MY YEAR IN REVIEW ~ 2016 {JORDAN DOAK PHOTOGRAPHY}


WOW WOW WOW! I can't even believe this year is ending already, it feels like just yesterday it turned 2016 and I was preparing for the biggest year of my career! So many things happened to me this year, I jumped hurdles I never expected and I triumphed in so many ways! I know there is a lot of negativity surrounding the year that was 2016 but it will forever go down as the best year of my LIFE!! Below are some of the highlights both professionally and personally that happened to me in 2016! Hope you Enjoy!

MY NEW CAR!

I purchased my very first new (BRAND SPANKIN NEW) car and man has this little beauty been good to me! In 2016 we put on over 25000 Km's traveling all over this province for sessions and weddings! Easily my best sidekick ;)

A BIG REVEAL

I got to help reveal on the biggest surprises I had done to date! I was sooooo thrilled to finally announce the pregnancy of a great friend of mine! Within this year I revealed the Pregnancy, shot the maternity and captured Bohdi's photos when he was a few months old!

WEDDING PHOTOS IN MCDONALDS

For the first time ever I did wedding photos inside a McDonalds! The bride and the groom were telling me a story about how he asked her to be his girlfriend at a particular McDonalds in town! Good thing it was on the way to the location we were using for photos! Went inside and ordered some fries, what a fun day this was!

MY FIRST WEDDING SHOW

One of the biggest Triumphs for my professional career was being a vendor at my first ever wedding show! I had the pleasure of attending the All Dressed in White Wedding Show as an exhibitor and man was it a CRAZY experience! I met soooooo many people it is hard even remember! Also it was a fantastic place to meet other people in the wedding industry and network with them!

THE FAMOUS DUDOIR SESSION

Man Alive this shoot makes me laugh every time! One of my friends husbands had messaged me saying he wanted to surprise her for her birthday with a "dudoir" session.... what else do you say other then HELL YES! Oh my it was so funny and it was sooo hard keeping my composure during the session, I just wanted to laugh sooo hard! Now to the day I posted it on facebook... it went VIRAL and veeeery fast! So many people laughing and saying how much of a smile it put on their face!

SAVE MY OWN DATE

On more of a personal note, my Fiancé and I got to send our Save the Dates out to family and friends! This year has been a whirlwind of clients weddings that it was hard to find time to help my girl plan out big day, needless to say I avoided the wedding planning as much as possible, I trust her to make the day of our dreams!

EASILY THE BEST PURCHASE OF MY LIFE

If you haven't yet.... do it! (no I'm not sponsoring them)

SHOW STOPPER SHOT

I mean come on... this dress shot needs no explanation! gaaaah so much fun shooting this wedding!

70 MILE WEDDING!

To date this remains to be one of the most gorgeous locations I have shot a wedding and some of my favorite clients! such a great weekend, starting with the road trip up to 100 Mile House with a great friend! Saturday brought a wedding that only people dream to have!! Blog Post Here> https://goo.gl/vdCbH6

LAC LA JEUNE WEDDING!

Just the week prior to being in 70 Mile House I packed up the gear and headed on the road to Kamloops for another big day!! My fiancé and I were able to spend the weekend at some gorgeous cabins on the lake and were able to capture another beautiful wedding!

MY SISTER SAID YES!!

My big sister answered one of the biggest questions of her life when soon-to-be brother in law asked her to marry him!! You can imagine what she said by the photos that I was secretly snapping!! It also just happened to be a great time to snag some updated family photos of the people that mean the most to me in the world!! (Sadly Danielle was working)

NECK DEEP IN ALOUETTE LAKE

Throughout the wedding day it was an ongoing joke with the Couple and I about how tempting it would be to jmp in the lake and cool off; seeing as it was 36 degrees that day! Well as you can see by the images... I myself ended up neck deep in the lake in order to capture these breathtaking images!

A WHONNOCK WEDDING

These two were so much fun from the moment I met them! The engagement session was a blast and I knew their GORGEOUS wedding was going to be a ton of fun and man was it ever!

OUR "TRIPOD" PHOTOS

The beauty of being a photographer... I own a tripod and a remote! Love how these sunset photos ended up even with just a tripod!! Can't wait to marry this girl!

NO SUCH THING AS AN OBSTACLE

I remember when I first got a message from Kristen and she was telling me that she was a wheel chair bride and was wondering if I had done one before, I told her no but gave every every reason to trust me that it wont change how I do my job and they will still love their photos! I will 100% admit I was nervous leading up to the session, I wanted to make sure I wasn't hiding the chair because it is apart of who she is! The session came and went like a breeze, they were both so much fun to work with and their images turned out STUNNING! I cannot wait for their wedding next year!

WE HIT 2000 LIKES!!

I can still remember the day I started that photography page and now we have reached almost 2500 followers now!!

PURCHASED MY DREAM LENS!!

Ever since I started photography I have wanted this lens! I have only dreamed of owning a 50mm 1.2 and I couldn't even believe I got to do this in 2016!!

I DANCED...... A LOT!

One of my favorite parts about attending clients weddings is not only being able to capture stunning memories... but being able to celebrate with them on such a big day! Oh and yeah.. I can break it down pretty good!

RE-BRANDING BEAUTY!

One of the biggest steps forward I took in my business this year was a gooooorgeous new update to my logo!! As some may know I am a Graphic Designer so all the marketing, website, logos etc. they are ALL done by myself! One of the biggest perks to having 2 jobs! <3

DOUBLE BIRTHDAY CAKE SMASH!

One of my all time longest clients... like YEARS, well they were both turning another year older and what a way to celebrate then a mother daughter cake smash! <3 LOVED everything about this one!

GOOD FRIENDS & GOOD TIMES!

Another big highlight of the year for me was getting out of my comfort zone when it came to other photographers! Most people know me as a super outgoing and extroverted person but when it comes to meeting other photographers I ALWAYS shy up for some crazy reason! This year I stepped out of that shell and was introduced to a whole world of amazing people that are all photographers! The first of them was Stacie and she introduced me into the group and have since become great friends and I was honoured when she asked me to do some photos of her and her hubby!

GORGEOUS FALL WEDDING

I can't even say enough good things about these two & I have yet to even blog this stunning wedding so I wont spoil too much of the good stuff but man oh man their photos are gorgeous! <3

THE DOAK FAMILY SESSION

It is crazy to see these two kids grow up but man I love them so much! Some of you may know I have 2 Twin siblings that are just about to turn TWO! It is crazy to see their personalities develop and I can't wait to see more of their adventures in life!

A WINTER WEDDING WONDERLAND

HOLY MOLY! I haven't yet delivered these images to the clients but I HAD to put a few of their teasers in it because it may have been one of the most stunning winter weddings I have ever seen in my life!! I'm stilling dying over these photos!

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR

Last but not least - I know this was a long blog - I had an amazing Christmas with all of my family! As always we spoiled each other but it is all in good love and fun! I ate way to much turkey but thats normal! I can't even believe this year is already ending and I cannot wait to bring in 2017 with great people! It is going to be an amazing year and I am already counting down the days until wedding season starts again! LOVE YOU ALL FOR BEING SUCH AMAZING CLIENTS AND DEDICATED FOLLOWERS TO MY WORK! <3

AND THEN I HIT 2500!!

To top the year off my Facebook page hit 2500 Followers! I owe so much of my success to all the people to who like, comment & share all my posts <3


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Jordan Doak is a Wedding & lifestyle photographer based in the Fraser Valley & Maple Ridge, BC

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