Best of 2016

What. A. Year. 

There is no possible way I could fully summarize all that this year contained, but I'll do my best to hit the highlights. I've officially been in business for 2 1/2 years, and each year keeps getting better than the last (you can see last year's highlights here). Also, please keep in mind that these are my highlights. Because the truth is, this year was also really hard at times. Although it was full of victories, 2016 had its share of failures - more than any year before. What you won't see in this blog are the long days and late nights, the looming deadlines and tireless weekends. I disappointed people, I double booked my calendar, I lost files, I broke my gear. All the things I hoped would never happen, happened. But I survived, and I have thicker skin. I'm learning that success never comes without a fair share of mistakes and disappointments, but that the only way to truly fail is stop trying. 

Back to the highlights. 

WEDDINGS // This year I photographed 20 weddings (plus 3 others as a second shooter). The year began with Alison and Carter’s incredible winter wedding, that still stands as my favorite wedding I’ve ever photographed. Alison’s bridesmaids in their killer pantsuits garnered a lot of attention, and landed some my images on the Junebug Wedding blog. But in truth, every single wedding I photographed this year was wonderful. All of my couples were awesome and so fun to work with, and I was delighted by the creativity and authenticity that each of them brought to their wedding. Choosing just one favorite from each wedding was nearly impossible, but here is my best attempt:

ADVENTURES AND OTHER STUFF // 2016 was certainly the year of adventures, both here and abroad. I traveled to Israel/Palestine, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Canada, New York, Washington D.C., and various States in the western U.S. including California and Washington. Nearly all of these trips were associated with work; only Vancrewver was strictly for fun (and even then the trip completely revolved around photography). Shooting the Outcry tour was an exciting new experience with live event photography. And there were plenty of adventures here at home in Atlanta and around Georgia: from exciting engagement sessions with my 2017 couples, to documenting quite moments of brand new life in hospital rooms; north Georgia hikes and downtown Atlanta explorations. Seeing new places and digging deeper in familiar ones. Making new friends and appreciating old ones. So much goodness. The following images are just a taste of some of my favorite moments and memories of 2016. 

50 HIKE GOAL // If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that at the beginning of the year I decided to set a goal of hiking up Stone Mountain 50 times before the year's end, and documenting the journey photographically. Well, I did it! And I'm so glad that I did: being outside, exercising, and photographing nature is a magical combination for me. Especially during busy seasons when I was often tied down behind my computer, it was literally a breath of fresh air to take a break to climb the mountain. And I was so surprised by how much you all enjoyed following along on my journey! Below are few of my favorite pictures from my hikes, and you can see all of them here on Instagram

VIDEOGRAPHY // in addition to all of the weddings and portrait sessions and other photographic work, I spent a great deal of time this year making videos. I continued to work on a series of videos for Grace Midtown Church, highlighting stories from within the church community. I created a vision video for a national medical missions organization, and awareness/fundraiser video about refugees living in Clarkston, Ga. Plus many other storytelling videos for organizations, churches and nonprofits. Below are some of my favorite videos from the year. 

2016 was a good year, here's to 2017 being ever better. Thanks for joining me on the journey, and for all of your encouragement and support.