Wow, what a year this has been, and we've still got a little over a month to go. This week's blog theme is Gratitude, and while I'm not quite ready to go into my full reflection for the year, I wanted to use this time to give a huge shout out to all of my amazing clients who have stuck with me through the disaster that has been 2020.

Despite being a trainwreck, this year has shown me how incredibly fortunate I am. As many of you know, I hold a full-time job in addition to my pet photography business as a systems analyst for a healthcare company. Despite having huge losses this year, my employer has done everything in their power to keep from laying people off. Since my husband is currently in school, this job has been our main source of income (and it gives us really great benefits like health insurance). Without it, this year would have been much more difficult for us than it has been. Having this job has also allowed me to take risks with my business without worrying as much.

One of those risks that I tried out this year (which turned into a huge win for my business, as well as me personally) has been my Tails of Sacramento book project. Following our initial shut-downs due to Covid, I went 4 months without any clients. Having only been in business for one year, I started to worry that my business may have hit an early end. When I started the book project, I had two goals: 1) Try to revitalize my business in order to carry on into another year, and 2) Help a local rescue since they had to cancel all their in-person fundraising events. Incredibly, I was able to accomplish both my goals - not only did I revive my business, but it's thriving as I begin to prepare for 2021.

One of the best parts about the book project, though, has been the incredible clients it has brought to me. I've gotten to meet some of my favorites dogs ever (shh, don't tell my own dogs), and many of my clients have become friends.

As a little thank you to all of you, here's a sneak at some of the gorgeous images I've been able to capture during my Tails of Sacramento sessions. Keep in mind, these are not necessarily final images from the book. I am finishing up my last couple of sessions this month, and will then be selecting the images that will go in the book. If you want to see the final images, you'll have to check out the book when it releases in the spring (you can pre-order it here!).

Has your pet helped you through 2020? Ready to show them how grateful you are to have them? What better way than with a custom pet portrait session. Book your session for 2021 now!

Don't forget to continue following the blog circle to see what everyone else is grateful for. Up next is Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography fetching pet and family portraits in Coppell, Carrolton and the greater Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex.

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