This past year was filled with adventure, love, and of course difficulties and challenges but most exciting is: entering into a new chapter in my life together with Brent. I am beyond excited for the new year!!
After this season in Antarctica ended, Brent and I traveled New Zealand, hitch hiking and backpacking for several weeks across the incredible landscape. It marks the first time in four years not returning to work in Antarctica, which meant moving to small town Northeastern Oregon and trying to grow my photography business. It’s been a struggle in such an isolated place, having to give in and find a job that is not photography related was a real bummer (but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do and at least I found a great gig at the local Art and Culture Center) and with that comes the difficulties of feeling like you are not in the right spot for what you want to pursue. It has been unsettling to say the least. As much as a small town has it perks, there are also some drawbacks, that have been the cause for some breakdowns, personal growth and finally maybe just acceptance.
On the positive side, no Antarctica means home with the family for the holidays and it was just wonderful. I am so thankful we were able to go home even if it was for a short visit.
Earlier this year I was given the opportunity (yay living in Oregon!) to go to an inspiring photo workshop with Dylan Howell, Phil Chester, Sara Byrne, Ryan Muirhead as well as other incredible photographers from across the US. It was brillant.
Before I continue to blab about every last detail from this year the important thing that has and WILL KEEP me going and continue be the common thread of inspiration: People and Relationships. Creating new relationships and building old ones. Being blessed with the opportunity to be a witness to so much love while doing what I dream to do is so incredible. I have so much gratitude for everyone who came into my life this year, those who continue to be a part of my life and for all that may come in 2016. . . .
Stay tuned for a ‘Best of Weddings’ . . . . . .
Gwen Shoemaker is a seasoned professional photographer with 13 years of experience capturing the beauty of human beings all around the world. From Iceland to Antarctica, and Colorado to Bend, Oregon, Gwen’s passion for love and adventure has led her to specialize in wedding photography. Known for her ability to capture moments of raw emotion, she’s been humorously described by a client as an “emotion vulture,” always ready to swoop in and capture the perfect moment. Gwen’s love for travel and new experiences began when she studied abroad in rural Spain at the age of 17 and has since taken her to 15 different countries. Interestingly, it was in the least populated continent, Antarctica, where she found her true love. Gwen seeks to work with clients who share her love for the universe, are madly in love with their partners, and are full of joie de vivre.