This year started on a high note with a New Year's trip to Savannah, Georgia with my partner. He was eager to show me the rich culture and history of the South, while I was mostly eager to explore the food scene. Either way, we rang in 2023 with a spectacular dinner, fireworks over the river, and wandering through a charming late-night Christmas market with Spanish moss gently swaying in the night breeze. The foggy winter mornings paired with sunny 60-degree afternoons felt like walking through a living painting.
Sadly, we weren't able to sneak away this holiday season, but looking back on my work this past year was inspiration enough. The reason we stayed close to home? We welcomed a spunky mini bernedoodle named Olive into our family. At nearly 9 months old now, this little curly ball of fur fills our days with chaos, naps, theft, and constant games of tug. She quickly became my entire world: bold, sensitive, and always ready for adventure - I adore her more than I can express.
Professionally, I photographed 16 weddings and elopements this year across Washington and beyond. My most frequently visited venue was the ever-magical, moss-covered TreeHouse Point. Additionally, many past wedding clients began growing their families this year. I felt honored to document so many "firsts" and to see these beautiful humans I adore so happy. Alongside weddings, family sessions were a more lighthearted focus that my soul needed.
Creatively, I took a brief road trip with collaborators Rachel Dooley, her partner Jonathan, and model/photographer Sophie Dituri. Though we didn't venture far, I photographed inside a stunning hidden ice cave for the first time. Additionally, and after far too long, my father was able to visit me from Germany this fall. We packed a lot into less than a week - he met my closest friends, explored the PNW, and absolutely doted on Olive, who loved the extra attention.
Now raising a glass to all that 2024 will bring!