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Reflecting on 2022 | Education | Courtland Photography

Is it just me, or did 2022 seem like it lasted only six months? I suppose that’s what happens when your year is jammed packed with seemingly nonstop activities and events. This year I had the honor of photographing 28 weddings, 14 engagement sessions, and traveling to multiple destinations ranging from Seattle, Mexico, Denver, Chattanooga, Las Vegas, Maui, Benton, Miami, Napa, San Francisco, Jenner, San Diego, Lake Tahoe, and Ridgecrest. Whew, what a whirlwind!

Being a Sacramento wedding photographer gives me a ton of opportunities to shoot at many beautiful and unique wedding venues such as: Black Oak Mountain Vineyards, Park Winters, Sequoia Mansion, Eagle Ridge, The Maples, Rancho Victoria Vineyards, The Citizen Hotel, Mountain House Estate, and Stemple Creek Ranch.

As we look back on the year 2022, it’s clear that wedding photographers have had to adapt and overcome many challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the wedding industry, leading to postponements, cancellations, and smaller, more intimate gatherings.

One highlight in 2022 has been the increasing demand for destination weddings. With restrictions easing up on international travel, couples have been able host destination weddings, providing photographers with the opportunity to capture the beauty and culture of different locations. Some of my dream destination wedding locations are: Iceland, Lake Como, Santorini, New Zealand, Banff National Park, Hawaii, Croatia, Thailand, and Paris.

As we enter the much anticipated year of 2023, wedding photographers have much to look forward to. With the COVID-19 pandemic hopefully a distant memory, couples are eager to plan and hold their dream weddings. It also means digital trends will become more mainstream such as Zoom consultations, online digital galleries, and artificial intelligence. Some photographers are beginning to use AI to automatically retouch and enhance their images, freeing up more time for them to focus on creative aspects of their work. I look forward to testing this out in my personal workflow, and I’m excited to see the results.

Overall, the year of 2022 has been a year of learning, growth, anticipation and adaptation for wedding photographers. As we move into the future, we can take the lessons and experiences of this past year with us, and continue to create unique, beautiful and meaningful memories for couples on their special day in 2023.

I feel truly blessed to be able to do what I love and see the world while doing it. Thank you, universe!

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