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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Southern Accent found me "Pinteresting"!

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Pinterest... it's the newest social media, one that I have become quite a fan of. Jessica Weaver, a friend of mine, interviewed me for an article that is featured in the Southern Accent. You can read the article here to fine out my favorite uses for Pinterest. For those of you who are just hearing about Pinterest, the article will catch you up on this fun new site! Hop on over to my Pinterest board to check out what I've been pinning! And for those of you who'd like an invite, just let me know I'd be happy to send one your way! Happy Pinning!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A View to the Year Ahead from the Perspective of the Past!

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I spent this first week of the new year on Sanibel Island, FL. After the craziness of the holidays, which for me includes family time and last minute Christmas photo sessions, it's time for some R&R. Thankfully my parents planned a Mystery Trip for our family. The evening of New Years Eve we hopped a flight down to Sanibel. We made it just in time to walk on the beach and watch the fireworks light up the coast of Ft. Meyers and Naples as the clock struck midnight.

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It was the perfect way to celebrate the new year... While looking forward to the new year, I also looked back 13 years to the last time I had walked along that shell covered beach. Sanibel Island is such a special place in my heart. Every year till I was 10 I spent the winters there, weather just for a couple weeks or for a couple months some years. Being there this past week was like coming home.

We spent the week soaking up the sun, riding bikes around the island, eating at favorite places and reliving memories. I had time to sit and reflect on this new year, where I am heading both with my business and personal life. During this time God opened doors and laid out plans for me, things beyond my wildest imagination! I find it amazing every time I receive another direction from Him. I love the verse in 1 Corinthians 2:9,
"No one's ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it.
What God has arranged for those who love him."

This week has reminded me of that. It's something I cling to on the days where my direction is not so clear. For He has and always will show me His will. I pray that He directs each and every one of you in this coming year. For His plans are the best plans!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 in Review!

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What an unbelievable year 2011 was! The blessings this year have been abundant in both my personal life and photography business. I have developed some incredible memories and friendships along the way this year. Thought I would share a review of some of the highlights from 2011...

Camp Mivoden:
I spent my second summer working at Camp Mivoden in Idaho. For three months I taught photography and hung out with some really cool people. Definitely a highlight of the year! Click below to read a blog post about my summer.

This year found me on the road a lot, some for business and some for pleasure. Here are two of the pleasure trips I went on. Jess, a roommate from college, was living in Italy for the year and I hopped on the opportunity to visit her in abroad. The second trip was a family mystery trip, to Vienna and Prague to learn about our family roots. The best part was that it was a surprise till getting our tickets at the airport. Both of these trips provided awesome photographic opportunities.


This year was filled with growth for Caressa Rogers Photography. The year started with the launch of the new Caressa Rogers Photography website and update of camera equipment, with the Canon Mark II. In the fall, I won tickets from photographer, Jasmine Star to a 3 day conference hosted by Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. October came and I launched the website Travel Photography by Caressa Rogers. All of the growth would not be possible if it weren't for the 27 amazing clients I worked with this year! I am so blessed to have such wonderful, supportive clients and friends. I'm so happy about how much Caressa Rogers Photography has grown in 2011. Click below to read more about some of the areas of growth!

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There is so much to be thankful for this past year and I can't wait for 2012. I have many new exciting things to share in the coming months.
Stay tuned and Happy New Year!