2009 Year In Review

My favorite thing about the New Year is going back and reflecting on all that I’ve accomplished and experienced over the past year.  In 2009 Brayden turned 1, we moved into a new house and said goodbye to our first home as a family, I met a lot of amazing new clients and worked with all of my great old clients, I launched a new site for moms who love photography just like me, and my business grew by leaps and bounds.  It’s been an incredible year and I only have my totally amazing and wonderful clients and all of my very supportive blog readers to thank.  Thank you for sharing in my experiences with me and letting me share the stories of my awesome clients.  2009 was a great year, but I’m so excited for what 2010 has in store!  Happy New Year everyone!

January

I was published in my first bridal magazine – The Knot

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Cute baby Cami came by for a Valentine’s Day session

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3 new friends from Arkansas came out to spend a day with me to learn and have some fun!

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And that same day I met a family that I would become great friends with over the past year.  The Carson family!

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February

Mr. Bryaden Bittel turned 1 and Mom*tog was launched!

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Brayden did a little modeling

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Hosted another fabulous Day with Drew

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Heidi and Chris were married in Beverly Hills!

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March

The couple from  my very first solo wedding had a baby.  On Brayden’s birthday!

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Hosted yet another fun Day with Drew

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Had a fun shoot with my friend, Denise

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Brayden learned to drink out of a sippy cup!  Such a proud Mommy moment :)

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I got to shoot this adorable baby!

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We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day

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I shot Marisa and Jaime’s super fun engagement session

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April

Brayden and Emma did a bit more modeling

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I attended a workshop with Jose Villa

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Shot one of my most favorite engagement sessions of all time

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Brayden continued to learn new things and make me laugh

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And I shot a gorgeous wedding at Pelican Hill (and this couple is expecting a baby soon!)

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May

The couple from the second wedding I ever shot welcomed baby number 2

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I shot my first Korean ceremony

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And their beautiful wedding at the Huntington Beach Hyatt the following day

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I helped a friend announce a very special surprise

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Jamie and Erik were married in a very emotional wedding ceremony

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We took our very first family trip to Kauai!

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I did a fun mini session with this adorable baby

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And I took baby Cami’s 1 year pictures!

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June

We said goodbye to our first home as a family and moved into a wonderful new house that quickly became home

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Lisa, Richard, and Lola came down from Oregon for their engagement session

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The Bittel family got in front of the lens for our family pictures with Tara Whitney

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I shot Nga and Jay’s super fun engagement session at UCLA
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I shot Liz and David’s official engagement session

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And Heather and Justin were married

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July

I got to help Jamie announce the sex of her baby!

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I had a fun shoot with three crazy brothers

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I had my annual shoot with the Abadie family!  So happy they moved back to California!

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I hosted two more Days With Drew

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Brayden took swimming lessons

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I shot Sandy and Matt’s engagement session in Laguna Beach

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And Leslie and Husam had a gorgeous wedding in Los Angeles

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August

Cute, little Baby Jake was born

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I had a ton of fun shooting April and Patrick’s engagement session, but it was so HOT!

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Brayden Bittel turned 18  months and got his first haircut!  It was a bit dramatic, but he sure looked cute after!

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Romy and Ryan had an absolutely gorgeous wedding in Malibu

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This awesome family came to see me while visiting from Colorado

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Marisa and Jaime were married at the Mission Inn in Riverside which is a dream to shoot at!

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And I shot Cristina and Mike’s engagement session

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September

Had fun shooting in an orange grove with this family

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A Bruin and a Trojan decided to get engaged.  You’re a good man, Ryan, for putting Alison’s faults aide ;)

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I shot Baby Luke’s maternity session

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And just two short weeks later he arrived!  A little early, but totally healthy!

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Worked on an upcoming project for Mom*tog with the Carson girls

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Shot Nicole and Jeremy’s engagement session in Venice Beach

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Brayden got ready for college football season

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Liz and David were married

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And so were Tara and Daniel!

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October

Lots of family sessions in October!

First, the Cox family

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Then the Davis family

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The Bengard family

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And the Simmons family!

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April and Patrick were married at the St. Regis Monarch Beach

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And Lisa and Richard were married at the Wynn in Las Vegas.  My very first Vegas wedding!

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And I shot my last wedding of the year – Sandy and Matt at the Balboa Baby Club

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November

The UNposing Guide was released on Mom*tog!

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I shot an awesome new client, the Maddux Family

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And their friends the Comi’s!

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Brayden went to his very first UCLA football game and loved every second of it!  They even won!

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I shot the most well behaved kids I have ever worked with and had a ton of fun!

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I shot the Imus family for the 4th year in a row

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I worked with the Nygaard family for the first time and they were awesome!

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The Paskin’s flew their plane down from Santa Barbara and we had an awesome shoot!  I even got to help them announce that baby number 2 is on the way!

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And I shot Nancy and Eric’s engagement session in Los Angeles

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Brayden got his second haircut and it wasn’t nearly as traumatizing as the first!

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December

I shot my friend and favorite florist, Jenny B’s, family pictures with a yellow VW bus!

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Baby Liam finally arrived!

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I shot my last engagement session of the year.  Leslie and Yashaar in Santa Monica

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Brayden posed with Santa and didn’t cry!  He even asked for a choo choo :)

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And Baby Kyrsten arrived too!

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14 Responses to 2009 Year In Review

  1. Brandi says:

    Love your work! Great job and congrats:)

  2. jamie says:

    what a great year drew. i can not even believe it has almost been a year since we were out your way. crazy how fast time goes. i am excited to see what 2010 brings for you. happy new year~

  3. Briony says:

    what an awesome year! 2010 is going to be even better :) can’t wait to see what awesome photo shoots you have this next year.

  4. Your so talented Drew! Love your work! Here is to an even better year! Cheers

  5. Lydia says:

    Drew, your work is stunning! I feel like rereading the whole past year because these pictures were just a teaser, I want to see them all again!

  6. jen berry says:

    um yeah. you’re talented.

  7. Kristi says:

    What an awesome year :) Loved looking back at it. All that’s missing if that heart sparkler shot you got a few months ago… I LOVE that shot! I don’t even know what wedding it was from! haha

  8. Cat Watson says:

    I’m so glad you did this post. As a beginning photographer, it is encouraging to see how far one can come in only a year! I continue to love your style and appreciate your talent and your willingness to share it, so thanks! Happy New Year!

  9. Ashley says:

    What a wonderful year! I am so thankful for all your hard work, your creativity in the shots you capture and your desire to share and help other Mom*togs. I wish you the best of luck in 2010 and I am also excited in what is in store for you in the New Year! Thank you Drew from the bottom of my heart!

  10. Bobbie Brown says:

    Whoa! You had one busy year girl! Good for you! It was fun to look through all these… I found myself saying “oh yeah! I loved that shoot!”

  11. Maylea says:

    2009 has certainly been one fruitful year for you…

  12. Amy A. says:

    Drew! I loved the 2009 post! Happy 2010!

    Amy :)

  13. Mike Garrard says:

    The light in these shots is fantastic, loving the sunny glow to it all….. beautiful

  14. Km Rahn says:

    OMG – what adorable photos of the babies!!!! you are AMAZINGLY talented!!!! I am a photog wanna be in atlanta, ga. I hope you don’t mind me asking…where did you get those wonderful damask backgrounds?????? I am finishing up my “little” in-home studio…I have the wood floors and just ordered the weathered wood rug from savvy photographers. But I need to invest in some backgrounds and I love the damask print!!! Any pointers?? Also, what do you use underneath your newborns?

    Again, you are wonderful! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your work! God has truly blessed you with an amazing gift!!! SO glad I found you!

    Kim

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