I have never done a “best of” before, and I thought the best photos of 2017 would be a good place to start. While these photos may not necessarily be the best as far as technique and photography “rules” are concerned, they are some of my favorites! There are a couple of reasons why. One is because of the connection that exists in them–connection between subjects, connection between the subject and the viewer, and the feeling I get when I look at each one. The other is because of the growth I see from the beginning of the year to the end. I learned and grew so much as a photographer this year. New opportunities arose and opened doors for me. I am excited to see what this new year holds for me! Please enjoy these!
Best photos of 2017
This first one is of my girls. It was the first snow we’d gotten in a couple of years and their first chance to try out their sled. I wasn’t about to miss this opportunity to capture them enjoying it! I had gotten a new camera for Christmas and was just learning how to use it.
For the next two, I wanted more practice with my camera and I wanted to do a session on the Square in Fayetteville. My brother goes to the U of A
, so I asked him if he knew anyone who would be willing to model for me. I had also gotten a new version of Lightroom for Christmas. I had never tried to learn Lightroom before, even though I had an older version, because I was too scared to move away from Photoshop. I didn’t want to waste this gift, though, so I dug in. And this is where the growth really began.
These next two make my heart ache. My niece had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer the summer before we took these. She was recovering and her hair had just begun to grow. The images are so soft and sweet. They couldn’t match her personality any better. I cling to these photos even more because a couple of months later we lost that Bradford pear tree. I am so grateful we were able to use it for these lovely images before the storm destroyed it.
Being a photographer has made me more appreciative of what nature has to offer. I see things I didn’t before and recognize beauty in the details. I love taking nature and macro photos whenever I have the chance. This one is of our wisteria. I may have had to battle hundreds of bumblebees (okay, maybe just 25 or so) to get it.
I may be a bit biased about the next two. They are my babies!
Although I took this in the spring, I didn’t edit it until the end of the year when
I was designing the photo books I give to family for Christmas. I can really see here how much my editing style changes from season to season.
These sisters make my heart smile!
It was so, so difficult for me to narrow down photos of these two lovebirds. They could seriously be models.
My neighbor had this blue VW bus in the front yard and I was dying to use it in a session. I put out a model call and Madeline was perfect for what I had in mind!
Part of the reason I love this one so much is because it was my (then) 8-year-old’s idea. I also love it because of its symmetry. 🙂
There were so many great ones from this wedding. I couldn’t narrow it down any more. This was the first wedding I photographed that wasn’t for one of my family members. I had never really wanted to be a wedding photographer, but this wedding changed my mind! I had so much fun! I absolutely adore the connection among all these ladies in this image. The simplicity of it also stands out to me.
I chose this one because I value the personal touches that my clients add to their special days, whatever they may be.
I seriously smile every time I see this one. I love it so much!!
This is a proud moment for me. To be able to pull this huge wedding party together and manage to get a good photo of them is not an easy feat.
When I first saw this photo, I was struck hard by how grown up she looks. I am not ready for this.
Despite their many arguments and disputes, they still manage to be sweet to each other occasionally. This was their first day of school — 1st and 4th grades.
I had a vision in my head of a maternity session I wanted to try. Taylor was willing and brave enough to try whatever I brought up! It turned out better than I imagined!
I am not really sure why I like this one so much. Maybe it’s the bokeh. Maybe it’s the colors. Maybe it’s the pose. Or maybe it’s just the gorgeous model.
By this time, I had learned much, much more about Lightroom and its many abilities. It is now pretty much all I use. I love it!
Love the light. Love the connection. Love the couple.
Seriously. That look is so intense. And that hair! Gah!
This was the very last photo we did during the session. It was her idea and we all adore how it came out!
Again, these last two probably need no explanation. I just love that my girls have such close relationships with their cousins!!
And that wraps up my best photos of 2017. Were there any images you have seen me post throughout the year that you loved? Photos evoke a different feeling for each viewer. I would love to hear your thoughts!
May 2018 bring you more joy than sadness!
Happy New Year!!