Last year, I started my review post with “It’s kind of funny to sit and think about a year as a whole. 2015 has been an insane roller coaster of a year.” Maybe it’s the whole adulthood thing, but 2016 has been quite insane too. But in such a good way. Here’s a few things that happened behind the scenes:
I focused on moving forward.
I made a few gutsy (and sometimes scary) decisions. Working at a nursing home for 7 months reminded me how precious life can be. Hugs became extra sweeter and I spent more time listening. Truly listening. Everyone longs for connection, which made photographing weddings just a little bit sweeter. Alongside shooting weddings, I’m back in school full time and I’m set to graduate in March. Whew, it’s been a hectic few months and sometimes I drive 500-1000 miles a week.
I photographed mostly tiny weddings.
I traveled back and forth between Tennessee & WNC every other weekend for a few months. I love how intentional the smaller weddings were. I still photograph full day weddings, but I’m taking fewer of those to focus on intimate weddings. This year’s tiny weddings took me all over from mountain tops to historic chapels in the GSMNP.
While most of my weddings were around Asheville, photography also took me to California this year for Heck Yeah and to Savannah, Georgia to second shoot with Jill. Literally east coast to west coast. Being in a desert is incredibly peaceful. Dry and hot, but peaceful. Ryan Muirhead’s session at Heck Yeah impacted the rest of my season. I deeply resonated with his words about shooting emotions… “the hardest part about making something emotional is standing there” & “art made me feel less alone. I wanted to give that to others.”
I shared less.
It still kind of weirds me out. I’m a fairly private person, so it’s been a struggle to share daily life. I’m still sharing wedding images on instagram and pictures of cheeseburgers, but I’m finding happiness in the balance. While I may be on social media less, I’m always happy to chat over coffee. It’s been nice unplugging and seeing people beyond a screen.
I learned a lot about love.
And kindness. And friendship. And vulnerability. Life is wonderful.
2017, I’m sure you’ll be kind.
There’s some good things ahead. Good good things.