Best of 2017

2017 was quite a year.

I had the privilege of witnessing 26 weddings. One had 700 people. One had 5. I shared mimosas with brides, wiped tears from my eyes during ceremonies, helped sew on lost buttons, took photos with with goats, sheep, cats, dogs, turkeys, and cows. I flew across the world to tell love stories. I witnessed heart-wrenching emotion between family members. I danced my butt off. And I got to see my clients become amazing new friends and help them have the best days possible.

On top of that, I got to explore the beauty of the natural world with 40 other couples as we walked through waterfalls, sand dunes, mountain-tops, national parks, tropical beaches and bustling city streets.

I got to photograph four proposals. Getting to document four couples saying “yes” to the rest of their lives was SO special. All the tears.

I was lucky enough to visit Mexico, Canada, England, Switzerland and Costa Rica.

I went through two break-ups, a ton of heartbreak, and found my way back to the one who I was meant to be with despite it all.

I read a few books that really changed my life: The Slight Edge, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 10% Happier, and Brene Brown’s audiobook, The Power of Vulnerability really stood out to me.

I went to therapy for the first time in my life, and it was amazing. Highly recommend.

I journaled a lot more. I didn’t paint as much as I wanted to though.

I got to see some really amazing art. Nina Katchadourian and Yayoi Kusama’s exhibits were my favorite.

My best friend had a baby and I got to meet her when she was only 3 days old.

We celebrated my grandfathers 101st birthday as a big family.

I did multiple headshot days with friends at my home office and got to collectively improve the quality of LinkedIn photos for a small subset of Portlanders.

I started living with a photographer friend and we became besties. I realized that having someone to work with during the day at home was the BEST THING EVER for my sanity and mental health, especially as an extrovert.

I successfully took a photo of myself every week for a year as a part of a 52 week project (okay – some weeks were more like 10 days, but still). I’ll share the whole thing in another blog post soon!

I went to two incredible photography workshops and learned SO many new ways to push myself and my business.

Overall I’m so insanely grateful for all the experiences I had last year. I can’t wait to see where 2018 takes me! I hope you enjoy the video!

 

One thought on “Best of 2017

  1. Awww These are great. Thank you for all you have done to capture our two weddings the last two years! There are so many great moments and memories. We will miss you in 2018, but will be watching for all your adventures and wonderful pictures.

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