“Dreams, if they’re any good, are always a little bit crazy. ”
― Ray Charles
Every year I make a list of my new (or old) wedding photography dreams. When I started in 2015 it was just for fun. Just a way to meet my weekly blog post quota when I didn’t have anything else to blog about. But as I would re-read that post over the year, and as I got ready to write my 2016 post, I realized that these lists became more than just silly day dreams. These became goals for progressing my business, my photography, and myself. These dreams are how I want to grow, new directions I want to take, new things I want to try. Ways to push myself on things I’m scared to do.
Last year I accomplished 3 of my 6 wedding photography dreams for 2016. And while 50% may not be a good score most of the time, I was really proud of that fact. Plus, it was way better than my 20% success rate of 2015. Glass half full, right? Still, though, it’s not really about the “success rate.” I’m happy just to dream these little wedding photography dreams of mine, and if maybe, just maybe one or two of them come true, well, then that’s just icing on the cake really.
So this year, I’m dreaming big. Why not, right? Who’s stopping me? And even if none of these wedding photography dreams come true this year, that’s ok, because there’s always next year!
1. Photograph a destination wedding in Europe
I LOVE Europe, I love the history, the romance, the landscapes. All of it. Give it to me! I was lucky enough to travel to England, France, and Italy when I was 16 and I would die to go back. I was captivated then by everything I saw, and think about these stunning places that I saw and how amazing it would be to photograph someone there!
2. Photograph a destination wedding in Hawaii
Ever since I was a little girl I’ve had a fascination with Hawaii. It might have had something to do with a certain Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen movie. I was lucky enough to take 2 vacations to Oahu and Maui with my family, and fell even more in love with these gorgeous islands.
3. Photograph 3 destination weddings
Are you sensing a theme here? This year, I’d really like to photograph more destination weddings. They’re my favorite! Last year I photographed 3 destination weddings (yay!) and I’m hoping for the same number this year! Plus, I already photographed a destination wedding in Jamaica this year, so I’m 1/3 of the way there.
4. Photograph 2 destination engagement sessions
Ok, I know I sound like a broken record here, and I promise not all of these will be destination wedding related, but I LOVE the idea of traveling someplace new for your engagement photos! Especially if you’re having your wedding where you live. You’ll get unique, extra special engagement photos without the price tag of a destination wedding. I’ve made a list of some of my dream places to go for destination engagement sessions with no travel fees, so check out my list and pack your bags!
5. Photograph a wedding at Mile High Station
I’m resurrecting this dream from my 2015 post. Mile High Station has been one of my favorite Colorado wedding venues since I started wedding photography, but I’ve never worked there. I love the industrial feel of the place and have all these ideas of beautiful photos I could create.
Melissa Sue Photography is an award winning Colorado and Destination wedding photographer who specializes in wedding and engagement photography. Melissa is based in Denver, Colorado but travels worldwide, capturing local and destination weddings all over the globe.
I can’t wait to hear from you!