I feel like I owe all of my wonderful families and clients a heartfelt thank you for making my 2014 year a smashing success. Today is dedicated you. It’s simply impossible to narrow down all of my favorite images from the year, so these are just a sampling of what inspired me.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I have. I truly can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store!
There are so many parts of a wedding day that move me. The obvious ones, like the exchange of vows and the father daughter dance. The toasts and the groom seeing his bride for the very first time. And the not so obvious ones, like mom’s tears as her daughter slips on her wedding gown. Or the maid of honors barely contained emotion during the ceremony. But on of my absolute favorites, the one that is guaranteed to make me cry tears of happiness, is the moment when the ceremony is over and a husband spends those first few precious moments with his new wife. Those quite, uncelebrated moments are my favorite.
You can see more of Brooke and Jerry’s Treasure Island wedding here!
It was so hard for me to choose an image today. There were just too many incredible sessions this year. But so many of the images from Victor and Angela’s session took my breath away. It was amazing to spend time with a couple so willing to be open to the creative process. Especially when their newborn was involved! And this image of Angela and her tiny son makes my heart flutter. It brings back all too vividly the feelings of holding my own tiny baby’s in my arms. I look at this image, and I can remember the endless hours of shhhing. The time spent rocking in the nursery and dreaming of the future. This image, to me at least, is timeless. And I love it. Don’t you agree?
There is something so remarkable to me about fathers and their daughters on a wedding day. Maybe it’s because my dad passed while I was in college and to this day I wish he could be here to witness life with me. Or, maybe it’s simply watching grown men wear their emotions so outwardly. But I just can’t look away from wedding day display of father daughter love. This image is an obvious favorite from my last wedding of the year. More to come from this very special Estate Wedding soon!
My day three favorite is not only one of my favorite photographs, but one of my favorite families. I’ve known Kim for 10 years now, and her kindness of spirit and generous heart will have me forever enamored. I have a feeling I’d be hard pressed to not love all of the photos from her sessions. Welcome to the list Kim!
See more from Kim’s succulent garden shoot here.
My next favorite this year is from one of the most casual and down to earth “newborn” sessions I’ve ever captured. Kate wanted to forever cherish the bond she had with her second child, and first daughter, in a relaxed, photojournalist style. I loved spending the morning with them, and the images that we created are some of my all time favorites. Don’t you agree?
See more from Kate and Ryan’s session here.
Over the last few years , I’ve spend the final week of the year pouring over all of the images I’ve captured, reminiscing about the friendships and connections that were either newly formed, or straightened, and reflecting on the journey taken over the previous 12 months. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed with happiness to realize that I’ve spent another year surrounded by such wonderful friends and clients. I’m consistently reminded of how much I love this craft, and how blessed I am to be able to continue practicing it. There really isn’t a better way to end another incredible year than to recap my favorite images of 2014. Plus, it means I’ll be blogging every day this week – and from many sessions that haven’t even made their way to a full blog post yet. YAY! So, be on the lookout for lots of gorgeous imagery.
My first favorite this year comes from one of the most fun shoots I’ve ever been a part of. Our Maleficent styled wedding shoot was purely delightful to capture, and being included for personal, creative projects is always a treat. Having the opportunity to shoot for myself and develop a creative concept is an enormous opportunity for growth and development, and it’s just plain lots of fun. And when the images end up gracing the pages of one of my favorite wedding blogs, even better!
You can see more of our fantastically styled Maleficent shoot here.