Statistically, 2016 was an awesome year! We photographed fine art weddings and sessions in British Columbia, Wisconsin, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Pasadena, New York, France, Florence, and the Amalfi Coast, securing features on the top national and international blog publications this year. We experience a growth rate of 300% over the last 3 years, most noticeably in 2016. Kind of cool, right?
Business growth and embracing the role of a #girlboss
I personally experienced exponential growth in business ownership, strengthening the fundamental processes that directed our business and gave space for our creativity to stretch it’s wings. I felt like a true #girlboss for the first time. I began mentoring other photographers in the process and fell in love with the chance to encourage other business owners.
I can say with confidence that I’m really good at what I do. I’m proud of that-there was a time I couldn’t say that and the fear it brought me was draining. I learned to let go of fear in 2016 and own my business.
Learning from the love of our clients
But while I look back at 2016 with such joy and pride at the woman and business owner I’ve become, I am deeply humbled and brought to tears. Despite a load of hard work and a resume I’m proud of, I’m way prouder of the fact that God loves me so much that He chose each of these beautiful couples to teach me for a season.
True love in action
I watched couples invite their loved ones to join them around the world because they wanted to give them a vacation I watched a bride hold up her father for their first dance though he could barely walk. I watched mothers give their beloved children away with tears and nostalgic smiles. I watched couples deal with distance, crossing countries and saying goodbye to beloved family to be together.
I watched so many hugs I can’t even count, so many tears, I couldn’t hold them, so many glasses raised to toast a couple who had changed their lives. And I watched genuinely kind and gracious couples choose others over themselves time and again.
In a world filled with unkindness, upheaval, hurt, and devastation, I saw in front of me each week just how beautiful love is. I pray God gives us more of this in 2017. More travel, more adventure, and most of all, more love stories to photograph.
To each couple we photographed this year, it was a joy to work with you, learn your story, and create fine art for you to commemorate the beginning of your legacy together. Thank you for choosing us-we love each of you.