This was a year for me to find my voice. If you know me, that might sound funny because I’m quite a chatty person. Nonetheless, it’s taken work and time and patience to get to know myself and learn how to say what I really mean and not say what I don’t really mean. And how to take the photos I want to take and not the ones I don’t want to take (or can’t take!). Thank you so much to my community for supporting me and listening to me and giving me space to learn and grow. And thank you thank you THANK YOU to all my amazing clients. I literally would not be able to do this without you; you are what makes my job a dream come true.
This year I loved:
- geometric landscapes
- warm + soft colors
- a photo for the sake of the memory + a story, not just the aesthetic
- out of focus black + whites
- dancing brides
- crying grooms
- a shot that looks like a still from an old french film
- romance, romance, and more romance
This year I took photos in:
- Dominican Republic
- Whistler, BC
- Seattle, WA
- St. Paul, MN
- Northport, MI
- Leland, MI
- Grand Haven, MI
- Grand Rapids, MI
- Fennville, MI
- Coloma, MI
- Sweet home Holland, MI
Cheers to send 2017 out and cheers to welcome 2018 in!
Barret and Emily’s wedding day was absolutely beautiful. The flowers were both delicate and wild, the venues were tasteful and comfortable, and the decor was on point. The thing that stood out the most about the day, though, was the joy. There were a couple times I tried to get a serious photo of Barret + Emily. I’d ask them to hold a straight face, and they’d just burst into giggles and kisses and it was absolutely perfect! Not only did Barret and Emily have a hard time containing their smiles, but their bridal party and guests were just giddy. It was easy for anyone to tell that this was a group of people that was over the moon to celebrate together, and ready to dance long into the night to prove it. The way friends surrounded this couple, the kindness and joy their families showed each other, and the brave step Barret + Emily took into the world together- those were the highlights of the day. And the exquisite decorations and venues were icing on the cake!
This was a beautiful day full of sunshine! Scott + Elizabeth were so sweet and at ease- especially with each other. I love how each couple has their own language together, and it’s a huge perk of the job that I get to see it. The golden light we had all day was the perfect match for the occasion.
Kellie and Jason are two people who know how to celebrate! Their wedding, tucked away in the Yosemite area, was overflowing with the excitement of their loved ones who attended and helped with the beautiful day. And that mountaintop dance lasted late into the night! Jason and Kellie share a passion for nature and exploring, so we made a journey deep into Yosemite National Park on their big day. What a way to celebrate their new marriage! It was a privilege to witness such a sacred ceremony take place against a backdrop of such natural glory and splendor.
I always love looking back on a year that’s gone by. It reminds me how long a year is. It’s easy to think a year flies by and is gone as soon as it came, but really so much happens within the time of 12 months. It’s slowing down to think about it that makes the difference for me. History is important, and I want to make sure I work on remembering my own history.
2015 was the year of adventure. In the past year, I went a desert for the first time and saw one desert hare and zero snakes. I learned how to apply for 12 Indian visas (Very complicated. Very.) and rode a rickshaw and pet an elephant. I dipped my toes in 3 different oceans and swam in my favorite great lake. I got to meet new people and grow closer to old friends.
Cheers to 2015!