This is part one. See part two Here
Please excuse this post being so late, I don’t know how these past 20 days have gotten away from me!
Happy 2016! I’m so excited to reflect back on 2015. It was, hands down, the most incredible year I have ever had personally and in business. I have over 45 new or returning couples and families to thank for such a wonderful year. I cannot believe how amazing every single client has been – it’s something that I constantly feel grateful for so I hope every single person that has stepped in front of my camera realizes that.
I don’t love writing about myself and my accomplishments and I don’t love showing photos of myself or my personal life, but every year I do a post and recap entire year and people can get to know me a bit more. I show images from every shoot I did that are my that really make my heart flutter. Many are not necessarily “hero” shots, but photos that I believe summarizes me as a photographer.
The amazingness started in around February, when I was asked by the creator and host to speak at the Canada Photo Convention. I was shocked – I have never spoken anywhere before but I was 100% up to the challenge. If you know me, you know I get very passionate, and if you know me, you know that I can talk (fast) and all day every day so I am sure the stage will be frightening, but come natural to me, haha. It meant so much that Jasser saw something in me and my work, but even better – he is all about giving the “underdogs” a chance. He has helped so many past speakers grow and some of them have moved on to speaking at larger conventions and to teaching workshops. I’m so excited to see what this brings and if I can help even one person in their business or work then I will be satisfied.
The next awesome thing was being asked to speak at a workshop in Toronto by the lovely Jennifer Moher and Hugh Whitaker. They have become amazing friends and supporters and I was so thankful for the opportunity to speak and lend a hand at one of their bi-monthly Refresh Workshops. It was also great practice for me to get out and talk in front of a crowd.
Next up…Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars. What?!?!?! At first I thought the nomination was a mistake. I was like who me? The way it works is they invite 150-200 “industry experts” to nominate a photographer who they believe is rising in the industry. You have to be in business for under 5 years, and you have to be nominated by someone who they invited to nominate. The lovely Libby, one of the editors of the magazine is who nominated me and I am forever grateful for her. I didn’t know her at the time, so I am really even more proud of this award because I was nominated by someone who I didn’t know, rather than a friend or an “in” if you will. The photography industry can be hard with that sometimes, which is why I never thought I would even have a chance at this nomination. We had to submit work and a questionnaire. I worked really hard to narrow down 30 of my best images that reflect an entire wedding day. I wrote a very passionate questionnaire, and focused all of my answers on my love for my clients, in which my business revolves around. I’ll be writing another blog post about this soon and show all of the images that I submitted. This was probably the biggest award I could ever win in my career in the first 5 years, so needless to say I am incredibly grateful and honored to be on that list with so many amazingly talented photographers, and for the ones who were nominated and didn’t make it who I am more than sure are just as talented.
In June I bought my first house with my love of 8 years, James, and he officially proposed to me on the day we closed on the house. It was one of the most magical moments I have experienced. We are getting married in Mexico in April 2016 and I couldn’t be more excited to say my vows to him and celebrate with our closest friends and family. It’s amazing to see the future so closely with someone I have been with so such a large portion of my life.
As for goals this year, because what would a year recap post be without a goal 😉 I plan to be more aware. To stop caring about social media as much or how many followers I have, and to stop looking at the back of my camera so much and just trust myself. I will try to steer away from the more obvious and safe shots by looking at what is happening around that traditional moment.
Enjoy some of my favorite moments from 2016. It was hard to narrow down so you can see part one here. Thank you for reading, I’m so excited to get to know all of my 2016 clients and to see what 2016 may bring!
See Part Two Here
All images copyright Minnesota Wedding Photographer Amanda Marie Studio