2011: A Year in Review

On a personal note: 2011 has been, without a doubt, one of the most life changing years for me on a personal level and on a business level.  In just one short year my life was turned upside down with the passing of my father and Jennifer Rotz Photography has gone from 0-60mph.  Dealing with just one of those events is enough for one person in a year, but both has certainly been challenging.  My Dad is my biggest hero.  He built a successful business from a hole in the wall with the support of his family and without even a high school education.  I watched, learned, grew and took in his every word for 8 years as I worked by his side.  And I can fully attribute my love of business to him.  I fuel my business with the same passion and want that went into his business.  Through the darkness of this year, I had no choice but to persevere, learn, and grow.  I had to persevere through the father/daughter dances, learn to make choices and decisions without my Dad's guidance, and grow my strength in order to support the rest of my family left confused by his loss.  It's been almost a year since he passed and I can confidently say that I am a completely different person than who I was then.

Photography has provided such an outlet for my sadness and has managed to bring light into my life.  I can honestly say that you would have a hard time finding a career that brings you more joy than this.  I am constantly surrounded by loving families, proud parents, fun-loving children, brand new additions, hopeful dreams, first kisses, first dances, best friends, and big smiles.  It's the best and I love it.  This is where I belong and what I am supposed to be doing.

On a business note: Wow.  I have been 100% blessed with the most amazing clients in the world this year.  And I know ALL photographers say that, but I really do mean it from the bottom of my heart.  I feel blessed with each session I shoot, every email I receive, and all the brides + grooms I get to meet.  Jennifer Rotz Photography has truly grown in 2011 and will continue to do so in 2012.  I have a year full of weddings to shoot at exciting new locations with the most fabulous brides + grooms a photographer could ask for.  And I am completely in utter thankfulness to the brides + grooms who believed in me and allowed me to document their amazing day this past year.  In 2012 I will be launching a new website + blog and doing general business cleanup to make things more streamlined and efficient.

But before that, I have to share some of my amazing clients from this past year (in no particular order).  Thank you to each and every one of you.  YOU helped make this company where it is today and I will be forever in your debt.



Here's to a fabulous and successful 2012!!