2011 has been excellent for me – a big year of growth. Besides shooting some kick ass weddings, I took a lot of time to focus on myself (because sometimes we can forget to do that). I think that to live a fulfilling life . . . to live a life that you love, you have to take responsibility for yourself and put in the work. You can’t expect things to come by chance or luck. Your surroundings won’t change to give you what you want. You have to create it, or at least be prepared to receive opportunity when it comes (this all sounds very Oprah-y, I know).
Everything in my life has fallen into place beautifully and it has never been more apparent than this last year. Thank you to everyone and everything (and every PARTICLE) that has been a part of it!
I blog about photography quite a bit (you think?) so I thought it’ be nice to share some highlights of 2011 that aren’t just wedding pictures. Here we go . . .
-Meeting new people who inspire me.
Jana Williams. Photographer, business woman, and go-getter. It’s quite magical when we work together.
J.G. Weaver and Bo Bilstrup of Onward Entertainment. So talented it’s insane. They did my promo video earlier this year. (Photo taken by a 3 year old, hence half of Jeremy’s face).
-My Travels – Some notable travels of 2011:
Cook Islands and New Zealand for Jay & Amy’s wedding. I almost went alone but things aligned and I got an awesome travel companion and new friend – Mr. Kyle Tyacke! You can read about how we ended up traveling together here.
Visiting Banff National Park.
Cancun for Phil & Erin’s wedding and experiencing an all-inclusive resort for the first time. Those buffets are dangerous.
Discovering Dinosaur Point with Carla. So happy we found this spot. I stop here every single time I drive home to the Bay Area!
The simple things is what life is all about. I love my friends.
-Proposals – This year I have begun photographing marriage proposals! Here’s a behind-the-scenes video of one of them. Jack & Tawny’s wedding will be next year in November.
-AwesomenessFest. I attend this conference every year and it continues to blow me away.
-Visiting orphanages in Mexico with ChangeFire. Some pics from the recent trip here.
-Discovering my alter ego.
Yes, the Kung Fu Panda.
Next year is going to be HUGE. I put a lot of exciting things on my vision board and I’m looking forward to all of them happening (and more)!
Thank you so much if you are reading my blog right now, or if you have ever read it before. It always lights me up when someone tells me they read my blog. Seriously!!
Happy New Year everyone.