I'm not throwing away my shot: A few favorites from the year gone by

January 11, 2017


 Cheers to 2017!


2016 was my first full year in the photography business. And people, was it a year it was! All because of you.


As some of you know, this wasn’t my first foray into business; for several years I had operated a moderately successful handcrafting business. However exciting that adventure was, it better served to chart my way through the small business jungle that has allowed me to love every step into this new economic experience. And each step has more or less been a skip of joy or a stomp of a dash of excitement. Yes, I have loved this year; I have loved you.


It shouldn’t be a shock that I adore this job. Photography has never been a hobby for me, as I don’t know life without a camera. From the molded plastic freebie cameras to the long and thin candy bar-looking contraptions to disposable film cameras to the earliest digital dandy, I don’t know what it is like to be without a camera. Before I settled on a career in teaching and declared my major in it, I had long imagined a career in journalism—I loved writing and photography, it made perfect sense, right? Right.


This is what brought me to my Masters of Arts in Communications, which came to me just in time, nine years later. It reintroduced me to the true loves of my life—writing and photography—and inspired me to resume my use of both to tell the stories of my life, which evolved into sharing the narratives of friends and family that ultimately brought me here, today, to tell you story.


As the last person in America to become completely enchanted with Hamilton, this musical has emphasized a truth I have long known: We are nothing without our stories. We cannot write ourselves out of narratives as Eliza tries; we cannot wait for our fate as Burr believes. We cannot miss our shot, and I thank you—each and every one of you—who allowed me to take my shot with you.


Here are my favorite shots of 2016…and I cannot wait to see you all in this new year, 2017!


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At home on the road. Forever-focused on authenticity and the thrilling art of creation; always found in the moments that leave me breathless and in awe. 

After fourteen years as a high school educator, I stepped back through a door I thought was closed. Journalism came back into my life. Armed with a Masters of Arts in Communication, I was again challenged and prepared to tell the stories that would become history, but with a twist: It is now your legacy of love that I document. The tension I seek is that from every tear, smile, laugh, and moment of love on your wedding day. 


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