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Welcome to my blog! I am a Houston portrait and wedding photographer,
and I also custom design wedding and special event stationery.
This is where I share photos of my latest portrait sessions, design assignments,
and personal projects. Take a look around to see what I've been up to and
be sure to let me know what you think. I love comments!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

What a year, what a decade!

Ten years ago, on the eve of the new millenium, I was curled up around the toilet throwing up whatever I snuck out of my parents' liquor cabinet while my high school partner in crime shouted from the back room "10! 9! 8!...." Yes, I started off the decade with my head in the toilet. I'm not proud. But it is what it is. My parents were just down the street at a neighbor's party, and it was just one of my girlfriends and I sneaking into the who-knows-how-long-this-has-been-in-here Crown Royal, Jack Daniels, and wine coolers. We were 16 and thought it would be a great idea! Thank goodness that night and what I was doing at 12:00 am didn't set the tone for the next 10 years.

I am excited to welcome in a new decade, but I don't look back with a "good riddance" attitude. My character was tested a lot through all the trials and tribulations, but whose wasn't? I am grateful for the situations in my life that have shaped my personality, integrity, and outlook on life. I studied photojournalism in school because I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, but I sure was going to enjoy my major in college. Last year I decided to fully pursue portrait and wedding photography as an alternate career path, and I am so excited about the possibilities. I try to plan almost everything in my life, but every blessing I've ever received came about when I wasn't looking.

2009 was a roller coaster year for me- personally, professionally, and everywhere in between. Thank you to my friends, family, clients, and blog readers, whoever you may be, for the support, well wishes, and the sometimes well-deserved "you're doing WHAT?" I need that sometimes.

Here's a little overview of some of my favorite images from 2009 - for their significance in building my business over this past year, or just the fact that they make me smile.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

2 comments:

Kellie December 31, 2009 at 11:39 PM  

I have been following your blog since you first posted the link to it in your status because I love your pictures! I am so excited to see another picture of Elizabeth. I can't wait to see them all! I wish you all the best of luck in this venture, and if these pictures are any indication, I think we will be using you for years.

Kelly Tarleton January 3, 2010 at 3:13 PM  

Thanks so much for your encouraging words Kellie! And I would love any opportunity to photograph your family again.

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About Kelly Tarleton

I've always been a creative person, and the one who always had a camera on-hand at a moment's notice for any occasion. Photography and graphic design dominated my life in school and I loved every minute of it. I miss that constant creative outlet and want to share more of it with my family and friends through this blog.See more of my work at my website: http://www.kellytarleton.com/.

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