BLOG POST NO. 2 in the 2016 BEST OF SERIES
When I first started making my best of 2016 blog post, it was one giant blog post (literally nearly 700 images, oops!), and pretty much refused to load on a phone or tablet, though it did alright on my computer. But I want everyone who wants to see to be able to see, so I decided to break it up a little and split it over three separate posts, to go by season- spring, summer, and fall. Look at one or two or all, but I hope you’ll enjoy. I decided to keep the text the same on all three just in case someone didn’t see another, so scroll on down to the photos if you’ve already read everything here! Cheers!
I honestly don’t even know where to begin to tell you about 2016. These weddings. They were really just perfect. All of them. After shooting weddings for many years now and continuing to hone in on my style, my brand, exactly what I want my work to look like and everything that my art encompasses, I’ve begun to attract just the right clientele for exactly that. As with my best of engagement session post, my processing style began to further develop as the year progressed and you’ll see my work mature a little. I’m so inspired by both the bright and airy and the dark and moody (maybe a little more moody!), and I feel like I’ve hit my sweet spot right in the middle.
That aside, everything that I want my art to be, is here and visible, even more so in 2016 than in any other year. I crave a storyteller’s perspective and want my photographs to have a raw and organic feel about them to be able to tell the story. I want everything to feel so relaxed and natural. More than anything, I want my work to ooze romance; for you to look at my photos and actually feel all of the love that my couples feel on their special day. I’m where I want to be, guys. It’s taken nearly 200 weddings, trial and error, shooting and practicing and looking deep within myself to know what I want, and I’m here.
Work and art aside, 2016 has been an extremely tough year for my personal life. I’ve learned more what I want and don’t want out of life and am on a journey for how to get there. I’m rediscovering myself as a new person and am taking each day and week one at a time. It’s been a complete whirlwind here, without going into detail, but I’m trying to slow things down and find a good work/life balance. I’m learning how to spend more time with my kids and how to keep my home more homey, and most importantly, I’m learning how to take care of myself. I’ve never been the best at time management (I’m sure some of you will giggle at that because you know how true it is), but it’s more important now than it has ever been before. I’m getting there. Every day has its struggles, but every day has its joyful moments too. And its quiet, snuggly moments with my littles, which are my favorite.
I want for 2017 to be the year that I continue to open myself up more to new experiences, and incorporating them into my work and sharing them with you. My art is more transparent than it ever has been and I want to continue to grow that. I guess that’s why I’m digging so deep to share on a much more personal level with you on this blog post, rather than being fake and you only coming for pretty photos. Which of course is why you’re here mainly anyway. But having this as an outlet to speak from my heart and share what I’m really feeling, I want more of that in this new year.
So! With that said, it’s time to share some photos. With each client averaging 600-1100 images PER wedding from this past year, trying to narrow down what to share and picking favorites was SO so hard. So this is a pretty long post. Kudos to you if you stick around for the whole thing! I don’t think you’ll regret it. Hopefully one day I’ll get around to having individual blog posts for each one of these beauties!
I’m going to share some of the vendors I got to work with when I get to each wedding individually, but a few other folks need to be recognized first as well. I couldn’t have made it through this year without some fantastic second shooters by my side! Everyone I got to shoot with I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a photographer and I love referring them when I’m not available. Whether you were with me for just one of these weddings or many, I am so thankful for you, your creative eye, and your friendship!
NOW it’s time for photos. Hoping it doesn’t take too long to load for you too! And, if you see someone you know or like or just happen to really like their photos, I’m having my annual best-of contest on Facebook for all my couples. They’re all entered to win a free anniversary mini session. You can click here to vote for them if you’d like!
Much love to you all and here’s to a fantastic new year.
Ashley and Jennifer : June 17th : Elopement at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens
Megan and Chad : September 17th : Hargis Retreat Center
And, that’s all! PHEW that was a seriously long blog post to make. Worth every single second though, because I know these memories are so much more to the people in the photos, but I loved being able to share in them and capture them to live on forever. And even if you have no idea who any of these people are, I hope you were able to get a glimpse of their story and feel their love just from looking at their photos.
Thanks to all who made 2016 beyond amazing. Seriously. Despite the hardship in my personal life, it was my best year professionally yet, and it definitely wouldn’t have happened without an amazing group of supportive people behind me.
I love you all! A big cheers to 2017!