It’s that time of year again… The time we reflect back on the past year and share a few, of what could be embarrassing pictures, but this is our life. Behind the scenes. A post that deserves only a once a year appearance. Writing this post truly made me smile from ear to ear. I remember everything about each of these photos and it brought back a wave of awesome memories. 2014 has been an amazing year and we CANNOT WAIT to see what the new year brings.
Here’s a recap of our year, and a little of what we learned a long the way….
I learned I would never want to shoot without my daughter Rachel by my side.
I learned we make a great team. Each year getting stronger and stronger.
I learned mom and daughter have the same “go-to” pose when asked to be a light test model.
I learned how much we love to travel, even if it’s a 7 degree FREEZING day!
I learned how much I love teach. Some new things on the horizon!
I learned my quiet little Rachel takes no prisoners when it comes to wedding family portrait time. She calls out names like a boss!
I learned if you cut my hands off I couldn’t talk. Seriously.
I learned to always bring a towel and possibly change of clothes to a shoot.
If I learned anything from this it’s maybe I need to take up Yoga. Ha! I’ll do anything for “the” shot.
Like mother, like daughter! I learned Rach has some yoga poses of her own!
I learned I like black leggings. A Lot. Maybe too much.
I learned it takes two to make those epic veil shots.
I learned that I don’t need to be in control all the time. Rachel now gives me that “I got this!” look.
I’ve learned I can’t pass up a sunset. I will make you stop the car for perfect light.
I learned Rachel is still all about the details. Nothing ever gets past this girl!
I learned that I absolutely adore when clients bring props. An vintage cherry red truck? Oh ya!
I learned our pre-wedding strategic pow-wows really pay off. We’re always right on target!
I learned I love love love San Francisco. We probably took a dozen trips there this year. It’s a photographers dream.
I learned we have a deep love of the ocean, especially Big Sir. As long as there’s no seaweed. Rachel is deathly afraid!
I learned that I should have bought the Canon 100mm macro a long time ago! This is our newest lens and Rachel’s favorite.
I learned besides my brides, I could shoot senior girls all. day. long.
I learned that Rachel always finds new ways to concur her virtually challenged self.
I learned you MUST have good balance to be a photographer, or just very adventurous!
I learned how much I adore to watch my girl in action. And her wedding day hairstyles… adorable!
I learned that I need to start taking my camera everywhere and start documenting more of our lives, not just the lives others. Another 2015 goal!
Noticed in a lot of these behinds the scenes shots when I’m talking with my hands, I’m not holding my camera? I was always putting my camera down because I couldn’t find anything that wasn’t a nuisance, yet comfortable. Then Custom SLR came into our lives and now I won’t shoot a session without it!
I learned Rachel likes to choose our outfits to match our shoot locations. Today, very nautical.
I learned how much I LOVE urban settings! There’s so much to be found in a big city. Just look at these textures!
I learned Rachel has good photographer hair styles. She needs to blog about hair. Really. By the time shoots are done I look like I ran a marathon, and Rach looks fantastic. Not fair!
I learned with all the beach weddings we did this year, go barefoot. From the second you get to get to the beach. The sand will hold you back. Just don’t forget to paint your nails!
I learned Rachel is the queen of the ring shot. Period.
One of the most important things I learned this year is how to not to “pose” couples. It sounds funny coming from a photographer, but I’m serious. We learn to guide our clients in a natural pose so you get that raw, heartfelt emotions. Not a stiff “I’ve been standing here smiling for 10 minutes” look. Our clients LOVE it!
I learned this year having Rachel as a senior herself, shooting her friends was SO much fun! It was like a huge hang out where we ended up laughing most of the time. We made some great memories!
I learned how much we love finding new shooting locations. I never would have imaged shooting inside a greenhouse, but the light is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
I’ve learned to not mess with Rachel. She’s going to kill me for posting this one!
I learned how much we adore capturing anniversaries. These special moments should be captured!
I learned we have a randomness for taking mirror selfies. We’re dorks, I know.
I’ve learned this girl is so incredibly awesome in every way. Wait, I already knew that. I just wanted her to hear it again. YOU’RE AWESOME RACH!
I learned that we have a love for editorial styled fashion shoots. It’s a great way to keep our creativity going and we just adore working with local boutiques!
I learned I laugh at my own jokes. I’m such a goofball sometimes. But this is us, and what makes us friends with all our clients.
I learned sisters can get a long perfect when one’s the photographer and one’s the model.
I learned how much I love to shoot through things. Clients can look at us like we’re crazy but once they see the image, they’re all smiles.
What am I doing? What kind of a pose is this? I learned I need to be more aware of what I look like while shooting! And just if you’re wondering, no, I don’t normally dress this casual for shoots. This was a quick headshot for my niece on our way to run.
I learned Rachel is the best light tester ever. I learned we have very similar clothing styles. Rachel is a little more boho, I’m a bit more nautical.
I learned (or should I say realized), how much I love my Kelly More camera bag. It goes with me everywhere!
I learned we’ll do anything for a client. Including get into a freezing, sharp rock filled river. Oh the memories!
I learned we don’t take nearly enough photos with our clines. 2015 couples, that’s going to change! We want at least one pic with each one of you this year!
“Lighthouses don’t go running all over the island looking for a boat to save, they just stand their shining.”
Friends, be the light! We are beyond blessed to be able to do what we love each and every day and can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2015!
Much love, Laua