My Top Picks of 2011

One of my favorite things to do is look back at the photos I’ve taken over the year.  Finding the moments where something clicked, reliving the time spent capturing the photo – it’s all there, right there in my images.  And with Shutterboo Photography taking off this year as well, there are so many minutes, so many laughs that I can recall just by staring at pixels.

I took the time throughout the year to write down my favorites from each month – the photos that captured not only something that makes me proud but also captured my mood.  They may not be my “best work” or your favorites, but they bring a twinge to my stomach, stir up my butterflies – and I kind of love that feeling.

January: The Virgin Islands

We went cruising last January and my new 7D made it’s way with me to the Virgin Islands.  By far one of my favorite images from the year is of my friend Alan standing on the beach in St. Kitts.  Every time I look at it, I want to go back.

Bay @ St. Thomas

Week 2: Joy

February: Balloon Self-Portrait

I took this photo for the WPC{2011} but it’s one of my favorites.  I’ve taken the advice of my friend Mrs. Rev and strive to take a self-portrait each birthday.  So while this isn’t my birthday SP, it was still in February and involved the largest balloons I’ve ever encountered.

Week 9: Large

 March: Chase – the one that can hear

I don’t have very many good photos of my doggin Chase.  She despises the camera and usually darts away.  But for longer than a split second, she left the blanket on her head and I caught picture.  She’s not a silly dog, more of a no nonsense kind of pup… but that just makes this one even better.


April: Meredith+Troy

I was hesitant to take their engagement photos, but man am I so glad I did.  Meredith and Troy.  I had a blast being with them, jumping all over the place with my nerves, but we walked away with some keepers.  “No Parking” is a forever favorite.  I know some other people that feel this way as well.

Meredith+Troy {engaged}

Meredith+Troy {engaged}

May: The Sorority Girls

I had the honor of photographing several different Sigma Kappas last year but the first group is the one that stayed with me.  These three gals, Madison, Kelsey and Sarah, were goofy as could be and didn’t have a care in the world.  Not only did we get some fantastic images on UofL’s campus, but they stirred up my girly feelings for the ladies I call my sisters.

Madison+Kelsey+Sarah {friends}

Madison+Kelsey+Sarah {friends}

Madison+Kelsey+Sarah {friends}

June: Little Angry Man

My DAd has said that if you want to capture the pictures others don’t, don’t take the camera away from your eye.  I did just that and I caught this little boy in a mini-fit of rage, accusing me of stealing his cousin’s flashlight.  I was an innocent bystander holding on to a small flashlight only after being asked to.  And well, I snapped this.

Week 25: Person

July: Cali

I am loving watching all my friends’ children turn into little people.  And it’s especially true of Cali – she is her mother once over and I could not believe the fun stories this little girl told during our family session.  And I adore this photo of her.

The Coxes

August: Sleepy Ethan

Oh man.  I couldn’t wait to get over to Brent and Emily’s to see their youngest son, their third son, and stick my camera in his face.  He was as precious as could be, so sweet and mellow.  Then he yawned.  And then I melted.

Baby Ethan

September: Heather+Clinton

I had the opportunity to assist Louisville Wedding Photographer Courtney Reece in September.  And not only did I learn a lot, but I had such a wonderful time.  The time I spent with Courtney and Melinda was some of the best hands-on schooling I’ve had.  And the bride and groom, Heather and Clinton, were out-of-this-world gorgeous/in love/fabulous/pick a positive adjective and it will probably fit.

Heather+Clinton {married}

Heather+Clinton {married}

Heather+Clinton {married}

October: The Meehans

I feel the need to say that the mini-sessions I had in October were better than I had even hoped for.  Each family was fantastic to photograph, the kiddos were beyondo cute and I felt so blessed to be a part of their lives in 2011.  But the Meehans… maybe it was the time of day, I’m not sure… but the colors that came out during their mini-session were like whoa.  And I might have a crush on Eli.

The Meehans {family}

The Meehans {family}

November: Theresa+Billy

My cousins who are expecting their first child in February.  This definitely took the top spot of any other photographs I took in November – and I got so many awesome photos in November – but this one takes the cake because I cannot help but smile.  I could not be happier for them, knowing that it’s taken years to get to this point, but in a matter of weeks, they’ll be a family of three.  I am so excited.

Theresa+Billy {expecting}

Theresa+Billy {expecting}

December: The Big Deaf Dog

Seriously, could I have left the BDD out?  My last photo taken for the WPC{2011}, the theme was “black and white” and the BDD fit the bill.  This dog gives me so many headaches… but they’re soon forgotten when she pulls on her sweet face.  And even though she can’t hear and does the weirdest things dogs shouldn’t do, I think I’ll keep her.

Week 52: Black & White


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January 3, 2012 - 8:44 am

Joan Nova - You do such beautiful work, I don’t know how you could pick. Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes in 2012.

January 3, 2012 - 9:01 am

Susan - Oh, wow, Brooke, what an amazing year! You are so good at what you do – I’m always so amazed and impressed. I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings. :)

January 3, 2012 - 11:16 am

denise:) - You’re so talented- these are amazing photos. You already know how much i love you BDD’s portrait… but you do good people pics too! Happy New Year!!

January 3, 2012 - 1:11 pm

katie o. - I’m working on my recap too! Love the choices. Absolutely perfect. The wedding shots are GORGEOUS!!
Happy new year friend!

January 3, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Stacy - Nice review and gorgeous shots! You have talent galore my friend!!

January 6, 2012 - 5:41 pm

Christy - These are fabulous!! And the BDD is totally adorable… I want to squeeze her! :)

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