2012 Favorites!

The end of the year…or the beginning of the next, whichever way you want to frame it, is my favorite time of year. Sure I LOVE the holidays so that naturally helps. But even removing my abnormal love-of-all-twinkle-lights gene, I love this time of year for the reflection. I like being able to review what has happened & plan, dream and wish for what’s coming next.

So naturally at the end of every year I like to go back through my photos and pick out my favorites.
It was harder then ever this time around! I got to photograph some amazing families, fun kiddos, lovey-dovey couples, amazing seniors, beautiful weddings, and a few hot ladies! This is the best. job. ever.

So let me start by apologizing for the length of this post…but I couldn’t narrow it down any more! This was hard enough:)

This spring was a lot of fun. Wedding in Jamaica…reception back here…family photos for my favorite family (It’s my actual family…so I’m probably allowed to say that right?)

Let’s start in Jamaica…..ummm can we go back? Like soon please?

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Then back home for more portraits and a little party time!

I made a trip back home and was able to take a few family photos for my brother and sister-in-law…these photos were long overdue. Besides the occasional snapshot or quick photo at Christmas, I have never taken real family photos for them. Kelli, let’s pick a date for next spring! I’m not waiting 5 more years until the next one!

Another family session for a super sweet family!

I just love the photos of them reading as a family. Besides the fact that we were sitting in a beautiful field and not in their living room, I imagine this is exactly what they are like as a family at home! I think everyone needs a photo with their kids that captures that.

Also during a trip to my hometown I got to photograph one of my fellow former Streatorettes baby bumps. Oh how far we’ve come since the days of sequined dresses & kick lines! Sadie you were seriously glowing!! And I love seeing photos of your sweet little girl pop up on my facebook feed. She looks just like her Mama!

As the summer started to heat up (and boy did it ever!!) I got to shoot a GORGEOUS high school senior! I just love these photos!

And while we’re on the topic of hot Summer days…let’s not forget Kara & Joe’s engagement session. Despite starting at 6:30 in the morning it was already approximately 1 million degrees that day! But they rocked it out like pros while I was sweating through my tank top!

We did a session in honor of this baby boy’s first Birthday and got to take a few precious family photos at the same time!

On to another amazing family! I had so much fun chasing these kiddos around all morning…I think we were really able to capture this family’s personality!

The weather finally started to cool off (can I get an Amen!) and I had a whole slew of sessions to capture the pretty Fall weather. Starting off with these love birds. This engagement session was amazing! I can.not.wait. to photograph this couple again soon for their wedding! Natalie…you’re going to be a stunner!

Follow that up with a really fun Senior photo session. Sydney had me laughing like no one else! She’s silly, fun and really sweet. And the location we picked for her senior photos captured that perfectly…oh and who can forget the most perfect car her parents managed to find!!

I got to meet up with another family that hadn’t had their photos taken in quite awhile and thought it was time for an update. I agree!

And I had a quick mini session with Miss Mae to capture her sweet spirit and pretty fall props!

I had another super amazing engagement session. We were able to shoot in the prime of the great Fall color and also in the spot where he proposed! How sweet is that!

And we capped of the year with Kara & Joe’s wedding….the crazy heat we managed to survive for their engagement session was nowhere to be found on their chilly wedding day. What a beautiful wedding it was. I loved every minute of their day!

And finally last, but certainly not least, 2012 was also the year I started to branch out into a new style of photography. In fact, I haven’t shown any of it on the blog just yet. Partially because some of this was done as gifts and some of it I’m just finishing so I haven’t posted yet. I started to shoot boudoir-style photography…or in other words, photographs of beautiful women showing off their fun-nature, their bodies and their sexier side. I really LOVE these shoots and can’t wait to show more. I decided to only show images where their faces weren’t shown (ya know for privacy reasons and all that) but man oh man the photos with their faces are 10,000 times better…They are amazing, gorgeous women and I can’t wait to show you more from their sessions…but until then, here’s a sneak peak into my boudoir sessions.

2012 was one amazing year…but I can’t wait to see how 2013 is going to unfold.
A big, big THANK YOU to all of my clients who allowed me to come into their lives for a few hours and try to capture their personalities for a lifetime. I’m so honored that you picked me to document your families legacy and wish each of you a very special 2013.

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