Recently, Michael and I were nominated to compete in Rangefinder Magazine’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography. It was an incredible honor to be nominated, this was the greatest compliment of my entire career! This summer marks 10 years for me working full time as a photographer. I have not taken on a single job other than photography in the last ten years. I have truly dug my heels in, and did whatever I could to keep this passion a float. I have had some very difficult years, but it has been incredibly fulfilling to do what I love for a living. Photographing with Michael over the last 5 years...has truly been a dream come true. To work side by side with your life partner...words could not describe. It has brought us so much closer as a couple...it has taught us very quickly how to communicate with each other effectively….and how to be loving to each other under a ton of stress. We did not win the competition, but honestly just being a part of it was winning enough for me. I am so grateful to be a photographer.
This week I got to see Lionel Richie in concert, it was really neat. He said something at his concert that really gutted me, he said “I look at my life and I cannot believe that I have had the honor to write and perform all these songs...and to do what I love, most of my life. And it wouldn’t be possible without…...incredible competition”. This brought tears to my eyes because I feel the same. There has been times in my career that I have plateaued….and I have brought myself back up again, reinventing myself & my work from the inspiration of my incredible competition. It's very difficult to stay relevant as a photographer in Seattle, but continuing to fight for it...has made me the photographer I am today.
Here are my 30 favorites of the last 5 years that I submitted to Rangefinder.
Thank you for listening. Thank you to Michael, my Mom and my beloved Grandfather for supporting me... I wouldn’t know how to run a business without all the patience and training from Mom & Grandpa... I wouldn’t love every shoot as much.. without Michael by my side.