Celebrating One Year in Business!! | Business + Personal | all the good things

Thank you for joining me for this wonderful celebration!!

Holy Cow!!! I can't believe that it has already been one AMAZING year of business with Collections by Kari Anne.  I can honestly say, I have been beyond blessed in meeting many wonderful people though my photography ventures and am so incredibly thankful for each and every one of you that have built me up on this fantastic journey!!! The first few weeks of June have always been particularly special to me but this year, we have so much to celebrate! Let me just name a few of the wonderful things happening this year (well, this week really :) Pardon the list; somehow, my analytical brain just seems to work best this way....

1.  June 6 - My beautiful grandmother Carol, turns 80 years old - this woman has been there for me for all the seasons of my life and I aspire to have a marriage as enduring and as self-sacrificing as the one that her and my Grandpa Larry have shared. 

2. June 7 - Collections by Kari Anne turns One!!!! Today is the anniversary of my first photography shoot and I couldn't be more thankful that the beautiful Liz, allowed me to kick off my career with her beautiful senior session. 

3.  June 8 - So... I'm turning 26 this year.  I have always felt particularly neutral about my birthday in general (although I love celebrating others' birthdays :) Although, since getting married to the love of my life in 2014, birthday's have taken on quite another significance of their own.  I am no longer committed to living a life just for me, but rather living a life dedicated to the one person that I would do anything for, each year forward.  That being said, I cannot wait to take on the year "26" with my sweetheart!!

4.  June 11 - I am so excited to be shooting my first solo wedding this Saturday!! Since the beginning of my business, I knew that I wanted to work with couples who saw the true value in building a life together, who saw beyond all the beautiful details and arrangements of a wedding day.  Well, I am proud to welcome Shoshanna + Alex to the Collections by Kari Anne family and I cannot wait to show you all of the beautiful emotions that their special day brings.  Stay tuned to the blog next week for many sneak peeks of their gorgeous wedding in Mazomanie, WI!!

It's sure to be a busy week around the McGrath household but I feel more energetic than ever to welcome all of my wonderful, new clients to the Collections by Kari Anne Family!

Alright, let's get to the good stuff :)

As a thank you to all of my wonderful friends and followers, I am excited to announce an amazing giveaway kicking off today!!

One lucky winner will receive a 30 minute mini-session along with a 16x24 gallery wrap (a $625 Value) !! 

If you haven't already, head on over to my Facebook or Instagram Pages to follow along!

In order to enter, please comment on this blog post below with a description of your favorite personal photograph and why it is important to you (I love this stuff :)

To gain an additional entry into the drawing, please share this blog post on your social media and then comment "shared" on this blog post.  

I'll be drawing one lucky winner on Monday June 13th; so stay tuned and share away for your chance to win! 

Thank you so much to everyone who has offered kind encouragement or words of advice on my photography journey.  No one can build a business alone and I an truly grateful for your advice along the way!!

P.S.  If we can reach over 50 comments on this blog post by Friday night, I'll choose a second winner for a surprise give-away!!

(*Note: comments on Facebook or Instagram will not be considered for entry, only comments on this blog post here!)

Pretty Pictures of Grandma Carol, just for fun :)

Since Grandma and I are both June babies, I got to wear Grandma's Pearls on my wedding day!   Photo Cred:   Maison Meredith Photography: 

Since Grandma and I are both June babies, I got to wear Grandma's Pearls on my wedding day!   Photo Cred:   Maison Meredith Photography: