A year of adventure, love, and learning to fish.

2015 was hard.

2016 was harder.

But 2017…..was friggin’ awesome.

Looking back on the past year fills me with such happiness that I feel kind of nerdy talking about it. It was incredible. Yes, I definitely hit some low points and had to wade through some old pain, but in the end I accomplished so much more than I’d expected and, well…. I can ride a motorbike now. I couldn’t do that a year ago. But now I can.

But, let’s start at the beginning here. It’s the start of a new year and that means it’s time for me to set my goals, and right there at the top of the list is to connect in a more honest way with the people around me. This means being more vulnerable, filtering less, and well, just being me. Being a wedding photographer makes it easy to fall into the trap of “this wedding was so perfect, every detail was gorgeous”, and what I keep forgetting to mention was what it was LIKE to capture, how everyone felt, and even how I felt.  2018 will be a year of openness, and lucky for me I have a bunch of rad clients that are totally on board.

I’ve been looking back through everything I’ve captured in 2017, and there was so much more than just work. I adventured, like, a lot. I snowshoed up mountains, I went to Iceland with my parents, I shot my first wedding in England, I drove from Toronto to Nashville just to see the eclipse (and kinda sorta to drink lots of bourbon), and, did I mention I bought a cute vintage motorbike and learned how to ride it? Ok cool, I just wanted to make sure you knew that 😉

Professionally, 2017 kicked ass. The first part of 2017 began with me working like a maniac then finally stepping back and re-evaluating what was important to me, as a person and as a wedding photographer. Since early 2016 I had been working a day job at an amazing tech company while also working full time on my own business. That meant 90 hour work weeks for a year and a half straight, lots of anxiety, and literally not enough hours in the day. In May of 2017 I left the tech job and immediately dove into wedding season. But this wedding season was very different. I had fresh air in my lungs. I had the space in my mind to think creatively. I had time to seek inspiration and to apply it to my work. And….. It. Felt. Awesome. It still feels awesome, maybe because reflecting on that change has my belly full of happy little butterflies right now and I’ve never been more excited to be a wedding photographer.

And, to top all of this off, I fell in love. I’m not generally one to put my personal romantic life out there for all to see, but this man, well, he’s the one responsible for the fresh air in my lungs and the new laugh lines on my face. He bought me a tackle box and fishing lures and taught me the joys of standing with my feet in the water with a fishing rod in my hands, which in turn has taught me the joys of stepping away from work once in a while to just chill the F out. With each new kindness he shows me I feel more and more energized and ready to start 2018 off right.

So now, without further adieu, here is my year in totally random pictures. Some are from my iPhone, some are favourites from shoots this year, and some are just there because it was a really fun day.

Happy 2018 y’all!