Whew, this is a long one. I hope you'll stick with me until the end.
This year had been a year of growth. I have never felt more pulled in different directions. Tired. Plate full. Cup running over. Yet, there's been a peace and confidence that this is exactly where I'm supposed to be.
My kiddos are young and fill my arms -and heart- and yet I've been given this opportunity to pursue this passion. On paper it doesn't seem possible, yet in the midst of weaving together my client's stories in the wee hours of the morning, I feel calm and excitement about what's to come. I feel energy to push on. Maybe it's because my little people have been sleeping for hours, I'm delirious or I've had time to decompress and catch my breath... There's clarity.
THIS is the path that I need to be on. I'm meant to be.
I am so blessed to have a "job" that I get to document the most intimate and special moments in people's lives. This had been the hardest year of my life balancing professional with personal. Growth and loss. Mourning of past and rejoicing in moving forward.
When I embarked on this journey two years ago, it started with a desire to document families, their connection and lives together, I had no idea the uncharted waters that I'd be pulled into. I have been so honored to be invited into your homes and lives to capture your moments together. It truly causes me to lose my breath and fills my eyes with tears thinking of all the amazing people that I have been blessed to meet. Life's journeys that are forever archived, seasons preserved in time.
I've never loved telling your stories as much as I do right now.
Thank you to my clients. Past. Present. Future. Thank you for believing in me and trusting my vision to document your stories. I pour my heart and soul into your photos. I'm grateful that you feel that. I cannot wait for what's in store for 2016.
To my weddings and life session clients already booked and those in the future; I cannot wait to tell your stories and capture your connections. To document your journey.
Thank you Kristin Hallak, Karen Wang and Jess Hunter for allowing me second shoot and learn from you this year. Thank you Cassie Marino for being my amazing assistant while capturing some fantastic weddings. Thank you to the photographer community around me -near and far- for pushing me outside my box, inspiring me, graciously answering technical questions, giving me a platform to share my work and encouraging me.
To all the creatives that I have worked with this year. Thank you. Thank you for trusting me to capture your art and creations. Thank you for your investment of time and expertise. I am looking forward to future collaborations together. I am even more excited to see the amazing things that YOU do this year
Thank you to my friends & family. You know specifically who you are.
Thank you to my amazing husband for your unwavering support. Without you, I would not be able to do this business either emotionally or logistically. Thank you for building me up when I feel drained and uninspired.
Thank you to my rambunctious babies. I am grateful for your unwavering zest for life that reminds me of the beauty in the every day. You are my life.
THANK YOU for sticking with me and reading this long winded collection of thoughts.
Below is a mixture of my absolute favorite photographs of the year. I hope you enjoy. But, most of all I hope it makes you feel something.
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