2022 Hazel Photo Weddings Year in Review

I’m going to “kick” this off by saying that 2022 kicked my butt. There was a metric ton of pent-up demand for live events this past year.

In 2022 I photographed:

37 weddings,

3 elopements,

A baby naming,

3 multi-day corporate conferences,

5 corporate parties,

3 family sessions,

6 engagement sessions,

and 150 headshots.

I’m incredibly grateful to every last client I worked with, and every person who referred me to clients. To be busy again after the pandemic, has made me feel alive and useful. This was the best year my business has seen to date. It was also the queerest year of weddings I have photographed!

Most of my photo work transpired in the greater San Francisco Bay Area… from Oakland to Orinda to Walnut Creek, from Napa to Calistoga to Mendocino from Sonoma to Healdsburg, from Gilroy to Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay, from The Financial District to Civic Center to the Presidio, from San Rafael to Mill Valley to Bodega Bay.

I did have the chance to travel to Lake Tahoe, Mendocino, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Jamaica to make photographs for clients as well.

I haven’t had time to share very much of the work I made this year, because I was so busy making it. In this coming January and February I am looking forward to reliving 2022 and updating my portfolio with some of the beauty I witnessed this past year.

A few wedding clients this year told me, “We don’t want any posed portraits. Just ‘documentary style’ photos of our wedding day.” I loved those opportunities to turn my entire focus to storytelling images. I felt seen, like my clients understood what I was up to, and wanted me to lean into that strength on their wedding day.

On the home front, our 2-year-old started preschool and brought us on vacation to Japan and Mexico. We bought an old house in Berkeley and have begun to fill it with art, and surround it with gardens.


Central Square Family Photos

Central Square Family Photos

Grasi, Dani, and Otto are new wedding photographer friends who go by the moniker Rocker in Love. They are currently doing a project that has them traveling across the USA in a tour van photographing a wedding in every state. You can check out their map and read about their project here. Hello, North Dakota! Grasi and Dani need your engaged couples.

I was happy to catch them on the Massachusetts leg of their trip. All three are curious, lovely, and energetic people. It was good fun to have them over for a pasta lunch. They humored me when my obsession with cognates reared its head. Dani called our gaggle of basil plants by the sink “a little farm.” I wondered aloud “finchinha?” Dani said, “farminha.” Grasi cracked up. It’s “fazendinha.” I had just baked a batch of homemade granola which Otto much preferred to the spicy pasta and sausage. Grasi never knew that oatmeal and granola came from the same vine. Hilariously, she thanked me for teaching her how to make the “burnt oatmeal!”

When we finished eating, we made sure to have our coffee and biscotti, and only then did we take a stroll through my neighborhood, Central Square, snapping photos of each other. I showed them a lovingly painted art house, the local record store, cheapo records, and a few murals. They showed me their tricked-out tour van.

Come back anytime, friends! Any time!

Check out their pics of me here.

 

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