2017 was a completely formative year for both me and my business. I began the year excited to meet new people, and create work that inspires me, but I was admittedly exhausted. I was still trying to catch up from a busy autumn season both with weddings and with my day job. I had such high hopes for the new year and the opportunities it would bring. Looking back a whole year later, I can confidently say that 2017 blew me away. Just 4 weeks into the year, Stephen and I fell in love, quite prematurely, with a house for sale. (Can someone point me to a support group for Zillow addiction?) In three short days, our lives went from content little apartment renters, to scared almost home owners. Two months laters, we moved into that house and have fallen more in love with it every day. I spent the summer shooting weddings, and trying to make our house a home, thinking that the biggest life changes for the year were behind us. Little did I know God had other plans. In October, I finally felt it was the right time to make the long awaited jump from a full time job with a photography business on the side to full time photographer. 367 days ago, I didn’t think I’d be blogging at 10am on a Wednesday, but here I am. I’m able to spend so much more time doing just what I love, and I feel like I’m right where I’m supposed to be. It’s easy to look back at a year and pick out all the bad things that happened. But for me, it was so much easier to do the opposite. 2017 was great but I have an even better feeling about 2018.
Last year, I shot more weddings than ever before and met some of the most awesome people. Ashley and Ryan were definitely no exception. This is one of those weddings that I looked forward to from the moment they booked me. I couldn’t wait. Their wedding day was one of the first truly cold days of the year. Thanks to some strategically placed hand warmers from my rock star of a second shooter, we made some cold weather magic together. It was truly the perfect way to close out my 2017 wedding season.
Ashley & Ryan, thanks so much for trusting me with your wedding day.
Makeup // Riley Gable
Hair Stylist // Megan Buchwalter
Florist // Wild Fox & Flower
DJ // Drop The Mic
Donuts // Brewnuts
Catering // Village Catering Company
Venue // Ricciardi’s Tree Farm
Second Shooter // Mikayla Donaldson Some of the images you see are hers.