Year in Review, 2018

 

Every year I take this opportunity to not only create a post of favourite images, but also to reflect on my experiences and highlights. The biggest accomplishment was simply getting to a point I could finally say, and announce on social media, that I will only be taking on family related sessions in 2019 (ie: maternity, newborn, family and children’s portraits).

It’s not because I hate capturing weddings, or business portraits, for example, it’s more about discovering my passion and honing in on it so I can create the best experiences possible for clients.

Starting out and diving into this photography journey, I began picking up on my strong points. AND also noticing weaknesses. By the way photographers can be really hard on themselves and feel quite vulnerable. Speaking of that, recently I was organizing files on my external hard drive and I couldn’t help but open up folders from sessions when I started. I also couldn’t help but cringe!

That’s just part of the journey and those starting points as I said.

Back to finding my focus, wedding photography is a whole world on its own. And business portraits can be more technical and require fancy gadgets and backdrops etc. I don’t have those. Plus I find that I often get more requests from clients to “fix” the way they look with business portraits and that’s not my strong point. It’s safe to say, after three years of being a professional photographer, I like to keep it super simple, shoot outdoors, search out and wait for beautiful natural lighting to create warm, soft images and sometimes that cool bokeh look (bokeh is the pleasing or aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph ~ in the newborn photo of mine towards the end you will see a lot of it!)

And my favourite clients are ones that understand family sessions with kids aren’t going to go absolutely perfect, the ones that embrace the chaos.

You will see in this post I captured some weddings this spring and summer. I photographed babies and tons of families. I started off last winter meeting three brand new babies and practising with them so I was able to define what type of newborn photos I wanted to capture this year, which ended up being more lifestyle-inspired. This winter, I will be doing the same thing but this time with maternity shoots.

I’m fully prepared to pour my heart and soul this year into my families and free up more time so I won’t have to turn so many away. A few highlights from this year: one quite substantial one was photographing the talented photography duo Henhouse Photo Co. and one of the owners with her family. Also, holding my first day of family sessions in Port Renfrew (I think this summer I’d like to get more adventurous and do more travel beach minis like that). Taking photos at the ever so beautiful Cowichan Valley Lavender Farm again, and also Santa photos for the second year at my friend’s cozy coffee shop, oh plus I can’t forget both a first-birthday milestone session and a 30th birthday friends session, and just one more highlight, celebrating Mother’s Day with Motherhood Minis at Nightsong Farm.

Like last year, I’ve also added in favourites from my year with my kids Jack and Audrey. Enjoy!