It's 2016 already!! Wow! Where did the year go?! It feels as if it went by in flash but it was actually a jammed packed and incredible year. I wanted to write a blog post that also summarized all of the non-wedding work I was so fortunate to do in 2015.
I LOVE weddings. What I love more than sharing such an intimate and powerful moment in a love story is the challenge. I began my career in weddings because I wasn't sure what niche of photography I wanted to be in, or what I was best at for that matter. Luckily I had some amazing friends and family that were somehow willing for me to jump in and just go for it! Looking back it's crazy to me. I am overwhelmed with essentially shock but so much gratitude that they trusted me when I was so green. It was the best thing ever though!
I quickly learned that I could use almost every technique imaginable on every subject and situation imaginable during the course of a wedding day. I shot inside, outside, in daylight, and at night, with horrible fluorescents, my strobes, and incredible sunsets. I shot rings, paper, flowers, people, poses, and candids. The pressure and the challenge still gives me butterflies before every big day and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love being at the ready to handle time lines that go out of control, wind, rain, and even sparkler explosions. My artistic side eats it up! Of course my nerdy side also loves the preparation and they anticipation for an amazing day. And when it all comes together and the toasts are made I am in awe of how so many things come together...it's just like falling in love. Magic.
All of these facets of wedding photography have really helped me to hone in on what I love the most. Portraiture comes in first place and it's been amazing to apply my craft to boudoir and lifestyle, but surprisingly details are a close second. I could spend hours with the wedding rings and found materials. For me, it's still like taking portraits, just of inanimate objects. My wide and varied skill set has given me the opportunity to work on so much cool stuff this year outside of weddings.
So here's a little slice of everything else I had in front of my lens this year. Gorgeous women embraced their beauty with me, I traveled to far off places, I shot an entire children's activity book (crazy!), fellow small business invested in me, I was featured in the newspaper, baby bumps needed documenting, awesome people popped the question, and more! Take a look.