One Year Anniversary

These are the kinds of photos I literally DIE over. I call these the shots between shots and they are always my favorite. EVERY. DAMN. TIME. They are the shots when you hear my shutter going a million miles a minute because I don’t stop clicking. They may not have the perfect backdrop, or be centered in the frame just right, but they are the real deal. The types of photos that make you feel something in your core. The ones that are relatable. The ones that remind you of  “that one time 7 years ago”… those types of photos. The first photographer’s work I fell in love with was Dorothea Lange, an American photojournalist and documentary photographer who was best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration. I had to have been 8, or 9 years old when I would flip through my mom’s books I found laying around. She’s a preeminent figure when it comes to documentary photography, and I don’t think I realized how much her work influenced me until now.

A year ago today I took a chance to make one of my dreams a reality. A passion I always had but never fully let myself pursue. The moment after I finished shooting my first client I knew this is what I was meant to do. Overall, it’s been an amazing year transitioning into the photography world and truly being able to teach myself something I always wanted to be able to give 100% to. I still have a lot to learn, but seeing how far I have come in the past year makes me hopeful and excited for what lies ahead! That being said, you may have noticed I’ve been MIA… and for that I want to apologize. Apologize for my lack of posts and slower than normal response rate. I took a hiatus over the last several months for some long over-due self-care. As many of us experience life’s many ups and downs, I found I was stuck in the latter of the two. I felt paralyzed— unable to move forward personally and professionally, consumed with self-doubt, wondering if I am good enough. I’m here to say I am back, and I want to thank each of you for your support and business over this past year! Without you I literally couldn’t have done it! I feel so fortunate for the way this business has connected me to myself and to you. The relationships that have been formed are one of a kind. I’m so grateful! The feeling I get after a session… rushing home to upload my photos and find that one photo that sparks this kind of emotion, there’s nothing like it! Below I’m sharing my absolute favorite photo from each session I have done over the past year. Also, I’m long over-due for a “Special.” So please stay tuned for that later this week!

I couldn’t end this till I mentioned one last person, a little shout-out to the complete love of my life. Unless you’re there during my shoots, many of you don’t know how much Matthew helps me behind the scenes. His support and willingness to help me accomplish anything I’ve shown the slightest interest in is nothing like anyone has ever done for me before. He is just the absolute best, and I’m so blessed to navigate my way through this crazy thing called life with him by my side. I don’t give this man enough credit. He works his tush off for our family, and even with his crazy schedule, he makes it possible to help me pursue my dreams and passions without the slightest complaint. I don’t deserve him, but if you ever read this M I hope you feel how much I seriously love the sh*t out of you! 

Thank you all! XOXO
- G

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