When I tell people I'm a wedding photographer, I often get the same response: "Man, that must be such a stressful job." Don't get me wrong, it can be tough—and it can definitely be stressful at times—but more than anything, I’ve been overcome with joy for and with every single couple I've had the honor of photographing this year.
If I had to pick a single word to sum up this incredible year of photography, that would be it. Joy.
I’ve done twenty-four weddings, countless engagement, family, and anniversary sessions, I’ve traveled thousands of miles—and I loved every minute of it.
From the large church weddings to mountaintop weddings with around twenty guests, each wedding has been a different and beautiful experience. I've cried watching two people who never thought they would be able to get married say their vows in tears. I’ve seen a grandfather wipes tears during the father-daughter dance. I’ve watched a video of friends outside of the country wish a couple happy wedding day. I’ve experienced the simple magic of a butterfly fly in front of a ceremony, made even more special after the bride told me her grandmother was there as one. I've laughed too many times to count, and I've literally been picked up by wedding guests to help me get the shot (thanks for looking out for the short girl, y'all.)
To the brides and grooms of 2016: thank you, thank you, thank you, for going out of your way to make me feel like a guest, a friend, even a family member. For trusting me to capture your milestones. For opening up to me and letting me photograph the love you have for one another and the people you wanted to celebrate your day with. There is nothing better than being able to celebrate with you and be the one to capture the moments and stories you might tell your kids, grandkids, or pets someday. You all have made this the best year yet.