Cassie Lopez Photography Best of 2016 Wedding Photography
Here is a collection of my favorite photos of 2016. It took me days to narrow it down from thousands. I’m lucky to have been as busy as I was, and I’m grateful to every person that looked at my photos or wrote a kind message or hired me this year.
Many beautiful things happened for me since moving to Nashville. I released a new album and started playing bass for a band, Fluorescent Half Dome. I started working at Sunflower Cafe, which helped me to meet friends. One friend introduced me to Against the Stream and helped me decide to become sober, which I have been for four months now.
Nashville is much bigger than Lexington. There are more weddings, interstates, concerts and people. I am doing my best to adjust. Despite how much more there is, I spent most of 2016 feeling alone. I didn’t always cope in the healthiest way, and sometimes I even questioned my place in this world. One day while feeling awful, a friend shared a secret with me in a letter. I cried and everything felt hazy. I regained my balance with a singular focus. Maybe it sounds corny, but I realized that day how important it is to offer compassion with no expectations. How different my life would be if my friend didn’t trust me with their secret, and maybe how different theirs would be if they didn’t have me to tell.
Months later I found myself meditating on top of a hill after feeling angry for days, having exhausted every other idea I had to calm myself down. I don’t always remember to right away, but I practice remembering to approach life, and myself, with kindness. Human existence is strange and tough. It is impossible to ignore suffering on both a personal and global level, and I can do little to make it better. Please know that with every photoshoot I do, I am trying to carry positive energy with me. I am trying to capture moments of harmonious joy, and I am trying to bring love.
I do not apologize for the overload of photos. They are all special to me and I hope you enjoy them.
(I listened to this song a lot this year, so if you don’t have your own soundtrack in mind I recommend it while you scroll through. It’s The Brae by Yumi Zouma)