A year in review. That seems like it should be easy - pick a shot from each session and wedding, post and be done. But for some reason, it's a lot more this year. I mean, for me personally, 2016 wasn't one to be real excited about. It was a year of loss and sickness and a whole lot of hurt. Life changed a lot this year, and I feel like a much different person than I was in January. But I grew, and I learned again just how important relationships are, and how much I need my family. I was reminded of what's really important in life, and how the small things are just that - small.
Business wise, things were completely different. I started off the year extremely nervous, having booked a lot less weddings than usual. With the loss of my brother in law this summer, that ended up being exactly what I needed, and I had the perfect amount of work. Enough to keep my busy, pay the bills and keep me excited to shoot, but also enough that I could still spend lots of time with my family and not feel like I was drowning in sessions.
Looking through all of these sessions, this year was perfect for my photography. I did two incredible workshops, shot a wedding in Mexico, a couple weddings in BC, I had clients who have become friends and were amazing to work for, I grew in my work, completely changed my editing style, became more confident in the pictures I make, and genuinely loved my job all year.
In the year ahead, I'm excited to meet new people, work on my reception work, understand the technical side of things a bit more, and continue to grow as an artist. I'm so thankful for all of you who have supported and encouraged me, and I can't wait to see what 2017 holds. Thank you for giving me a job I love!
When I first started my photography business, I had set my standards verrrry low. The goal was to get 4 to 5 sessions in a year, and make a bit of extra cash to spend on whatever I wanted. I swore I would never do a wedding, and went into sessions feeling so nervous that I was physically sick. Now, this year, in my fourth year of business, I've done 15 weddings, which have become a favorite, 6 engagements, a maternity, 7 newborns, 15 families and 2 births! I go into sessions excited, and leave feeling like I've made new friends. I'm paying for the kids' schooling, helping with bills and loving my job!
I am so thankful for the opportunites I've had this year, and for the amazing clients I've worked with. I've worked with a lot of friends, and with a lot of strangers who have become friends. The weddings and families that I book come from your referrals and loving words, and I appreciate it more than I could ever express! I've loved working with each and every one of you, and cannot wait for another amazing year with even more incredible people!
Thanks so much for the love an encouragement - Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!
Saturday morning, right before 2:30am, I got a call from my sister in law that my little niece or nephew was on their way! Ideal, since I was in town anyway for my parents birthday party, and a wedding that day! Their last little guy was born within 2 hours, so I went straight to the hospital - only to sit there waiting for 4 hours while not much happened. Apparently this one was in no hurry! So I left, went to shoot a wedding for the day, and came back that night to a beautiful little girl! Avery Evelyn entered this world at 7lbs, 15oz, and a head full of hair! My brother had already left, but I got some shots of little Avery, and a few with her and her mama. Fresh baby, mom so in love. My favorite.
15 hours later...
Look at all of that hair!!!
This past week, another beautiful little boy entered the Wind family. Levi Daniel was born May 1st, and I had the absolute honor of being there! This was a little different than anything I've ever been used to, since it was a c-section. I obviously wasn't allowed in, but was there for a bit before, and got to meet that tiny little baby as soon as he was out of recovery! I got to hang out with my big brother and his new son for awhile before Erin was out, and then got to be there for those precious moments of meeting baby, and introducing their other littles to their new brother. :)
New life is an amazing thing, and I was so excited to be there. But for me, a big part that meant so much to me was watching my brother being a husband and a dad, with nothing else happening. Seeing him take care for and love his family in such a genuine, amazing way. That, for me, is such an awesome thing to watch, and makes me so, so proud of the man that he is, and the beautiful family he has!
Since I couldn't be in the surgery room, there were some pretty important shots I couldn't get. Fortunately, they brought the camera in with them, and between Jeremy and the nurse, they were able to get a few. So from the selfie to just before walking down the hall with a brand new baby is nothing I can take credit for. :) A little look at a miracle:
Levi from Rachel Joyce Photography on Vimeo.
The amazing birth of a beautiful little girl! So, so different than the first birth I did, but just as incredible. Such a miracle!
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