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2013 Retrospective | Families

So, I’m going to be honest.  I wasn’t going to do one of these.  In the photography world these end of the year ‘best of” posts are pretty standard and expected, but they’re a lot of work to put together.  I shot SO MANY awesome families this year that it was overwhelming to think about picking only a few photos from the bunch.  BUT, I did have a great year, so I decided to do it my way – instead of feeling like I needed to pick a certain amount of photos, or one photo from each session, I just went through and flagged the photos that spoke to me without analyzing it too much.

When I looked at my selections a few things became clear.

1.  I see best in black and white.  75% of the photos I chose were black and white, so I decided to go all in and ended up with only black and whites for this set.

2.  I want my clients as close as possible, and I can never get close enough.  I love big sweeping wide-angle shots, but my favorite images show families cuddling, hugging, and loving each other closely.  I will never ever ever get tired of hugs.  Ever.

3.  Photos of everyone smiling and looking at the camera are nice, but simply not my priority.  The photos that my clients aren’t even aware that I’m taking – those are the ones I come back to again and again.


This was a transformative year for me and my business in many ways, and as I look forward to 2014 I can’t wait to continue on this path of capturing families as honestly as I can.  As I say repeatedly, THANK YOU to all of my clients for inviting me into their lives and trusting me to capture their beautiful love.


In no particular order, a few of the moments I saw in 2013.

Hoping to do another post with my favorite couple and wedding shots of the year, we’ll see if I end up with all black and white cuddle-y shots as well!






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  • Karen Guddy Gudmand SylviaJanuary 8, 2014 - 9:11 pm

    We were all blessed to have been captured by your amazing eye. Thank you!!!

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