2018 was an amazing year! It was my first full year of being a full time photographer, which I loved. God gave me so many opportunities and I had the privilege of shooting 23 weddings, 13 engagement sessions, 12 families, and a few other sessions. I was able to shoot weddings and engagements here in Iowa, around the Quad Cities, in Chicago, Milwaukee, Michigan, Wisconsin, and and near Washington D.C.
It was an honor to document each couple’s day as they committed to loving each other for the rest of their lives. I loved getting to know every couple that I was able to work with. Each wedding was so unique and I truly enjoyed learning about each love story that I was able to capture. One of my favorite parts of every wedding is hearing the speeches and toasts. I learn a lot about the bride and groom through what their friends and family have to say about them. The speeches always make me appreciate the unique personalities, strengths, and quirks of my brides and grooms. Of course with every wedding comes a unique color palette, beautiful flowers and amazing venues and decorations. This year I enjoyed shooting at many venues and locations that have been on my “photography bucket list.”
This was definitely a year of growth in my business. When I wasn’t shooting or editing, I worked on things like social media scheduling, growing my email list, SEO, updating my website, book keeping, and improving my client experience. As it was my first year full time, there were a few unexpected challenges and discouragements that come along with owning your own business. But overall, I learned a lot and hope to continue to do photography full time for many years.
My goals for 2019 include doing more work that excites me through things like styled shoots and workshops. I’d also love to book a couple destination weddings. Another goal is to shoot more film and incorporate it into my wedding workflow. Overall, I hope to continue to establish myself in the industry and continue to connect with other couples and wedding vendors in the area.
If you were in front of my camera this year, thank you! Without you, I wouldn’t be able to make photography my full time job. I truly appreciate and am very thankful for your support!
And now for my favorite part of this post, here are my favorite pictures from 2018!