The Hand off, The End of a Year, and The Hope of Another One.

The year is about to come to an end, but even with the new year just hours away the dream of what is to come for “the book” and life after is still being worked out, figured out and plans are being made.

It’s been an exciting few days of working on the book. First the big news something that seems small and simple but something I have been working up to is the hand off. The other day I exported all the edited photos and lay outs on to a hard drive and passed it on to my brother (Sarah’s oldest brother) who in my eyes is an amazing graphic designer. I  can not wait to see how he makes this book that much better because of his talent! Still even though I have passed on the book to him I am still working on finishing some edits and photo shoots. Nothing to crazy, just simple shoots that Sarah wanted to help fill out the book.

Editing has been going very well. Its been amazing to see the shoots come together through all the editing and page lay outs. While editing I went back and started on some photo shoots that Sarah had done that have not been worked on yet. To be honest it scares me to work on them, to go back and see a moment in time where life was so different, where we would have never believed this is how life would have turned out. On top of that working, editing, and picking out the photos that will make the book can feel overwhelming, because to me everything she did was amazing and to change or say something can make it in the book is hard. But that can not hold me back. If you look at the past year of me working on this book it has been filled with so many different challenges that has pushed me, toughen me, brought on some amazing moments, and even moments  that I thought would have broken me down completely. Still with all that I open those files found amazing photos and was able to add these photos to the book.

The odd part to all of this is that the couple never signed a photo release form and well I made a promise that I would have every couple sign one while working on this book. So after finishing I spent hours looking through Sarah’s Facebook friends to see if I could find one of them. I was so unsure of the girls name, I was pretty sure but did not want to make a mistake by messaging the wrong person. Still I found her, sent a message out with no real idea how it would be taken or even if I would get a reply. Its been so long since then that I was unsure if it would even make it in the book. Then I got a reply back! So excited to hear from them and that they are still willing to be in the book.

The year is about to end. It has had it’s up’s and down’s like most years but for me it’s a different kind of up’s and downs then for many. Still for the book, this has been a great way to end the year while working on it. When 2014 starts it holds the excitment that the book will be finished, that Fin will be found in this new year and that we can all will celebrate  Sarah’s work, and her life.

Happy New Years Eve to you all. With a new year comes new adventures and the coming of Fin.

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