Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Year in Review: 2016

2016 was a tough year for a lot of us, filled with some great highs and some not so great lows.  I'm very vocal about my political views on instagram, so many of you know I'm pretty worried about 2017 and what's to come.  However, one of the things I absolutely love about my job is that it reminds me on a daily basis that no matter what speed bumps we encounter in our lives it is human nature to find love, celebrate family and create joy.  It is such an incredible honor to step into my client's families for a weekend, or just for a day, and document the celebration of love and the start of a new family.  2016 was exhausting, but exhilarating!  I zigzagged back and forth across the country to NY and back to Los Angeles all wedding season and finished off with an epic three weeks of non-stop shooting in Italy and France.   Whenever I start to feel burned out or exhausted I take a minute to reflect on the powerful and beautiful imagery I get to create and remember how lucky I am to be able to do what I've dreamed of doing since I was a kid- create pictures that people will remember.

One of my favorite aesthetic philosophers, Roland Barthes, broke down his analysis of a photograph into two parts: the studium and the punctum.  The studium is what a photograph denotes.  It is the subject. Every photograph has one. The punctum, however is personal.  It is what a photograph connotes.  It is what jumps out of the photo and wounds you, personally connecting you to the image.  The punctum can coexist with the studium, but it changes it. It transforms an image you like into an image you love.  An image that you can look at for a second and think of it all your life, as quoted by one of my favorite artists, Joan Miro.  My intention in all of these photographs below are to create images full of punctum- images that pierce you. Images that stay with you for the rest of your life.  Images that turn into beloved heirlooms to be cherished by generations to come.  I'm so grateful to all my 2016 couples and families who let me into their lives to document a little piece of it and all the incredibly talented wedding vendors and editors who've kept me on my toes creatively and inspire me everyday.  I'm incredibly excited for all my 2017 clients who I'm just getting to know and can't wait to see what magic we create together in the new year.

Unfortunately I can't share a few of my amazing 2016 weddings and editorials yet as they're waiting to be published in 2017, but there's some more gorgeousness coming soon that I can't wait to share in the new year!  I was so honored this year to win, for the second year in a row, First Place in the details category of Rangefinder's Wedding Photography Awards and was named one of the top 10 "Globetrotter" photographers by Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Abroad Magazine.  I just found out yesterday that the first photograph on this post won Belle Lumiere's Top Film Photograph of 2016.  I had a wedding included in Style Me Pretty's 40 best of the year as well as an engagement in their top 10 of the year and had photos included in their best bouquets and dresses of the year.  I had the honor of being published online and in print in 2016 by Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart, Brides Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, The Knot, Destination Weddings US and UK editions, Utterly Engaged, Wedding Flowers and Accessories Magazine, Modern Luxury Brides California, Grace Ormonde, My Domaine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Today Show, Carats & Cake, Bridal Guide, Hochzeitsguide and more!  I still feel the same excitement today seeing my photographs in national magazines that I did when I was 16 and had a photograph of a pigeon in San Marco Square published in a literary magazine.  It's such an honor to see my work in print or on amazing digital publications and I'm so grateful to my amazing clients and all the wonderful editors I get to work with!  Cheers to the new year everybody! Sending love, light and joy for 2017!
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