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Thank you 2023, welcome 2024!

As you may have noticed, I have been less active on this site. There is nothing wrong, but life has taken over recently!

In 2022, I quit my job to become a full time photographer. I thought I could just man up and figure out how to run my own business and thought I had enough leads to get myself off the ground. I had so many plans, so many ideas, so much excitement, and even a good amount of gigs, but then reality started creeping back in.

I will never say I regret 2022-2023 because I have grown so much as a professional, person, photographer, business owner, and overall human. I just jumped into this a little too fast. I took my floats off before I could actually swim.

In February of 2023, I decided to go back into teaching. I had worked in daycare in my early 20s and was ready to get back into it, and have a steadier stream of income. This has become one of the best decisions I've made because I still have room to do photography! I have an incredible job that has great hours, and summers off to focus on photography and raising my daughter.

So without giving you all the nitty gritty details, I want you all to know that yes, I'm still doing photography, but for the time being it isn't my full time job. While those few months of my life were hard, I wouldn't trade the things I learned about business and myself in that time. 2023 was an incredible year and I love to have it as my launching point!

Let's recap the insane year that was 2023, shall we?

Danielle Cabral facetiming her kids at an event
Danielle Cabral facetiming her children while at an event at Laugh Boston. This was published on multiple sites and magazines. April 2023, (c) Liz Wadman Photography

I got to meet Danielle Cabral from Real Housewives of New Jersey, photograph her and her husband, and then those photos got published in a national magazine! I'm sure you guys remember because I posted over and over about it. She was one of the funniest, realest celebrities I have ever met. She was so ready to just have a great time with the crowd, and even after the event she stayed in touch with me on social media! She was sweet enough to send me a video of the first time she was in a magazine, because she did the same thing I did of running to the store to try and get a copy. If you missed that video, please enjoy the shenanigans I call my life here.

Chara running the marathon
Zdeno Chara running the 2023 Boston Marathon. © 2023 Liz Wadman Photography
Doug Flutie running the marathon
Doug Flutie running the 2023 Boston Marathon. © 2023 Liz Wadman Photography

In April, I attended the Boston Marathon and got photos of Zdeno Chara and Doug Flutie, and Doug Flutie even reposted one of my photos! They both braved the nasty New England weather (im sure Flutie is a little more used to it then Chara) and battled through all 26.2 miles. Congratulations to both of them! Really hope to work with Doug and his foundation in the future, as they do incredible work for anyone affected by autism. My younger sister has worked and raised money with their foundation before and had nothing but great things to say!

barbie boat cruise on Boston harbor
Fangirl Fantasy & Warner Bros present the Barbie Boat Cruise © 2023 Liz Wadman Photography

I also got to do more Fangirl Fantasy events this year, which are honestly my favorite gigs to get. They even allowed me to shoot a Barbie Boast Cruise in June! That night was probably my favorite gig for FGF because everyone there just fully and unapologetically enjoyed themselves, while boozing on the Harbor. DJ Matt Toto killed it at the DJ helm, and I even got to meet Millenial Kyle from instagram/tiktok which made me fangirl.

© 2023 Liz Wadman Photography

I had the absolute honor of photographing my uncle's wedding this summer as well. Seeing him so happy and so in love was inspiring. Their ceremony was filled with so much laughter and love, and I can only hope that my wedding will be half as fun as theirs! Congratulations again to Uncle Mike & new Auntie Michelle!

© 2023 Liz Wadman Photography

I did a few more engagements, but what made them extra special was they were surprises! Ive done a bunch of engagement sessions where the ring is already on her finger, but the few I did this year were surprises and my inner romantic LOVED being a part of those special moments. The one above this photo meant even more because I grew up with the couple! I'll forever be the creepy guy on the beach for them, and I wouldn't have it any other way. This was by far the hardest secret I have kept too, because I teach with Caroline!

Couple standing in the street kissing
© 2023 Liz Wadman Photography

This engagement was extra memorable for me because it was the first time I ever had to stand in the middle of the street to get the shot! Luckily, this wasn't a very busy road so we were totally safe, but still such a fun memory. This session will always be so memorable for me because of how tenderly they love each other. The photos I was able to get for them perfectly show how warm their love for each other is, and I've never seen the physical fondness these two have for each other. Cannot wait to capture their wedding next year!

The Leftovers at Aeronaut Allston © 2023 Liz Wadman Photography

As some of you may know, one of my goals with my photography is to shoot concerts and more overall music photography. My friends in The Leftovers had me cover one of their shows this year, and it was such an awesome experience to see the guys I went to high school with perform so naturally like they'd been doing it for years. Granted, they've been jamming since high school so I guess that's why lol but I cant wait to catch more of their shows in the future!

nags head beach North Carolina
Nags Head, North Carolina. © 2023 Liz Wadman Photography
storefront in montreal
Old Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada © 2023 Liz Wadman Photography

2023 was the year of more road trips as well! In October I drove from MA to Nags Head, NC for my sister and her fiancé's bachelorette, and in December, I drove from MA to Montreal, Quebec for Christmas with my family.

I'm sure I'll write longer posts about each trip, but here's some highlights.

Driving to Nags Head was an amazing experience, mostly because I did the whole drive on my own. I drove down from MA all the way to Nags Head in about 14.5 hours, only stopping for gas and a quick nap at a Residence Inn in Maryland. Then I enjoyed the weekend where I aggressively lost my voice, and drove home in about 13 or so hours, three of which were spent in Connecticut because the GPS got confused and started looking for more traffic rather than less. I would definitely do the trip again, but maybe spend more time in the Outer Banks next time.

Luckily, I had my boyfriend with me for the ride to Montreal, and it was a breeze. In typical Liz fashion, we found the least utilized border crossing and the guard was just as confused as we were. But once we got there and got settled, I instantly fell in love with the city. It was nice and quiet, filled with so many different cultures and lifestyles, and best of all, it was the quietest city I have ever been to.

Like I said at the start of this post, if 2023 is the launching pad for the rest of my LWP career and journey, consider me buckled up and ready to go. Finally,

Thank you as always to everyone who has supported me in any way. If you have booked me, spread the word about me, given my name as a recommendation, shared or even just liked one of my posts on social media, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I truly couldn't do this journey without any of you. I love having a camera in my hand, and hope you enjoy the photos I get with my camera.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, safe, and adventurous 2024!

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