Whew! My 2019 as a Detroit Wedding Photographer. You guys, I love my job so much. It really is one of the biggest joys in my life. I am so thankful for every moment with you all. Every hug. Everytime you change your profile photo to one I took. Every thank you. Every wedding guest telling me I’m doing a great job. Everytime it’s someone’s birthday and I see a photo I took show up in my timeline. It’s my everything.
2019 personally was a tougher year. I lost my sweet english bulldog Barkley at the beginning of the season and it tore me apart. Like one of the hardest things I’ve had to go through, which I know may sound silly, but he was my boy. I put in an extra amount of work into my marriage, because let’s be honest, being married for 9 years, two kids later isn’t always easy. I learned no one is going to care about my business as much as I do. That was a tough one. But when it all came down to it; my work and all of your beautiful faces (and of course my family) was the light in the fog.
But with a little fog comes a lot of sunshine. This year, my job took me to Florida, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Ohio, Marfa Texas and Denver. I shot 30 weddings in 2019 and a ton of newborn, family and engagement sessions. I saw LOVE. I saw tears. But most of all, I captured people’s memories forever.
I rode in classic Detroit cars, a horse drawn carriage and a Model T. I sewed a groomsman’s button on his jacket, helped a bridesmaid with an impossible zipper, helped sew a bride’s dress, fixed a number of boutonnieres who’s flower head popped off. Shot a wedding in a snowstorm. Shot many weddings this year in rainstorms. I held a baby goat at a wedding. And I made so many new friends.
Other 2019 highlights include, being named The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2020 again for the 5th year in a row and being in The Knot Hall of Fame. Winning this year’s Wedding Wire’s Couple’s Choice award. My work was published in Metro Detroit Weddings magazine and on online publications like the Huffington Post, Wedding Chicks, and Offbeat Bride. I spoke on a panel with other amazing females speaking about what it’s like for female entrepreneurs. I held my first photography class! I went to Marfa, Texas and got in front of the lens (black and white at the top by my friend Lia Gianotti). And our family adopted a new puppy to help fill a little bit of that sadness in our hearts
What I’m trying to say is, I am so fricken GRATEFUL for you all. So thankful you trust me and believe in me. I love that you love color. I love that you love to laugh and most importantly, I love that you’ve chosen ME to photograph you most treasured and intimate moments. I hope you continue to do it for years to come! xo, e