My Top Picks of 2012

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One of my favorite things to do is look back at the photos I’ve taken over the year.  This year has been more difficult only because I’ve experienced several changes throughout the year.  Leaving my job, starting a new one, having the most busy fall season ever… I didn’t sit down until after Thanksgiving. :)  I had hoped for a fantastic year  – and I did – but looking back, I see something different in my photos.

My favorites have usually been the photos that stir my feelings and send a little excitement throughout my body.  And I still get that.  But this year I’ve noticed that it’s not just the image itself, but the moment around the image.  How I felt when I was with the people in the photo – it’s hard for me to explain, but there’s more than just a “that photo captured the mood.”  These may not be my “best work” or your favorites, but they help me relive a fantastic memory, a wonderful time spent with the people and things I love.  And that makes them rise to the top.

January: My Girls

I had a lot of great photos to choose from in January.  But this one my Mel and her little lady is my favorite.  I spent the day with Melanie’s family as they celebrated Allie’s first birthday.  There were a lot of shots to love from that day (including her crawling around in those sweet little legwarmers with those chubby legs), but this one steals my heart every time I look at it.  Love them both to bits.

Allie

 

February: Birthday Self-Portrait

It’s funny that my favorite from last February was also a birthday portrait.  But I had SUCH AN AMAZING BIRTHDAY WEEKEND.  I turned 30 this year and there were surprises all weekend and I just had the best time ever.  I’ve never felt more special or loved than that weekend.  I have the best friends ever.

2012 birthday self-portrait

2012 birthday self-portrait

 

March: Heather+Robby

This session is by far one of my favorites.  Heather and Robby enjoy life to its fullest and are so easy to photograph.  And when I say easy, I mean EASY!  We just walked around downtown Louisville and shot what sounded like fun.  And I love how each photo turned out.  Yes, my absolute favorite session.  This session will be hard to beat.

 

April: Chicago with Irene and Michael

I set a goal for 2012 and that was to attend a photography workshop.  The opportunity revealed itself early in the year and in April, I found myself in Chicago, sitting among some very talented women in Christy Tyler‘s home.  I learned more than I realized [as I still find myself remembering things we covered and testing them].  But it was a great weekend – good people, great stories, great mentoring, warm hearts and great modeling.  Irene and Michael were our workshop models and they brought it even though it was so chilly.  If you ever get to spend time with Christy and James, do it.  They’re fantastic.

 

May: Nashvegas Wedding

Nothing is better than spending a weekend in Nashville.  Add in the fact that one of your longtime friends is getting married and it makes it better.  Mix in several of your favorite people from high school and college and you have a howling good time!  It was a wonderful time and my friend, Kevin, asked me to catch a shot of him and his new bride leaving the hotel after the reception.  I love this photo of them so much.

 

June: BDD Montage

Our Big Deaf Dog lurves the water hose.  LURVES IT!  And I got it in my head that I wanted to photograph her while she went nuts on it.  It paid off.  And this post happens to be my “lift your spirits” post when I’m having a bad day.

 

July: The One That Can Hear

It’s not a secret that I love dogs.  And I love my doggins through and through.  They are sweet, great to cuddle with and hilarious.  But Chase, the one the that can hear, is my heart doggin.  She’s my girl and keeps me company even when I think I don’t want any.  She also hates the camera, so I love this “happy” photo of her.

Happy

 

August: The Nose Print

Now.  I absolutely love catching photos with my dSLR but we know that sometimes you don’t always have it.  For me… it’s more often than I like.  So my favorite shot from August is actually an Instagram.  I know – I know.  But I do love it.  Because the BDD’s nose was so wet she left a perfect nose print on the couch.  And I can’t help but smile when I see it.  (We’ve tried recreating but she’s so uncooperative.)

Somebody has a wet nose. #noseprint # BDDlove #dogginlove

September: My Grandma

We celebrated my granny’s birthday this year with a small surprise (in her backyard) and it was so great.  Being with family makes me happy – I love all the stories I’ve heard hundreds of times over the years.  But what I love most is that my granny is still on this Earth for me to hug. And she’s a heckuva hugger.

 

October: Atlanta

October was a crazy month for me.  I met soooo many new people, wonderful people… but my favorite thing that happened that month was my weekender to Atlanta.  Meeting my friend Katie for the first time in the flesh was perfect and I’m head over heels for her little man Camden.  I second shot a wedding with her… experienced a smash and grab with her… and I have yet to revisit any of the photos I took at the wedding.  I think the bad taste that came with my bag getting jacked still lurks, but it’s on the to do list.  Believe me.

LOVE this lady!

 

November: Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy.  Tater tot.  Connor.  Whatever you like to call him.  I just LOVE TO PHOTOGRAPH HIM!  This little guy made my Thanksgiving weekend so much sweeter (and it wasn’t because there was cake involved).  He’s the cutest – from the new hair to the bluest eyes to those kissy little lips – I’m a Connor fan to the core.  And I loved this cupcake smash session!

 

December: THE SUGAR BOWL

OK.  So I really didn’t take many photos in December.  And I wasn’t sure what I could say was a favorite when I take more pics with my phone of doggins in my lap than anything else.  But… we went to New Orleans late last week… because our alma mater was playing in a big bowl game… and I had my phone… and Instagram… AND MY CARDS FRICKING WON!!!  The trip to NOLA, the game, the title – everything about was perfect and THAT is the best thing about December [and beginning of January, but we’re going to overlook that fact and just bask in the glory of Louisville beating Florida]!!!!

NOLA SUGA

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January 4, 2013 - 8:33 am

katie - What a great recap of your year…smash and grab and all.
Love that you ended it on a high note winning the Sugar Bowl!

Go Cards!

January 4, 2013 - 8:34 am

katie - ps. backatcha lady.

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