Every year I round up my top images for the year.. I pick one favorite per shoot , then pick the top of those. They’re not always the BEST from every shoot, but the ones that hold my heart for some reason. I find that they’re often the images that either took me a lot of effort to get or that are somehow just more magical.
This is one that I took in Seattle this year. I LOVED these flowers and they just happed to fit perfectly with what she was wearing. Adding in the orange-ish light in the background just made this magical.
This was the amazing result of a session that began with this girl pretty much screaming bloody murder for an hour before this. I thought I was going to leave with utterly nothing, (and they have left with nothing from other photographers in the past).. but then she turned around. I was taking pictures of her parents and she got out of the stroller and decided to participate. I had them lift her up and then plop down like this to get that smile. I worked my butt off for this shot, so it holds a special place in my heart.
This shot was actually a mistake. The light on the right side of the camera didn’t go off, leaving me with these amazing shadows. This images is one of my faves not only because of the way it looks, but for the fact that it shows me that I always have more to learn.
The light, the crystals, the ice fairy swing.. it all pales in comparison to that little giggle. I love this image because she just looks so at ease with herself while she’s laughing.
I love this image SO MUCH because this family is so fun. Just look at the way they love each other. The genuine smiles, the belly laughs, even mom and dad looking at each other like ‘this sure isn’t what we thought family photos would be like’. I would want an image like this of MY family. It would make me smile every day.
I love this shot because the sunset is coming through the water and her skirt. She couldn’t hear me over the water noise and it took us a few tries to get this right.. so I was over behind the camera playing a great game of charades trying to get her to give me what I wanted.
This shot.. I love it. So I love the background, the dresses, the light on the wings.. their faces as they look at each other.. but my favorite part of this image is actually the older girl’s toes. That adorable awkward kid body language that tells you that image is really genuine.
I love this kid, and I love that she is wearing shoes that aren’t pink or purple. But the thing that I love the most is her little swoosh of hair on the same angle of the swoosh of the red autumn leaves behind her.
This girl works SO HARD. I love this shot because this kid is so good at what she does. She makes it look effortless, but what she’s doing isn’t easy at all. She’s just hanging in the air.. do you know how much power that takes? And here she looks as relaxed as ever.
I love the light in this shot. The pink orchard trees and the sunset shining through her ruffled dress. I love the smile of her face as she twirls.
This shot to me in quintessential downtown Athens GA. Christmas lights up, the classy looking family, the downtown bar.. it all ads up to this classic city vibe like nothing else.
This shot goes back to my illustration days. Monochromatic is a way to focus on just the face. Black on black is one of my favorite things ever, and this black tutu worked perfectly for this. She’s a beginner ballerina, but she has a grace about her that can’t be trained.
Another orchard shot, this time the pink trees are set off by this baby blue high-low dress. The light is perfect, the flowers are delicate, and she’s just so poised.
One girl looks like her mom, the other looks just like her daddy. They’re both beautiful in different ways, and I love the relaxed pose int his image. You can tell they love each other.
This shot is one of my loves for the year because I was just beginning my dance photography journey. The flowers in bloom are gorgeous, the pose and tutu are perfect… and it’s one of about 45 jumps she did right here before I could manage to catch it without that tutu flipping up and showing too much.
Perfect lighting, perfect mossy rock and location.. not a perfect pose. I have better more fairylike poses int his same setup.. but this one is the one that looked like the real her. Relaxed, laughing at my stupid fart jokes.
This is one of my faves from the year because this is the best shot I’ve ever gotten of her. Because usually she’s either screaming, running away, upside down, or covered in dirt. I’ve worked so hard in the past to keep her from meltdown (hello toddler), but this shoot was just stunning all the way through.
She’s a dance teacher at a ballet school here locally, and she’s the one that taught me the most about what I should be looking for in a pose. This was one of the last images of the day, and it was the best.
Of my first tries in studio ballet photography, this image hold a special place because it combines a little of my old Fairyography into a bit of the new dance stuff and it’s unique to me.
The shadows in this are what sets it apart from the rest for me. I can see the muscles that she works so hard to maintain, the grace she’s worked so hard to gain. It’s strong and feminine, which are not opposites.