We bought a NordicTrack rower and it has been such a game changer. It sets my day right, and I’m so grateful that my husband has joined me. But holy cow, it has brought on some stupid injuries- blisters…everywhere!

I really believe in manifesting now. I still pray, because I believe that more than anything. Manifesting just feels a little different though. 

This was my best year ever as a Colorado Photographer. Change my mind.

I photographed about 68 sessions this year. Best year ever, even with Covid-19.

  1. Debbie says:

    So damn proud of you Jess!! You’re an amazing photographer who makes it seem effortlessly, Your talent is not only behind the lens, but in the countless hours editing, I can’t wait to see what you do in 2021..🙌

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