Its hard to believe, but this is my 10th year photographing weddings. Ten years!! In that time I think I’ve photographed somewhere around 150 weddings. Its been incredible watching people make the most profound commitment they will ever make, many of those with my husband Ben working along side me. I’ve been taught and inspired and encouraged and critiqued by very talented photographers, and I’m grateful for their words and passion that kept me going the last 10 years. The most profound changes in my life, however, have been over the last three years. We became parents first to our daughters Cora and Ruby, and then to our twins Louis and June. Four kids in three years people. (If you’re wondering how thats biologically possible, they’re adopted). Over the last year especially its become much harder to work 9-5 and miss Saturday adventures with them. My husband is a rockstar dad, he’s biked all over the city with our kids this summer, they went to every park and farmers market, ate lots of donuts and corn dogs, and had the best summer ever. And I was able to photograph some amazing couples and have photo adventures of my own. But as my kids (and me) are getting older, I want to be able to ride along on those adventures and not just hear about them at the end of the day.

So…(big breath) 2014 will be my last year photographing weddings.

Scary right? I’m a little scared myself but its a decision I have to make, and I know it’s the right one. But wait, what about photographing kids? Babies? Families? Seniors? YES! I will still be working very hard capturing families playing and loving each other. I’ll also be working on personal projects, the most important being finishing my home darkroom and getting to know film again. Film is where my passion for photography was born when I was 15 and I’m anxious to explore that forgotten part of myself. I’m excited to capture more adoption stories and re-engage with the non-profits that make Lincoln great. There is definitely still a lot ahead for me (including a few more weddings before I finish out 2014).

I want to take a moment and thank a few people. First, Janine Cooper. You were not only the best wedding photographer for Ben and I, but you were a kind and patient teacher. You gave me my first professional camera and spent three years teaching and encouraging me. You made the last 10 years possible. The end. Thank you for trusting and believing in me, for putting up with my big mouth, for sharing lots of ice cream and popcorn, and for teaching me how to do this amazing job. Second, Ashley and Jeremy Parsons. You both inspired Ben and I to take this job and turn it into an incredible journey. You showed us how to tell good stories and how those stories make us better. Thank you for being our friends, for showing us true things, for leading by example what “Don’t Give Up” means. Third, friends and family. You hired us. You said the nicest things about our work. You babysat our kids. You provided bottles of wine. I always felt supported and encouraged. Thank you. Fourth, our couples. I’m honored that you chose us, let us in, and inspired us. You made the magic happen, not me. Thank you. I hope your images can speak loudly to you in dark times and remind you to celebrate in the midst of the ordinary. Lastly, Ben. This was never your passion as much as mine but you sacrificed six years to shoot with me. I miss our wedding “dates”. I miss climbing on your shoulders to take the big wedding party shot (clients know what I’m talking about). I miss dancing the last dance with you when we were so tired we could fall over. This year wasn’t the same without you by my side and I love our family enough to accept change when it needs to come.

So, I wanted to share the lovely faces that I’ve been able to photograph over the last seven of my ten years. Here they are…and be kind, textures and other weird edits were very cool seven years ago.

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Love you all, rw.

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Woodland trails and gravel roads on a summer evening in June…001_audluke

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The newly formed Everson family…001_eversonblog 002_eversonblog 003_eversonblog 004_eversonblog 005_eversonblog 006_eversonblog 007_eversonblog 008_eversonblog 009_eversonblog 010_eversonblog 011_eversonblog 012_eversonblog 013_eversonblog 014_eversonblog 015_eversonblog 016_eversonblog 017_eversonblog 018_eversonblog 019_eversonblog 020_eversonblog 021_eversonblog 022_eversonblog 023_eversonblog 024_eversonblog 025_eversonblog 026_eversonblog 027_eversonblog 028_eversonblog 029_eversonblog 030_eversonblog 031_eversonblog 032_eversonblog 033_eversonblog 034_eversonblog 035_eversonblog 036_eversonblog 037_eversonblog 038_eversonblog 039_eversonblog 040_eversonblog 041_eversonblog 042_eversonblog 043_eversonblog 044_eversonblogHappy Friday friends. Peace. rw.

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We spent an absolutely lovely saturday morning stomping around tall grass, admiring (but not picking) flowers, chasing butterflies and speaking softly to a horse named Hot Rod. The Rose family has a fun and gentle way about them, and it was amazing to see how their daughter was both curious and delicate with even the smallest flower. 001roseblog

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Thank you for sharing your family with me. Peace. rw

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We loved this wedding. The end. Okay thats really not all, but I’ll let the images speak for themselves.001_donahooblog 002_donahooblog 003_donahooblog 004_donahooblog 005_donahooblog 006_donahooblog 007_donahooblog 009_donahooblog 010_donahooblog 011_donahooblogI know this is blurry, I don’t care. 012_donahooblog 013_donahooblog 014_donahooblog 015_donahooblogI love love love her dress. 016_donahooblog 017_donahooblog 018_donahooblog 019_donahooblog 020_donahooblogGiddy moms.
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Encore. 047_donahooblog 048_donahooblog 049_donahooblogShhhhhh.050_donahooblog 051_donahooblog 052_donahooblog 053_donahooblog 054_donahooblog 055_donahooblogI’m not sure why I put these images together, their friend/efficient + their dog. But it seemed funny at the time.  056_donahooblog 057_donahooblog 058_donahooblog 059_donahooblog 060_donahooblogOkay, fail on my part. You can’t really tell whats happening so I’ll tell you. They are kicking a soccer ball through their arbor. Its a long story. The short of it is, they met while watching soccer at their now favorite bar. Its awesome. Trust me.
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