Saturday, December 28, 2013

Memories, Dreams, & Reflections 2013 [A Year in Photos]

This has always been one of my favorite things to participate in. I love looking back at the past year (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and reflecting on memories made and how different things are with a new year started and another one behind us. Memories, Dreams, and Reflections gives us a chance to share the stories of 2013 through photos taken throughout the year. I hope you'll look back with me and perhaps share your stories as well.

Taken in December. Pretty much how I look all the time.

I Love You

Still Laughing
Every single memory from our October Zion trip is awesome and hilarious. So many good times. So many granny panties. I can't wait to see what happens on our cabin trip next year!

My birthday was a bittersweet one but I'm glad I spent it in a beautiful place with a man I loved.
I miss San Juan Island. 
No regrets.


 It's hard to pick just one photo since I have a variety of friends but these three pretty much sum it up.

I Was Inspired…
At the beginning of 2013, I set out on the crazy dream of building my own photography business. I still can't financial support myself slowly on my business. I still have a long way to go. But I've come so far in a year. I have a client base, I've had some amazing opportunities. I'm so excited to see what else is to come and just how far I'll go. I've never been so inspired. I took this pic of my best friend in my very first boudoir shoot and I look back on that photo shoot as when I knew I was inspired enough to take a risk and see just where I could take this thing.

Spring Fever
A spring self portrait taken during the Spring Nurture Photo Challenge.

I traveled quite a bit this year but I feel I could have used some more vacations. I went to Portland, OR for the first time and fell completely in love with the city. I drove from LA to Oregon taking the PCH only, something everyone should do at least once. I went kayaking around San Juan Island, I explored the forests of Oregon. I partied with my friends in a cabin in Zion. I made several trips to Tulsa to see my family. There are never too many travel adventures. Never.

Summer Days
Self explanatory.

A Day In My Life
If I'm not photographing (or being lazy in my sweatpants at home) I was riding. Unfortunately not so much the past few months due to everything that's been happening but I'll be starting back up again in the new year, that's for sure.

All Smiles
This counts right?

Autumn Harvest
Color changing leaves on the tree outside my window during Autumn. 

It's still weird that Papa has officially retired from UNLV now. That was a huge thing that happened in our family (one of the good big things) in 2013. 

You can't celebrate the 4th of July without sparklers!

Let's Do It Again..
This is an easy one, Zion Trip hands down. have to do it again.
Fireball included.

I Miss You..
Dad, I still can't believe you're gone.

I love this photo I took at the Fall Invitational Horse Show that I was photographing. In black and white it creates such a visual stunning image.

Dress Up

I was Axl Rose for Halloween this year. 
Most comfortable and awesome costume I've ever come up with.

I love love love this hummingbird photo I took over the summer. It's the photo that motivated me to start submitting to National Geographic!

My Favorite
One of my favorite photos I took in 2013

Just Because

Hopes & Dreams
This is one of my favorite photos from a shoot I did with my best friend.
I hope for a better year, one free of sadness and grief and death.
I dream of 2014 being full of success… Hopefully a college graduation and huge photography accomplishments are included.
I mostly hope and dream of finding true love in 2014.
Fingers are crossed.


  1. Love your Travel, the selfie , just because and the last photo. Good luck with pursuing your photography dream. All the best Sonishka - Far and Away

  2. I just began my photography business in October! I have a few friends who are going to do some shoots to help get me started, but right now, I'm mostly posting my hobby photos on my business's Facebook page. I'm still in college to get my degree, but I figured it would be easiest to start now and begin a clientele. Your pictures are all very stunning!!!

  3. These are so great. Love your travel shot and your last one. So sorry about your dad. Hoping 2014 is a great year for you!

  4. This is my absolute favorite of all the memes! It is definitely worth of waiting the whole year ;) All these posts are just amazing! And I love yours because it's so genuine and funny. Just because is my favorite!!! And ummm Fireball... I've tried it once on a cruise. Need to check if they sell it in Finland...

  5. Awesome collection- I especially love your inspired shot!

  6. I had to check out your post when I read that you're from Las Vegas. I grew up there more years ago than I'd like to say, and both of my children were born there, though none of us lives in the area anymore. I'm sorry for your great loss in 2013 and hope that 2014 brings you the success (and the love!) you're dreaming of. Congratulations on your new business - I hope it prospers greatly!


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