Such a beast of a post. Best of. My favorite photos moments from the year. Weddings, engagement and personal.

Let’s dive into some highlights and reflect a little bit before we get to the photos.

2014

// 4th wedding season
// 27 weddings
// most financially successful year (read more here)
// 1st consecutive wedding season in the same city
// bought out first house
// had my 1st studio space
// hired my 1st intern
// shot 6 destination weddings
// 6 wedding features (two in print!)
// made some changes to my business (only booking elopements and intimate weddings now – although I’m already fully booked for 2015)
// attended my first (and most likely last) wedding workshop. it was awesome and I loved it. you should go.
// internet friends-turned besties (ahem Christina ahem Emily)
// shot my baby bro’s wedding!

I remember…shooting an intimate ceremony in an abandoned church from the late 1800s (it was featured here)… watching the pouring rain during Meredith + John’s ceremony, only to have it stop for portraits and give us the best sunlight ever (it was my 1st print feature here)…watching Catey swing on a rope swing in the perfect handmade dress (wedding will be in print early 2014 – yay!)…photographing our good friend’s wedding in Cleveland Ohio…making a heap of new Aussie friends at my mexico wedding (also getting food poisoning the night before…and also having my bestie Emily there with me)…falling in love with Seattle whilst there for a wedding…seeing the desert for the first time for my Nevada wedding…shooting a beautiful wedding under old southern oak tress dripping in spanish moss…and so much more!

It’s so fun to reflect on the year, both personally and businessly (new word, that’s what’s up). This year was busy and frustrating and fun and rewarding and some days I wanted to quit and some days I wanted to do more. Some days I wanted to crawl in my bed and hide from the work. Some days I edited a wedding in 4 hours. I learned that I do not want to shoot 27 weddings ever again, but I also learned that I was fully capable of shooting 27. I’ve made some changes in my business and next year will bring about a whole new heap of changes (update soon) but I am damn proud of 2014 and wouldn’t change a thing about it.

About 80% of my weddings have not hit the blog yet, so keep any eye out for all of those. Until then, enjoy my favorites from the year!

Wait…one more thing. THANKS TO ALL MY 2014 CLIENTS. You all rocked and made this year my favorite year in the business. *Cheers*

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  • Michael Jones - Stupid good.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Sandersfeld - wow, you rock.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Ward - You’re amazing and I’m not surprised at how successful this year was for you. I’m so happy for you and am honored to call you a friend!ReplyCancel

  • Someplace Wild - WHATTTT. You are my hero. This year was one of the best. So grateful for all the heart-filled conversations and hang seshs. Love you!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy Kilgo - seriously, breathtaking. i’m so honored we made the cut! :) ReplyCancel

  • Jojo Pangilinan - :-D love it!!ReplyCancel

Michael, his mom, and I just got back from a 5 day trip to Bend, Oregon.

This trip was mainly about getting away, refreshing, exploring nature, and eating good food…all of which we did a lot of.

Michael’s dad recently passed away so this was a good chance for us to be together and to just have a good time. I was mainly excited about, for once, traveling somewhere where I didn’t have to shoot a wedding – yay for actual vacationssssss  :-)

If you don’t know much about Bend, it’s a small city nestled just east of the central cascade mountain range. It’s a hot spot for all things outdoors (mountain biking, paddle boarding, hiking & winter sports) and I got the sense that everybody that lives in Bend loves Bend. I can’t blame them because it was so beautiful, the air was so fresh, there were so many delicious restaurants & breweries, and sunshine graces the residents for about 300 days out of the year. I guess that’s why everyone was so happy there!

We did a lot of hiking and eating and ended up meeting up with one of Michael’s friends, Dale Partridge and his family – and more of their friends – (such a friendly, hospitable group!) for some dinners, breakfasts, drinks, bonfires and hikes.

It was a jam-packed trip and of course I took some photos…enjoy!

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All photos taken with my canon 5dmkiii + 45mm ts-e. Edited with VSCO 06.

  • Jamie Jimenez - So beautiful Paige- I want to go there!! I haven’t seen Michael rock a big beard like that- very Autumn! Ha.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Rose Spinola - Hi Paige,

    I had a chance to see your photography here on your blog, and I’m in love! I wanted to talk to you about potentially being a featured contributor for TOOVIA, a lifestyle web magazine out of San Francisco. We’ve created a program for a special few to contribute to our growing community, and I think you could be a great add to our content department. Your creative pieces matches perfectly with the type of creativity we’re looking for so if you’re interested, I’d love to invite you to apply to be a paid TOOVIA Content Jockey.

    To speak more about the program, you can always reach me directly.
    Best,

    Katie Spinola

    Content & Marketing Account Executive
    katie.spinola@toovia.comReplyCancel