Best of 2018 | Year in Review
Hooooooooly wow, it’s been a big year! I’m incredibly grateful to all of the couples and clients who trusted me to capture meaningful images for them… being a wedding photographer is being trusted by complete strangers to capture a huge milestone in their lives… and hopefully somewhere along the way, for me, becoming friends. I shot the most-ever weddings this year, clocking in at 18! (I posted 17 to Instagram a few weeks ago… only to realize I had miscounted.) It’s been quite a year for growth, reflection, and figuring out exactly what I want this little business (that maybe isn’t so little anymore) to be.
I can’t believe my first wedding was all the way back in 2013… oh, how far we’ve come since then! This adventure started out with just me + Kian, and this year, because I can’t do it all myself, Chris and Kian and Matt all became associates, lead shooting weddings of their own under my brand. Plus, family (hi Mom!) is helping out with some of the behind-the-scenes office stuff.
On a personal level, 2018 has brought a lot of struggle, as I’ve worked to balance my photography with a very fulfilling more-than-full-time job that takes up my 9-5, as well as some scraps of a social life. I’ve had some missteps and stumbles along the way, but leaning into our crazy-amazing team and asking for help when I’ve needed it, and here we are with another year on the books.
Thank you to every single one of my clients, and team members, and everyone who’s had a hand in making Aimee Custis Photography come alive for another year. It was a real challenge to narrow it down, but here are some of my very favorite images from this year… hopefully with enough context for you friends reading along at home to enjoy it as well. :)
Not everything this year was a wedding! I had a blast going above-and-beyond to help this charming Utah groom propose (she said yes!) and take his lovely bride-to-be on an exploratory photo session around DC, culminating in cherry blossom portraits. And my dear friend Sarah gave birth to her first child. Capturing the stillness and newness of this family on a hot day at home this summer is a memory I’ll always hold dear.
More honest in-between moments that make my heart sing. 🥰
This year-in-photography has been incredible. Challenging but so rewarding. It means so much to me to be part, however small, of so many love stories.
Photography for us will always be a labor of love, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I often say that when seeing the Lincoln Monument lit up at night doesn't give me a thrill anymore, it'll be time for me to leave DC. Just like that, when every single wedding day doesn't leave me in tears and with an appreciation for family and love, it'll be time to hang up my camera.
Thank you to all of my 2018 clients for being a part of my story, and inviting me to be a part of yours. If you know someone whose story I should be documenting, please send them my way! I've never advertised, and hope that my love of craft will carry on to new, wonderful people each season. Thank you so much.