A year in review

Where to begin my recap? 2018 was a wild ride. It brought me adventure, freedom, wisdom, and a lot of challenges. With every downhill brought a greater peaks after the climb. Each view unique and inspiring. So where to begin with a recap than at the beginning. And in lieu of a classic year in review (usually just photos and captions), I thought it’d be fun to go month by month and list out my favorite events and happenings by date.

January:

8th:
I started a Mastermind/Accountability group with women in Portland. This was our first meeting!

14th:
I visited the Portland Art Museum for the first time and saw the Leica exhibit!

15th:
I booked an agent

28th:
I got a tattoo at Ritual Arts in (NE Portland) of a bull to symbolize the strength and perseverance I would use to navigate through life and business.

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February:

8th:
I photographed the BHLDN couple’s night at the downtown Portland Anthropologie

11th:
I hosted the Portland Wedding Soiree at The Magnolia with Kelli Thomsen and Samantha Struck

12th:
I quit my part time job and at the same time became a full time photographer

20th:
I joined Jasmine Star’s Social Curator team as a Facebook Page moderator. She’s a huge inspiration to me, so being around her projects was a dream come true.

21st:
I joined WeWork to encourage working outside my home office

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March:

4th:
Jem and I went ALL OVER Portland trying to find somewhere to watch the Oscars because we didn’t have cable. Ended up watching it at Bridgeport. We had to read the captions (which were slower than what was happening so it was hard to follow, ha!)

7th:
The Black Tux invited me to their private industry networking event!

11th:
I recorded an intro video to my business with Fibre Creative!

22nd:
I recorded my first podcast with the head of Together Experience, Devan McCabe

25th:
Jem and I took a trip to Los Angeles for Jem’s spring break!

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April:

1st:
I upgraded to the desk life at WeWork

25th:
Zoe and I walked around downtown to capture some freakin’ awesome shots for her Instagram!

29th:
Jem and I started Vlogging (let’s see if this returns in 2019)

 
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May

2nd:
Jury duty! What I assumed would be a 1-2 day work week setback, turned into a two week commitment.

5th:
Road trip to Smith Rock! My first time in Bend, Oregon was for an amazing engagement shoot with Mark and Tierney (whose wedding I will be photographing in 2019!)

19th:
The royal wedding! I totally got up in the early AM to put this on tv. Not ashamed!

29th:
Back to back business branding shoots! One with Samantha of StruckSured and one with Stephanie of Tans with Steph.

30th:
I got my first ever legitimate call back for a television show after my first audition with this casting agency. It was a huge win for me. I didn’t get the part, but having a call back (especially after only being in the office once) is something I’m proud of.

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June:

1st:
Road tripped to Los Angeles from Portland with my mom to help her move to her new home!

2nd:
And back on a plane to Portland! This was a crazy intense trip or me physically.

3rd:
Jem and I were invited to afternoon tea at Opal28 with a bunch of our favorite business friends!

5th:
We bought our tickets to Australia!

11th:
An incredible shoot with BHLDN and Sam Struck at the Leach Botanical Gardens

12th:
A follow up shoot at Gorge Crest Vineyards with the same team and new vision!

16th:
First wedding of the season! This was the first year we started our season in June instead of May.

17th:
Returned to Lewis & Clark for a stunning engagement shoot with Staci + Elvis!

23rd:
Keith proposed to Jenny!

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July:

4th:
Another trip to LA. This wouldn’t be the last!

8th:
My friend Carly and I decided that we would write and produce a show together that December. We toured the venue and got our budget down on paper!

12th:
Another branding shoot! I LOVED doing these. This was with Union Event Co.

14th:
Jem & I celebrated his birthday at our friend’s wedding celebration!

30th:
The Klasse camera I impulse bought on Ebay arrived! We got straight to shooting.

 
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August:

11th:
Jem and I photographed STUNNING wedding at the Eastside Exchange ballroom for the first time.

13th:
I worked on set with some amazingly talented actors and crew to produce one of the coolest short film concepts I’ve seen! (I can’t wait for this to premiere in 2019)

19th:
LA again! Carly and I took some promo photos for our show!

25th:
We returned to Gorge Crest for Kristina + Tylers wedding. Can’t say enough how much I love this venue.

28th:
I got to photograph another branding session with Lane’ Jo Richards of Wedding Pro Coaching. She’s my idol! I loved working with her a second time that year.

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October:

5th:
Penny’s first roadtrip! We went to Seattle to drop off Mr. Bones with my dad before our Aus trip.

10th:
I got my first tarot and birth chart reading. Very woowoo, but I’ve always wanted to do it! I’ll probably do it again in the New Year. Why not!

11th:
I traveled across seas for the first time and spent two weeks exploring Australia. Jem and I went to Sydney, the Gold Coast, and Melbourne.

27th:
Back in PDX. First thing’s first: taking Penny to the park!

 
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November:

13th:
I took a one-way flight to Los Angeles to spend the winter working on expanding my photography and focusing on my career as an actor.

17th:
Scripts printed, the rehearsal process begins!

26th:
Carly and I mocked up a SNL-inspired video to open our show! This was one of our favorite things to make!

 
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December:

4th:
The poster and Marquee went up!

5th:
Carly and I met Jeff Goldblum at his jazz show. Words can’t describe how amazing it was.

6th:
I produced and performed an original comedy play at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood, California

11th:
I went to Disneyland with my mom, just because I could! This was a weird accomplishment of mine.

23rd:
Jem flew down from Portland to spend Christmas with me!

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These memories are courtesy of Day One and Google Photos! This isn’t even a sliver of what my year was like, but it was fun to read through my old journal entries and scroll through my Google Photos to see how the year went. I can’t believe how fast 2018 flew by. I can safely say I welcome 2019 with open arms.