Best of 2015 / by Melissa Fitzgerald

2015 was year of life-changing opportunities, decisions and events culminating in the most momentous year of my life to date.  In month 1, Joseph asked me to marry him in 35 degree weather on top of a mountain in West Texas.  In month 3, I was approached and offered the job as a full time, editorial and product photographer for a start-up company. In month 5, I found out I was going to have a baby nephew and became the mother of a GSD puppy named Juniper.  In month 9, I married the love of my life in my favorite town, Marfa, TX.  In month 10, I traveled to Nicaragua to document the drilling and installation of a water well with Living Water International.  And all the while, every weekend, I was shooting.  I was entering the homes of strangers during the most delicate and miraculous times of their lives, and walking out of their homes as friends.  I was encouraging families to hold each other a little closer and make each other laugh a little harder and capturing their joy along the way.  In month 12, I made the decision that I was ready to become a full time entrepreneur and turn my passion into my full time job.  And shortly after the calendar page turned, that decision became a reality.  

I couldn't feel more blessed to call this my career and work with the people I do.  To my clients, there are too many of you to list by name, but you know who you are.  Thank you for your endless patience, and support of my work, it means more to me than I can ever express.  Thank you for trusting me with these milestones in your lives, many of you, for several years. Thank you for your random texts showing me updates of your babies' lives, for meeting me for lunches and encouraging me to pursue this full time and for your countless referrals. This post is a collection of some of my favorite moments that I had the privilege of turning into keepsakes for each of you.  You are all beautiful and kind and genuine, and I couldn't feel luckier to be your photographer.