40! That’s right, April 1st marks our studio’s 40th year in business.
It’s what I affectionately refer to as our Work-iversary, here at Debbie Daanen Photography.
I would like to be the first to congratulate my friend, mentor, and partner in both shenanigans and business. Debbie Daanen, a very happy work-iversary.
I’ve had the privilege and honor to know you and work alongside you for the last 20 years. Man, 20 years is a long time.
I certainly never imagined that as a 17 year old kid, that my Summer job would somehow developed into me running my own business.
We’ve been through just about everything imaginable together, both personally and professionally, and I wish you all the best in the recent retirement.
No worries everyone, she’ll still be around for some of those big shoots when I need a few extra hands, but for now she is certainly enjoying her time off and adventures down in Florida.
After 40 years, or at least the last 20 that I can speak on, when this day rolls around each year, I reflect on what a difference a year can make, especially after 2020.
Believe me when I say, we have had quite the collection of treasured memories and hilarious stories throughout the years.
We say it all the time, but no time is more appropriate than today… thank you.
Thank you to our clients, both old and new. We obviously could not have had continued success all this time without you. It is a true pleasure to serve you.
Thank you for caring not only about our business, but also about us as people. Thank you to our friends and family for all those continued years of support.
And thank you, of course to our staff, Laurie and Stacey, we literally could not have done it without you.
Shout out to our DDP roadcrew, mainly, Laura Amy and Barb, our collection of friends who have stepped up to assist us when we need the additional staff at any given event.
Finally, thank you to all the groups and organizations that we have photographed over the years. There’s far too many to list but your continued business and friendship means the world to us.
They say when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. I’m not sure that’s entirely true, but the last 40 years have taken us to some pretty amazing places and allowed us to meet the most amazing people, and most of that has felt more like fun, than work.
We love what we do and we’ve been lucky enough to have been doing it for the last 40 amazing years.
Finally, to you Debbie Daanen, thank you for taking me under your wing all those years ago. And cheers to 40 years! To everyone else, thank you for an amazing Work-iversary! Here’s too many more!