2017 was a bit of a whirlwind here at the Stephen Wang Photography HQ. And since often professional life is intertwine with personal life, it's been a bit of a whirlwind in general. At the start of 2017, Danielle and I had been living in Philadelphia for about five months. She wasn't crazy about her job (that may be an understatement, right babe?), and I had been traveling back and forth to Connecticut nearly every weekend for jobs I had booked up here. It was stressful and tiring for both of us, but we tried to stay positive. A visit to Connecticut in April, seeing friends in the area, and visiting our old neighborhood made us realize that Philly is a great city, but CT was our home. So we started making plans to come back to New Haven - Danielle making a career transition, and me picking the business up where I left off just a year earlier. We were in a pretty serious car accident just a couple weeks before our move, which sucked to say the least, but luckily our old New Haven landlord had an amazing apartment available right next door to our old place (thanks Frank!), and we were able to move back without the rigamarole of apartment hunting. We moved back to New Haven in August, and couldn't be happier with our decision. We'll definitely miss the friends we've made in Philadelphia and the perks of living in a larger city, but we definitely made the right decision for us.
The year was busy and stressful, but that doesn't mean that a TON of positive things didn't happen, and I was able to document the year with some great photos along the way. Photographing the CrossFit Open workouts at Breaking Point Fitness, working with some super talented Philadelphia photographers, joining a bowling team, booking our own wedding in New Hampshire, traveling to California for my cousin's wedding, spending a week in Ireland with my mom, road tripping to Tennessee for the solar eclipse, and of course, documenting lots of weddings, portraits, and even sneaking in a selfie or two :)
There is a lot to look forward to in 2018. Danielle and I will have our own wedding this year (yes, I'm finally going to see what it's like for all my couples!!), I'll continue to grow both professionally and personally, and in September I'll turn 35, which means I'll be eligible to run for president...so, Wang 2020 anyone? :) On second thought, I think I'll stick to photographing the wonderful couples, love, and moments of wedding days, capturing the personalities of portraiture, helping other businesses grow with commercial photos, and documenting the every day happenings of life. Here are some of my favorite photos of 2017, and also some sneak peeks into future blog posts - I hope 2018 is an amazing year for everyone reading this!!