The whole trip I kept referring to "my New York girls." And how we're all BFFs and how we all came together to Vegas. "My New York girls" this and "my New York girls" that. People were shocked that we could all be friends..."but you're all wedding photographers? In the same market? Isn't that...difficult?" The answer in short is NO! It's the complete opposite of difficult.
These ladies keep me focused, challenge me to be better, are who I go to when I'm having a crisis...we turn to each other, because we are each other. We are all young small business owners. We are facing the same struggles, learning the same topics, and we live in the same "world" - the world of weddings, all things pretty, and LOVE! Without these women, I would not be the photographer I am today...I would not be the person I am today. So, here are just a few of the lovely ladies who each hold a little piece of me up, so I can stand tall and feel confident in who I am and what I do.
The lovely Michelle of Michelle Lange Photography! Not only does this girl rock from behind the lens, but she obviously works the front as well! She is all things glitter and girly, full of giggles, and sweet as pie!
Then we have the beautiful Amy of Amy Rizzuto Photography! Amy is a cheerleader, a motivator, an energizer bunny, a goal-setter and accomplisher, and one of the nicest people I know! She is genuinely interested in everyone she meets, and I'm so excited to be on this journey with her!
Angela, oh Angela. A true Southern charmer. Beautiful inside and out...she radiates warmth and hospitality! I just want to hug her every time I see her! I love having her around me, and not just because we can wear heels together (yes, she's the only other tall girl in the group!). And her work is gorgeous!
I absolutely love these pictures of Mikkel (of Mikkel Paige Photography). They embody her personality to a T! Funny, fierce, and fantastic! This is the girl I turn to when I need a good ole slap of honesty! When I'm about to do something desperate or lose focus, Mikkel is the one who calls me out (lovingly of course!) and reminds me of the big picture. She is my second set of eyes and my good dose of comedy! Oh heyyyyy Johnny! :)
I don't even know where to start with Jaine (of Brklyn View Photography). She was my very first friend when I moved to Brooklyn and has become one of my closest. She patiently listens to my rambles, we are each others "vents," and our conversations are about so much more than photography. This girl has picked me up time after time, and I don't know what I'd do without her. We started our businesses around the same time and have nourished each other along the way. And her work is seriously swoon-worthy. Like, seriously.
And last, but certainly not least...maybe not a "New York girl" but definitely the one I would be lost without. My darling husband, Christopher! He had to have his turn hamming it up for the camera...work it babe!! But seriously, this is going to be sappy. I would have quit a year ago if it weren't for this man. When I'm having cry-fest after cry-fest because this business is just too hard, and I'll never be good enough, and am I following God's plan for my life, and ugh, why are taxes so difficult...etc., he is the one who holds me tight, whispers all the reasons he loves me, and reminds me of all my blessings.
He is the one who turns my tears to smiles, and then giggles, and then full-blown laughter. He is the one who inflates my ego probably bigger than it needs to be, but just enough so I can still fit through doors! He is the reason I can walk through NYC feeling like I own the place. And he is the reason I fell in love with weddings to begin with.
Because my wedding day was easily the best day of my entire life!
And because every day since has been just as magical. I love you darling-face, babels, Christa-poo, and yes, snuffle-uff-a-gus. I went there! :)
And I also want to thank my beauties who couldn't make it to Vegas this year...your face might not be on my blog today, but it's written on my heart! :) Love to Caroline, Melissa, Lisa, Kristen, Judy, Lindsay, Sidney, Christina, Jackie, Mekina, Diane, Bethany...and I'm sure I'm missing someone, but you know who you are!
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