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2018 // a year in review

these year in review blog posts have become one of my favorite traditions of the new year. this is my 6th year intentionally going through every folder of images from the year and trying to narrow it down to the very best photos from my client work as well as memories from all that happened during the year.

this year has been full—of so many things. life, joy, laughter, love, hard work, job transitions, travel and so much more. i started out the year in the desert with some of my best friends, and soon after traveled home to phoenix to welcome another precious niece into the family. i ended the year taking the month of december off—to find rest and refreshment before another busy year begins.

all of the in between was filled with—more flights than i can count, visiting family in indiana 2 times (and getting to meet my cousin’s first baby), taking the most incredible trip to italy with my cousin mollie, driving down to mexico multiple times to help my roommate brittany move, trips with amazing people to colorado, , new york, arizona, pennsylvania, washington and everywhere in between, a full year of climbing, making meals together with friends, falling in love with an incredible human, feeling supported and loved by friends and family in all of my ventures. it’s been a good, good year.

the year wasn’t without it’s challenges. it was the busiest year i’ve had so far work-wise, and i experienced the weight of too many commitments, the stress of deadlines and feeling like i couldn’t do it all. i quit a part time job i really enjoyed to focus fully on photography this upcoming year. i learned how to dig into community & relationships in new and difficult ways and forced myself to slow down in december to bring rest and recovery after a crazy year.

i had the honor to document 15 weddings this year, as well as countless families and couples. the privilege of having people invite me in on times that are filled with such joy is not something i take for granted. thank you to all of the clients who welcomed me in like family, allowed me to capture your light and love and all your joy. thank you for entrusting me with the telling of your stories. seeing the way you love is inspiring and brings me so much joy in doing this job.

praying you all experience more of God’s goodness & joy in 2019. enjoy these photos from the past year!

2017 / 2016 / 2015 / 2013

2017 // a year in review

well, it's over halfway through january and i am just sitting down to review 2017. what a wild year of traveling and photographing and living.

started out the year with a road trip up to cambria with heather, went on a whirlwind trip to brussels, paris, madrid, and valencia with my friend amy. hiked & camped on an active volcano in the congo & photographed a proposal at the top. stayed with my friends chad & kortney in rwanda for a few days. visited family in indiana. went on road trips to arizona & mexico & around california. photographed weddings in portland, indiana, tennessee, LA, & joshua tree. surprised amy for her birthday in colorado & was equally surprised on my birthday by her & all of my friends. went to thailand & israel on two incredible trips. made a lot of food & shared a lot of meals and nights with the incredible people i have in my life.

i wrote this little paragraph last year and it still rings so true so i thought i'd just copy it here; "i had the honor of being with some really incredible couples & families on some really important days in their lives, and to all of the clients who trusted me to document their love, thank you thank you thank you. seeing your love & being able to preserve it in these images is a huge privilege. i get most excited about the little in between moments that i photograph, & the way those images make me feel. the sunset, windswept, eyes closed, tight hug, warmth on your face kind of feeling; the look on your face when the ones you love are standing next to you and the beauty is all around you." 

and now enjoy 200 photos of my life & work over the last year. 

2016. 2015. 2013. (2014 has disappeared somewhere along the way...)

2016 // a year in review

2016. where to begin with this one. it started out with one of my favorite shoots in the desert & ended with games, sparklers & a worship night with some of my favorite people. 

in between were lots of mini road trips (to flagstaff, to a secret canyon in arizona, to the sand dunes & ryan's house in slo, to photo field trip for a second year to see my friend triniti, etc etc), lots of coffee dates and golfing dates and biking dates and random adventure dates with amy while we still lived together, one of my favorite road trips ever up the coast of california with MOLLIE, graduating college, meeting my niece braelynn (!!!!), driving back to colorado with amy and her whole life packed in her car--camping along the way. and then began the few months of flying all over the country for weddings and hanging out with friends and family in colorado & indiana & ohio & nebraska & arizona. in the midst of that i moved out of my house in la mirada and moved into a cute little guest house in brea with two amazing roommates, i started nannying for the most incredible family, & learned how to live post grad as a full time photographer. 

i had the honor of being with some really incredible couples & families on some really important days in their lives, and to all of the clients who trusted me to document their love, thank you thank you thank you. seeing your love & being able to preserve it in these images is a huge privilege. i get most excited about the little in between moments that i photograph, & the way those images make me feel. the sunset, windswept, eyes closed, tight hug, warmth on your face kind of feeling; the look on your face when the ones you love are standing next to you and the beauty is all around you. 

it's also been a hard year. transitioning into post grad life hasn't been without challenges. but through it all i've learned how to trust God in the good & the bad, the heartbreak & the holy. so i move forward into 2017, knowing there is even more goodness & heartbreak & joy & laughter & pain to come, and surrendering my life to the incredible plan that God has for me. can't wait for another year of traveling & settling into home & watching our family continue to grow & leaning deeper into the amazing friendships i have in front of me right now. 

and here are hundreds of photos to recap the year. if you make it to the bottom you are a real hero. (and here are my year in review posts from 2013 & 2015. 2014 is lost somewhere in the internet ;)

-natalie

personal // THE BEAUTIFUL QUIET

when i first started photography, self portraits were a way for me to work out my ideas. i would take my camera out alone, usually into the desert, and learn how to control the light and the landscape and myself to make the images i saw in my head become reality. every year or so, i get this inspiration to go out and, in a way, to document myself as i grow up. i’ve always been fascinated by the passing of time. the way life goes by in a series of grand, sweeping moments that take your breath away, but also in a series of equally important mundane, everyday moments that you might miss if you aren't paying attention. there’s something beautiful & frustrating in the way that you can never go backwards in time, you can never reclaim moments that have already passed you by. and i have to document this time passing by in the only way i know how. to photograph it so that i can remember it happened. so i can remember that i am real & i am changing & i can look back on these images and remember how i felt when i was 23 and standing in the sunset on a saturday afternoon in november.

2015 // a year in review.

put together a little recap of 2015, mostly for myself so that i can remember all the moments and keep them in order as i look back on them. what a year of road tripping (through the desert, to colorado, home to phoenix from indiana), weddings, cruises, family visits//games//laughs, and learning & growing. i lived with some incredible people this year and went to some incredible places and saw my family more times than i have in the past few years. i tried to make more of an effort to document these things that will be so easily forgotten in 20 years.

i'll let the pictures speak mostly for themselves, but now, 6 years into this photography thing i can say that i am entirely captivated by the wild and wonderful and terrible and blurry and grand emotions and stories of the humans that i love and the humans that entrust me to tell their stories. thank you to my friends and family who humor me when i start taking photos of them at the most random times and thank you to my clients who allow me to document some of the most important moments of their lives.