2014 - A Year in Review

This year has been an incredible one. I've traveled more than I have in almost any other year of my life, I've made some wonderful new friends and strengthened old relationships, and I was blessed with some truly amazing experiences :)

2014 was my first year as a college graduate, and I tried every day to make it my best year so far. 

 I stared off the year set on starting a 52 weeks project, which is taking one self-portrait every for a year. This was my first week's image, titled ."Today, you are alive."

I stared off the year set on starting a 52 weeks project, which is taking one self-portrait every for a year. This was my first week's image, titled ."Today, you are alive."

At the beginning of the year, just after graduating, I spent a couple of weeks in Utah with my friends, exploring the mountains. Above are photos of me and my friend from school, Katie, and my childhood friend, Sarah Nightingale.

I met a girl who was at school at the same time as me, but surprisingly we had never hung out before. Her name is Camilla, and she is a very talented videographer. I needed tips on working with film-making, and she wanted to learn more about photography, so our friendship was not only awesome, but also mutually beneficial ;) 

She and I got together for a few shoots at the beginning of the year after I moved home to California, and we taught each other what we knew about our respective talents. It was amazing how well we clicked, and we ended up talking for hours about life, art, and the future.

 Another photo from my 52 Weeks Project. I made the dress out of pages from old books I found.

Another photo from my 52 Weeks Project. I made the dress out of pages from old books I found.

Below are photos from a small series I shot during my project, called "Gossamer Daydreams".

My friend Katie came to visit me in California. We spent a week exploring around my hometown, and I took her to San Francisco, to the redwood forest, and up to Tahoe National Forest. It was such a fun week, and it helped me to appreciate my home state in a brand new way.

Another set of images from a rainy day at the lake. I'm pretty obsessed with rain, especially in photos.

 "Up With The Birds" 9/52

"Up With The Birds" 9/52

Spring came early this year. Flowers started to bloom on the trees by mid-March, and I fell in love with the beauty of the pastel-colored countryside nearby. 

My friend David Talley came to visit the Bay Area from Los Angeles, and we planed a fun week around his visit.

We went to Muir Woods with our friends Preston, Marissa, Rosa, and Ashley, and met up with my friend Ethan at the last minute. The woods were so beautiful that day, and we spent a few hours shooting with each other.

Later, David and I explored the pier, went to Alcatraz Island, climbed Coit Tower, visited Flickr Headquarters, had an early morning photoshoot on a gorgeous beach, and took a day trip to Santa Cruz to visit UCSC. It was such an awesome week, and one I will never forget.

When the poppies began to bloom around the area in April, I drove for hours trying to find the perfect location for some photos. I got a tip from my friend Camilla about a beautiful field nearby filled with rows and rows of poppies, and I quickly found my way there to experience it myself. 

In April, I was given the opportunity to travel to Alaska and shoot the elopement of a beautiful couple at Beluga Point. Of course, I jumped at the idea, and quickly booked my tickets.

I have been friends with a talented photographer and Alaska-native named Grace Adams for several years, and I figured this was the perfect opportunity to visit her home and spend some time with she and her sweet husband Austin!

I spent a week with them at their adorable cabin home in the mountains of Anchorage, shot the engagements and elopement--with the help of Grace--and explored the beautiful great white north.

Then came the trip of a lifetime.... Iceland. I was invited on an incredible journey through the beautiful country of Iceland with my friends Lizzy and Rob. Along the way, we joined up with our friends Kelsey, Sian, Anna, Chelsey, Autumn, and Kassidy, and spent two full weeks exploring mountains, waterfalls, ocean shores, glaciers, and volcanic fields. Under the name of "The Restless Youth", we saw and did some crazy amazing things, and I'll never forget how happy this trip made me feel.

It was one of the most memorable times of my life, and I'm not sure if any other trip could ever quite top it. I owe so much to my friends who made the adventure possible, and I can't wait for more travels with them in the future.

I also made a film about our travels through Iceland, which you can watch below.

I went to Los Angeles not long after I got back from Iceland. I was shooting a wedding at Newport Beach, and I wanted to visit my friend David in his hometown. We explored the mountains, spent a day at Disneyland, went cliff-jumping, visited LACM with friends, and ate sushi on the roof of a hotel. It was a pretty awesome weekend getaway.  

I came back home for a bit between travels, and then I went to Utah for a family reunion. I met up with my friend Katie and her cousin to adventure in the beautiful mountains of Park City. It was mid-summer, but it snowed while we were there!

 Blue skies are ahead, sweetheart

Blue skies are ahead, sweetheart

My mom was volunteering at a girl's camp in the mountains, and I gladly tagged along to help. Needless to say, I spent more time exploring the campgrounds and beyond, and I took several long walks during the next two days. Being in the mountains is one of my favorite things in the world. 

In August, I headed off on my first solo road trip across California, Oregon, Washington, then onto Vancouver, and back. I started in Portland, where I spent a couple of days with my friend Gail, and met up with a group of awesome photographers in the Rose Gardens. 

I headed to Seattle next, where I stayed with my friend Jill Thoman for a few days. I met several of her friends, ate a delicious homemade dinner, and explored the beautiful shoreline city. 

Next, onto Vancouver. I had plans to meet up with a large group of friends to camp for a week on a small island outside of Nanaimo, BC. "Flickr Island", as we called it, was a week to remember. Me and thirty other photographers spent our days thinking up concepts, photographing each other, hiking through forests on the island, canoeing, and singing Vance Joy in the deepening twilight. It was such an incredible experience, and I wish I could live it all over again.

After I got back from my travels, I started to hang out with my friend Ethan, a crazy talented photographer. We arranged shoots and made plans for future trips and adventures.

I went to Land's End and the Sutro Baths with my friends Marissa, Kelsey, and Libby.

Autumn came and along with it, some big changes. I chopped my hair above shoulder length for the first time in a lot of years, and I began to formulate business plans with Ethan. I began to delve more into videography, and thought about other possible ideas for my future.  

I did a stylized bridal shoot in the mountains that I loved with all my heart. This beautiful couple took my breath away, and I made a short film to document the evening.

Next up, Yosemite! This trip was one of those times that feels like a dream to think about now. I spent a few days in Yosemite with my friend Kelsey and the beautiful and talented Dani Dautel. Autumn in Yosemite is probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen, and I was amazed by the grandeur of this iconic park. It was my first time visiting, and I fell deeply in love with it. I can't wait to go back someday soon. 

The day after I got back from Yosemite, I took off to San Diego for a wedding I was second-shooting with Ethan. We met up for a day with my friend and fellow photographer Paige Nelson at Balboa Park. That place was so beautiful, and both Ethan and I so enjoyed getting to know Paige better. She is the sweetest girl in the world, and I can't wait to hang out and shoot with her more soon! 

A week or so later, I headed to Utah for my last big roadtrip of 2014. I went with my friend Ethan, his (our) manager Jenda, and Ethan's friend Andi! We spent time shooting in the Sierra mountains, and then headed to Salt Lake City for a few days.

We met up with Brittni Willie, explored the city and the mountain ranges, and then we went on an overnight trip to Moab to see Arches National Park. That place was so beyond stunning, and I can't wait to share more photos from that trip soon :)

While I was in Utah, I also hung out with my new friends Blake and Zach. We spent the day breaking in our snow shoes in the wintry forests of the Wasatch Mountains, and I felt like I was walking through Narnia. It was such a great day. (More photos coming soon!) 

I also did a lifestyle shoot for an awesome cycling gear company called Alpine Cycling! Can't wait to get all these photos finished, we had a really great time shooting up in the mountains. 

For Christmas, my family got our tree 22 days too late, spent a quiet Christmas morning at home, and then took off on a short weekend trip to Monterey, California. We went to a chocolate factory, took pictures on the beach at sunset, and visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We had such a fun time exploring the marina and spending time together as a family. It was the perfect way to end the year. 

2014 has been so good to me. I've done some really incredible things this year, seen some amazing places, and this year has held some of the happiest moments of my life. It's been one of the best years ever, and I'm a little sad to see it go, to be honest. 

But 2015, I know without a doubt, is going to be incredible. I have plans to make it the new best year of my life, and I know I'm going to continue chasing after all those crazy dreams of mine. I'm so excited to see this year unfold, and I hope you will all do the same. 

Thank you all for your unending support of me this past year, and I hope you will continue to follow along on all my adventures in the new year. I love you all. 

Happy 2015!