It is hard to believe this year is almost over. It feels like the older I get, the faster the years are going by. I truly have so much to be thankful for. It has been the busiest year for me, not only as a photographer, but as a wife and a mom as well. 

A lot of new things have shaped this year into one big happy chaos. This year we moved to a new town, bought our first house. My kids started new school. My husband transferred to a new unit in Washington, DC. This year has been very stressful, yet joyful, and I am so glad we all survived! As much as I miss our previous house and all the friends we made (hey, we are still close enough to be able to visit them often!), I am happy about the change. I need change in my life. I need obstacles and challenges, maybe just a few :) I function better this way. This is one of my goals for the New Year. I want to challenge myself. I want to say yes to new experiences. I want to photograph in the way my soul desires and not what social media calls "popular". I want to do this for myself, as well as for families I work with. 

I had to write a post including some of my favorite images of this year, which was not easy to choose, because every photograph I create for you is special to me. I'd like to thank each and everyone of these families that trusted me and let me capture their memories, milestones and, simply, let me tell their stories. 

I loved being able to see your emotions, your love and connection with each other. I want more of that. I want to see the real you. Families, as they are. Kids playing, giggling and making faces at me (this is the best!). Mothers cuddling their babies, no matter what age they are. Fathers holding their little girls' hands, promising them that they will always be there for them.

This is my goal for 2017. Less posing, more connecting. I want to get to know you and show your story the way I see it. 

I hope you will join my journey.

Make this year different. Come out of your comfort zone. Try new things. Get to know someone you were not sure about. Because that's when the real life begins. 

Here is to a happy, fullfiling New Year!