2016 was an amazing year for me but not for the reasons you would think. It was a year of reflection, learning self worth and figuring out work/life balance. About a month ago I wrote a post about this topic on Facebook and I’ll share it here as well.
I am who I am.
I’m not a 20 something year old traveling instagrammer, a rangefinder top 30, or a destination photographer who shoots around the world. I don’t shoot on mountain tops, and my work isn’t recognized by all the bridal magazines.
And that’s okay.
Because I know what I am. I am a photographer that’s worked almost a decade to build a successful business and I’m damn good at it. I create work that’s really important to people. I’m a family man. I have hobbies and interests that deserve time.
And this is enough.
Don’t confuse this with a lack of drive to be great. My passion for photography would never allow that and I bet yours wouldn’t either. It’s a realization that I don’t have to go down in history as the best in the world to be successful and live a full life. By no means settle, but be comfortable in your skin. Remember this simple quote, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
While 2016 was a lot of internal growth, it wouldn’t of been possible without my lovely couples. So a huge thank you for trusting me and allowing me to document your wedding day and tell your story the way I saw it.
Shout out to a few of my favorite wedding venues I was able to shot at in 2016: PAIKKA, Walker Art Center, Various backyards (seriously, this is the best!), Aria, Southwind Hills, Rustic Oaks, Birch Hill Barn, Enchanted Barn, Candlelight Farms Inn, Cedarhurst Mansion, Minnetonka Orchards, and Mayowood Stone Barn.