Holy shit. Vulgarity called for. That year happened, and it happened with a vengeance. So much in one year, that here I am already in February trying to set down and look back. Of course, by vengeance, I mean spectacular, joyful magic.
What happened this year? Well, I got to hang out in Vegas, Palm Springs, the Salton Sea, Slab City, LA, Santa Cruz, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. I met utterly delightful people all along the way. But even better than all my travel adventures? Getting to connect with all sorts of dreamily rad people and collaborate on their oh-so-awesome weddings and portraits. These are people who put themselves in my hands, put their faith and trust in me, and brought me into their communities, setting a million sparks flying in a million directions. I am having an internal fight to the death of feeling honored and humbled vs gleefully over the moon at getting to work with these truly wonderful folks on something that is so deeply meaningful and precious for them. The connections I have gained this year definitely go beyond clients, beyond acquaintances. These people I now tenderly refer to as friends, and I feel fortunate to have them in my lives.
It was also a year of frenzy. I can see you’re not surprised. I did SO much. I used the term ‘busy’ so frequently that I had to put a stop to it and reassign a new meaning—a heightened meaning—to the word busy. The people I care about have been so understanding about how much I have thrown myself into my business, going full time this year and working about twice as long hours as I ever did before. Thank you, you precious, precious friends. While I may have become a little antisocial this year, I would do it all again. It was all worth it. 1
I’m over a month delayed on posting this because for the life of me, I could just not bring myself to narrow this down. AND STILL, I CAN’T. Because this collection of moments randomly strung together ultimately expresses my overfilled heart. Thank you, friends, thank you. So here, I present you with the longest post I have ever created and longer than anyone in their right mind would create—far, far, far too many moments of joy, too much laughter, too much adventure, too much depth, too much wonder. An ode to 2013 in too many photographs, many of which have not yet been seen. May 2014 allow me to continue to bask in the magic of rad people and amazing places. Holy shit.