Kasey + Aaron

What to say about Aaron and Kasey’s beautiful summer wedding? Only that it felt like a family event from start to finish. Of course family was present with friends as well and together they celebrated the new beginning that the newlyweds were embarking on. 

It was such a pleasure to be a part of the joyous day. Congratulations Kasey and Aaron!

 
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Melyssa + Joseph

Big weddings always equate to big fun! That’s the perfect description for Melyssa and Joseph’s wedding. Surrounded by family and friends all day, the joy of their love was shared by everyone around them.

It was a pleasure to celebrate their special day in my favorite city, Buffalo. We got to shoot the wedding party photographs in beautiful Delaware Park, a place I find more visually exciting every time I’m there. A big congratulations to the happy couple!

 
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Katy + Bobby

The first wedding of the new season is always exhilarating and a little bit challenging. I have to get back in the wedding rhythm after having the winter to focus on other projects. However, the initial delay quickly gives way as muscle memory kicks in.

Katie and Bobby’s wedding was a great way to set the year in motion. The energy of the day was electric from start to finish. Not only was it the first warm spring day, but the wedding party and guests defined the event. From the moment everyone started to get together, it was nonstop chatter and laughter. It was heart-warming to see Katie and Bobby share their special day with so many excited loved ones. It was an honor to be a part of this close-knit family.

With a wedding under my belt and my camera all warmed up, I’m ready for the season! It’s going to be a good one.

 
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Lindsey + Braden

Winter weddings are by definition a little more challenging but that was hardly the case for Lindsey and Braden’s wedding. Sure, it was absolutely the coldest day of the year outside but that didn’t stop anyone from having a great time. The sun filled church served as the perfect warm oasis.

Surrounded by family and friends, Lindsey and Braden’s intimate wedding was the perfect way to spend in afternoon. The low-key atmosphere of the day was the perfect fit for the happy couple. The clear skies allowed for striking beams of light to come through the various windows. We chased the light around the building using the shapes and frames to highlight the newlyweds. 

Congrats you two!

 
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To sum up 2017

At the end of 2016 I wasn’t sure how I could have any better of a year, yet somehow 2017 blew it out of the water in ways I couldn’t have imagined. It’s finally the New Year and I have moment to catch my breath. I am overwhelmed and incredibly grateful for everything that was accomplished throughout the past 365 days and I’m amazed that each year is more incredible than the last.

This year marks some incredible accomplishments and fulfillments of life long dreams. After some crazy late nights, I completed my Masters of Graphic Design at Boston University. My thesis project stretched me and allowed me to work with new media and tell stories in meaningful new ways. The stories of those around us need to be heard now more than ever. I had the incredible opportunity to travel widely, including the trip to Spain as well as a cross-country road-trip. Looking at the map, I visited 22 states this year, most of which I had never been to before, especially those out west. It has been a dream of mine to visit Spain since I was in high school and the two weeks spent exploring all over the country will leave special memories. The moments that stand out especially are the sunrise at the Grand Canyon, swimming in the warm Mediterranean, walking amongst the Spanish moss covered trees in Savannah and reuniting with friends in the Dominican Republic. Honestly, there are more wonderful memories than I can write down.

I started 2017 with the intention to practice writing and making my daily Instagram posts a means of ensuring that I would actually write each day. And it’s been hard. There were some good days and some bad days and some days where I just had time on the T ride home to scribble down a few thoughts. I enjoyed the space to just try things out, playing with words, with poems and stories. I doubt many of these words are noteworthy, but I loved the creative outlet. I’m excited to see how writing will continue to play a role in future work.

A special shout-out to my brides and grooms − this year’s wedding season was incredible as always. I’m so grateful that they would allow me to be a part of their special day and trust me to capture this part of their stories. Many many thanks!

Graduating from grad school saw a major shift for me as I started to determine what life is like outside of the school environment. Having been in school almost continuously for 18 years the transition away from that has brought its own set of challenges. A lot of the struggle was related to determining my relationship with work. Solely freelancing for about 5 months afterwards brought incredible freedom and flexibility to my life and allowed me to travel widely and use my time as I saw fit. It also created a heavy dependency on clients and the timeline of projects. Some days were slow and some were endless. Finding that balance between work and life, getting into a rhythm was a struggle. I certainly learned a lot about myself during this period. I learned the importance of using my time wisely and always looking ahead. The usual entrepreneur struggles were present, from untimely clients to poor communication, all teaching my valuable lessons. I learned that I love working for myself and choosing my projects and that when my life is less financially impacted by higher education I may return to this way of working. Pursuing and eventually securing full-time employment was a challenge on its own but the reward has been exciting so far. It’s been another adjustment to see time not always as my own. Working inside the rules of a larger organization can sometimes feel limiting but can often be overcome by seeking even more creative solutions. Relentless determination is key in all aspects of work both in order to be successfully but to also recognize my value when things aren’t going as planned.

I’m most proud of the bodies of work I was able create outside of both work and school. Supported by wonderful other creators, I was able to produce a portrait series, Grown. This was something I could not have done alone. Through collaboration we were able to create something even better than we could have imagined individually. Many thanks to the talented artists that came alongside me this year. You’re an inspiration to work harder, explore creatively and follow my passions.

So where to next? Honestly I’m not sure. Again I feel that this past year will be hard to top but that makes me even more excited to see how it happens. I’m excited to create more, to continue pushing my love of storytelling and portraiture even further. My latest obsession with plants and portraiture will continue to inform my portrait work, I’m sure. This year’s wedding season is going to be the bomb and I can’t wait work with you all. I’m also turning my passion for teaching into reality at BU this year. This year hasn’t been easy, but it’s been rewarding and I couldn’t ask for more.

The biggest shout-out goes to the people in my life. I am surrounded by incredible friends, family, and creatives that share constantly in the adventures, whether big or small. They provide inspiration, encouragement, and criticism, pushing me to be better. The community that has surrounded me is more than I could ever ask for and I will forever be grateful. For now, I rest. Pausing to recover, to reflect and restore, getting ready for what’s ahead. I’m not sure what 2018 has in store but I’m excited to find out. I’m excited for the challenges, for the opportunities and the new mountains to climb.

What caught my eye can seem wide and varied but then again, why limit myself. Here are a few of my favorite images from the year.

 
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