Each year I look back on all the photos I have taken (well, the ones that get kept, anyway!) and try to narrow down a group of my favorites. This year, my “keepers” group is over 12,000 photos strong!
I’ll just wait a minute while that sinks in.
Twelve. Thousand. Photos.
You probably think that I never delete ANYTHING- that’s just not true! I do, I promise! But between over 30 client sessions, 2 huge projects with Huntington Dancer’s Guild and an area preschool, and keeping up with my own 2 adorable girls, I really gave my camera a workout! What follows is my Top 12 of 2012 list…if you’re on it, it’s because your photos spoke to me in a way that made them unforgettable, no matter when this year they were taken. Maybe it was just the way the light fell. Maybe it was a unique perspective, a new way to compose the shot, or simply an adorable moment that I was fortunate enough to capture. Whatever the case- I am so honored that you chose me, and Captured Bliss, to freeze that moment in time.
And now, without further adieu……… I bring you my twelve favorite client images of 2012!
This family was super fun to work with. They wanted family photos and then some that had sort of a baseball spin on them (Dad is a coach- how cool!) I had asked Mom to bring me some baseballs to the session and she brought these– I LOVE that they are used, green, dirty balls– not some brand-spankin’ new ones (like I would have ended up bringing, ahem!) When I asked the kids to hold them out, the son asked me what type of finger placement he should use. I stared at him blankly– I am a girl mom, through and through– I don’t know the very first thing about a curve ball, or a knuckle ball (is there such a thing? I probably sound stupid right about now…) He had a good laugh when I explained my lack of knowledge here! We really enjoyed each others’ company this night and I was thrilled with the end images from their session– which you can see here.
This session was very normal and yet very unique all at once. Mom initially wanted just family photos of the girls (who are amazingly sweet, by the way) and herself…but as the session date approached she called me with a special request: to somehow captured the girls’ late father’s presence in their family. Together we brainstormed how to best represent him in their session and we decided to use existing photos she had of him. The girls were very young when he passed away and I know the pain is still fresh for their sweet mama– we shot this photo and tears streamed down my face when I edited it later that night. It’s photos like this one that make me glad to be in this industry- where else can you capture the love between family members in such a sweet way? Thank you, W family– it was such a pleasure to work with you.
This mama to be was one of my maternity sessions this year, and I loved our time together. This photo might look nice and sunny and pleasant….but it was FREEZING outside! Rachel was such a good sport and was really up for anything- even posing in a field on a windy day when it was maybe 50 degrees out? I love the sunlight streaming around her and the nice rimlight around her body- such a special moment (not to mention, her son is about the cutest baby you’ll ever see!) You can see her whole session here.
This gorgeous girl and her mom met me for a senior session. Let me just say that I wish my mom had been as much fun when I was growing up as hers was during our session! I love her posing here and the location- one of my all-time favorites, over in Huntington. She’s got such a bright smile that just seems to brighten the whole image. See her whole session here.
This image just melts my heart. This family is one of my very, very favorites to photograph because they’re just the best- so nice and down to earth, and just plain fun loving! The girls are the sweetest things- and then this year, with the adoption of their precious boy, they’ve got the best of both worlds. He is so spirited and just a ball of fun and laughter- the perfect complement to an already amazing group. This image, of Mom with her 4 babes….it’s everything I hoped it would be when I asked them to sit together. It’s posed, but not too much- everyone’s personality is showing through and they are just comfortable- with each other, with me, with the camera……it’s bliss. See their whole session blogged here.
Oooooooh these girls- they’re so much fun! This session, as a whole, has been a favorite for me because of the friendship that has developed between the mama and me. She is so much fun and her whole family was a breeze to shoot– happy, carefree, and just joyous! Mom has become a friend over the past few months- we share a love of Pinterest, certain country music stars, and Organic Bloom frames. It’s reasons like this- capturing a sweet moment between sisters and making friends in the process, that make this job worth doing.
This one, of sweet baby A, is another favorite for the use of light– I love backlit imagery anyway, but when it all comes together- a perfect sun behind the subject, being able to juggle my camera AND my reflector AND get all the settings right…well, it’s worth celebrating! I love the bokeh behind her (the circles), and the rim light on her little face and that adorable hat. And it’s worth noting that she’s not just looking out of the frame- she was watching her daddy dance around and be silly! Definitely a special moment, for sure. See her family’s session here.
This is where the list gets so, so, SOOOOO tough. Why can’t I have like, 5 number Ones?? 🙂 This is one of my Hot List Seniors for 2013– isn’t she GORGEOUS! I’ve known her for years and she has grown into such a stunning young woman, inside and out. She’s awesome! I love the light here– you would never guess we are standing (literally) on the side of the road, utilizing the brush/wildflower area on the side of our local bypass. Just proof that you don’t need a huge space to find beautiful light! This makes me smile, too, because she is wearing MY necklace and earrings– I get so invested in my Seniors (reps and just regular clients) that I always ask for them to text me their outfits in advance. This helps me to think about where we will be shooting, what the “feel” of the session will be, etc. It also gives me a chance to see if I have any accessories or props that would complement their selections– in this case, I brought along some long necklaces that I thought would be great with her outfits…and she agreed! It’s this personal touch that lets me clients know that you’re not “just” a client– you’re a friend! See her entire session right here.
I. Love. This. Image!!!! We met by the Ohio River for this session, on a crisp, clear fall day. Everyone was playing- both girls and mom and dad too. I was just enjoying the moment here and watching Mom and sweet little R tossing these leaves back and forth….when this happened. I love the movement of the leaves between them and their eye contact- this is a Mama’s Girl all the way and it’s plain to see she just adores Mom so much! Now this is hanging, in large format, in their home– what a compliment to me that they loved it too!
There’s no denying that I love a good silhouette– in fact, I’ve tried to include one in nearly every session for this whole year! This family was no different, except that they had not just one, but TWO precious little boys to love on and play with during their session. I have watched these boys as they grow and they just get more adorable with time. We had to work for this shot– I was WAY downhill from them and had to keep shouting directions (did I mention that it was almost 100 degrees that night?!?!) so they would know how to move…but the end result was perfect! I love it, and I wish you could hear the laughter the boys had from being tossed in the sky– I hear every time I look at this shot!
There is something special about a little boy and his mommy- but especially this little boy and his mommy, as he was just about to become a big brother when we shot this session. We met and played, laughed, ran, and threw leaves high in the air. My favorite parts of this image are definitely the light behind them, the pride in sweet E’s expression as he hands this big mess of leaves over to mom, and how perfectly her jewelry is placed (and no– this was absolutely not posed…just me being in the right place at the right time!). This is another image that was used over and over again by the family– as gifts, wall art in their home, and that makes my heart sing! I get such joy when *my favorites* are also the family’s favorites!! 🙂
#1… Drumroll, please!!!
Hands down, when I started thinking about my favorites for this year, this image was top in my mind. I have grown to know and love this family so much over the past couple of year and they are some of my favorite clients for sure. I got to enjoy a brand new location with them and insisted that Mom hop in some images as well– and I am SO glad that I did! Their clothes are perfect against the gorgeous autumn leaves (I’m pretty sure she checked out my Pinterest page with fashion suggestions for sessions!). Her expression is one of pure joy (and it should be– she has the sweetest girls EVER!). Everything came together in this one moment to make this my favorite client image for all of 2012!
From the bottom of my heart- THANK YOU for your support during this amazing year! I never dreamed that Captured Bliss would grow like it has, nor did I imagine how far reaching it could go (that’s a teaser for 2013, haha!!!) I know that it’s a big decision when choosing a photographer and that there is plenty of competition out there. I am honored to serve every family who books with me and I hope that you’re able to tell the difference between CBP and all the rest. I put my heart and soul into this business and I hope you’re able to feel that, and to know I don’t take any of you, or your families, for granted. Cheers to a happy new year to all, and I look forward to working together again!