Best of 2016: a Year in Review
January 10, 2017 , Weddings
All I’ve ever wanted to do since I was a kid are two things: travel, and take photographs. Well, I mean…I also wanted to open my own Italian restaurant, become a renowned female pilot, test my online stalking skills as a private investigator, etc, but that’s beside the point. 2016 was really, really good to me. In the spring, I quit my day job and moved to the city, leaving most parts of my quiet suburban life behind. I was lucky enough to document so, so many unique weddings for couples who put their faith in my art. I got to assist on days with talented people who inspire me constantly and challenge me to see in different ways. I collaborated with some of the industry’s brightest, and grew more than I thought possible. This year alone, I spent time in LA, Oregon, Washington, the Catskills, Brooklyn, Santa Barbara, Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, Sedona, Phoenix, Connecticut, San Francisco, and Lake Tahoe, not to mention all the mileage spent on places just at my fingertips. Travel, and photography – all I’ve ever wanted.
My business is slowly but surely starting to define itself and change over time, and I am honored and humbled to do what I do. I’m known to get a little bit emotional at times (that’s putting it mildly), and writing these words is no different. Being a wedding photographer means being so many things – a businesswoman, a secretary, a bookkeeper, a translator, a writer, a shapeshifter, a coordinator, an editor, and at its very core, an artist. It’s easy to get buried in daily tasks and lose sight of why I do this, but in going through every photo I took in 2016, I found clarity once again. I am in this for the people.
When I got into wedding photography, I thought I had to do what everyone else was doing. I felt a disconnect, because though I am happy to take the types of pretty pictures that end up on Pinterest boards, those aren’t the types of images that speak to my soul and keep me hungry for this career. The photos I love are full of emotion, of spontaneity, of passion, of nature, of family bonds, and sometimes, of a little weirdness. Silliness. Crying parents. Lingering hugs. Movement. Open-mouthed wild laughter. Imperfections. Couples who are madly in love. Who don’t sweat the small stuff, like dirty dress hems or a little bit of rain. Who feel emotion HARD, and who feel it openly. Who are maybe a little bit disorganized, but know that it doesn’t really matter.
In 2016, I embraced my differences as an artist, and I am so proud of the work I created. I cannot even begin to express the gratitude I feel for every person I worked for, worked with, and worked beside. From the bottom of my very full heart, thank you.
Here are some of my favorite moments from the past year shooting couples in love.