lifestyle & wedding photographer
Tomorrow I hand in my Phase 4 Final portfolio at Hallmark Institute of Photography.
10 months ago I never could have imagined that this day would come so quickly, if at all.
I am so glad I made the decision to stay at Hallmark and follow my passion. I have done things I never thought I could, met some of the most amazing & talented people in the world, and had some of the most fun times of my life.
It’s hard to believe this year is coming to an end, that my academic career is coming to an end. In just 3 short weeks I will be a college graduate & officially begin my career in professional photography. I have become a better, stronger woman over these last 10 months & I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world.
I can honestly say I am the happiest I’ve ever been. I have an amazing man, Ellis, who even though he is deployed thousands of miles away right now, supports my dreams & goals and makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Even though you can’t be here physically, you are here in my heart.
My best friend in the world, the beautiful Kelsey Wells has been through thick & thin with me over this school year & I can’t thank her enough for both dealing with my bullshit but also celebrating my achievements. She is always encouraging me & pushing me to keep going. I love you, bestee!
My mom, dad & brother for always being supportive, always telling me how proud they are, and supporting my decisions in life no matter what. My Nana for always calling just to say hi & tell me how awesome I am.
Sydney, I wouldn’t be the same person without you. Growing up with you by my side the entire time is something I feel so lucky to have experienced. You really are my sister, in heart if not by blood.
Joshua, for telling me what I needed to hear & not just what I wanted to hear. I want to thank you for being there for me when most guys would have walked away. You are truly a stand up guy & you deserve a lot of credit for me being here today.
And finally my Hallmark classmates. You guys are what made this experience so amazing. It has been my pleasure to spend these last 10 months surrounded by such talent, enthusiasm, kindness & fun. I wish you all the best in your careers & every aspect of your lives. May we never lose touch.
As I hand this portfolio in tomorrow afternoon, I will do so not as the girl who first walked through those green glass doors last September, but as a confident, strong, & proud woman, ready to take on whatever life may bring, and I will do so with a smile on my face, surrounded by people I never want to forget.
I knew immediately that it was Ellis.
I hate that I don’t get cell service at my parents house. I’m upset that I missed his first phone call, but so thankful for voicemail. Thankful that at least I know he was thinking of me & missing me as much as I am thinking of & missing him. Thankful that he sounded happy & healthy. Thankful to have this man in my life.