Most people get a little worried when overcast skies and rain are forecasted on the day of their shoot, not Valerie and Jake! These two were all smiles for their modern Malibu engagement. Being from Seattle, Valerie was especially thrilled for a bit of inclement weather. This was such a refreshing change for me, and I just love how these two came to life in front of my camera.
This is the time of year I look back on the previous year. Before charging forward I like to examine what worked, what I can improve on, and decide on my goals for the New Year. After doing this for the last few weeks, I needed a break.
So I thought it was the perfect time for a behind the scenes look at my 2015 wedding season. Last summer was one of the hottest summers I can remember. This meant lots of water, short dresses, and let’s be honest, there really was no point in wearing your hair down.
Looking back, I have learned a few very important things. I wrap my camera strap around my shoulder but rarely actually use it,, people love me on the dance floor, and my second shooters never miss a moment (especially when I’m doing something weird).
The moment you realize someone is taking a picture of you, taking a picture.
Enjoying a glass of water, or waiting for the enemy the attack?
Posing while shooting, I got this!
For the record, the laying down photo was not my idea! lol
Seriously surprised I didn’t fall in the water! #winning
Things always get a little weird on the dance floor…
3 of my brides in one photo, love this sooo much!!
Always laughing at myself!
Lisa and John came all the way from New York for their engagement session, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have spent a few hours with them before the New Year. Their energy is infectious, and my cheeks hurt from smiling as I drove away at the end of their shoot. This is a sure fire way to tell it’s been an awesome engagement shoot, and might be my new personal goal of mine. ;)
So without further ado, get ready for a few of my favorites from their cozy engagement!
This time 6 years ago I took the plunge and went full time in my photography business. I wish I could say I charged bravely toward my dreams, but the truth is I lost my job. Although I had been slowly building my business, I was in no way expecting to make the transition to full time so quickly. It was a sink or swim moment, and ever since then I have been swimming.
I like this analogy because we all know swimming requires work, and a lot of it! Such is true with running a business. Over the last few years I have worked harder in my life than ever before. Countless late nights, editing until I can’t see straight, back-to-back weddings, and hours in front of a computer pushing my business forward. It has been an adventure to say the least, but the one thing that has surprised me is how much I’m a constantly growing as a business owner and a person. I’ve learned my boundaries, what works and what doesn’t, new techniques, and simple practices that have made the world of difference in my daily life. Please don’t misunderstand this to mean I have it all figured out, because I don’t. Far from it actually. I’ve been knocked on my ass more times than I’d like to remember, but the important thing is that I continue to get up.
One of the more difficult lessons has been this. “You can’t do a good job if your job is all you do.” When you have a career you love, it’s easy to work ALL THE TIME. I used to think this was a good because was moving forward, but I quickly learned there is a difference between progress and just spinning your wheels.
So for 2016 I’m hoping to work smarter, not harder. A few of my goals involve streamlining my work flow, setting work hours, and outsourcing tasks I just hate doing (hello accounting). This means a happy, healthier photographer who is ready to take on the day.
Before the year gets ahead of me, I wanted to send out a heartfelt thank you for joining me on this journey! I truly can’t imagine doing anything else, and I’m excited to see what the future has in store. Here’s to another 6 years!!
Photo from our 3 year anniversary shoot with Brandi Welles.
After talking with Samantha and Ryan on the phone, I knew they were my kind of couple! They shared with me the story of their sentimental engagement, the plans for their intimate wedding, and their love of food. Doesn’t get much better in my book! ;)
Right before Christmas we snuck away from the holiday madness, and explored a patch of Redwood trees together. This was a welcome break, and felt like we were in a completely different part of California. I seriously can’t wait to see what The Joy Parade helps Samantha and Ryan create for their upcoming wedding. If it’s anything like their engagement shoot, I’ll be one happy photographer! ;)