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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.

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~ 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.

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~ 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.

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~ 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.

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~ 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?

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~ 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?!

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~ 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!

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~ 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.

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~ 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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Jack and Olivia | Engaged {Huntington engagement photographer}

Jack and Olivia called me for their session and I was so thrilled.  Little did I know that I’ve known Olivia for YEARS– ever since her days as a Junior Camp-er at Peterkin Camp and Conference Center!  It turns out that Jack and Olivia met there and fell in love and are now getting married next summer…have you ever heard anything more romantic in your LIFE?!

 

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I loved their session and getting to know (and re-know!) them both.  Happiest wishes in all your endeavors and cheers to a precious couple!

 

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Huntington Dance Theatre Session (Tri State dance photographer)

Every once in a while, if you’re really lucky, your job and your passion will overlap for a period of time….this happened to me recently when I was brainstorming with the directors of Huntington Dance Theatre and gave them my idea of wanting to do a “different” kind of session for their dancers. I had a vision of pretty tutus and pointe shoes but in a gritty, urban location- something to add tension and opposition to the delicate look of ballet. Much to my delight the amazing staff and company members of HDT loved the idea and we met on a sweltering summer evening to make it happen. Some of these photos are my personal favorites EVER– and can you just SEE the talent these girls possess? Amazing. So, so beautiful. Thank you for indulging my creative side, HDT– I’m so glad we worked together!
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K Family {Tri State Family Photographer}

Let me start by saying this is probably one of the coolest families I have ever had the pleasure of photographing! I am so glad they contacted me to capture them in their (super awesome) home and that I got to snuggle their sweet baby boy! I had an absolute blast hanging out with them, playing games with their big boy, and just experiencing the day to day happenings of a family with 2 young kiddos (as we remarked several times during the session– “I get it!”) It is SO hard to narrow down only a few of their photos because I love them ALL… but here goes:

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I am also THRILLED to announce that this family is my first family to enroll in my client loyalty program– awesome news for me since it guarantees that I will get to play with these two adorable little ones several more times this year. I am so excited to see where their next sessions take us and to watch these little guys grow and develop this year. Thank you so much, K family, for trusting me to capture your family in this way- I am overjoyed to be YOUR photographer! 🙂

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6/52- Light

My submission for this week’s My4Hens Photography Project 52…. I love this!

I took this a few weeks ago– we had had a lot of rain and the culvert on the side of our street was very full.  I was out searching (fruitlessly!) for birds to shoot with my new 70-300L lens when I noticed the new “stream” in our neighborhood.  The reflection coming off it was GORGEOUS- I quickly flipped over to manual focus and shot this.  My new favorite shot of beautiful light!

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