Updated: Dec 22, 2021
December 21st, 2021
FAMILIES, MATERNITY & NEWBORNS I am hoping to make this a yearly tradition! I have gone through all of the photos that I shot this year and picked the ones that stood out the most! It was extremely difficult to choose my favorites as I shot nearly 450 sessions this year! Scroll down to see if your session was featured as a 2021 session superlatives winner.
WITHOUT FURTHER ADO….2021 SESSION SUPERLATIVE WINNERS!
THE BEST DRESSED This mama told me she wanted a dressy photo session...and also wanted a "no smiling shot". This one was the money shot! I love how fancy they are! This family is just GORGEOUS!
THE BEST NEWBORN HAIR AWARD When I saw this baby's hair I squealed! When they say a photo doesn't do it justice, they really mean it! She had SO MUCH HAIR! I must have told her parents a hundred times during their session how gorgeous their baby girl was!
THE BEST ITEM BROUGHT TO A SESSION This family lost their daddy and husband about 2 years ago. This mama comes to me several times a year for photos and each time she brings his dog tags. This is my favorite with his tags...making him the center of attention!
FAVORITE SUN FLARE This photo was shot on such a beautiful summer evening at the beach. Sometimes sun flares can get in the way and other times they can "make a photo"!
MY FAVORITE IMAGE OF A MOM
I’ve said this a lot but I love to capture images where families are not looking at the camera. They are almost always my favorite images in a gallery! These mamas prove that paying attention to their little ones instead of the camera makes for the best photo!
MY FAVORITE IMAGE OF A DAD I love it when dads just melt over their brand new babies. This little girl has her daddy wrapped around her finger already!
THE BRAVEST CLIENT
She had just finished her Chemo and wanted to celebrate herself! This is a strong woman. She was so nervous to take her wig off but once she did she was so empowered! I was very much amazed by her strength and confidence!
MY FAVORITE MATERNITY PHOTO
These two were actually laughing when I shot this photo...so excited to welcome their little one into this world. I am so glad that maternity sessions become a thing. Capturing this time of your life is so special.
THE AWARD FOR THE MOST SHOTS TAKEN FOR IVF
It took me and the mom about 20 minutes to set up the needles. This image is so powerful that I don't even really need to say anything. The parents tried for 3 years! This is 3 years of IVF! I'm not sure how many needles there are exactly, but there are hundreds!
MY FAVORITE CAKE SMASH IMAGES
Cake smash sessions are aways fun! You never know what kind of expressions a baby is going to make when eating cake! I just love it when they go in with their faces!
We laid my father-in-law to rest in Arlington National Cemetery early this year. He was a Chief Master Sergeant in the Air Force. He was a very beloved husband, father, and grandfather. We all sure do miss him. It was a honor to photograph his funeral.
BEST CHRISTMAS OUTFITS
These two with their Christmas sweaters just melt my heart! Mom and dad also had on matching sweaters!
MY FAVORITE IMAGE WITH A FISH EYE LENS
I don't shoot with a fish eye lens often but when I do I love the results!
BEST SIX MONTH SESSION
Doesn't she look like a doll baby?! I love how she posed herself too! And those chubby cheeks and chunky legs...so cute!
FAVORITE "AU NATUREL" IMAGE
When this mom and dad requested this photo I was super excited. I always love the look of skin to skin...and the different skin tones in this photo just makes it so beautiful!
BEST PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
She was so excited to share this photo! And I love that the mom and dad chose my Red Truck Minis to share their amazing news!
MOST COMFY NEWBORN
He was a dream baby and made this pose look so easy! It really is amazing what you can do with a sleeping newborn!
MY FAVORITE FURRY FAMILY MEMBER PHOTOS
I love it when people bring their pups along to their session.
They really are a part of the family.
MY FAVORITE NEWBORN COMPOSITE
A composite is when you combine two images (the background which is the heart and wings and then the baby). This one is my favorite. It is so simple yet beautiful. I also love the neutral/monochromatic colors.
THE MOST BABIES
These twins were so good and slept throughout their entire session. They were the most calm when they were next to each other. This photo should also get the award for the most red heads! Dad even has some red in his beard! Aren't they all just GORGEOUS?!
THE BEST DRESS TOSS
I showed her husband how to toss the dress and he was a pro! With his toss and the breeze at the beach, we got this amazing dress tossed in the wind!
And of course, mama was STUNNING!
BEST BEFORE AND AFTER
Her mom asked if I could do some magic for her. I of course said absolutely!
BEST SIBLING IMAGES
There were too many to narrow it down. You can really see the love in these photos. This is why I do what I do...these kids are just so much fun to work with! There is usually a lot of laughter during my sessions!
BEST SUNSET IMAGE
A sweet mama and her babies captured just before the sun set. A perfect combination of a beautiful family, sand, ocean, lighthouse, seagulls and a sunset!
I told them to "touch noses"...so they did. Of course I meant touch their noses together but this was so much better! Mom, dad and I were all laughing at this sweet moment.
BEST NEWBORN SMILE
Newborn smiles are the best! I always hope to capture one for parents. Some babies are super smiley throughout their session while other babies never crack a smile at all. Sometimes even a little smirk is precious!
MY FAVORITE NEWBORN "PUPPY" PHOTOS
My friend had recently gotten a puppy and I said "You should let me do her newborn photos!"...she laughed and said "I LOVE that idea!" Later that evening we brought "Sunny" into my studio and got the cutest "newborn" photos!
Earlier this summer there were some fires out West and eventually the smoke ended up on the East Coast creating a beautiful orange sky. I knew right away that I wanted to capture this family as a silhouette with the beautiful sunset.
BEST NEWBORN EYE CONTACT
Some babies come to me wide awake and that isn't always a bad thing. I love it when I can get direct eye contact from a newborn. They have the biggest eyes!
BEST NEWBORN DIMPLE!
His little dimple makes me smile every time!
BEST NEWBORN YAWNS
Newborn yawns are the cutest. It's even better when I have them posed in a little bed prop!
FAVORITE FAMILY PORTRAIT
I said earlier that some of my favorite photos are when no one is looking at the camera. I love how they are smiling at each other and their little girl is gazing out at the ocean.
MY FAVORITE SENIOR SESSION
Seniors can be tricky. They are usually quiet, reserved and/or shy. I try to make them as comfortable as I can in front of the camera. This girl was quiet in the beginning but towards the middle and end of her session she was having fun! Laughing and being goofy!
BEST FALL OUTFITS
Picking out clothes to wear to your session can be very difficult. I love how the colors of this family's outfits go so well with the fall leaves and lighting in the background.
MY FAVORITE PHOTO FROM MY eBOOK!
Earlier this year I contacted one of my clients and asked if she would like to be featured in my eBook. This family is the sweetest and their house is so beautiful it is magazine worthy! This was my favorite image from that day...it is even the cover photo for my eBook!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: MY FAVORITES OF MY GIRLS
Because I am a photographer and love taking photos, I of course take tons of photos of my girls. They are the reason I started taking photos in the first place! Here are a few of my favorites of them from this year!
It goes without saying that I value ALL of my clients and enjoy each and every session that I photograph. You all are the reason my business is successful and I can’t thank you enough! I hope you enjoyed reading my 2021 session superlatives. Happy New Year to all!