2012 has been a dynamic year for me. At the beginning of the year, I was fumbling around trying to get my bearings after an overwhelming 2011. I was able to quit my soul-sucking day job in July. Since then, I’ve been learning more and more about what it means to work for myself, being my own boss, and making executive decisions that mean sinking or swimming with this passion of mine.

      As I’m going through the images from 2012’s weddings, I feel a bubbling-up of joy inside of me. I’m proud of the work I did this past year, and I’m really excited about the work I’m going to do for my 2013 couples.

      In no particular order, here are some of my favorite images from 2012 weddings.

      couple embraces at kali kate events center wedding dress at studio at fischer wedding bride getting ready at cedar bend events wedding portrait at studio at fischer couple embraces rabbi during jewish ceremony the happy couple shares their feelings immediately after the ceremonywedding ring photo christmas themebride getting ready in hotel roominteresting composition bride groom photobride walked down the aisle by father at lutherhill ministriesbride with grandmothers fur stole and flowers in her hair macro ring shots at mercury hall bride and groom at cedar bend events outdoor ceremonybride getting ready with mother bride and groom face each other in mercury hall wedding photo artistic first dance shot bride boogies down at mercury hall outdoors same-sex ceremony in texas reception setup in kali kate pavilion texas horses in the background of wedding portrait at kali kate first dance at kali kate austin wedding day portrait in hill country austin wedding day portrait mercury hall wedding day portraits toasts at kali kate with giant flare hora at kali kate father walks bride down green aisle shoot-through reeds for interesting wedding portrait bride is hugged by family after same-sex ceremony in san antonio couple dances at la grange wedding bride and groom entrance into reception austin tx wedding photographer mercury hall cupcakes brides piggyback into their wedding reception traditional dance during wedding reception wedding day kiss horah at mercury hall guests dancing at cedar bend events portraits at the studio at fischer pool austin wedding photographer umlauf wedding austin austin wedding photography

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      Lots of beautiful work in here. Can’t wait to see next years pictures.

      congrats on a great year! I love how much emotion you capture.

      2012 was a sweet year for you! 2013 will be bigger and better!

      My absolute favorite one is the ceremony kiss where he’s just giving her THE BIGGEST KISS possible. True Wuv.

      Seriously seriously beautiful work Elissa! I love seeing your style in this collection!

      Great year, Elissa! I would really like to make my way to Austin and near future and hangout IRL. Here’s to kicks ass 2013!

      Love them all. Such great captures!

      <3 <3 <3 too many favorites to list

      Your work has been so amazing this year, Elissa! Can’t wait to see what you do in 2013!

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