It’s that time of the year again to showcase my favorite wedding photos of 2016! Where did the year go?
2016 has truly been a mixed bag. While I’m grateful for all the couples and families with whom I’ve been able to share my vision, it’s also a year full of sadness. Like many, I’ve been following the Syrian war, the Syrian refugee crisis, the water protection situation at Standing Rock (which is happily resolved – for now), and I cannot help but think – what the heck am I doing? I should be out there doing something useful for these people instead of photography.
Recently, on a plane ride back home from Mexico, there was a medical emergency on board for one of the passengers. As usual, the crew called for a medical professional. There were none on board. I was so desperate to help but could not. I’ve been feeling this way all year, just a general sense of helplessness.
Fortunately for the lady, the flight was almost done and she got help. As for me – and the rest of us – we are now going about our lives. I’ve donated, I’ve sent things to the refugees. I’d love for 2017 to be the year where I can actually put my hands – next to my money – to work.
Back to 2016, where I shot something like 33 weddings. Most of these I’ve not even blogged (which I promise to do slowly but surely in the new year), but I’ve shared a lot of these sneak peeks on my instagram @weddingsbyjenntai (follow me there if you haven’t for the latest and greatest).
How do I pick them? I don’t know. I love so very many of them, hundreds literally, so narrowing it down to 100 has been a major stress point. I will share more in the weeks and months to come in individual blog posts of the weddings.
A big thank you!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I truly am a lucky gal to be doing this as a job. It’s been such a privilege and a pleasure to have been a photographer for my couples.
More than ever, I want to thank all my fellow Seattle wedding vendors. You know who you are – venues, planners, makeup artists, florists, gown designers, bakers, caterers, jewelers. musicians, DJs, officiants. Without y’all, I could never have done my job well. Since there are over a 100 photos and 30 weddings here, I can’t credit everyone but I hope I’ve reached out to each and every one of you with photos, kudos and thanks to show you my true appreciation!
The people I’ve met doing this job, the friendships fostered, the experiences I’ve been a part of – it’s made me a better photographer, mother and friend.
Here’s to a more socially and photographically meaningful 2017 to all of you!