A New Year and the Main Thing

With a brand new year upon us I can't help but think and reflect about the previous year gone by(man it went by fast). I have to say that one of the best things I did was go to a photographers conference in New Orleans with Beth this past November. The photography part was great of course, but the single most important piece of advice I took from my time there was this simple line:

"Keep the main thing the main thing"

So what the heck does that mean? What is the "main thing"? It's different for everybody. Basically it's the reason you do what you do, and for me it's Beth and Casey. Somedays I just can't believe how incredibly blessed I am to have them in my life. On January 2, 2009 when we decided to take on our photography business full time, we entered into a world where Beth and I worked and lived side by side  24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you ever wanted a way to test your marriages strength, this would be the way to do it! I'm glad to say we made it out on the other side of this past year with our marriage fully intact and better then ever. It wasn't without it's challenges of course, but by working through them together, it's fortified our commitment and love for each other, and I'm so grateful for that.

Beth astounds and inspires me to no end. Taking on the roll of a full time mother, a full time wife, a full time photographer and a full time business woman all within the last two years. She's incredible. And Casey...what can I say about Casey :-) That little guy has taught me more about life(and about myself) then I ever thought possible. They're the two most important people in my life and I'd do anything for them. So why would "Keep the main thing the main thing" hit me with such strength when it should be a no-brainer? I guess it comes down to "life" getting in the way, getting caught up in things not worth getting caught up in. Starting this new year I'm so excited to see what it will hold in store, but whether good or bad I'm going try my hardest to keep my main thing my main thing.

I thought I'd post this little video I made last summer of Beth and Casey. It was my first go at making a video with our 5D Mark II and I had no intention at the time of posting it on our blog, but I thought it was perfect for this post.

The Main Thing: Beth and Casey from Ryan + Beth Photographers on Vimeo.