My Top Picks of 2010

One of the things I really like about photography is seeing how I can grow throughout a year.  Just looking back through all the photos I’ve taken in 2010, I can see when I’ve learned a new technique or found a new way to process – it’s all right there in my images.  Improvements can be seen but so can the struggles [and believe me, this gal has been struggling].

And since I’ve done just that – looked through my 2010 archives – I thought I’d share my favorites from the year.  One from each month.  They aren’t by any means the best photos but they stood out to me because an “ah-ha!” feeling came with taking the shot.  A feeling of triumph when I clicked the shutter.  And that’s an awesome feeling to have.

January: The Bier Babies

Every time I look at this photo of my good friend Nazzie and her two little babies, my heart swells.  The new baby is snuggled in, Arianna jumped in at the exact moment and that face… Nazzie’s face is completely priceless.  This only happened because I kept clicking.

This is the day that I start pushing to photograph more people.

Naz & her babies

February: Birthday Self-Portrait

I wanted to start attempting self-portraits that consisted of more than holding a camera at arms length.  Without a remote, this makes for a difficult task.  The focus is off but the silhouette was still there.  And I dig it.

Looking Forward to Another Year

March: Blue as in Blue Jeans

When I asked for a handful of “models” one afternoon at work, I thought I’d get shot down.  Luckily, I work with some fantastic people that don’t mind struttin’ their stuff.  This photo was taken for “blue” of the weekly challenge.  It’s been a favorite every since.

Week 29: Blue

April: Kilo

The thing I lurve about this photo is Kilo’s eyes.  They’re crisp, in focus, so dark brown and reflect the light.  Makes me want to squeeze him.  This was also the day that silly mud putty came to be… I guess you had to be there.

Kilo

May: the girl formerly known as The Disappointer

Mel in her moment.  I think she was trying to make me happy.  Because she’d already broke the bad news about moving to Michibalsdkfhasdkhg.  But it worked.  It makes me happy.  Very happy.

the girl formerly known as The Disappointer

June: Kennedy Bridge

Paco and I had set out on a hot afternoon to capture a bridge shot.  It was due for that week of the weekly challenge and I had zilch to work with.  Until I saw the sun flare.  The spot of light sent me into giggles.  And when I got home and saw the industrial textures underneath, I kind of sort of couldn’t stop looking at it.

Week 42: Bridge

July: Sunflower

This sunflower was a gift from a friend’s garden.  And I had all the time in the world to play with it in front my camera.  I tried so many different angles and exposures and then I had this.  The perfect high-key shot.  Don’t ask me to do it again.  Because I can’t.

Sunflower

August: Pencils

Another photo for the weekly challenge.  I had already confessed my obsession for school supplies and how a small purchase of colored pencils had sent me into straight smiles for a week.  This shot did the same thing all over again.

Week 51: Pencil

September: Knitster

Everything about this is perfect to me.  I love a narrow DOF.  I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I dig it.  It gives the yarn extra softness.  And the processing turned out just right.  The textures are still there but slightly desaturated.  I love it.

Knitster

October: Maddie and Grayson

This session was so much fun.  The kids were wonderful and there are so many photos that I love from that day.  But this one is my favorite.  Kids being kids.  Running around the tree.  It’s out of focus, the light is harsh… but it tells a story.  I hope that Maddie and Grayson’s dad made it home for a great Christmas.

BW2010 (1)

November: And Baby Makes Three

Mel and Thurmeo’s maternity session.  I was sweating bullets with this one.  But it was all good in the end.  I told Mel to bring a pair of baby shoes to the session.  She brought the bunny slippers Navi had knitted for her.  It makes it even more special.

And Baby Makes Three

December: Snaz

That AmyHasBangs has the best shoes.  And when she let’s me photograph her, those photos always become an instant favorite.  It’s quirky.  It’s fun.  It’s the perfect end to a perfect year.  And this might be the day I finally figured out Mac Daddy’s settings.

Snaz

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December 31, 2010 - 9:48 am

Tom B. Taker - Very nice. Those are absolutely stunning. The self portrait is super cool. One thought occurs to me: As a man, I never think to look at feet! :)

January 1, 2011 - 2:01 pm

denise:) - Happy New Year, Shutterboo! Your photos are amazing – so much fun to look at!

January 1, 2011 - 2:29 pm

Angie - Love them – great job Brooke!

January 1, 2011 - 9:45 pm

Carson Matthews - love the sunflower…great detail

January 4, 2011 - 8:55 pm

Jennifer - What a gorgeous selection of images. Beautiful!

January 9, 2011 - 4:32 pm

Whitney - Great pics Brooke! :) And thanks for a new challenge for 2011!

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