2018 Year Ender

 

I rang in the New Year with my little brother and a few friends. It was his first time in British Columbia, and like always when you are showing someone around your stomping ground it felt new to me. That week I gave him camera lessons in Cathedral Grove, and hiked on crutches to a snowy Englishman River Falls. The New Year brings with it a fresh start, though this year for me started with a sense of trepidation. I has just had knee surgery, I had recently moved, I took less weddings than I have in six years [20172016, 2015201420132012 . ] in the hopes of changing focus and booking more commercial work. Everything from my ability to walk to having enough work was, for the first time in a long time, a big question mark.

February was filled with strategy and rehab. March an opportunity arose that though still under wraps changed my world. I was off to Toronto on a midnight flight, and from there I explored Cape Town, South Africa. My long time friends Brian Van Wyk and Gaby Bayona, happened to be on the otherside of the world at the same time and I still can’t get over the coincidence. I came home had a few jobs and shot a personal project - all of a sudden it was June and everything had changed. I took a week off as I always do with my favourite girls to canoe the Bowron Lake Circuit and started July with more work than I could keep up with. I was shooting weddings on the weekends, and a variety of travel/tourism, science, real estate, education, and trades during the week.

I travelled across Vancouver Island - Tofino, Victoria, Telegraph Cove, Comox, all over the lower mainland and out to the Okanagan for shoots. I was in Ontario, Denver, New York, and the incredibly random yet beautiful Sturbridge MA. To top it all off I squeezed in a shoot on Haida Gwaii and called it a year.

Below is just a taste of the wedding work I did in 2018. If you were interested in seeing some of the commercial jobs I shot, they are all rolling out in their own sweet time here: www.aprotestagainstforgetting.com

It has a been a year of change and challenges, I had fun but I also worked extremely hard. I’m proud of the work I’ve made.

To finish off I just want to say the biggest thank you to everyone who trusted me with their photos this year. It is always a privilege, and know that I will never take for granted what an incredible job I’ve found myself doing. Next year I’m taking on even fewer weddings than this year. I want to give everything I can to all the projects I have and that means unfortunately cutting back. It does make the few I do have a little more special though and if you know me you know I love a good celebration.

I can’t wait for 2019. I have no idea what next year might hold, but I’m starting to think I like it that way.

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Year End, Weddingstaylor roades