I’ve rewritten my 2020 wedding photography review approximately 20 times, and I finally feel like I’ve been able to capture in words and photos all that it was. And it may not be what you think…
It isn’t a surprise that the year ended up being absolute insanity on so many levels. While a lot of people had to adjust to working from home, I had already mastered that since I’ve been doing it for years. Instead, I had to adjust to an insane amount of cancelled and rescheduled weddings and sessions. I’ve never dealt with that before. I had to realize that I wouldn’t be traveling much or even at all (my worst nightmare!). Also, I didn’t know when I’d make money, I felt like I was adjusting contracts constantly and overall my bookings went way down. PLUS, about 3 weeks into quarantine I felt a bit defeated since 2020 was supposed to be an amazing second year of me being a Wisconsin based photographer; and it all seemed to be dwindling, fast.
Though, you know what? Despite the crazy, 2020 actually ended up being pretty damn amazing!
Even with all of the changes and adjustments, I still got to photograph some pretty incredible people and moments!
Thank you to everyone who I had the honor of having in front of my camera this past year. YOU are why I do what I do. Thank you for letting me walk with you through the mud this year, thank you for trusting me, thank you for picking me to photograph your moments, and thank you for being so flexible. THANK YOU ONE MILLION TIMES.
Photography is more than just a job to me, and 2020 reminded me of that even more so than normal.
My year was full of elopements, intimate weddings, backyard receptions, engagement photos, booking with incredible 2021/2022 couples, stylized shoots, senior photos, adoptive family sessions, launching my new website and brand (thank you Chloé!), second and associate shooting (shout outs to Alison and Tori!), blogging the most I have in years and dreaming up what the future of JWild Photography could look like.
I do not wish another 2020 on anyone, but I can say with confidence that I’m thankful for it. Because we all went through what we did, I believe it has given us a fresh perspective on life and how we can conquer furture challenging years, specifically 2021 (because let’s be real, things aren’t magically better just because a number changed).
CHEERS, MY FRIENDS!