The Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

Real talk?
In 2014, around June, I hit a wall with blogging. I felt so incredibly burnt out, and although I had all of these wonderful ideas for useful content, I had no desire or motivation to write them. As a result, my blog posts dwindled from three a week to twice a week to once a week to... whenever I had new sessions to post. Personal posts became non-existant because I felt as though I had nothing to give. And so when 2015 rolled around, I thought that would be an excellent time to begin blogging three times a week again... except that it didn't happen. And while I could offer you a thousand (valid) reasons for this, I'm not going to. Instead, I'm going to forget what lies behind and press on towards the beautiful things that lie ahead in 2015. Starting now.

So to begin, I wanted to look back at 2014's blog posts and celebrate the best of 2014! Because, truly, there were a lot of great times in 2014, and a lot of wonderful posts written. Here are my top 10 blog posts of 2014:

10. Should I do a Bridal Session? 
When I meet with brides, they are often unsure about if they should add a bridal session to their wedding experience. And since I know that they aren't for everyone, I wrote this post highlighting the pros and cons to help you decide whether or not a bridal session is right for you.

9. Wedding Send Off & Grand Exit Ideas
If you've never planned a wedding before, you may not know how many options you have for your exit! Often times, brides would like to be more creative with this part of the day, but they think that they're limited to bubbles or birdseed. I wrote this post to help you brainstorm ideas to send you off in a beautiful, fun, and unique way!

8. Whitney English’s 2014 Day Design Review
This one is for my fellow entrepreneurs, or anyone who has a crazy schedule and needs more structure in planning their day. Although this was written nearly a year ago, I still feel the exact same way about the Day Designer. I ordered a new one for 2015 and it's been wonderful at keeping me on track!

7. File Naming & Organization Systems for Photographers
I wish I had read a blog post like this when I was first starting out! It would have saved me a lot of headaches and lost files as I struggled to figure out how stay organized. If you're just getting started or struggle with organization, this is an incredibly important topic for you!!

6. Making Room for the White Space 
This blog post is really special to me. I remember exactly where I was and what I was thinking about when I wrote it, and I truly desire to live each day with enough white space to savor each moment instead of rushing through them, always franticly grasping at the next big thing.

5. Fourteen Months as a Full Time Wedding Photographer 
This is another really special one. I've learned a LOT over the past two years, and every day I feel so incredibly blessed to chase this crazy dream and do what I love.

4. Alaska Travels & Adventures 
Looking back at 2014, this was probably one of my favorite memories. I included it here simply because it was incredibly special to me.

3. Top 5 Things I love about having a Kitten 
Because that little thing has changed my life and I love her. And no list is complete without kittens.

2. “We Lift Our Hands” - A book about Israel
One of my favorite mediums in art school was bookmaking, and this was definitely one of my favorite creations. I loved that it combined SO many things that I loved - bookmaking, photography, experimental image processing, and lots (and lots!!) of patience. I really want to do more work like this in the future.

1. Moments are What Matter
Because this is the heartbeat of my business. Without beautiful, authentic moments that happen between two people, my work would simply be pretty pictures with no soul.