christine clling

Why I’m Giving Up Wedding Photography

I’ve been a wedding photographer for the last 7 years. Last Saturday I shot my very last wedding.

I’ve taken periodic breaks throughout the years–one I thought would be permanent after having my first baby–but always kept going with it. But between writing, renovating houses, staying home with the kids, starting to homeschool, and new projects we’re working on, I had to let something go.
Photography will always be my first creative love. I’ll never forget my dad buying me my first film Crayola camera at Best Buy when I was in elementary school. It’s hard to commit to closing a chapter, but I’m so excited about everything we’re working on now. I can’t imagine not shooting gorgeous wedding details, bridal portraits, and spontaneous sunset pictures, so I’ll have to rope some friends and family into doing some sessions to get at least a partial fix (especially this winter in phoenix + that desert lighttt).
I’m definitely one to hold onto good things, especially good things I love, in fear that what’s after won’t be as good. But I feel like God is leading us and leading this decision, and I trust that it will be better than anything I hold tightly on to–because he will be there and he will be leading us, not because of the outcome of the next season. I can’t wait to see what he’ll do in this next season.

In honor of the last 7 years and all of the wonderful couples that welcomed me into such an important part of their day, here are some of my very favorite pictures from over the years:

October 15, 2019


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