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Wow! Another year has come and gone. I have to admit, this New Year’s Eve kind of took me by surprise. We had family in town for Christmas. And after Christmas. And they just left yesterday. And yesterday was all about “taking down Christmas.” And, suddenly, it’s New Year’s Eve!

Each year, I do a blog post highlighting my ten favorite images from the year. Some are professional. Some are personal. Each makes the list for it’s own reason. So, without further delay……here are my personal top ten favorite images I photographed in 2016:

{OK…one more slight delay. It’s actually my top fourteen. Sorry. I just couldn’t cut any of these.}

 

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I love this maternity gown, this beautiful mama, really everything about this image!

 

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This was one of my sweetest wedding moments in 2016 –> a bride/grandfather dance. :)

 

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This is from a session I did in Central Park with an adorable couple. And now I can officially classify myself as a travel photographer. Yes!

 

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This was my favorite from a boho styled bridal session. This dress! And Kelcy did a fabulous job modeling!!!

 

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And I got to photograph my niece’s birth. SO special!

 

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This is one of the buildings at my son’s dream college–Florida Polytechnic University. Cool architecture. I’m in love with the shadows!

 

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My sweet daughter and her cousins. I adore them!

 

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A classic–the Flatiron Building in NYC at dusk. And that was the actual real sky. Pretty cool. :)

 

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Near Juneau, Alaska…..on a whale-watching excursion. I did get pictures of the whales, but this is my favorite image because I really like how the mountain is like a shadow.
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This is from a vintage session. I love how classic this looks!

 

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Who can resist the Statue of Liberty at dusk? This was taken on a dinner cruise. Troy and I had so much fun that night….really on that whole trip!

 

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Real street photography. I felt a little guilty taking it….but I love the raw emotion.

 

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This was taken from our balcony on an Alaskan cruise. That really was the trip of a lifetime!

 

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And, finally, you might recognize this from the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine. I love the sky. And the angle.

Looking back, I am so blessed to have all of these (and many, many more) memories. Wow! God has been so good to me!

And, looking ahead, I’m excited to see what God has in store for me in 2017! Bring it on!!!

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This sweet little girl is going to have her very first Christmas this year! And, as you can see, she is pure sweetness! Callie loves to look at the lights, and she loves to be with parents and older brother. She has brought so much joy to her family!

These images were fun to capture in front of Callie’s family’s Christmas tree. I wish I had taken a pull-back shot of our set-up. We made a wide bench out of furniture for her to lay on, and then we covered it with a soft blanket. Don’t worry–she was safe the whole time. I shot these images with my 85mm lens @ f/1.8 to achieve the nice bokeh in the background. I really like how some of the lights at the bottom seem to overlap the blanket. They didn’t in real life. The tree was actually a couple of feet behind her! The living room was really dark, so I bumped up the lighting on her face a bit with two video lights. That way I didn’t have to use flash.

Three-month-old babies are typically difficult to photograph by themselves, so I really like this pose. She tired after awhile, so Callie’s session was short. Her mom was ready with several outfits and bows. :)  This Christmas will come and go, but they will have these images to remember in the many years to come.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season!!!

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I had so much fun with my Christmas sessions this year! Some of my clients were returning, while others were brand new. I really enjoyed capturing these individuals and families interacting and doing things they love. Did you notice: I even did a motorcycle session! (I’m going to do a whole separate blog post about that in January….so stay tuned.)

Even though autumn-looking trees are few and far between in Florida, I managed to get some pretty colors in several of these images. I love how each session is so different. Honestly, one of my favorite things about photography is that every single session has a story of its own. I’m fortunate to be able to create quality portraits that families can enjoy now and in the years to come. I consider myself very blessed.

Now that we’re just a few days before Christmas, I’m going to enjoy this “off” time with my awesome husband and kids. And my extended family will be here soon from Chattanooga, Tennessee!

I hope you are having a blessed Christmas season!

 

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You can choose from two dates: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016  OR  Sunday, Jan. 8th, 2017.  Both SnapBasics sessions will take place at my home (near Ed White High School) from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  This class is specifically for people who own a DSLR but only use it in automatic mode.  I will show you how to maximize your camera by shooting in manual mode.  Bring your DSLR with a fresh battery and an empty card because this is a hands-on class!  Each session of SnapBasics is limited to six participants.  Your payment of $45 reserves your spot!  (Some seats are already taken, so please contact me soon!)

 

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My SnapArt class is for anyone with a camera that wants to improve their photography. I’ll teach you how to look at things from a photographer’s point of view.  We’ll discuss composition, lighting, posing techniques, etc.  You can choose from two dates: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016  OR  Sunday, Jan. 22th, 2017.  Both SnapArt sessions will take place at my home (near Ed White High School) from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  Bring your camera with a fresh battery and an empty card because this is a hands-on class!  Each session of SnapArt is limited to six participants.  Your payment of $45 reserves your spot!  (Some seats are already taken, so please contact me soon!)

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I have a confession to make. I’m pretty much obsessed with raw gemstone jewelry right now.

I love the organic, casual quality that raw stones provide. I’m naturally drawn to vintage/boho things, and this raw topaz gemstone set in hammered sterling silver is no exception! This particular beauty is from Lemesto and designed by Arielle Rassel. I selected it from her California collection, which features several other lovely raw gemstones as well.

And I’m sure you can’t help but notice the fabulous gold calligraphy by the talented Brittany Russell, owner of Letter Lane Design Studio. Brittany does gorgeous work, focusing on wedding stationery, calligraphy, and branding design. The hand-lettered vow really shows off this lovely piece.

I think this is a stunning combination!
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