September 24, 2012 In photography, weddings

career milestone. 100.

ONE HUNDRED.

I remember a winter afternoon, sixteen years old, sprawled out on my best friend’s living room floor, a piece of loose-leaf paper and a mug of chai tea beside me. Things to Do Before I Die. I wrote about dreams of travel, family, life experiences & I wrote “Photograph a Wedding.”

Little did I know what God had in store.

This past Saturday, September 22nd, I photographed my 100th career wedding.
[Not including second-shooting or assisting, of course.]

My heart is full. My heart is excited. My heart is ready to photograph another 100.

I love this job in a different way than when I started. I’ve been through highs and lows, seasons of workaholic-ness and seasons of “I don’t want to work for 3 months, KGreatThxBye.” I’ve been through times where I think this is all I ever want to do and times where I think, “Maybe there’s something else I want to pursue.” But I’ve ended up here, 100 weddings later, honestly, still so in love with it all.

In love with the stories.
In love with the people.
In love with the intense work days.
In love with the thrill of a job well done.

Thank you, to each and every one of the 100 couples that have taken a chance on me [especially that first year! yikes!], believed in my vision and welcomed me as a part of your wedding days.

I love this life God has blessed me with.

  • Ashley B

    Congrats Jamie! Been a follower of your blog for a few years… but have never really commented. I guess now’s the perfect time! Cheers to a great accomplishment and moment in your career! – Ashley from Connecticut

  • Congrats Jamie! It has been a pleasure to watch and be inspired by you!

  • soooo many congrats!! each of those 100 couples were so very blessed by you! xoxo

  • congratulations–what a milestone. :) loved seeing all these pictures!

  • K M

    Why have you not shot any full figured women and men/couples, do you feel they would not be a commercial success for you?

    K.

  • Huge congratulations Jamie. You’re a huge inspiration and I’m so excited for you! :)

  • A hundred congratulations, Jamie. You are a motivation to us all. 100 is a lot of weddings.

  • Congratulations Jamie!!!! I remember when you first joined OSP. God has gifted you with so many talents. You are amazing! :)

  • Remember when I shot one of those with you? That was fun.

  • Congratulations Jamie! I’ve been a big fan of your work for a long time…way to go on such a wonderful milestone!

  • This collage was such a good idea. :) Congratulations again on the 100 weddings! It’s awesome. You make me proud! Praying for you!

  • K M

    Deleting my comment will not change the truth.

  • Emily Cuthbert

    Proud of you friend. You inspire me. xo

  • Tay

    Wow! That is incredible what God did with one goal of yours and multiplied it times 100. Photographing a wedding is actually one of my goals as well, and I pray that I will be as successful as you have been. By the way, I love your blog, and it actually was an inspiration for my own blog that I just launched today!

  • @K M – Woah! I actually didn’t delete your comment… I have to “approve” new commenters before they show up. So I just went in and approved both your comments now. I have NEVER turned down a wedding because a bride and groom were full-figured… Don’t really appreciate the accusatory tone. Real Unnecessary.

  • Kim

    Beautiful collage! Just wanted to say congrats on every single one of your 100 weddings. It really is an amazing accomplishment and you should be so proud of yourself. You are an inspiration! I’m really glad I had the opportunity to meet you and come along. It really was a highlight of my summer. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavours and many more weddings to come :)

  • Janine

    SO HAPPY YOU TOOK THE TIME TO POST THIS! LOADED WITH AWESOMENESS ~ I HAVE LOVED FOLLOWING YOUR WORK AND YOUR WORDS! KEEP ROCKING IT ;)

  • This is so impressive! Wow! Congrats!

  • I love your work! Congratulations on such an exciting milestone! Best of luck with wherever the next 5 years take you!

  • Congratulations!!! It’s amazing to see what God does in our lives! He is so good!!! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

  • This is an amazing dream of your to see in fast forward. Many many congrats girl!!!

  • Joelynn

    Congrats and beautiful post!

  • Congratulations, Jamie! I love how God has worked in your life and I’ve been so blessed by your willingness to share. I’m so excited to see where you are in another four years, after another hundred or so weddings. :)

  • Congratulations Jamie!

  • High-five!

  • Jamie! Congratulations! It is a true inspiration that you get to do what you love as a career; many people aspire to this and many will never achieve it. Keep living the way you do; Happy, generous spirit that you are (it comes through in every post, every picture). It’s my dream to have you take my portrait one day, you do such fabulous work!
    blessings to the next 100 :)
    a.

  • This deserves an award or something. Nay, ALL the awards! ;) wonderful job, Jamie! You’ve done so beautifully on each one:)

  • CONGRATS! you rock and your pictures are just plum amazing.

  • Roxy

    A huge congrats Jamie! So glad we were included in the 100! To the next 100! x

  • Congratulations!! Praise God for the happiness you are feeling today. May it go on and on and on! Hoping and praying to one day have the knowledge you do to photograph 100 anything. :) I am always learning and I appreciate learning from you. Thank you!

  • Carole

    I see my Brock and Chelsea! We loved having you. Come back anytime! Praying for God’s blessings and favor on your work, your family, and your life.

  • Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jamie, this is incredible! You have been such an inspiration to me. Congratulations!

  • A HUGE congrats!! :) So amazing to look at all the couples as well! Thanks so much for posting this!! :)

  • Congrats, Jamie! That is such an inspiration. I found your work through Sarah Barlow as a fellow former SB intern. :) It’s really cool to see all those photos in one place.