A look back at 2018

Looking back at 2018, I am feeling oh-so-grateful for all of the wonderful career changes I’ve had. In May, I secured a long term freelance contract with a local business to create video content for their social channels and website. I also picked up some commercial work for local clients including Pittsfield based Fire Cider and an incredibly talented blacksmith from Iron Pioneer Forge Metalsmith in Westfield, MA.

This meant I was able to leave my 7 year long position as the Multimedia Manager at WEBS - America’s Yarn Store and stay home with my two children. I’ll admit, working full time in an office with two little kids in school/with sitters is incredibly hard to juggle. Between drop-offs, pick-ups, doctor’s appointments and sicknesses, I was spent just about every single night. Kudos to all the moms out there who are pulling that crazy rat race off!

As soon as I pieced together a schedule that I could work when the kids were sleeping, I put in my notice and hit the ground running. I really feel like I have not stopped moving since my last day at WEBS.

This year I was able to capture some really incredible weddings, babies, seniors, and families!

The best part about all of this has been that I am feeling like I can really devote my brain and creative energy to all of you now that I’ve committed to my own business and realized the worth of my skill. Taking that jump was a scary thing to do but I have not regretted it for a second.

This photo was taken by my son Andrew on January 4, 2019. He is 4 years old. His favorite food is noodles and his favorite color is blue. When he grows up, he says he wants to be five.

This photo was taken by my son Andrew on January 4, 2019. He is 4 years old. His favorite food is noodles and his favorite color is blue. When he grows up, he says he wants to be five.

While wedding photography was never a major part of my plan, here I am doing it and loving every minute of it. I am learning so much about my craft, about myself, and about how we all commit to each other as partners. It has also afforded me the ability to be my own boss and be available to my family when they need me. This is something I will never take for granted!

If you book me for your wedding, expect a few high fives before the night is over. Photo by Tara Sullivan.

If you book me for your wedding, expect a few high fives before the night is over. Photo by Tara Sullivan.

I have also made a ton of new friends this year! This, I’ve learned, is probably my favorite part about booking a wedding. I love meeting a new couple and working with them to make sure their story is told. Leading up to their wedding, I save photos I see that remind me of them, I think about their venues, their bridal party, dresses, flowers, their vibe, all of it.

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While I am incredibly happy at every wedding I shoot, I can’t help but feel sad when all of the excitement is over. It’s bittersweet.

The bright side is that new weddings are planned and I get to meet so many new and exciting couples every year because of it. Families grow, babies are born, and I get to snap these milestones along the way. This job never gets old!

This year I hope to get cracking on a new personal project that’s been brewing for a few years and continue to tell all of your lovely stories! I am so excited to meet all of the new couples and families who come my way in 2019. Happy New Year everyone!

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