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Favorites- 2016’s best client images

Time for my annual review of images from my client sessions from the previous year! I always love looking back– not only is a great reminder of the amazing families and children with whom I’ve created, but I truly like to analyze and reflect on the work…why did I choose that particular pose? If I processed it in color- would the impact have been greater in black and white? I’ve even been known to re-edit prior works if I run across a new skill or technique that I think would enhance.  I guess you could say I just like to think ;).  So– without further adieu, and in no particular order….here are my favorite client images from 2016:



Nicole’s senior session….not only is this child incredibly beautiful, she’s also amazingly intelligent and a state-champion athlete!  It has been such a pleasure watching her grow up and I am so eager to see what the future holds for this shining star.  For this photo, we were in a nearby park and the sun was streaming *just so* through the trees… I love how small and delicate she looks here.  It reminds me a little of  a Tinkerbell/fairy princess photo… I adore it. If you want to see the rest of Nicole’s session, look here.


Oh, baby Liana is beyond adorable, isn’t she?  Ever since her grandma called me (all the way from Chicago!!) I have been enamored with her family.  Her newborn session was a breeze, this fall session was so perfectly styled and we had the best weather. Plus, in a couple of weeks she’ll be coming back to me for her first birthday and a cake smash session!  I am beyond excited!  I loved this image because it’s just so REAL– she is joyful and happy and her parents are completely smitten by her…it warms my heart. 


This photo makes my heart sing and makes me want to cry all at once.  Marra and her mom met me for a session in the fall on a cold, chilly day.  I didn’t know them before but it was an instant connection and I liked them both so much, especially how snuggly Marra was with her mommy.  This was a totally unscripted moment– I just encouraged them to connect with one another and whispered to Marra that maybe she might want to make her mom laugh…and this frame was born.  It’s real, it’s un-posed, and the perfect depiction of a mama and her girl…. since I have a girl around the same age the bittersweetness of the moment is not lost on me….we are holding them tight but they’re still growing up on us. 


Oh baby Grayson…so adorable!  When his mom got out this baby deer outfit I almost died– how was I even supposed to deal with this cuteness??  That little tail sticking up kills me every time and those ANTLERS?  No…I can’t.  He is so precious! 


Back to Liana again…I told you I can’t get enough!  This photo I loved anyway when I first took it…she only yawned the one time and thankfully I was already prepped and caught it in time.  Later, I chose to convert it to black and white and I’m still glad I did…for me, removing the color helps me to focus on the innocence of her little baby self…not a care in the world, just warm and cozy in my 90 degree studio (lol…she was the only one comfortable- the rest of us were sweating!) You can see the rest of her sessions’s highlights here.


Sigh…baby Kane.  This image– the tiny features, the snuggly blanket and the ears on that hat just combine to make it so peaceful and calm– I feel like when you look at it, really study it– your stressors have to ease a bit.  He’s just so happy and carefree– not a single thing on his mind except this cuddly naptime.  The colors work together to evoke a calm, pleasant response with the earthy tones.  As soon as I took this shot, I knew this would be a favorite for the year.  


Twins Harper and Drew came to see me and helped me to check off two things on my photography bucket list– boy/girl twins (I had previously only done baby boy twin sessions) and Miss Harper was the smallest baby I’ve photographed– she was just over 4lbs when this was taken!  The two of them were SO good for me… easygoing, sleepy (yesssss!) and just let me move them however I wanted.   I’ve not really felt as calm with a newborn as I did with the two of them- I knew that the session was going well and it was so nice to have that peaceful confidence.  This is a bit more prop-heavy than what I usually provide, but when mom told me about their nautical themed nursery I just couldn’t resist.  Hands-down one of my favorite sessions ever! 


This precious guy just melted my heart at his milestone session.  Watching him roll around and practice sitting was so much fun, especially since I hadn’t seen him since his newborn session! He has grown and changed so much this year.  I also love his mama’s expression, snuggled in with her sweet boy.

I’m a sucker for baby feet…I make a point of catching them in every newborn session.  This little guy, though, seemed to want to elude me in my efforts….kicking and moving them all around  and making it tough on me.  So….desperate times call for desperate measures!  I grabbed a newborn wrap I had nearby (love that springy green color!) and wrapped his feet up… it limited it movement and resulted in one of my favorite feet photos EVER!

A lesser-known aspect of my work is helping my commercial clients to enhance their professional spaces.  A lot of times we’ll use work I’ve already made in advance– like my travel and still life albums.   But occasionally, a client will request custom work, such as this image which I made specifically for Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Pain Management department.  They wanted some cool images of the train stations and locomotives in our town…so I booked myself one afternoon and went out shooting for them.  They purchased this print in a HUGE size for their office lobby and I am so excited for it to be installed!  Josh and Katie’s engagement session downtown was a true joy to photograph last fall.  I LOVED capturing their tender moments together and enjoyed laughing with them too (they are both huge goofballs!)  This image was very special though– they went out on a limb with me and agreed to stand next to this giant puddle we found in an alleyway…I knelt next to the water (and truthfully, almost fell in!) and got a great series of images from our little adventure.  I’m always looking for something unique, something different…so naturally this image makes my heart sing.It’s only natural that one of my very favorite client families would also have a favorite image for last year.  This sweet girl has been photographed MANY times by me– her mommy’s maternity session, her newborn session, and several sessions featuring her older brothers have all taken place with me in the past.  I simply adore all 5 of them!  I love her expression here and while I’m not usually heavy on props, I LOVED her mom’s idea to do a hot-air balloon theme.  Isn’t she adorable?!If you clicked on the links above, you’ll recognize these cuties as her big brothers!! This might be my favorite image taken all year….they are so adorable!  They can be rough and tumble, typical boys…and then turn it right off and squeeze in a moment of tenderness (like this!) that just melts your heart.  I love these little guys!I photographed Becca’s senior session on a sunny, unusually warm November day and I am SO glad she wanted to go outside the studio.  We headed down the street to the historic Keith Albee Theatre and the images we took in front of it just blew me away.  She is so talented!  I loved her session from start to finish.Just like Becca’s session, I loved Lexi’s senior session too!  She is incredibly beautiful and super smart, too.  I loved the juxtaposition of her girly outfits and our gritty downtown locations (can anyone tell I simply LOVE being downtown?!?! 😉 ) And I adored her shoes, which are on full display in this sassy image.  Definitely a favorite of mine for sure!Tiny baby Max was so cute and sleepy during his newborn session with me.  This is almost an outtake– one of those happy accidents that just fall in your lap.  I had opened his wrap to move him and he was so zonked out that his arms reached up like that…I laughed and then grabbed my camera and took the shot.  I think he looks like a tiny body builder- suns out, guns out! 😉And finally……..this right here. 😉 Does this not just sum up how we feel some days?  Sweet N is such a character and I love photographing his family.  He is a charmer– changing from a great big signature grin to this– which his mom and I fondly refer to as his “emoji face”.  He makes me laugh!!  If I ever wanted an image to evoke emotion…by golly…this one works!! 😉


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Kim D | Maternity Session {Huntington Maternity Photographer}

I instantly liked Kim from the moment we first spoke.  She is so carefree and relaxed (ha- basically the opposite of me! 😉 ) and is expecting a sweet baby boy soon.  I got even more excited when she said she wanted to bring her big old dog (her first baby!) to the session.  You KNOW I love dogs so much (have you seen my Instagram? It’s basically just pics of my dogs…I might be obsessed) so I was pumped for him to join us.   Jasper was the BEST behaved dog in the whole entire park that day and isn’t he adorable with the onesies? You can tell he’s going to be a great big brother!


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Top Shots of 2015

Every year I look back at my client photos and decide to narrow them down to my favorites…so, without further adieu, here you have my faves from 2015!!  These are in no particular order– it was hard enough just picking them..I could never rank them!! 😉


~ Isn’t this adorable? I love the way she snuggled into this blanket when I asked her to, and I am such a huge sucker for baby teeth.  She is so cute! I just really love how she looks so sweet and cozy.



~ I love the black and white here.  Mommy looks so glamorous and son is so sweet, giving her a kiss.  She reminds me of Audrey Hepburn here and the black and white lends a classic feel to the image.  It’s a tender moment, unscripted…a gentle moment that I enjoyed sharing with them. Not all of my client images (and even fewer of my personal ones) include direct eye contact– I like showing these connections.  Her hair isn’t perfect, the composition isn’t completely spot-on…and yet I can’t seem to draw my attention away from the frame.


~ This came from a maternity session that I did this year that REALLY pushed me out of my comfort zone.  If you know me at all, you know I really DON’T love birds. At all.  Like not even a tiny bit.  So when Mama-to-be decided she wanted to include the family’s chickens in their photos/announcement, I shuddered…and then started brainstorming how to make this work.  I slapped on a long lens (so I could back WAY, WAY up!) and snapped… I like the results! Y85A6711Y85A6773

~ Another maternity session this year provided me with the option to take this image.  I love the “real-ness” of it– coats hanging in the background, a bit of clutter within the frame.  At the center is the focus of the image– the two parents’ shoes and the baby’s first pair of boots (how cute are they?!) It’s symbolic of the change in their family and also an expression of real life– things aren’t perfect, are they?  Even when a moment can be perfect, our lives still have clutter and that’s totally OKY85A5795-Edit

~ Back to the idea of capturing moments— this is one of my very favorites for this year.  This couple, engaged to be married in 2016, shared this intimate moment during their session. I like that it’s just them— I’m giving a glimpse into their relationship, the way they care for one another.  I love her shy smile and the sweet way he kisses her forehead and not her lips.  It’s a private moment and we are only seeing a flitter of time in this one frame.



~ I like this one because of the prop– his mother’s childhood chair!  I LOVE when families bring special items to a session and allow me to weave them in.  Over the course of this year I’ve photographed a baby in a 70+ year old handmade dress; boys in crocheted cashmere outfits (so adorable!), special rings and Bibles, hand-knit hats, carved signs, and many other keepsake items.  It brings such joy to me that clients trust me to incorporate those things into their session and I love seeing the end result at the clients’ ordering session.



~ This sweet princess was NOT tired for her session at all– in fact, this is one of the only sleeping shots I got of her all day.  But honestly– could she look any more precious?  This photo reminds me that there’s beauty in all things- even in a pacifier I tried repeatedly to remove. (And her mama told me this is the ONLY day she ever took a paci. Now what’s that all about?!)  I love her soft skin and the soothing tones in the picture–makes you want to curl up with a blanket doesn’t it?



~ I’m choosing these two because they show what can happen when a family will really let loose and have fun during their session.  These are friends of ours and they’re pretty “serious”– not super playful or goofy, which is why they really surprised me when they acted silly with their girls– and allowed me to capture it!  Icing on the cake?? They used the close-up photo on their Christmas card this year!! How fun is that?!



~ I loved Joe and Abbi’s engagement session so much- but these next two photos are my favorite from the whole event.  First– that silhouette is the BEST one I’ve ever taken.  We happened to be in the perfect place at just the right time– and by asking them to make a quarter turn, we caught the sunburst just in between them.  I LOVE the emotion and the artistic feel!   Second– look at the light in the next one…so much buttery warm sunlight streaming in.  I like the airy feel to it- like we’re seeing them in a dream.  Their session was fabulous!



~ I had only one senior session this year– it seems more and more seniors are choosing to DIY their senior photos and using friends and Instagram.  I am hopeful that they don’t regret missing this milestone and I’m thankful for parents who want to keep this tradition alive.  I loved that Bradley brought his guitar– he can play several instruments but guitar is his favorite.  I like the rustic look of this photo and the contrast of his clothes and guitar against the red bricks.  It reminds me almost of album art from a CD (remember those?! lol)  Brad is heading off to college in 2016– I know he’ll find success.



~ Last but certainly not least…the babies.  I had more newborns in 2015 than I’ve ever had before and I was SO thankful for each one.  Babies are beyond special to me and it’s such an honor when a family calls me to photograph them.  I know firsthand how very, very quickly their looks change and how important it is to schedule those sessions early on.  Each of these photos below is a favorite of mine for so many reasons– maybe it’s the serene look on their faces, or the way you can see the detail of the cleft in a chin, or a sleepy smile… sigh.  I could drool over these baby pics for days!!

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So there you have it– 2015 all rolled up in one post.  It’s been a fantastic year, and I so appreciate the clients, old and new, who’ve allowed me into your homes, into your lives.  It is my pleasure to work together and capture your life in images.  Thank you, thank you so very much.

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P family maternity

This family is so creative and fun– check out this awesome Star Wars themed nursery!  I loved the unique touches they made and it looks so cozy and perfect for their baby boy.  I can’t wait for his newborn session in a few months!


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K Family Maternity

Remember this precious family? I’ve been photographing their boys for several years now, but today was extra special– a maternity session to celebrate their new BABY GIRL!!! I am so excited to meet her and do her newborn session in a couple of months, and I know mom and dad and her sweet brothers can’t wait either.  So happy for all the joy coming their way!


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