2016

2016 was a lot of things for a lot of people. For many, it was difficult to watch and raw, like a movie that won awards and you get why, but don't ever want to see again. For us, on a scale way smaller than elections and international crises, it was good. It was a year of learning what we want, winnowing, and leaning into a lot of unknowns.
God knew (and perhaps placed) the dreams we had and brought them to fruition. We traveled a lot, became more settled in our home, had reunions all over with all sorts of friends, took a lot of photos, I quit my day job (and took more photos), spent time with relatives, grew our community, grew in our marriage, and I'm currently growing us into a family. 
It's not like all of this just happened to us this year-- I don't want to misrepresent reality. It took a lot of re-prioritizing, sacrificing, praying, trusting, and some very intentional use of our Delta sky miles( : I went shopping a lot less, cooked a lot more, and tried to learn a new rhythm of life and work. It wasn't perfect or easy or seamless, but it was a beautiful year in so many ways.

I took some time sifting through images that I think represent the year well for us. I narrowed it down to about 100 and then struggled to decide further. Mostly I started to upload blindly. So here's a collection of mismatched, professional, unprofessional, posed, lucky, ragged photos. They're imperfectly placed and not cohesive, and despite what the internet is telling me about blogs and images and branding, I'm posting them anyway.
 

Always drawn to the edges of this country for the sea.

Always drawn to the edges of this country for the sea.

San Franciscan sunset with my friend Kaitlin of Vanity Capital . 

San Franciscan sunset with my friend Kaitlin of Vanity Capital . 

Directly above is the first time I visited California, and above that is an image from my most recent trip there. Very different views of the bridge!

Directly above is the first time I visited California, and above that is an image from my most recent trip there. Very different views of the bridge!

Yosemite.

Yosemite.

Ryan's two adopted younger brothers. Getting to spend time with them and other family was a real highlight of this last year.

Ryan's two adopted younger brothers. Getting to spend time with them and other family was a real highlight of this last year.

So many favorites in one photo <3

So many favorites in one photo <3

From our 5 year anniversary trip to the Oregon Coast.

From our 5 year anniversary trip to the Oregon Coast.

One of many shoots I got to do with Simply Grove this year, such a fun expansion to my portrait and event work.

One of many shoots I got to do with Simply Grove this year, such a fun expansion to my portrait and event work.

New York, New York

New York, New York

I had to add just a few wedding shots to this post. So thankful for the opportunity to document so many special days this year, and I'm SO excited for all those to come in 2017!

I had to add just a few wedding shots to this post. So thankful for the opportunity to document so many special days this year, and I'm SO excited for all those to come in 2017!

2016, the year I learned how to make family sessions fun.

2016, the year I learned how to make family sessions fun.

Favorite man, favorite pups. 

Favorite man, favorite pups. 

Because I couldn't not post that smile.

Because I couldn't not post that smile.

From one of many adventures with friends in 2016.

From one of many adventures with friends in 2016.

Opaline's Cafe, Portland OR. A new favorite spot of ours from a recent getaway.

Opaline's Cafe, Portland OR. A new favorite spot of ours from a recent getaway.

Two gems smooching by the river in Astoria, NY.

Two gems smooching by the river in Astoria, NY.

It wouldn't be Idaho without love and mountains.

It wouldn't be Idaho without love and mountains.

A church in my mom's hometown- Middletown, Connecticut. It was so amazing to explore where she grew up and experience the places from all the stories I've heard.

A church in my mom's hometown- Middletown, Connecticut. It was so amazing to explore where she grew up and experience the places from all the stories I've heard.

I warned you it would be hodgepodge. 2016 was a lot of different things, and it didn't always make sense how it all came together. 
We can already tell a shift is coming.
I want to learn to work better- to prioritize creating for the sake of it, because that ultimately makes me a happier photographer who produces better work.
To rest better- take 1 or 2 days off every week. This sounds basic, but working from home and having email at my fingertips makes that a challenge for me. 
To keep quality over quantity. 
To read more. 
To document more of the every day.
To let God lead us in all of it. 
Maybe even curate less and live a little more raw.
 

It's going to be a good year, we can feel it.

(Or maybe that's just the baby kicking... either way)

Thank you so much to all of you who were a part of our 2016. You made it the glorious, beautiful jumble that it was. 
We can't wait to see what this trip around the sun has in store! 

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