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LOOKING BACKWARDS // 2015 IN REVIEW

It's still freaking me out a bit that 2015 is over. Now it's 2016, but last year felt like it went by in about 10 minutes. With the craziness of the holidays over now, we're almost into the time of year when we can catch our breath, sit, reflect and remember. 

Reflecting and remembering everything that took place this year leaves me feeling immensely, whole-heartedly grateful. For the places we saw, the moments we witnessed, and the people who let us into their lives in large and small - but always important - ways. 

With early morning flights and ferry sailings, sleepy trains and sleepless hotels; this year took us from the beaches of Mexico to the incredible landscapes of New Zealand, to the history-filled chateaus of southern France, and all over the coastline, rivers, and mountains of Washington, Oregon, California and Montana. This planet is stunning, and we were overjoyed to see so much of it. 

I'd need about ten pairs of hands to count all the weddings, elopements, engagement sessions and portrait sessions I photographed this year. After all that I'm ready for a breather. But I feel so lucky to have had that many people invest in what I do, and that seriously energizes me. So, maybe I'm ready for a breather, but how about just like a quick 30 minutes in the car while we head to the mountains for another shoot?

For all the years I've been doing this, being a wedding photographer is something I cherish, and I feel honestly blessed to be able to do it. While it's not always as glamorous as it may seem, all the days spent editing and emailing and doing admin work in front of a screen are so worth it when it means I get to photograph and bear witness to these storylines in peoples' lives. To make new friends out of new "clients." Maybe it's me getting older (jk I don't age anymore) but the emotional value and weight of giving someone an heirloom to love and share for decades to come has become even more near and dear to me. Life is amazing and short and long and beautiful and deserves to be remembered and reminisced over, again and again.

To quote the surfer Mickey Smith (watch his short film here, you'll be glad you did), "...this is a present worth remembering. For fires of happiness or waves of gratitude... for everything that brought us to that point in life, to that moment in time; to do something worth remembering with a photograph... I feel genuinely lucky to hand-on-heart say I love what I do."

So, to every couple, family, human, that trusted me and allowed me to do this, or simply (but not merely) encouraged and supported us, thank you. It means more to me than you know - it's not just a transaction to me, it goes far beyond that. I'm happy that I had the chance to meet you and yours. You're the best and I hope we get to hang out again.

Can't wait to dive into this next year.

Here are, in no particular order, some photos I loved from this year. It was painful to narrow down 35,000+ photos into a (not terribly) concise 200-ish. Have a drink and a bite and enjoy. 

A LOOK BACK AT 2014

2014. Whoa. It's February and I feel like I'm still catching my breath from this last year. This has been by far our busiest, craziest year yet, which feels like - and is - a huge blessing. This spring my wife Emily joined me full time, helping making everything run smoothly. To everyone who commissioned us this year, thank you. Thank you for inviting us to be a part of some of the most momentous and long-planned days and moments of your lives. I know it's probably a cliche, but I honestly don't care - it's such an honor to get to do what I love.

I didn't want this post to be a "Best of 2014" or a "2014 Favorites" type of thing. Although these photos are some of my best, and some of my favorites. It was impossible to work every shoot into this post, or every photo I love - because I love them all and I kinda get attached. Just too many photos. Going through the tens of thousands of images we made was a joy, it was fun to take a step back, breath, and relive everything we created this year. It also made me realize that posting every photo I wanted to would make an internet-breakingly big post. Ain't nobody got time for that. So what this post is, is a small (haha) slice of the moments and portraits at some of the weddings, engagement and boudoir sessions that we photographed. Little pieces that meant something to me.

Look out for full blog posts of a bunch of these sessions in the coming months.

TAKING A BREATH & A RECAP - RYAN FLYNN PHOTOGRAPHY

The last few months have been the best kind of blur. So many weddings and moments and amazing couples. As things wind down a bit, and I get to downloading film scans and finishing editing through the thousands of images we've made this year, I had to take a moment to just take it in and be grateful for so many opportunities to do what I love. So many opportunities to share in peoples' story. And of course, to blog a small recap of photos that caught my eye lately. Can't wait to flood the blog with images over the coming months.

TWENTY-TWELVE RETROSPECTIVE

I'm about 90% sure that yesterday I was just putting together my 2011 Review post, so putting this post together was strange. This year went by so quickly that if it wasn't for the thousands and thousands of memories I've committed to 'film', I don't think I'd believe that it actually happened.

2012: I don't think I've travelled this much, photographed this much, or worked this much before. Easing into the new year, it's an amazing feeling to see what a tremendous blessing the hustle and bustle of last year was.

To say that I'm grateful would be a tragic understatement. But, until I find or invent a word to exceed that, I'll use 'grateful' anyway. 

Thank you, to my couples and families who commissioned me, for your trust, and for taking joy in each other, and in what I do. I really don't know how to thank you for letting me document chapters and snippets of your lives.

I wrote a couple more paragraphs, thanking a lot of different people and generally rambling on in a teary (probably Downton Abbey influenced (don't judge me)) soliloquy. Then it started to sound like an overly self-aware Academy Awards speech. So I scrapped it. You're welcome.

Hopefully I'm not taking our relationship somewhere it isn't ready for, but, I love a lot of you. The rest of you, I like, like you. Which is really pretty good too, if you think about it. 

I'm thankful for a great many things. I'm proud of what I've done this year. I'm excited to strive for more next year. So, here's a (small, but not very small) sample of some of the images from this year that I love. 

Next week I'll be posting some of my favorite Polaroids from the year. There's a massive stack of them still needing to be scanned.

VANEETA & NOAH - Seattle, WA

Two of the most genuine people I've met. The kind of people that make you want to live life more emphatically. This was an amazing day to be a part of. I love the intricacy, color, and energy of Indian weddings.

Big thanks to my friend Jeff for shooting with me that day. You can see more of their wedding featured here on Junebug Weddings