December 27, 2022
What a year it’s been as a full time photographer. Expectations were set high for myself and while I met several challenges, most of them I didn’t see coming. I’m loving this life as I get to love and serve others and show their beauty through my own eyes and tell their story. So, decided it would be fun to look back on the last year and show my top 10 favorite shoots from 2022.
Well, I started doing some digging over the last year and there’s way more than 10. But, I JUST COULDN’T STOP. Believe me, there were times I felt on fire at photo sessions and other times I felt like I could never measure up. But, all of this led me to much needed updates in my business which I shared in the Newsletter for subscribers. Shameless plug, you can sign up for the newsletter by clicking here.
Additionally, I’d like to add, if you don’t see your photoshoot here, it’s not because I didn’t love it. I truly love just about every single person I work with. When I photograph you, your family, wedding, or business, I take it to heart and a small piece of it sticks with me forever. But, when I look back on 2022, I have 264 galleries. Some were headshots, some were from sports photos I’ve taken, etc.
When I became a full time photographer, I knew I wanted to capture life in it’s finest moments, and some of these sessions were the happiest moments of my clients’ lives. I can’t wait to see what 2023 has in store for my clients lives and for the memories yet to be captured. If you’re interested in booking a session, I’d love to chat with you and see your vision.
I just completely fell in love with Kamiren and Alex as soon as they arrived. I’ve since been able to photograph their adorable daughter, Everly who is as beautiful as they are. Beautiful humans in beautiful light. Read Kamiren and Alex’s blog here.
My first “taste” at branding photography. I met the owner at a one-year-old birthday party I was photographing. I was transparent with him that I hadn’t photographed food much, but he had faith in me. This Taste of India Photoshoot had so much color, flavor, and was a huge learning opportunity. Read about the Taste of India shoot here.
Because of scheduling constraints, Kristin and Will needed to get their engagement session done in mid-day, harsh light. So, they trusted the process and it paid off in a huge way. Check out this amazing greenhouse photoshoot here.
My first family session with a decent amount of film. Not only did I get a flat tire on the interstate on my way to this session, but my 24-70 (main lens) broke and I was in shambles. This shoot brought me back to life in ways I can’t describe. I love this entire family.
Hannah is so much fun to photograph on her own, but even more so with her family. When I tell people I want to photograph lifestyle newborn sessions, this is what I show them. Check out the Reyes Family.
I traveled all the way to Jackson, Mississippi to help one of my very best (and very pregnant) friends photograph this stunning wedding.
The Hamilton Family was as beautiful on the inside as each of them were on the outside. Her two older boys chatted it up with me outside their vacation condo and had me chuckling from the get-go. It made me almost miss teaching enough to reminisce… almost.
As a full time photographer, I don’t give myself much room for mistakes. The Kuster Family was so patient with me as I ran 20 minutes late to their Grayton Beach Family Session. I had no idea a performance was being done at Hurlburt AFB on my way and was in an absolute panic. They were incredible and we got there just in time for sunset. See their session here.
I cannot wait until I get to photograph these two on their Wedding Day. What a blessing! Mary Miles and Shane will most definitely be on my 2023 list! For now, you’ll have to settle on their engagement.
These two trusted me knowing it was my first “big girl” wedding on my own and I had the most wonderful time with them. Read the entire blog at “April Showers Bring May Flowers at Live Oak Plantation Wedding”
One of those weeks I just had to pinch myself the entire time. My first destination wedding, and I hope it won’t be the last. Read all about this fabulous week of wedding festivities, and the lessons learned- here.
I felt like I was doing mini-sessions that were perfectly true to myself and my brand. Check out the rest of the Flower Crown Mini Sessions.
After rescheduling three times due to weather, God blessed us with the most perfect sunrise of the year. To this date, I still roll this gallery at least once a week. Sometimes, other photographers will even message me and ask me what my settings were, where I am, what time it was, but truthfully, I didn’t do much different. It was just sunrise magic.
A friend from high school who I was so happy to just see her, happy. It was my first session in Navarre Beach, the beach I grew up on. This session brought me so much joy.
Photographing one of my best friends post-baby. Well, Forrest was just such a dream and their outfits were perfectly on point.
I forget this girl is 15 years younger than me. I believe she is one of the many people who gave me the push I needed to become a full time photographer. One day, she will get the invite to my birthday brunches and happy hours. Because I love her that much. Jaci’s photos can be found here.
A family without young children.. I could finally show the world you don’t need to have babies to have professional photos taken of your family. Read more about why I feel this way.
I cannot wait to photograph their wedding at The Gulf in Fort Walton next year!
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