Hello there! 2020 was a very strange year for me when it comes to the usual bulk of my photography business: wedding photography. I photographed 5 weddings in the whole of last year. That’s crazy considering I captured 21 weddings the year before. I knew going into 2020 that the numbers would be down because I intentionally did not book any weddings at the end of the year because I was getting married. However, I did not anticipate the postponements, cancellations, etc that would occur due to the global pandemic. My fall 2021 calendar is now 99% full, and it’s only January. Typically, the fall is not completely booked until spring. I read somewhere that the US usually sees about 2 million weddings each year. They said that 2020 saw a little over 1 million weddings and were predicting that 2021 would see 3.5 million weddings. Crazy.
The majority of my 2020 business was capturing family portraits, engagement sessions, and mini sessions. I absolutely love my returning clients who continue to book me each year for updated family portraits! This year also had a surprise proposal that I had a great time capturing. I was also honored to be able to capture a wish being granted as part of the Make a Wish foundation. 2020 may have looked different for my business, but I enjoyed every minute of it!
Early last year, I met up with a few other photographers to work with a professional model and some studio lighting. I absolutely fell in love with this type of shooting and knew I wanted to take my photography in this direction.
Since then, I have invested in some new off camera flash equipment (Godox & Flashpoint), met up with some awesome local models, and started creating some kick-a portraits (follow me on Instagram to see my latest: @loladeephoto – and DM me if you want to collaborate!):
Personal Update: I’m MARRIED! I experienced first hand what it was like to be a bride in 2020. I feel fortunate that my husband and I had already planned to go a less traditional route before COVID. We had planned to exchange vows in Scotland and then return to have a wedding reception. With the state of the world, we instead went to Tennessee to exchange vows in one of my new favorite places: Cades Cove. We found an amazing photographer – Erin Morrison Photography, an awesome florist – Melissa Timms Designs, and we said our vows in the Great Smoky Mountains. We then returned and had a socially responsible reception with our closest friends and family. I couldn’t be happier!