2017. it certainly went by in a blur. shooting season started and it grew busier and busier with each month, and for that i am humbled and thankful. i never ever imagined that the girl that picked up a camera in Jan 2009 that was in the search of healing would be here. i knew nothing. i just knew that i had a hurt inside of me, but i saw happiness out there. i saw things that i wondered if others saw. and capturing those moments, made my hurt feel better.
thank goodness for a photographer out of state that took me on as her assistant and second shooter on weddings for that year so i could learn. i wanted all knowledge. i wanted to really learn. there is no certificate for photography in a college. oh sure, the basics. yea. but the eye? no. the feels? no the passion…heck no. and she did no sugar coating of any kind to my awfulness. and i am thankful for that every day. we all start somewhere…and that somewhere is not always the best. like i said, this is not something that you can learn in school. you have to have a mentor that will be honest with you. you have to be out there, shooting day in and day out and messing up and learning how to correct yourself. i still remember her looking at me and saying, that is awful. that sucks. while some may think, wow…harsh much? no, not at all. its how you learn. you will get no better if you just get lied to and not reach for that improvement. i gained my knowledge and also a forever friend that is ironically my soul sister. Thank you Sarah Wellmeier for giving me what i needed.
so here we are. 8 years later. i have had my ups and i have had my major downs. which in this industry, any type of creative industry, has those. i have learned the “rules” and i have learned how to break them. i have learned what my passion and where that fire in my soul is directed to. i have found my “remedy”.
to each and every one of this past year, thank you. thank you is simply not enough, but i just can not possibly convey the gratitude through words in a post. you really have no idea how much it means to me when you choose me to hire for you family pictures. sure…i take your money and i take your pictures. pretty simple uh? oh no. its so much deeper than that to me. out of all of the photographers that you could hire, you chose me. you wanted me. you wanted my work, my vision. and that right there, means more than the moons and stars to me. i have an overflowing abundance of gratefulness. the fact that i get to live out my dreams, to show you what i see and the beauty that that entails, that i get to capture moments i never had or moments that i missed…wow. its humbling and mind blowing.
i want you to know that i remember every moment of our sessions. i remember the feelings, the jokes, the love, the glances, the in between moments that you never ever see that goes on between you and your family but i am the lucky one that gets to witness it and better yet, capture it so it can live forever for you. every hug, every kiss, every nose snuggle, every boo-boo that needed to be kissed, every game or ring around the rosy dances, it healed a piece of me and it made a permeant mark on my heart and soul. and it makes me happy when i look through these photos. and saying thank you just doesn’t seem like enough. your photos are apart of me. and will forever be.
you made my 2017 much sweeter with your presence. and i look forward to the coming year. i look forward to seeing you all again.
Jamie Faulkner Photography ©2017. Made with <3 Lost Boys Design Co.