every year presents its own highs and lows. everyone gets hopeful in looking ahead and wishing that their dreams become reality. anything is possible… or so we feel.
when 2015 entered, i was in an interesting place. i was about 6 months out of college entering my first year of not being in school. i was in the middle of my first year coaching varsity soccer at my old high school. i was single and trying to re-examine what that looked like for me after a relationship fell apart and left me questioning a lot of my life and direction. i had lofty goals, with no real idea of how i was going to achieve them. i began putting together lists of dreams, attempting new business ventures, and redefining my work and why i do wedding photography. i wanted to know my vision and style and find the best way to communicate that to my clients.
in the first months of 2015, i was in the usual grind of engagement shoots, fashion tests, finishing my soccer season and immediately began my wedding year with a week in washington. this trip began to shape me for the many journeys ahead in ways that i could not begin to imagine. i went through a massive healing process on that trip that began to renew my passion and drive in life that i was lacking. from washington (with a brief visit to idaho and oregon), i returned back to southern california and saw things rapidly unfold. suddenly, some of my biggest dreams started becoming potential realities. they were within reach. with this new found hope, came new found opposition. i was hit hard in 2015 as well, but those things only drove me to be better, stronger, and more rooted.
the rest of the year saw many of those dreams, become realities. from my biggest dream of traveling to europe (did it for 25 days), to visiting my favorite soccer team’s stadium in manchester, to doing international humanitarian work, to seeing an international soccer tournament, to watching the u.s. women win the world cup, to meeting some of my best friends, to being plugged by massive brands and my favorite wedding blog, and the list goes on and was capped off by meeting my amazing girlfriend abigail. 2015 seemed to have it all. i witnessed myself grow more in a year than in my whole life combined. i found more inspiration than i have before. i learned who i am and what i have to offer other people. i saw God in creation all over the world.
i would not have been able to do this without all of the support of my loved ones, mentors, and my amazing clients who allow me to tell their stories all over the world. i was privileged to tell stories for couples in washington, napa, colorado, nyc, london, and california’s beautiful redwoods. on top of those places, i was able to work in oregon, utah, through the whole state of california, belize, through the uk, paris, and amsterdam.
in another post, i will be describing what 2016 holds in store. spoiler- it’s a lot and its…
i learned in 2015 that anything is possible.
here is a bit of the journey that brought me to that conclusion-