The beginning of each year feels like a blank slate. We do not know what is coming in 2017, but we can look back on this last year and hope for the good to remain the same and for the not-so-good to change in the new year. At the beginning of 2016 I had no idea what was in store for me both personally and professionally. All I knew was the weddings I had scheduled at the time and the excitement of the unknown. Though it was personally the hardest year of our lives, I can be nothing if not thankful as I look over the business aspect of the past year.
Travel was a huge theme for me, and weddings this year brought me all over Hampton Roads, to Richmond, and even further to Philadelphia and Nashville. It's such an incredible privilege to not only photograph a wedding day but to travel across many miles and even state borders to be there, and it's one I don't take lightly.
This year was also a huge mark of growth in my life as a photographer. I picked a few things to focus on in each wedding so I could continue getting better every time I showed up. Looking back on the beginning of the year versus where I am now, I can honestly say that the hard work and focus paid off, and I found myself in a great rhythm as the year came to a close.
So what's coming in 2017? So far I have weddings booked, excitement ahead, and couples who will soon say I do. Until then, enjoy some of my absolute favorites from 2016 - and man was it hard to pare this blog of images down!
Click on (almost) any image to see more from that wedding day!