ok. so here we are. apparently about to enter an entirely new year.
this one really snuck up on me guys…cause didn’t July JUST happen? just me?
ok, so let’s rewind a bit.
4 countries | u.s . france . iceland . dominican republic
11 states | colorado . iowa . nebraska . oregon . wyoming . utah . florida . arizona . new york . ohio . south carolina .
32 engagement sessions. 50 weddings.
70 couples total. seventy. that knocked me back a bit
i’ve been going through all the names and numbers and timelines and collaborating vendors and venues…which is all very technical and ingenuine to me when at the end of the day…or calendar year… does not represent what these photos and people are to me at all.
what i do is…well…pretty obvious.but if you’re new here (OH HEY!), i make photographs.
but as i’ve spent the last week pouring through all of my work from this whole year, it’s bigger than that.
i’ve gotten to know 70 couples. 140 beautiful, hilarious, brilliant, truly inspiring human beings of varying ages, races, cultural and religious backgrounds. 140 real life people that scoured through tons of websites or were referred by one of my previous couples/friends and decided together, “oh hell yeah, this Brittany girl is the one for us, she’s our girl.” ( my sister and my cousin really had no choice in the matter ;))
50 weddings means 50 couples that have chosen me to document the moments and people celebrating that big “this is where my heart will stay, laying it all on the line, you are my best version of forever and i want you and us for keeps.” I’ve shared these moments with just two people and the wilderness around us and I’ve shared them in big crowded churches with hundreds of well-wishing loved ones all over the country and a few others this year.
when i think about it like that, it makes me feel allll the feels. (and if you were to walk into my room/office like my boyfriend just did…it would be super apparent and you might be thinking “hey, why are you crying? you’ve been sitting alone at a desk for 3 hours, what could’ve possibly taken place that you would need to cry like that?!…oh you just really love your job? ok.”)
there’s no adequate way for me to summarize a year full of new friendships, travel + adventure, and love. of chasing light, hustling hard, of 6 months of very little sleep, roadtrips, crazy amounts of laughter, big long hugs, of learning and a whole lot of growth and some hard (but necessary) life lessons.
and i know if you’ve even spent 15 minutes with me in… ever you’ve heard me say this but…
life is all the magic.
thank you to every single human (and yes, all of your dogs too because, give me all the puuupps!) that has entered my life and supported my little business.
what i do really is such a gift and i’m beyond lucky to get to share it with all of you everyday.
i hope if nothing else, you’re all feeling really grateful + thankful and have it on your list of resolutions/self promises to really take all the magic in. accept every new day as a blank slate to create the life + happiness +ideas + experiences you deserve.
cheers to all that 2017 has to offer, and i’d love hear some of your resolutions + dreams!
…oh and you should have a listen to this masterpiece, because it was essentially the soundtrack to my year.
| amsterdam – gregory alan isakov |