Rhianna and I were on the phone earlier this afternoon; we haven’t seen each other in a few weeks because of the Thomas Fire evacuations and the busy holiday season. We’ll be reuniting in person in January for a sort of new year’s “kick-off” meeting to get organized, focused, and excited for the 2018 season, and as we chatted today about what we wanted to cover, including a recap of everything we experienced this past season, we agreed that 2017 was a whirlwind of a year.
Over Labor Day weekend, we photographed back-to-back weddings in the midst of the La Tuna Fire in Los Angeles and the microburst in Santa Barbara. We traveled to Maui twice, for two different (amazing) weddings. We photographed weddings in the woods, on the beach, at stunning private estates and fun, funky warehouses. We had our first wedding giveaway and got started on our first workshop. I got to shoot the weddings of another wedding photographer (whose talent, love, and friendship I value more than I can put into words) and an outstandingly-stylist wedding planner (whose trust in me was both the MOST flattering and humbling, and that wedding is going down as one of my favorites ever). We were published on our favorite wedding blogs, in the pages of magazines, and even in a damn book.
It was even a big year for us on a personal level — I moved in with my boyfriend. And Rhianna got engaged!
We had some major highs and a few stumbling blocks to overcome, as well (did I mention the fire and the microburst?!), but at the end of it all (literally, I write this in the middle of the last week of the year), we’re fortunate to look back at the most important reasons we continue to pursue this passion of ours: we meet incredible clients, and some of them even become lifelong friends. We get to create art on one of the most highly-anticipated, family-centric, overwhelmingly joyful celebrations in people’s lives. We help to immortalize the memories of the fleeting occasions, both epically grandiose and powerfully ordinary, that become tangible heirlooms for generations.
We have been invited into the most intimate moments of your most important relationships, and we are as fiercely grateful as we are forever humbled by this honor. Rhianna and I both pour all our energies into this job, and we truly cannot imagine doing anything else.
We present to you our year in review.
Happy new year, everyone, and here’s to a fabulous 2018.
Em + Rhi