There is so much to say and yet it is so hard to put into words what this year has been. 2016 was the year that I realized that the kind of family photography that moves my heart is less about posing and more about telling the story of a family through photographs. It was also the year that I (sort of accidentally) became a wedding photographer. I say accidentally I had no real intention of doing more than a handful of weddings, just like the last couple of years. But I soon discovered that uniquely personal, intimate weddings + elopements were totally my jam and that vibe went out into the world and I was booked for more weddings than ever before! Each and every one of you went on this journey with me. You trusted me to capture your family or your wedding day, with an open mind and caring hearts. You laughed with me and played in the mud and water with me and ignored my sappy tears during your vows. You let me into your lives for a few moments and for that I am truly grateful. I do not take it for granted and as cheesy as it may sound, I really do feel honoured and priviledged to have that opportunity.
Looking back over this year, I see so many happy faces and joyful moments and that is exactly what I love. I love happiness and it is a big reason why I am moved to photograph these moments for you all. It is what I hope to see shining through every photo I take, even the serious ones. Because happiness isn't always laughter; sometimes it is feeling safe with the love of your life, or looking at your spouse as a parent and knowing that he or she is doing the best they can for your family. Or it is seeing your child having fun and relaxing in front of my lens, when you were worried there might be a meltdown. Happiness is in all of these little things.
More than anything else, I want to say THANK YOU. Thank you to my clients for trusting me to be there with you in these special moments of your lives. Thank you to my friends and fellow photographers for your never-ending support, giving me great advice and making sure I am giving my very best. Special shout out to Scribsy, who rides on the rocket ship with me and never lets me fall off. An enormous thank you to my family, who hold down the fort while I am off doing what I love - I couldn't do this without you.
Here's to an amazing 2017, I can't wait to feel all of the happiness that we will share this year!