Farewell 2013

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! 

Virginia is so beautiful. I sort of wish I lived there so that I could shoot in these locations all the time.  

Virginia is so beautiful. I sort of wish I lived there so that I could shoot in these locations all the time.  

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.

Aaron couldn't stop crying when he married Andy.  Seriously, he teared up anytime someone started to talk.   And, look at her!  She's just stunning.

Aaron couldn't stop crying when he married Andy.  Seriously, he teared up anytime someone started to talk.   And, look at her!  She's just stunning.

Leah and Brad eloped!

Leah and Brad eloped!

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Sam and Franky got married in San Francisco!

Sam and Franky got married in San Francisco!

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.

The Ritz with Scott Clark Photo.  

The Ritz with Scott Clark Photo.  

At the Carondelet House in LA with Scott Clark Photo.  Aren't those floral arrangements stunning?

At the Carondelet House in LA with Scott Clark Photo.  Aren't those floral arrangements stunning?

At the Carondelet House in LA with Scott Clark Photo

At the Carondelet House in LA with Scott Clark Photo

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?

As I write this, he's downstairs playing in a box with one of the other cats.  There's a lot of little squeaky meows and crashing happening.  

As I write this, he's downstairs playing in a box with one of the other cats.  There's a lot of little squeaky meows and crashing happening.  

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.

Shockingly, this photo was not taken by me.  Phi, my boyfriend and second shooter, took it.  

Shockingly, this photo was not taken by me.  Phi, my boyfriend and second shooter, took it.  

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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.  

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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.

The botanical garden at the Walker Art Center.

The botanical garden at the Walker Art Center.

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).  

They're not kidding when they call it the Land of 10,000 Lakes. 

They're not kidding when they call it the Land of 10,000 Lakes. 

This dog just loved the water.  And running off the edge of the dock and jumping headlong into it.  He did it about six times in as many minutes.

This dog just loved the water.  And running off the edge of the dock and jumping headlong into it.  He did it about six times in as many minutes.