2013 Recap | Essex Fells, New Jersey Photographer

Where does one begin after such a memorable year? 2013 was a year of continuing to make my dreams come true, with the help of many friends (both old and new!) and loved ones. I wanted to break this post into two parts (My Clients & Business) to highlight 2013. 

My Clients:

Without you, my dreams would be just dreams. I cherished every minute I spent documenting your lives. My heart was filled to the brim with your support and friendships, moments on your wedding days that were life changing, hearing more about your life and love stories throughout your sessions and helping making your memories last a lifetime.  Thank you for a beautiful 2013. 

Below is a recap of 2013.

Jaime & Matt's Fort Tryon Park Engagement

Jaime & Matt's Fort Tryon Park Engagement

Kristen & Jason's Liberty State Park Engagement

Kristen & Jason's Liberty State Park Engagement

Stacey & Dave's Liberty State Park Engagement (in the rain!)

Stacey & Dave's Liberty State Park Engagement (in the rain!)

Helmut's Jersey City Portrait Session

Helmut's Jersey City Portrait Session

Las Vegas Mini Portraits

Las Vegas Mini Portraits

Clare & Jon's Fort Tryon Park Wedding at the New Leaf Restaurant

Clare & Jon's Fort Tryon Park Wedding at the New Leaf Restaurant

Katie & Ryan's Hoboken Engagement

Katie & Ryan's Hoboken Engagement

Brittany & Jordan's Leaving New York Session in the West Village

Brittany & Jordan's Leaving New York Session in the West Village

Lauren & Jon's Hoboken Engagement

Lauren & Jon's Hoboken Engagement

Amy & Dennis' Branch Brook Park Engagement (with Cherry Blossoms!)

Amy & Dennis' Branch Brook Park Engagement (with Cherry Blossoms!)

Kat & Brian's Verona Park Anniversary (with Cherry Blossoms!)

Kat & Brian's Verona Park Anniversary (with Cherry Blossoms!)

Amanda & Drew's Liberty State Park Engagement

Amanda & Drew's Liberty State Park Engagement

Pavithra & Dustin's Ocean Place Wedding

Pavithra & Dustin's Ocean Place Wedding

Amanda & Drew's Raritan Inn Wedding

Amanda & Drew's Raritan Inn Wedding

Kristin & Dave's Schenectady Rose Garden Anniversary

Kristin & Dave's Schenectady Rose Garden Anniversary

Christie & Matt's Inn at Erlowest Wedding

Christie & Matt's Inn at Erlowest Wedding

Sara & Will's Aqua Turf Wedding

Sara & Will's Aqua Turf Wedding

Sarah & Steve's Celery Farm Engagement

Sarah & Steve's Celery Farm Engagement

Amanda of Little Miss Mrs Portrait

Amanda of Little Miss Mrs Portrait

Kristin & Matt's Historic Cedarwood Nashville Wedding

Kristin & Matt's Historic Cedarwood Nashville Wedding

Lauren & Pete's Upper Montclair Country Club Wedding

Lauren & Pete's Upper Montclair Country Club Wedding

Katie & Ryan's Liberty House Restaurant Wedding

Katie & Ryan's Liberty House Restaurant Wedding

Elise & Sal's Bethesda Terrace Engagement

Elise & Sal's Bethesda Terrace Engagement

Lauren & Jon's Upper Montclair Country Club Wedding

Lauren & Jon's Upper Montclair Country Club Wedding

Jaime & Matt's New Haven Lawn Club Wedding

Jaime & Matt's New Haven Lawn Club Wedding

Kristen & Jason's Perona Farm Wedding

Kristen & Jason's Perona Farm Wedding

Nicole & Josh's Upstate NY Farm Engagement

Nicole & Josh's Upstate NY Farm Engagement

Michelle & Joe's Orchard Creek Golf Club Wedding

Michelle & Joe's Orchard Creek Golf Club Wedding

Stacey & Dave's Running Deer Golf Club Wedding

Stacey & Dave's Running Deer Golf Club Wedding

Meredith & Kevin's West Village Engagement

Meredith & Kevin's West Village Engagement

Lauren & Matt's Branch Brook Park Engagement

Lauren & Matt's Branch Brook Park Engagement

Brittany & Jordan's Jersey City Proposal

Brittany & Jordan's Jersey City Proposal

Erin & Patrick's Central Park Engagement

Erin & Patrick's Central Park Engagement

Jillian & Joseph's Hoboken Waterfront Engagement

Jillian & Joseph's Hoboken Waterfront Engagement

My Business: 

2013 was my first full year of being a professional photographer (I shot my first wedding in February 2012). Some of this year's highlights (in no particular order):

1. I worked with some of the best second shooters a photographer could ask for. Angela Newton Roy, Ashley Fisher, Cassidy Parker Smith, Christine Alyssa, Jaine Kershner, Jess Schifilliti, Tina Rivera... I am beyond thankful for your time, passion, talent and most importantly... friendships. 

2. The amount of knowledge that I gained through such a supportive network of photographers. Aimee & Troy Grover, Amy Rizzuto, Angela Newton Roy, Ashley Barnett Mitchell, Ashley Fisher, Ashley Martens, Brittany Lauren Morgan, Brittany Salay, Carmen Santorelli, Caroline Frost, Carolyn & Paul Tomasello, Cassi Claire, Cassidy Parker Smith, Christine Alyssa, Emilia Jane, Fiona Conrad, Inku Yo, Jaine Kershner, Jasmine Star, Jacqueline Ribas Patton, Jess Schifilliti, John Cain Sargent, Judy Pak, Lindsay Madden, Mark William Nabong, Melissa Kruse, Mikkel Paige Mihlrad, Nikki Closser, Sasithon Pooviriyakul, Sidney Morgan, Tina Rivera... from Thirst Relief Mentor Sessions all the way to random texts, you all rock my world. 

3. I was nominated for Rangefinder's 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography. While I may not have been selected for the final 30, it has really lit some major fire you know where. That alone is worth a highlight :) 

4. My family has been so unbelievably supportive! I thank you for letting me know when my horrible english makes an appearance on my blog, making me feel like a superstar by commenting on my posts, secretly sharing my Facebook page with all your friends, and just being you. I love you. 

5. I really improved my post shoot workflow thanks to Susan Stripling and Sidecar Post.

6. I migrated my blog to SquareSpace!

7. I moved my client galleries, printing, downloading and album design to Queensberry Workspace

8. I attended WPPI for the first time! Read my recap here.  

9. There were some pretty awesome publications throughout the year! And more to come!