After snapping some portraits in the below-freezing Portland Maine weather, Taylor + Dan tied the knot in a short and sweet ceremony on New Years Eve at Urban Farm Fermentory, and partied the night away surrounded by friends, family, a sloth, and a piñata filled with nips (the greatest thing ever?!) I am so glad to have spent some of the final hours of 2016 with this amazing couple!! // xoxo
I can't believe it's the end of December again already. WHAT A YEAR IT'S BEEN!
'Tis the season to reflect on the year gone by while eating copious amounts of stocking-candy and leftover Christmas cookies while staring at your tree and dreading un-decorating. For some, 2016 was what you may colorfully refer to as a "dumpster fire," but for me, man, it was one hell of a year.
2016 marked my first full calendar year in business, without any W2s to fall back on. (And we're still here! Phew!) It brought me to the West Indies, to Italy, to San Francisco for the first time, to New York City more than once - to Austin Texas and all over New England. It was a stellar year for travel. And along the way I photographed the weddings of 27 gorgeous and wonderfully in love couples. I couldn't have dreamed of a better first full year in business.
In mid September, on a way-too-cold but beautiful Maine evening, my handsome lobsterman-friend asked me if I wanted to go to the beach and go swimming. "You're insane," I said, "YOU can go swimming, I'll watch" - (aka walk the beach drinking wine out of a coffee tumbler) he rushed me into the car so we could catch the sunset. When we arrived, he jumped in the frigid Atlantic, toweled off, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. Of course I immediately said YES! ...Just kidding, I apparently didn't say anything at all! For like, a really awkwardly long time. (Sorry, L) I was so stunned I forgot most of the experience, but eventually I came to, and realized what was going on and said, "OF COURSE!" I felt like my heart might explode in a million pieces from all that love. I am so excited to experience life with this guy (and his dog of course) by my side - and also be able to experience weddings and photographing them from a new perspective.
So what would an end of the year blog post be without sharing some of my favorite moments from 2016? Below is a little video I created of some amazing moments, as well as some images I loved. I hope you love them too.
I wouldn't be here without you all, if you stood in front of my camera this year, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am not sure how I got lucky enough to have the best client-friends in the entire world, but I'll take it. You are all so beautiful and so special to me!
Cheers to a 2017 filled with love and light and warmth and happiness.
Music in video by Blank & Kytt
Ah, the off season - time for sleeping in, having Saturdays off (!?), and finally time for catching up on blogging! I'm so excited to share this one. Alli and Garrett tied the knot wayyy back in July, and rediscovering these photos had me wishing for warm days and the amazing rocky coastline of Bar Harbor, Maine. Truth: I am obsessed with this wedding, and by the end of it I wanted to be adopted into the family. Everyone took such good care of me!
Alli and Garrett are two beautiful souls hailing from Atlanta Georgia, and their wedding was held on a gorgeous family property in Bar Harbor, Maine. Alli wore her mother's wedding dress along with her signature radiant smile, which I'm pretty sure made Garrett fall in love with her 200 times over again during the course of the day. Despite a sketchy forecast, the weather cooperated everything was truly perfect. We had also planned to reconvene on Sunday after the wedding for a day-after shoot. The idea was to explore Cathedral Rock have some photo adventures...and. It. Poured. Not just a drizzle, I mean a camera-in-a-ziplock-bag, freezing in July, curl up with a book and a fireplace kind of rain. But you wouldn't know it from the images - they are some of my favorite of my career. Thank you guys for such a love-filled wonderful weekend, it's one that I'll never forget!
It's always amazing to be able to take a break from Maine's coastal views and cool green forests, and shoot in a completely different environment. I met Elyse and Josef in Nevis this past spring, (crashing on the couch of their villa!) and they told me the beautiful story of how they chose to be married in the midwest, in Josef's hometown, in a small ceremony with their families so his grandfather could witness their vows. One year later, on their anniversary, they threw the most fun and wonderful party for all of their friends in Brooklyn and invited me down to capture it. It was seriously the Party of the Year. Elyse looked gorgeous in a chic glittery silver cocktail dress, the entire atmosphere at the Brooklyn Winery was intimate and warm, and their friends and family toasted them with hilarious and lovely stories from their pasts. The band was incredible, and I've never had so much fun capturing dancing photos!
The party continued into the wee hours of the morning, and to be honest, is there any better way to celebrate your wedding/1 year anniversary? I don't think so. Sending so much love to you guys, I can't thank you enough for having me down and inviting me to share the celebration of your love! // xo
Venue: The Brooklyn Winery