2015 Highlights | Personal Post
To all my clients, all my family, all my friends, to everyone –- you are deeply appreciated. You are the reason I had such a full, killer year. THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
I have so enjoyed getting to know and photograph each one of you. I have tried so hard this year to make more connections with my clients and really tell stories – even if it’s just a simple portrait session.
So, where to begin.. let’s start with the very beginning of 2015.
The first of the year is always the slowest time of the year. But my slow winter months soon picked up.
I photographed so many sweet families and inspiring people this year.
After second shooting weddings for the last 3 years, and being taught by some of the greatest wedding photographers I know, I branched off on my own. I took a giant leap of faith and shot my first four weddings on my own, as lead photographer.
I found myself falling in love with the reaction of a groom when he first sees his bride, the way the mother of the bride clutches her tissue at the ceremony, the way a father looks at his daughter during the first dance and let’s be real, getting a big ole slice of wedding cake at the end of a long day!
Discovering that weddings are one of my niches has been so fulfilling. Since then, I’ve booked 14 weddings for 2016 so far. And I’ve gotten to know each of my couples and hear little bits of their love stories, and that’s been the absolute most life-giving thing. It’s fun to watch people fall in love.
I also got to work with a dear friend of mine from high school on her fashion projects at the Art Institute this year. Jana is a talented fashion student who I absolutely loved working with over the summer. She styled three photo shoots – each one fun and unique in its own way.
Working with a team for a styled shoot is something I had always wanted to do. And I’m thankful Jana made that wish of mine come true. It was an absolute blast choosing locations, watching Jana work her magic on clothing and props, seeing the talented hair and makeup artists do their thing, then getting to photograph it all.
I have another super talented friend who works for iHeartMedia, Kage. She just graduated from Lipscomb and landed a sweet job in radio. Over the summer Kage asked me to shoot some promotional pictures for 107.5 The River show hosts.
Those folks you hear on the radio – Woody and Jim, and Zac and Savannah – well we all headed to Mafiaoza’s for a killer shoot. These guys were seriously so fun to work with – they all have such witty senses of humor and funny personalities. And the sweet smell of that Mafiaoza’s pizza as a backdrop to our photo shoot was an added plus.
As summer came to a close, I got to photograph Franklin’s innuagural Pilgrimage Festival. Shooting this fest was one of the biggest highlights of my year. I was shooting for iHeartMedia, but I got to be at both days of the festival ALL DAY. It was absolutely incredible to see most my favorite bands on stage, so close in the photo pit. I got to sing along to some of my favorite songs and take pictures of so much talent. Punch Brothers was my favorite performance I caught at the fest.
To wrap up an exciting year, I had a very busy fall/winter with engagement, family and other portrait sessions. Just look at these amazing people I got to work with! The best part is, all of my couples booked their weddings with me in addition to their engagement sessions, so I will get to work again with them very soon. And that is something I am SO looking forward to.
Thank you again for all the support and love you’ve shown me this year. I’m so thankful for this business to grow.. and it’s all because of you.
I’m so eager to see what 2016 has in store. I already know some pretty exciting things coming up in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned! Happy New Year, friends.