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Year In Review | 2017

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The Year In Review post is definitely one of my favorite blog posts to share each year! It is so much fun to put together and I always get a good laugh out of it. Some of the behind-the-scene photos my second shooters take of me throughout the wedding season are hysterical! But I will let you see for yourself :)

2017 has been the best year yet! This year I had the privilege of photographing some of the most amazing couples and their phenomenal weddings. I started and ended my wedding season with a Glencliff Manor wedding, which I thought was really neat. It doesn’t happen very often to open and close a wedding season at the same wedding venue!

Also, earlier this year my family and I moved to Northern Virginia. With that said, I had a three and a half hour commute to photograph weddings almost every weekend. It is very common for photographers to book weddings up to a year (sometimes a year and a half) in advance. The funny thing is that last year I decided not to travel for work anymore because I wanted to spend more time with my family. Emma was born in August of last year and I knew that I wanted to be more present at home so I didn’t take on any weddings that required traveling. The funny thing is that I received quite a few inquiries for Northern Virginia weddings. Can you guess where we moved to at the beginning of this year? That’s right: Northern Virginia.

Since I had to travel a lot for my weddings this year, I quickly realized that I needed something to make the drive more enjoyable. Yes, listening to music was fun, but I needed something more engaging. Then I came across Amy Porterfield’s podcast (Online Marketing Made Easy) and I was hooked. I started wishing the drives took longer so I could listen to just one more episode. It’s that good!

Lastly, I have to thank all my #ATPcouples for trusting me to document their wedding days! I am truly blessed to have met each and every one of you and I wish you all a marriage even more beautiful than your wedding!

Without further adieu, here’s my year in review!

When you take pictures at a bridal salon, you jump in front of the mirror and snap a picture of yourself as well. That’s totally normal, right?!

ashley grace bridal salon

When my clients display photos from our sessions together at their wedding, it’s mandatory that I take a picture of with their prints and canvases.. or both :)

canvas wedding guest book

Sometimes you just play photo tag with your second shooter…

sorella farms wedding

…or, the wedding guests haha

unplugged weddings

After five years of shooting weddings, I became a professional dress fluffer…

sorella farms photographer

…and I can also strike a pretty good ballet pose if you’d so like haha.

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If you’re lucky, I might even show you how to do a princess wave…

groomsmen photos

…no, seriously, I really will.

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Sometimes the groomsmen and I have deep discussions about shoes. It’s totally normal, men like fashion too!

sorella farms wedding venue

When we’re done talking about shoes, we slay the groom’s portraits!

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Some groomsmen like me so much, they try to fist bump me haha

black groomsmen suits

Have you ever wondered how some photographers take certain photos? Here are some behind-the-scenes shenanigans for ya.

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Oh, the things you have to do in order to get the bridal party’s attention :D

behind the scene photography tutorials

The ring bearers are clearly excited about this photo!

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I can hardly believe 2017 is coming to an end soon, but I am so excited about what next year has in store! If you got a good laugh out of this post (at my expense) and want to see more, check out my Year In Review 2016 and Year In Review 2015 posts as well.




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