2015 Favorite Moments

2015 has been a range of emotions for me. I began the year surviving a frozen winter that wreaked havoc on my house by never going through thawing phases. I had grand ambitions for a year of wildlife and landscape photography, I was anticipating a busy, productive and full wedding season…and all the while feeling a secret tug deep down towards change.

I wasn’t sure what that change would be, what it would look like, or how much it would affect my year.

The domino effect started in early May when we found out we were pregnant and expecting our first child. From that day forward, the changes kept coming.

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Soon thereafter, morning sickness dominated my life. I was so sick that every time I would stand up, I would throw up. All. Day. Long. The doctors threatened hospitalization, and anyone who knows me knows I am not a fan of doctors and hospitals (I hadn’t been to a doctor since high school previous to this pregnancy). So, I was pretty much on self-imposed couch-rest for what seemed like FOREVER. The intense morning sickness lasted about 26 weeks.

This was a huge mental challenge for me because battling morning sickness kept me out of my gardens and out of the woods, very much limiting my outdoor adventures this year.

The thing I love about looking back over the year in photos though is that it is nice to see and be reminded of what I did encounter through the lens of my camera, even when it felt like I didn’t do anything.

For example, I think out of the landscape and wildlife work I produced over the year, my absolute favorite and a moment that will linger with me for a long time will be the day the Barred Owl perched outside my living room window, watching the late winter birds feed. The owl stayed for several hours and it felt so intimate to be able to watch a day in its life for that long of a time period. I didn’t stop watching until darkness enveloped the owl as night fell.

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Wild America | 2015 (click images to enlarge)

We had an incredible wedding season, despite having to pack barf bags in my camera bag. I don’t think any wedding clients knew I was packing 😉

And despite that, I am proud of the year we had. It was non-stop, full of amazing couples, beautiful love stories, gorgeous backdrops, and crazy-cool wedding details.

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2015 Favorite Rings

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2015 Favorite Details

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2015 Favorite Wedding Moments

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2015 Favorite Bridal Portraits

2015 Favorite Bridal Portraits

We photographed several lifestyle sessions, including engagement sessions that took place at state fairs, art museums, north woods waters in the outer fringes of the Adirondacks, and family farms.

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2015 Favorite Lifestyle Sessions

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While all of this was happening, Josh received a job offer and we began to reimagine a new life with what the changes in relocation would mean. We weighed pros and cons and ultimately couldn’t resist the pull to uproot from the Tug Hill and see where life would take us next.

One of the last photos from my Tug Hill HideAway

One of the last photos from my Tug Hill hide-away home

With only a few short weeks left in my pregnancy, we packed up our home and headed downstate. It was hard to pull out of the driveway for the last time, leaving a home we essentially remodeled top to bottom with a lot of blood, sweat and tears, and head into the unknown. We left without having new housing lined up, only having the knowledge that we would be living within a stones throw of Manhattan.

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Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
― Lao Tzu

 

Reality is things are flowing naturally forward…in ways that haven’t fully panned out yet (don’t even ask me about how buying/selling houses is going). I am excited about having new turf to explore, photographing weddings in Westchester county, the Hudson River Valley, & western Connecticut regions, and most importantly, the responsibility of welcoming and raising a daughter in this world. That is going to be the best part of the changes coming to my life.

Even though I am still trying to wrap up several loose ends to 2015, I am very much looking forward to 2016.

 

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