2016: A Year in Review

December 31, 2016
I’ve been so busy I haven’t taken a moment to digest what a seriously incredible year this has been.

Of course life happens, and there have been personal hardships and bumps in the road, but none of that can outweigh how incredibly thankful I am for the people and places I’ve been fortunate enough to visit and work with.  For those of you that follow Chinese Zodiac, you know that 2016 was the year of the Monkey (and technically it still will be for a few weeks). If you are born in the year of the Monkey as I was, it is supposed to be a “bad luck” year. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a bit superstitious… hehe. I might have freaked out just a bit. Maybe I contemplated spending as much time locked up in my house as possible. 😉 But when wedding season began in March with an incredibly beautiful elopement in the Big Sur Calla Lily fields, I was so distracted and inspired by my work that the worried thoughts stayed far in the back of my mind and a beautiful year unfolded.

2016 Weddings had me jetting off to Isla Mujeres, relaxing in Napa wine country, partying by the pool in Palm Springs, camping out in Joshua Tree, standing under 40ft cacti in Arizona, exploring the big state of Texas, and retreating to the mountainous landscapes of Lake Almanor. I experienced the “haunted” Paramour mansion and it’s eclectic style and interesting history with an incredibly designed wedding. Then set off to Sunstone Villa to capture the sweetest celebration with that golden Sustone charm. I also had the ultimate honor of photographing another photographer I admire, Nicole Hill’s,  wedding day in Big Sur. I had clients turn into friends, used my passport,  got a little food poisoning, and that’s a pretty good year to me.  I can’t possibly go into detail about the countless weddings captured. But the most wonderful couples somehow found lucky lil’ me and welcomed me into one of the most special days of their lives. And better yet, they trusted me to create the work I do.

Aside from the opportunity to travel to some amazing weddings this year, I also had a few printed weddings published in  Brides Magazine, Utterly Engaged Magazine, Modern Luxury Brides Chicago, Ceremony Magazine, and Magnolia Rouge! I was also nominated by California Wedding Day Magazine for ‘Best Photographer’ of 2016! This Summer I opened up my own photography studio with makeup artist, Amanda Olson and now have a separate place to edit, create, meet clients, and beautiful window light for photography!
2017 already has some exciting plans.
I’m kicking off the year with a trip to NYC in January, and there are a few destination weddings in Europe next year. I just added a “Travel Dates” section to my website. Make sure to check it out to see if I am traveling to destination near you! I always love booking sessions while I travel, or taking the opportunity to connect with other creatives.
As I always say, I like to let my photos do the talking. So here is my year summarized in images below! This is probably the most I have written in a blog post, and might not happen again until the end of 2017. 😉

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Comments

just stunning, your processing is beautiful!

Beautiful work Kelsea! You captured lots of great photographs in 2016.

You’re my favorite photographer! AMAZING!

Beautiful luminious images!!!

These are just beautiful!

Mind blowing! Processing top notch! Well done Kelsea!

Lovely locations and gorgeous work.

Every one of these is beautiful, well done.

It was busy year but how many great shots you take , a lot ! Great job 😀