Another year has come and gone, so here goes another year in review for The Burks, 2018 was our 11th year in business together and was another awesome year! We photographed 40 amazing weddings together, tons of amazing sessions, and we got to fulfill some amazing personal goals. We photographed in 24 different cities in NC, 13 different cities in SC, 6 different states, and had a wedding in the Dominican Republic. One of our most exciting things of the year is we finished up visiting ALL 50 STATES TOGETHER!! We traveled over 25,000 miles by car and flew over 10,000 miles by plane, a total of over 35,000 miles traveled this year. We hit the scary milestone of 100,000 miles on our 3 year old Civic and are seeing how long Civica will last now! It was such a busy year and we are already starting 2019 just as busy with work and traveling (heading to Maryland this weekend!), so once again this post is a little after the new year. We are already so excited for 2019, we have a new re-brand coming very soon, which is much needed after starting our 12th wedding season together. We can’t wait to see what this year holds for us.
We are over halfway on the states we have photographed in (those in BLUE!) and finally completed all 50 states we have visited (those in RED!) Anyone in 2019 wanting to fill in some of those we haven’t photographed in, make sure to contact us, we have specials for those! Here is our map so far:
Annapolis, MD; Washington, DC; Winchester, VA; Hawks Nest, WV; Brooklyn, NY; Charleston, WV; Martinez, GA; Orchard, WV; Taneytown, MD; Mt. Pleasant, SC; Anderson, SC; Simpsonville, SC; Fort Mill, SC; North Charleston, SC; Columbia, SC; Greenville, SC; Taylors, SC; Folly Beach, SC; Union, SC; Spartanburg, SC; Rock Hill, SC; Ridgeway, SC
Countries: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Here is our NC map of counties we have photographed in this year, this year is in dark blue and the lighter blue is from past years:
Lincolnton, Kings Mountain, Mt. Holly, Lake Lure, Charlotte, Mt. Pleasant, Carrboro, Gastonia, Lattimore, Lake Norman, Asheville, Pine Level, Mooresville, Corolla, Elkin, Monroe, Belmont, Ferguson, Grover, Raleigh, Hickory, Durham, Grimesland, Boone
We also visited lots of wonderful places on personal trips as well. We started the year in Hawaii, our final state to visit together. We visited some friends on multiple trips to Maryland and Washington, DC. We took some extra time after our session in NYC to explore again. We enjoyed some time out in Eastern, NC after a session in the OBX visiting some State Parks and Greenville again. We had an awesome trip to Austin and Houston Texas exploring and eating the best tacos we’ve ever had, Torchy’s Tacos and having What-a-Burger. We happened to be in WV when Anthony Bourdain died and had the neat chance of working with the family from our favorite of his episodes from WV. So then after our wedding we explored Pineville and Welch where it was filmed. We went to Gettysburg, PA for one of Walter’s best friends weddings which Walter was in and we photographed. We spent an awesome week in the mountains with Heather’s parents. We had a insane trip in Canada, touring Banff, Jasper, Edmonton, and Calgary. Had some fun extra days relaxing in the sun after our wedding in the Dominican. Here are some pictures of and the highlights of our personal times this year:
First up was Hawaii, our final of the 50 states. We went to the island of Oahu for a week of fun and relaxation. We stayed in Waianae on the West Side of the Island and loved how uncrowded and chill it was. Some highlights were visiting Kualoa Ranch, where Jurassic Park and World were filmed along with countless other TV Shows and Films, exploring waterfalls, watching every sunset, and enjoying the crystal clear water.
We headed up to Maryland a few times for sessions and weddings and had some fun visiting our friends who live in the area. We enjoyed St. Patty’s Day in Annapolis, touring the Naval Academy, seeing Fort McHenry, and having fun at a beautiful Inn in Taneytown.
We had a fun time in DC a few times too. We explored the National Portrait Gallery finally, explored some local favorites with friends, went to a Nationals Game, and FINALLY saw and photographed the Cherry Blossoms. It was great!
We had a wedding in VA and had a fun time exploring Winchester which is such an adorable town. It even snowed a little!
We explored around NYC for a few days after an amazing bridal session in DUMBO Brooklyn. We got a City Pass and explored so many amazing museums, along with Heather getting to see her favorite painting, Starry Night, in person.
We went to WV 3 times and it is one of our favorite states. We got to eat at Pies and Pints again, explore part of the state we have never seen before, and enjoy the small towns there.
We went to SC multiple times and enjoyed some days down in Charleston, the beach, and various other towns for sessions and weddings.
We took a trip to Austin and Houston, TX. We enjoyed exploring the murals, eating some amazing tacos, swimming in the lake, visiting an awesome ranch brewery, 2 Presidential Libraries, and the awesome towns.
We headed to Pennsylvania for one of Walter’s best friends wedding and we had an awesome time hanging out and having fun.
We had an incredible trip to Canada. We had so much fun exploring and hiking in Banff and Jasper National Parks. Going onto a glacier. Seeing some of the most beautiful scenery we have ever seen. Exploring Edmonton Mall and the Calgary Historic Park. And of course going on the Calgary Tower and being scared the glass floor might fall!
We explored lots of places in NC from the coast to the mountains, it was all an adventure. We always love exploring our state. We even got back to visit the place we got engaged in the OBX.
We took a trip to the mountains with Heather’s Parents and had an awesome time. We went tubing, explored some state parks, and met up with Walter’s family to see the Chuhily Exibit at the Biltmore Estate.
We had an awesome time in the Dominican Republic. The resort was gorgeous and it was a great time with clients who are now friends.
We are gone a lot but we always love exploring Gastonia, where we live. It’s a gorgeous place with some of our favorite places!
Of course, we always enjoy exploring Charlotte as well. We went to see some new things we have never seen this year like the Metalmorphosis and the Carolina’s Aviation Museum. Plus took too many pictures of our favorite skyline.
We always love our sports teams, the Hornets, the Panthers, and the Knights and went to many games to cheer them on this year!
We spent some time this year volunteering in our county. We ended up on the news, hosted a photo contest for the county, got to serve pizza with Thomas Davis, and had a lot of fun.
We used every holiday and occasion possible to dress up. From Doctor Who to Star Wars to Fourth of July. We love dressing up in crazy outfits!
We had a lot of fun spending time with our families as well. We went to sports games, concerts, holidays, events, birthday parties, field trips, and all kinds of fun outings. Along with some fun times babysitting our adorable niece and nephew.
We had an awesome time on Halloween, our favorite holiday. Decorating the house, going to Scarowinds, and dressing up as Ash and Misty from Pokémon.
We also did ALL the Christmas things this year. We went to McAdenville 3 times, Winterfest twice, Speedway Christmas, decorated the house, and of course dressed in Christmas t-shirts often!
We tried to take some more behind the scenes photos this year for our now 1 year old Business Instagram. Go follow it if you haven’t https://instagram.com/theburksphotography/
We also took some new headshots this year for our hopefully very soon released re-brand!
We also had Silver Fox Productions do an amazing video for us to go on our soon to be release website. See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erVZKDws02Y
We enjoyed going to craft breweries, Jagger survived a hurricane and turned 8 years old, we visited a lot of State Parks and hiked some, went to the fair, saw some of our favorite comedians, celebrated birthdays, enjoyed snow days, and went on some dates. It was a fun year!
We had a great 2018 with lots of fun times and we can’t wait for all of our adventures in 2019. Want to follow along this year? Follow us on Instagram https://instagram.com/heatherburks/ and https://instagram.com/walterburks/ and https://instagram.com/theburksphotography/
Now onto “official business”, here are all of our 40 weddings and our amazing clients this year, along with their engagement and bridal sessions, plus a few couple’s sessions we photographed this year:
Jessica and Austin
Jahnia and Devin
Check out our 2017 year in review here: https://theburksphotography.com/weddings/2017-year-in-review/
Check out our 2016 year in review here: https://theburksphotography.com/weddings/2016-year-in-review/
Check out our 2015 year in review here: https://theburksphotography.com/personal/2015-year-in-review/
Check out our 2014 year in review here: https://theburksphotography.com/weddings/2014-year-in-review-the-burks-photography/