Instead of just showing beautiful photos, I wanted to talk about some of the stories behind my documentary photographs that really struck a chord with me this year. Some photographs were fantastic little moments that were tiny, “in-between” parts of a wedding day. Others were great big moments involving green goop…
There are many more photographs that I’d love to share with you but to be honest I’m a bit behind in editing my personal work and a few other weddings I was involved in this year. Keep an eye out, though, as you may see more pop up in a blog post soon! In the meanwhile, I hope you'll enjoy a few of the best parts of my 2016.
Looking ahead, 2017 will be the year I continue my Chinatown project and hopefully bring it all to fruition with perhaps a final book. I’m also planning on putting together some books of my travels to Seaside (OR), Victoria (BC), Japan and also a street photography book on Downtown Vancouver.
2017 will also be another year that I continue to document people’s weddings and I’m pretty excited for the bookings I have now (Spots available!). To be able to bring a documentary element to a couple’s wedding day really brings me joy but I know it also creates a historic and artistic document that the couple will enjoy and appreciate further down the line when children and others wonder what happened on that day.
A couple of years ago (around 2012), I wrote this and I think it still holds true today for me:
"I want my photographs to say more than just 'Here is what happened' and that's it. I want them to say 'Here is what happened' but told in a dramatic style that gives you a good sense of the whole story.
I feel like...It's like I'm conveying to someone something amazing that happened... but my mouth is closed and my hands are filled with photographs. Sometimes just one."
I thank the Lord for a blessed 2016 and am looking forward to an amazing 2017. To all my clients, fans, fellow photogs, friends and family: MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR! More blog posts to follow :)