I'm a traveling wedding and elopement photographer based in Boulder, Colorado. I capture real moments with bright, bold, natural images. My goal is to make your wedding day the best it can be and ensure that you have a meaningful, memorable, FUN wedding day that is the start of a lifelong adventure.
These end-of-year recaps are fun to write, and I like looking back and reflecting on my life and business each year. Fair warning, this post gets a little more personal than most.
2022 was one of the most challenging years of my life. But those challenges came with so much growth.
I went back and looked at my 2021 recap. 2021 was a big year for me too. If 2021 was the year I decided to make a lot of life changes, then 2022 was the year I lived through those changes and transitions.
And there were even more changes than I expected there to be.
For context, here is what happened in 2021:
So that’s where I left off at the end of 2021: a lot of life changes, but looking forward to life in Colorado as a full-time photographer. Everything was great.
Then, in the spring of 2022, my partner broke up with me.
It felt like my world shattered. It was just a few months after I had moved to Colorado, moved in with him, and quit my last full-time job.
I essentially had no partner, no job, no friends, and nowhere to live for a bit. I had a few weddings and sessions booked in Colorado at the time, but nowhere near what I needed to fully support myself.
It was really scary and really hard. This Instagram post summarizes my feelings pretty well.
Here’s the rest of what happened in 2022:
I did it and I’m really freaking proud of myself.
I’ll admit it. I didn’t really want to move to Colorado (this Instagram post talks about that more). But I chose to stay and I can finally, honestly say that I’m happy here.
Honestly, my clients are a big part of why I stayed. I could have left Colorado when my ex broke up with me. I could have gone back to Delaware or Ohio or somewhere new entirely. But I didn’t.
To my clients in 2022: you meant more to me than you’ll ever know. You gave me a reason to get up in the morning on some of my hardest days. You gave me a reason to show up when I wanted to do anything but. You gave me joy and purpose when it felt like my life had fallen apart. You gave me a reason to explore Colorado when I didn’t want to. You allowed me to financially support myself when I wasn’t sure I could do it. And ultimately, you gave me a reason to stay in Colorado and fight to create a life I actually wanted in a state I initially didn’t want to be in.
All that to say, THANK YOU.
2022 was a wild ride. Here’s to 2023.
Here’s a quick story to end on. I’ll probably never forget this session.
I was hiking with the couple to their location and as we were chatting, one of them turned to me and said: “You’re living the dream!”
They didn’t know that at that moment, my life felt like anything but a dream.
They didn’t know…
…that my partner of 2 years had broken up with me about 10 days ago.
…that it was my last night living with him before I moved out in the morning.
…that as I pulled into the parking lot to meet them about 20 minutes prior, my ex had texted me and started an argument related to me moving out.
…that it was taking everything in me to hold it together for the hour that they spent with me.
I didn’t tell them any of this. I just smiled and said “I guess I am”.
Their session ended up being one of my favorites of the year and for that hour, I was able to put my thoughts aside and feel like maybe that dream of a life was possible and worth working for.
And now at the start of 2023, I feel like I am living the dream.
Here’s a look back at the goals I set for 2022 and how I did in working towards them.
And with that, here are some of my favorite photos from 2022!
I'm Abby Shepard, a traveling wedding and elopement photographer based in Boulder, Colorado USA. I document real moments with bright, bold, natural images and help you have a meaningful & fun wedding day.
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