2012 was a big year for me. A lot of changes. A lot of growth. A lot of awesome.
But most of all, a LOT of photos.
Here’s a random smattering, in no particular order at all. Happy New Year! Can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for everyone!
I don’t usually post blog entries that aren’t about a specific photoshoot, but today I feel compelled to do so.
Jonas Peterson, a Australian/International wedding photographer who I might admire more than anyone else in the business (if I can afford it/convince him, he is totally shooting my wedding someday) – posted a beautiful manifesto on his blog this morning about weddings. I’m not going to lie: it’s controversial. But it gets to the heart of a problem that I know has been growing exponentially with the rise of wedding sites, blogs, pinterest, magazines, and the ease of sharing wedding photos online.
What is it, you ask?
Jonas says weddings are getting lost in the details. What is supposed to be about two people falling in love is turning into an obsession with THINGS.
It’s so true. I can feel it myself when I am reading online, looking at cute little vintage typewriters and flags and skipping over the part about what makes these two people unique.
What Jonas suggests is: if you have the details, make sure the details are there for a reason, and that they resonate with you. I love this. Don’t buy cute little flags and chandeliers and trinkets if they mean nothing to you personally (and only serve to get your wedding shown on Style Me Pretty). Buy them because they are telling a story about you and the person you love more than anyone in the world.
Please check out Jonas Petersen’s full manifesto and let me know what you think. Do we need a little reality check as an industry? We might. I might. I want to tell honest, beautiful love stories. Not just show you another photo of cute little succulents.
A few months ago, I shot family portraits for Ryan Ihde, my awesome accountant! He’s also an OSU grad who runs his own business (Ihde CPA), so he understands my situation haha. In exchange for helping me with my finances, I did a super fun family portrait session with him, his wife Jeannie, and his three handsome boys! They are seriously such a beautiful family and I had a blast hanging out with them! Also, if you ever need help with your taxes, or you need a great, reliable, and very patient accountant, Ryan is your guy! I’d highly recommend him, especially if you are like me and taxes confuse you to no end, haha.