I’ve always been envious of the photographers who get their sh*t together every January to make one of these posts, so last year I changed the way I organize images when I’m initially editing them so that pulling this post together would be a breeze. I think it’s such a fun way to sum up a year in photos, and honestly, I am my own worst critic right after I’m done editing the wedding photos, so seeing them later on when I feel better about them is so nice! My plan is to split up this post into my favorite portraits (which will be below) and my favorite moments (check in later this month). Portraits of my couples often wind up being some of my favorite photos because that connection between two people head-over-heels for each other is everything. But, part of the reason I adore weddings is because of all the other little beautiful and magical moments that happen throughout the day. I mention it, only because I strongly believe that a photographer should focus on moments in wedding documentation, and I don’t want people to think that I’m only here for the portraits. That couldn’t be further from the truth!!
So… 2019. Oh boy. To pull back the curtain a little bit, and take off some of the gloss that we business owners portray our lives with: 2019 was one of the hardest wedding seasons of my life to get through. But, that was contrasted with literally some of my favorite weddings and couples OF ALL TIME. Like seriously, if all of you hadn’t been such a dang dream, I might have closed my doors. I broke my ankle 10 days before my first wedding of 2019, and thought “SERIOUSLY, UNIVERSE?” I had been sitting around for months, then right when I needed my body to be fully functional again, I had to hobble around in a massive aircast. I shot, I think, 10 total weddings in my big old boot, and it took a toll on my body!! I’m so grateful I have an amazing team of bodywork pros who were at my side making sure that my whole shoulders/back/neck/hips didn’t seize from hopping around with 20 lbs of gear on my back. I’m also in awe of my amazing primary second photographer Sarah Fosco, who was there to jump in and shoot all those weddings with me. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to move as fast as I normally do to catch the really important little moments, so having her at my side was a godsend. I also had the amazing Alix Lowry helping me carry some of my gear, move lightstands, yell at me for climbing dumb things in a cast or helping up out of weird photo yoga poses that I couldn’t stand up from. While I may be a solo business owner, none of this happens without the amazing support of my friends to get me through the day. Other low moments included: working a wedding with a fever of 104, my car breaking down in Summit County on the way back from a Moab elopement, aaaaand kidney stones. Whew.
But, as you’ll see from the photos below, no matter what was going on under the surface, I had the most incredible season of weddings. I broke 30 bookings in a year, which has been my goal since I started my itty bitty baby wedding photography business four years ago. Are there folks out there working 50, 60, 70 weddings? Sure. But, for me, it’s about finding the right people to work with so that every minute of my job is an absolute blessing, and I meet people who inspire me to love, and live life to the fullest. So, to say I had 30 weddings is to say that I had 60 people who were my dream clients, and that’s priceless. From laid back farm weddings to all out extravaganzas at Denver’s finest venues, I loved every second I had a camera in my hands.
So, a huge shout out to my couples who make my job the best, my friends and family who are there when things are tough, and to more of the same in 2020!
Check out the best of my 2019 Wedding & Engagement photos below!!
Some of these are auto-cropped from their vertical version. To see the original photo, or just see it bigger, click the photo and you can scroll through the whole set!