2016 was one of my best years yet! It brought a ton of new adventures and meeting new friends, with many of those new friends being my brides/grooms/clients. I've never done a "behind-the-scenes" blog post but thought it would be fun this year since my assistants and I truly had the best time at every wedding this year and had so much fun with all of my couples.
Check out all the behind-the-scenes fun, at the end of this post...
But first, I want to give a shout-out to my extremely talented and awesome assistants that I also get to call some of my best friends. Stephanie and Katelyn worked with me at the majority of my 2016 weddings, but I had a couple of fun opportunities to get to bring 2 other gals along, Lacy and Lauren, to a few weddings, too. Not only that, but I also brought Ellie on board at the end of the year, whom will be shooting all of my 2017 weddings with me as well, and I seriously am so excited! Thank you girls for being a part of my year, a part of my life, and huge assets to the success of my business. I love you girls and hope you know how thankful I am for you.
Stephanie is my go-to for wedding dress shots, pose ideas, attention to detail, and encouraging me when I'm stressed. You can always find her with the cute kids at the weddings. She is a delight to have with me at all times, we have way too much fun traveling and on road-trips to weddings together, and my clients absolutely adore her. She is sweet, caring, hilarious, and has a gentle heart. Stephanie- I couldn't be more blessed for the direction that my life has taken me, because your friendship has been a huge part of it and means the world to me. Thank you for also killin' it with me in the wedding photography industry and especially for making me laugh so much.
This was Katelyn's 2nd year filming and photographing weddings with me, and she is so much fun. As a cheer coach at Camas, I've enjoyed getting to watch her grow into a beautiful, talented young lady since freshman year and now I get to have her as my assistant, side-kick, dance buddy, and dear friend. Seriously though, she's the only one who can ever pull me out to the dance floor. You'll see in the photos and videos... She easily makes friends because she is so loveable and you can always catch her on the dance floor. Oh, and she's a really great rapper!
Lacy was one of my 2014 brides and I am so lucky to have her in my life, I absolutely adore her. She is one of the most kind-hearted people I know and am so blessed with her friendship. She is also a blogger (Positively, Lacy) and I love her style. I had been keeping up with the recent photos she takes for her blog and opted to invite her on one of my June weddings. Despite her being 6 months pregnant, and it being a double header (2 wedding) weekend all across the state, she was so enthusiastic about going and she ended up killin' it. I was so proud of her and it was such a joy to have her along for my first 2 weddings of 2016. Lacy- you are a life savor! Love you!
I met Lauren in 2014 when she interned with me for her senior project. It was such a fun year, and I was so excited to get to have her along for a few weddings this year as well. It's always a joy to get to work with Lauren. She is sweet, thoughtful, talented, and witty once you get to know her ;) Oh and I learned this year how much she loves cows. Love and appreciate you Lauren!
When I posted for a job opening for 2017 weddings, I was blown away with the amount of responses I got. As flattered as I was, I was bummed that the majority of them were 40+ year old males. Not that I have anything against you men, but with the amount of traveling that comes along with my weddings, I was really hoping for a female close to my age that I could really click with. When I was just about to give up hope, I got the sweetest email from "Elizabeth Parker" who was just asking for a chance. When I looked through her portfolio, I was like "a chance to work with me?! Girl you're more than talented!!" I was so excited... then when I got to asking her more questions like if she'd be interested in video too, she nonchalantly mentioned that she had her degree in video production and was almost done with her photography degree as well. OKAY?! Dream come true... I feel like I hit the jackpot with Ellie, especially once she started working with me, and I found her to be just as sweet and fun as she is talented. I am so excited to have her on board for 2017 weddings! I know you guys will love her as much as I do :)
I truly feel the meaning of "dream team" capturing weddings with these gals. I am so thankful for them and my 2016 weddings would not have been the same without their talent, composure, humor, spontaneity, friendship, style and class. Here's some more behind-the-scenes of 2016:
Shout-out to Seth, too, my "drone guy"
...Who slays at aerial footage and steals all of the flower girls' hearts :)
Cheers to 2016 being one of the best ones yet!