Dec 31, 2016

Favorite Frames of 2016

2016 was my second year running CMP as a full-time business. I photographed 25 weddings in 6 different states and met more new and wonderful people than I can count. I was approached to photograph an editorial for a 7-page spread in Rocky Mountain Bride Wyoming Magazine and will not shortly forget the feeling of your work in ink and paper. This job has taken me to places and given me the opportunity to see things I never imagined, and I am 100% grateful for each and every bride, groom, senior, and family that trusted me this year to capture the most beautiful & important days and people of their lives. 

I moved and sold my home in Dallas, Texas to live in Laramie, WY - only two hours from my parents, two hours from the airport, and two steps from my sister (who lives in the room right next to mine). Jax and Lila love being mountain dogs but are still in search of appropriate colored winter pit-coats. Jeremy and I celebrated our first year together and my first fish ever caught on a fly rod. Jeremy and his fellow coaches led their team to a second place finish in the state championship football game and I rekindled my love for sports photography - something I thought I left behind as a freshman in college. My best friends Chelsi & Jeremy welcomed their first son and my godson, Parker J, and he brought a whole new level of love to our 20+ year friendship. I lived in Wyoming for the first 17 years of my life, but I now realize that I only experienced a sliver of what Wyoming life actually is. I'm loving exploring this beautiful country with photoshoots, hiking, fishing and my very first camping experience ever. My Dallas self never would have seen this coming. 

2017, though nearly full of weddings, will bring a few changes. I will admit that I'm not entirely certain what those changes will be just yet, but I know myself well enough that remaining stagnant is, and never will be an option. I plan to use the off season of 2017 to regenerate and create new ideas and work - to find exactly where the limits of my work lie and push and pull until they can only be seen from a distant horizon. 

More than anything, I learned more about the business of photography this year than actual photography. I learned the importance and need for balance. I re-learned the importance of family and friends and the quality time spent with them is far more valuable than a dollar earned. I learned that photography is my language, and I now only need refine it until no one else can speak it quite in the same way. 

After clicking the shutter more than 100,000 times in 365 days, I was (barely) able to narrow down my top favorites of the year. Weddings, engagements, senior, family, hikes, my cute pit bulls in flowers (a weakness of mine). These photos are chosen favorites due to many different reasons: composition, color, expression, occasionally due to my achieving something I hadn't before, and sometimes just because they feel exactly as a photo should. 

Here you have it, the products of my heart and soul. Cheers to an incredible 2016, and making 2017 an even better one. Happy, happy new year, friends! Make it the best one yet with the people you love most. 

Cheers to the old and the new,