2013 was a big year for me, both personally and professionally. I got to opportunity to shoot some amazing, beautiful weddings, including that of my brother, Jake. I love shooting weddings. I didn't get into this business because I want to be rich or famous. I got into it because I love photography and I love the people I get to work with. I love how unique every couple is, they all have their own special ways of interacting. They joke around and laugh when they're getting dressed, but as soon as they see each other, you can always see exactly why they're getting married. So shooting Jake and Emily's wedding was extra special for me. Plus, I loved the photos!
In truth, I was lucky enough to shoot so many beautiful weddings this year; I can't exactly choose a favorite. Each had their special, precious moments, and their own beautiful, happy couples.
I also got the chance to work with some really amazing people. Scott Clark, from Scott Clark Photo, whose work I used to look at as reference and inspiration, asked me to second shoot some events and weddings with him. I always learn so much working with other photographers and I love getting the chance to see how talented people's minds work.
On a more personal note, my boyfriend and I added another cat to our family. We now have three cats, which is one more cat than I planned, but he's so cute we just couldn't give him up! He was a stray we found running in the streets, so we brought him home, bathed him, and immediately fell in love with him. Our other kitties were suspicious at first, but now they love him as much as we do. I mean, he has a kink at the end of his tail- how could you not love him?
We also did a lot of camping this year, which was amazing. We took a three day trip out to the Channel Islands, up north of LA. You have to take a ferry out to the islands, and then make a short hike to your campsite. The ferry ride was exciting for me, as I got to see wild dolphins for the first time in my life. I've loved marine mammals for as long as I can remember but I've never liked seeing them in captivity, so seeing them in the wild was spectacular. The island itself was really beautiful as well. It's very dry, hilly, and windy. It was so picturesque. I'd just love to do an engagement or trash the dress shoot there.
And, of course, Phi's sister and her husband had a huge change in their life this year. They welcomed their first baby, Joshua, to the world in 2013.
We also made some lovely trips out to see my family in Minnesota and Colorado. I love Colorado, but I have to say, Minneapolis is one of my favorite cities on the planet.
Overall, I have to say, it was an amazing year. I did a lot of cool things, hung out with some seriously cool people, and am now entering 2014 with all the excitement of a kid on the first day of school (well, excitement if you were a nerd like me).