2018 was a hard year and an amazing year at the same time. This was the year that I opened a gallery with my friend and business partner Jennifer Boomer called Photo Marfa. We had our grand opening October 5th. It is the year I decided to quit being a wedding photographer. It is the year that I started a pet portrait project that turned into a pet portrait business called Marfa Pet Pawtraits. It is the year that I rediscovered my passion for landscape photography. It is the year I turned 45. It is also the year that I got that lightning shot I have been chasing for almost a decade.
As I go into 2019 with just a few weddings, I am a little sad to step away from that part of my life. It has been an incredible experience. We have had the best clients over the past 6 years. Truly, the best. I could not be more grateful for all the couples that have trusted us to capture their most precious moments. Shooting weddings taught me so much about photography. It opened my eyes to seeing things in an entire new light. I didn’t really start growing as a photographer until I started shooting weddings, so for that I am truly grateful. However, it is time to move on to new adventures and take my work to the next level.
Thank you to my husband Junie Villarreal who has gone on this 6 year wedding photography journey with me. Who started out by carrying my gear and holding lights only to grab a camera one day and then turn into an incredible artist. I am excited to see what he does with his new found photography passion. Thank you to Sarah Vasquez for being a great friend and a wonderful assistant. Thank you to Jennifer Boomer for taking this crazy risk with me. I can’t wait to see what this year brings.
2018 was the year of transition. 2019 will be the year of growth.