2010: A Year in Review


Sometimes, I have a hard time remembering what I did last weekend. Monday will roll around and someone will ask how my weekend was, and I’ll sit there. Thinking. Hard. And then something jogs my memory.

So it’s fun (and helpful!) to do a little year in review, so that in a few years from now I can look back and see what I did in 2010. Instead of scratching my head, thinking. Hard. Because I’d like to remember.

January: In January, I was still settling into life in Texas and getting new license plates. January was also full of getting fired up, dreaming out loud, and Making Things Happen. We watched Food, Inc. and really started thinking about our food. And we went vegetarian for a few weeks.

February: To start making my mark in a new market, Dallas, I turned my networking skills on full throttle and met with all kinds of wedding vendors. I also attended The Simple Plan hosted by Sage Wedding Pros, Kelly and Michelle. It snowed. A lot (okay, fine, over a foot!). And I ever got to shoot a session in the snow with friends. And congrats to the two lovebirds in the photo below, they just got engaged!

Snow Photo Session in Plano, Texas Catie Ronquillo Photography

March: I went to Las Vegas for the annual photography convention, WPPI. And I forgot my camera battery. At HOME. We bought a new dining table (which I currently use as my office) and my parents celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary.

April: The cold finally dissipated and April was marked with a trip down to Waco to collaborate with Lauren Kelly Events. Our shoot was titled “Deconstructed Southern” and was featured on the Southern Weddings Magazine blog! I had a fun shoot with the Q’s. And learned about Texas WEEDS. They mean business here.

Waco Antique Shop Bridal Photos Catie Ronquillo PHotography

May: We entered our Urban Picnic into the Inspired Creations Contest hosted by Elizabeth Anne Designs and The Sweetest Occasion, and brought in second place! I collaborated with the fabulous Elizabeth of After Yes Weddings, Emily Hudspeth Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist, and Nicole of the Left Handed Calligrapher. The rain almost ruined it, but everything came together beautifully. Check out my post on our Urban Picnic. We also went to Pensacola to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday, and had the Mac and Cheese Incident.

Dallas Skyline Wedding Urban Picnic Catie Ronquillo Photography Photos

June: It started warming up in June, especially when I shot Emily & Jeff’s engagement session in White Rock Lake. To cool off, we flew back to California for Jaime and David’s Grace Vineyard wedding. I’d much rather shoot an outdoor wedding in California! Just sayin’.

July: We celebrated our first year anniversary and ate the top tier of our wedding cake. It was still delicious! Big props to Jen’s Cakes! I picked up the top tier when I flew out to California for a few portrait sessions. I rounded out the month second shooting and planning a shoot for Nonpareil Magazine. The shoot where I was eaten alive by mosquitoes.

August: Our shoot The South of France Meets the South was featured in Nonpareil Magazine! I worked with the wonderful Erin of Red Sole Events, Jolie of Low Country Quisine, and with the lovely Nicole of the Left Handed Calligrapher. It was back to California for me to shoot Liz and Ryan’s Cupertino wedding. And since it was so stinkin’ hot in Texas, I blogged about when to schedule your portrait session.

Cupertino Wedding Irish Chinese Traditions Catie Ronquillo PHotography

September: I posted one of my very favorite sessions from the year featuring my fab ex-coworker, Kate. Her Noe Valley portrait session in San Francisco was just amazing. I started working on CRAVE shoots and mused about eating leftovers. We also celebrated our five year dating anniversary. Crazy to think it’s been five years already.

Noe Valley Portrait Session Catie Ronquillo Photography

October: October was straight up madness. Elizabeth and I planned the Dallas Fall Shootout, I ran around Dallas completing CRAVE shoots, I attended the JVS Workshop, I shot Nikki & Blake’s engagement session in Downtown Carrollton and shot some Beloved sessions. And the STATE FAIR happened! Oh yeah, I also helped my good friend Karyn shoot a wedding in a near-typhoon in Fort Worth!

November: And the madness continued through November with more CRAVE shoots, and a new fascination with boots and the quest to find a decent pair of skinny jeans. (Those have not been found yet, btw.) Elizabeth and I reflected on the fabulous Dallas Fall Shootout and have plans for future shootouts. I shot a spread for Nonpareil Magazine for Ladna Amin of November Lily. Nicole of The Left Handed Calligrapher created all the stationery. (I can’t wait to share this one, it’s still under wraps!) We went back to California for a week for Thanksgiving.

December: So December flew by in the blink of an eye. Today being December 30, I’m not really sure where the month went. I shot Jenn & Jon’s Beloved session by the Winspear Opera (full post coming next week!) and collaborated with Ebony of Ebony Peoples Events & Design on a concept shoot. We also worked with Vanessa of Deceitfully Sweet (she can create an amazing dessert table for you!) and Kristen of Haute Floral. Thank God for online shopping, otherwise, I would have never gotten that done!

Phwew. Wow, when I first started this post, I wasn’t sure all that I accomplished this year. But it was A LOT! I’m so glad that I blog regularly to help me remember my accomplishments and my failures. I’m stoked for all that happened in 2010, and can’t wait for 2011! Cheers to 2011!

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  • Reply Lara 12.30.2010 at 6:11 pm

    What a GREAT year, Catie! I am so proud of you and so grateful to know you! Much love and big hugs xoxoxo

  • Reply kate @ undeniable style 01.14.2011 at 7:39 am

    you’re too sweet, that shoot was one of my faves of the year, too!

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