Took my family to Disney World! A trip that included a few days at the Ocean! Also a trip to Omaha for the weekend. A trip to Branson and a few trips to Caldwell.
My nephew was born and given the middle name Nicholas.
Ran our first 5k as a family.
Coached a couple individuals financially, helping them get back on track.
Exceeded 29 Pixel Studios revenue goals for the year.
Hosted a dinner at the Ronald McDonald House and then later in the year cutting a check for $1,000 to the charity.
Booked twice as many weddings in 2014 than my goal amount. And then hearing the couples say…
“I am driving myself crazy going through them trying to narrow down which ones to print. Soooo many good ones. I almost want to get married again it was so much fun. Will you be our photographer again!?!?!” – C
“THANK YOU! I’ don’t remember having that much fun that day hahahahah” –M
“AMAZING! Thanks again for making our day so special! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all of our photos and your team was incredible to work with!” – T
“Nick did a fabulous job photographing our wedding. We had a gorgeous day to work with, but it was extremely windy! Nick was able to work with the wind and take some amazing shots. Definitely worth every penny!” – R
“I love the pics, I couldn’t help but already go through them :)! I can’t thank you enough for the work that you did, both on the big day and all of the behind the scenes to make us look great in the final pics. You are awesome!” – L
“Ahhhhh! I love them! Thank you so much!!!” – T
“Omg Nick! Some of these are EPIC”- J
“I blame you for the lost sleep tonight as we went through the photos *smile” –C (I sent a digital copy of their photos late in the night)
“You’ve also successfully brought production at my office to a stop.” –J (they received the photos while at work)
“ahhhhh!! i love it!” – L
“The photos you took of Rachel’s wedding are amazing. And I am an art snob” – L
For all weddings, I hire a professionals as assistants. One, whom who’s work I respect and admire, was available to shoot with me for the first time this year. After sharing the final photographs, I received this note, “…they turned out FANTASTIC! In fact, I’m blown away… …If it isn’t too daring, I wanted to ask you if you had a special secret…” and later in the email “I’m in love with your B&W processing. Love all the tonal range. Well done, sir!”
Had my first national commercial spot, quickly followed by a second commercial airing in the Midwest. And then getting this in the mail:
“Thanks so much for everything on the commercial! We all agree it is fantastic – and that includes our brand team in the UK who has reviewed it.”
Having photographs in the NY Times. (Then it was used in Renewable Energy Magazine)
Getting this after performing a lightning quick turnaround for LHS:
“I know it was your video that clinched it. We are going to state. The kids are on cloud nine. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have given these kids a major opportunity. You did indeed make magic happen.”
Had 14,000 minutes watched on my YouTube channel… for some reason that makes me smile.
Performance evaluation snippets, for the contract work I do for the Army:
“Extremely difficult customer and very strong performance. Arguably unsurpassed in CADD.”
“Without question, 29 Pixel Studios is the expert in this area.”
“Superlative effort. Well done.”
Every year, in addition to all the little improvements and resolutions, I focus on one big target. Overall I believe I achieved 2014’s big focus point of improvement, hiring help and outsourcing. Looking at the 1099s I’ll be filling out feels like an accomplishment. Looking forward to 2015!