2019 was the most life-changing year for me personally. I got married. Moved homes. My father was diagnosed with cancer. My husband changed jobs. And we discovered I was pregnant in March. All of this happened right before wedding season.
Despite all the change in my own life, this was one of my most creative and inspiring summers. After finally getting married myself, I had a whole new perspective on what my couples experience. Jason and I threw our wedding together in 31 days so that my Dad could walk me down the aisle before becoming too ill. Our wedding cake was also our gender reveal cake. Friends flew in last minute from across the nation and my favorite wedding vendors provided the flowers, music and cake. All of it done last minute.
I realized even more so then before how important it was for the wedding day to be captured beautifully. Going through the process myself gave me a deeper and more meaningful perspective on being a wedding photographer. More tears welled up in my eyes than in previous years while shooting. Especially during the father/daughter dance and the first look, two of my favorite moments at my own wedding. Friends flying in from afar took on a whole new meaning and all those little surprises that take place on the big day became that much more important to capture. And as I grew bigger, my team did as well, helping to carry the bags and hand me my lenses up until 36 weeks pregnant when I shot my last wedding. I have been working with the same assistant and 2nd photographer for years, which made everything run more smoothly and allow me to push myself more physically.
They say donâ€™t bring your personal life into work, but in this case what I went through this summer made me work harder, feel more inspired, and most importantly more connected to my couples.
Below are my favorite 35 images from 2019.