It's nice to reflect on the past year as a new one approaches and that's one of the reasons I love TOP TEN lists. This year brought lots of progress for me in my photography journey and I believe that is reflected in how my photos have changed in the past year, especially my newborn photos. Early in the year I attended a newborn photography workshop for some hands-on newborn posing training. Soon after that I turned a portion of our home into a studio complete with state-of-the art lighting, a sitting area for families, and lots of props, wraps, and headbands (I have a slight addiction to newborn props). I also dove into learning Photoshop and began taking an online class taught by a leading newborn photographer.
I'm very excited about my plans for 2018 but before I bid adieu to 2017, here are my favorite photos for the year. It was difficult to narrow it down this year... I had so many favorites!
While visiting from California, this family of four got together with other family members in the local area to have some photos taken all together. I've taken lots of "extended" family photos this year, especially around the holidays, but this was one of my favorite sessions. They were a fun-loving group and so happy to finally have photos of everyone together. While I loved many of the images from this session, this image with a family of four along the fence was at the top of my list.
It's difficult to take a bad photo of this beautiful girl but I'm going to take a little credit :)
This was shot in the Georgetown neighborhood of D.C. on a trip back to the area for some photo sessions and visits with friends. The light early in the morning was gorgeous and Georgetown has a ton of great spots for photos. We got so many great shots during this session but this one has to be my favorite!
I'll admit, I'm a bit partial to newborn poses
that incorporate military items to
honor Mom or Dad's service.
(I'm a bit patriotic and I served in the Air Force.)
I was so pleased about the way this photo turned
out and I'm sure it's one this family will treasure!
More images from this little guy's session can be seen here.
(NOTE: I am pleased to offer a 10% discount to
active duty military members as well
as teachers, firefighters and police officers!)
As I delve into taking more maternity photos I have started offering the use of maternity gowns to my clients and this one from Sew Trendy was perfect for this gorgeous momma (more images from her session here). The setting and lighting were perfect and I was so happy to capture this special quiet time before baby arrived!
What can I say? This sweet little boy! This chair! This set-up! I have started focusing on simpler poses and set-ups for my newborns (see more images from his session here) but I still love to get one image that's a little bit unique. I love this one!
Black and white photos are so classic and timeless.
This image was a new pose for me and
I love how it incorporates Dad in the image.
It turned out to be a little piece of art.
See more of this little one's images here.
I don't think I need to say much
about this one. Just... sweet, sweet, sweet!
I just love this image of this little guy...
who doesn't love some baby chunk?
I've photographed him since before he was born
(announcement and maternity photos for Mom),
as well as newborn, sitter, and first birthday cake smash photos.
Can't wait to watch this little one continue to grow up!
Sometimes I fall in love a photo because of the "technical" aspects behind it. I know Mom and Dad love their newborn images because it's their baby and I appreciate that, but I also try to meet the "standards" of the newborn photography community (for this image it is angle, lighting, leg position, hand position, body curve, etc) that make newborn images the most flattering. This "bum-up" pose is definitely my best to date and how I was able to transform it during the editing stage is a testament to how much I've learned about Photoshop this year. Of course, it doesn't hurt that this little girl is simply adorable.
I'm sure I've never spent so much time on one photo, but it was well worth it! For this image I had to set up specialized lighting, hang a black canvas outside our window (yes, those are actually our window panes), prep my daughter on how to pose (yes, that's our gorgeous girl!), and do a lot of post-production editing. This photo came together by using including 3 different overlays (night sky, Santa and his sleigh passing the moon, and light coming from the book) and then editing to merge them just right. View how it was done here. I know I'm partial to this one because this is my daughter, but I just love how it turned out and I was pretty happy with my use of Photoshop, especially since I only started using it earlier this year. This one went out on Christmas cards and is getting printed on canvas!
I wish you all health, happiness, and good luck in the new year. May the journey you take be filled with growth and fulfillment! And should you need photos of your newborn, growing children, or entire family, please contact me!