While working on this annual ‘Favorites’ post, I decided to do some rough calculations and try to arrive at the total number of photographs I shot in 2015. After a little work with my calendar and calculator, I came up with the staggering sum of 115,000 photos. It’s little wonder that I had to purchase a new camera this year! This should put in perspective how difficult it is to choose just a handful of favorites from 2015.
I’ll be totally honest with you. I’m glad 2015 is over. I faced some challenges in my personal life that kept me from doing the work and providing the level of service that I expect from myself. With that said, I’m so proud of the following images. They are the ones that I return to again and again. They all make me smile, and they make me remember the best days of this past year. I hope you enjoy going back and looking at them with me.
I wish for you and yours all the best in 2016. Thanks for following me on my blog, and I hope you’ll stay tuned. This new year is already shaping up to be the best ever!
Caleb and Megan’s wedding in January was one of my favorites of 2015, and I love this image of them together. It was freezing cold outside, but the light was so beautiful, and they are such a beautiful couple.
This 1-year photo of little Audrey will always be one of my favorites. She is so much fun to photograph. I need to do something to bribe her parents into scheduling a 2-year session!
If you live in North Texas, you know that we had SO much rain in the Spring and Summer. Kevin and Amy’s wedding couldn’t escape the rain, but nobody seemed to mind. I love this image of them coming back down the isle at the end of their ceremony.
I’m a vintage-loving photographer, and shooting in the old theater in downtown Grapevine was a dream come true. Austin and Breanne paused for just a moment under the theater’s marquee, and I barely managed to get this shot before the headed off on their honeymoon!
Brad and Cate’s June wedding at Rustic Grace in Van Alstyne, TX was just perfect. They travelled all the way from Scotland to get these images in the Texas sunset. No pressure! They were both so fun to work with, and this image is one of my very favorites.
Some photos are just happy accidents, and this one falls into the category. I was walking to David and Kayla’s reception, and I noticed them standing together in the small alcove with a bright spotlight above. I dropped my gear, asked them to kiss, and this is the result.
Family group shots are always tricky. The more people you add, the more the image starts looking like a high school class portrait. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s not usually going to end up being one of the photographers favorite images of the year. In this case, we shot the entire family on an old railroad bridge, and I love how it turned out.
There are times everything just clicks, and you end up with a set of images that just blow you away. This was the case with Rayna’s bridals at the Cotton Mill in McKinney, TX. The weather was perfect. Rayna was gorgeous in her dress, and the location just right for the type of images I like to to shoot. I could have posted this entire session as a favorite, but I picked just one image. This is certainly one of my favorite images of 2015.
The same could be said for Jake and Tricia’s E-Session. I’m so thrilled that this young couple from Iowa found me on the Internet. I’ll never forget how much fun we had, and how beautiful that day was. In my mind, this image really captures how special their relationship is.
If it’s possible to have a single favorite image out of 115,000, this would be it. Our friend, Ashley, is currently battling cancer, and she wanted to do a shoot with her family. This image of Ashley and her mom, my favorite image of 2015, came out of that session and is so special to me. It was not posed. I gave no direction. I just tried to stay in the background and let them be themselves. I feel so fortunate to be trusted to photograph this moment in time, and I have no doubt that together, they are going to win this battle.