Thursday, December 31, 2009

I DID IT! 365 straight days of blogging!

It's so fitting that I watched Julie and Julia tonight - a story about a girl who blogs every day for a year. This is my 365th day in a row to blog. I'm very proud of myself; it is the first new year's resolution I've ever kept. But it was not easy. There were many days (especially early on) that I did NOT want to blog. There were some days when I wondered what the crap I was going to blog about. Regardless, on those days and others, I dug deep and did it. Yay for me.

2009 was a freaky fun year full of friends family and photos. I've tried so hard to narrow down my favorite moments of the year to 10, but do you know how many great things happened to us this year? It was NOT easy. Let me just say, I am blessed. After much inner turmoil, some suggestions from you, and some stiff-arming from unnamed peeps, I've narrowed it down to a pretty great highlight reel of 12.

Without further adieu, I present my favorite moments of 2009...

Number 12: The Benny Awards!!! I love this fun video my brother shot for me during the 2009 Benny Awards (the 2010 Awards are set for January 22nd!) If you get this in your email, you'll have to go to the actual blog to view the video.

Number 11: Ellie's precious Halloween costume

Number 10: Our trip to the American Girl store in Chicago:

Number 9: Maggie and Austin's wedding - I chose this wedding not because it was my favorite wedding (though it was definitely one of my faves - too many fun ones to choose), but because of the vendors I worked with at this wedding - they've become some of my very best friends in life!

Number 8: Lindsey's Cenote Trash the Dress session: we loved photographing their wedding in Mexico. Of course, Lindsey and Bryan are both AWESOME! But the TTD session we did in crystal clear water was so exhilarating!

Number 7: Our "Shoot Your Kids" workshop sold out!

Number 6: Athena and Ryan's wedding: What I love about this is that I had nothing to do with it. Lauren and Meredith completely rocked this wedding and I was SO stoked, and proud, of what they captured.

Number 5: Blend was a crazy fun time hanging out with my buddy Becker, as well as meeting some lasting friends, Bobbi, Ajit, and Jose Villa, among others. Here's my favorite shot from my time in New Mexico:

Number 4: Crazy Crash Course and Garvan Woodland Gardens wedding - I took the "crash" portion literally, wrecking the rental car an hour after I got it, then killing the tire in the replacement car. I was interviewed by homeland security, which wasn't my favorite way of spending the afternoon. Here's a shot from the wedding that Becker and I shot at the Garvan Woodland Gardens - I had so much fun second shooting for a change.

Number 3: Memorial Day post for my sister - definitely an emotional post!

Number 2: Being featured all over the place! Here, on the [b]school, here in Arkansas Bride, here in Popular Photography, here on the Savvy Scoop blog, here on the Ruffled Blog, here in, here on the Knot and on Hot Pink Brides, and here on the

Finally, the number one moment this year ((drum roll)):
When Meredith said yes!

Thank you to everyone who shared 2009 with us. We love you all, appreciate you all, and look forward to more with you all in 2010!

Here's to another great year!


  1. What a fabulous year you had Dale! I really enjoyed reading your post and looking at your photos. I hope your 2010 is even better!

  2. Super sweet post ! Love your proposal shot!
    Who's doing your wedding?

  3. Awesome year for you Dale! So cool to see where you've gone since meeting you at WPPI! I totally want to talk more about the Shoot Your Kids workshop, we've been thinking about doing that here. We'll have to chat!

  4. what a fabulous year you had! I know each year will continue to get better and better! you are truley blessed!!

  5. numbero uno is by FAR my favorite!!!! :)

  6. Love it guys, what a great year you had!! Wish we lived closer so that we could see you guys more often. Next Chi-Town trip we MUST have a cocktail!!

    Love y'all!


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