We’ve reached the end of another 365 day cycle, which means it’s time to reflect on the days that have passed. As I’ve stated many times on my Facebook page, 2013 was unreal. Our clients were amazing, and the support we received was humbling.
With all of that said, where do we go now? How about, before we move forward, we look back at some of the great images that came from 2013. We’re going all the way back to January to travel through the year of images. I think it’s a pretty interesting trip to see how we started out stylistically in the beginning of the year, compared to where we are now. It really makes me excited for the next year!
Let us get right to it then. There’s no ranking, the images will just be shown based upon when they were taken over the year.
The Ramos Family
The Ramos Family, Ashley and Nick, came to us via the internet! They were our first gig of 2013, and our first out-of-state clients. They came to Disney to renew their vows and spend time at the parks with their 3 children. I used the fisheye lens to capture a lot of the scenery at Disney’s Boardwalk. I like how it turned out: Ashley and Nick, blue sky, the water, the boardwalk itself, and the hotels in the back. It pretty much summarizes why fisheye lenses are awesome.
In February we were able to break the mold of primarily family sessions by doing a pro-bono single session. We met up with Larisa in Downtown Deland to take advantage of the weather and historic scenery. This session provided us with our best learning experience to date.
Erica and Jorden
In March we returned to Disney, EPCOT specifically, for our first on-site engagement session. Erica and Jorden are big Disney fans like us, so we were able to translate that into some really neat pictures around the park. This picture, however, really has nothing to do with EPCOT. It has everything to do with the “eye-shot”. One of my favorite pictures of the year.
The Dougherty Family
The Doughtery Family came to us via a session we had in 2012: Amy and Yasmani. Jennifer is Amy’s sister, and she wanted some family pictures. Ironically we took the pictures at the same location where we took Amy and Yasmani’s engagement pictures. The ambient lighting really worked well for this shot.
The Ardito Wedding
The first wedding of the year, and our first one ever. It was a backyard wedding in a local neighborhood, which made the logistics a lot easier. The groom was also the brother of a close friend, which helped calm the nerves. I really like this picture because of the work that it involved. The original shot included the officiant in-between the bride and groom. However, with a little editing, she dissapeared into thin air :)
The Parker Family
Our second out-of-state clients were from Texas! It was another Disney World session, this time at EPCOT in June. It was… how can I say…. HOT. Very muggy, and of course, like any good Florida summer, it rained. This image was captured before the rain, but you can see how cloudy it was already. I decided to modify the Dance Hall building again to reflect their vacation at Disney. It was something I did for Erica and Jorden’s session back in February, and the Parker’s gave us a great opportunity to do the same type of thing.
Ron and Dee
Everything changed in August. After two months of learning the ropes of my newly acquired 5D Mark II, I started shooting exclusively in RAW format. The editing process improved dramatically and in turn the makeup of every session changed for the better. Ron and Dee contacted us on a weekend in July about shooting their backyard wedding. It was probably one of the more fun sessions we had on a session as their entire family treated us like we were long time friends. It was a theme that really continued on for the rest of the year.
Brittney was the first to take advantage of a month long pro-bono special I ran for single-sessions. The results of her session proved, to me at least, the positive aspects of shooting in RAW format. It continued to get better from here…
Caroline was the second pro-bono session for the month. This was around the time I started to experiment with additional image depth by adding elements to the foreground of pictures. It is now something I try to do in every session, especially with couples.
Tricia was the third contestant during “pro-bono August”. We made the mistake of going to Downtown Sanford during one of their evening events, so we had a limited area where we could work. I had a tough time picking one image from her session because we really did get a lot with unique lighting and backgrounds. This image brought it all together with the backlighting, the shadow, and the wind. Another top from the year.
Finally, a young man to break up the female dominated pro-bono month. The best part about Griffin’s session, and in chatting with his mom? Lots of Yankee bashing :) Go Sox!
But really, check out that lighting during sunset at Uptown Altamonte.
The Santana Wedding
Originally, this was the one and only wedding we had scheduled in 2013. I constantly attribute this session to what happened in 2013, and what is planned in 2014. Amy and Yas put their special day into our hands months before we had any experience shooting weddings. It was due to their confidence that we ended up with six weddings in 2013, and began booking for 2014.
I really like this shot because it was unplanned. It rained from the end of the ceremony until about halfway in to the reception. We took advantage of the rain break to run out in the street (without cars coming of course) to get this shot. It actually ended up being featured on an Instagram account with the hashtag #umbrellamondays. Thank you x10000, Amy and Yas!!
The Weeble Wedding
Beer and german singing best define this wedding. Aside from those two awesome things, this wedding was great because the bride was a member of the church I went to growing up, as was her family. It had been probably over 10 years since I had seen any of the family, so we had a great time reacquainting and such. The lighting off of the cement and the reaction of the bride’s sister makes this a session favorite.
Ali and Shane
Once of the great things is when a wedding client decides to also do engagement pictures. It’s a great time to learn their style and build a great rapport. Ali and Shane met us at the Magic Kingdom to capture their engagement photos. After a brief clothing snafu, we had an exceptional session with the two of them. The picture I chose was timely as the usual weekend sky writers were working on creating their message, and it tied in perfectly with our session. We can’t wait for their wedding in June.
The Ashley Wedding
What else can I say besides, “This Bud’s for You”.
Brandon and Megan
Brandon and Megan are getting married in February, and this past November we captured some engagement photos at a local ranch. The grounds were amazing, and so was the lighting. There were a lot of favorites out of this session, but this one won out thanks to the lighting and the pre-kiss. We’re really looking forward to shooting their wedding in February.
We don’t take pictures of too many animals, but November brought us Lyla. An adorable 10 week puppy, her owner Katie, and roommate Molly, wanted to get some pictures done before she got too big. Cute is a massive understatement.
Talk about a paradigm shifter. Kelsie is a close friend of ours who needed some new shots for her modeling portfolio. We met up in Baldwin Park, and she totally blew me away. It was the first time I had worked with someone who had modeling experience, and it immediately made my job a lot easier. This shot is by far my favorite from the session, and one of my top favorites from the year.
The Browning Family
I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with people as a result of running the business. It’s happened a few times over the last couple of years. However, I think the award for “longest time since I saw you last” goes to Lindsey. We estimated that it was probably 12-13 years since we had run in to each other last. This picture really captured their family well, with her daughter, Zoe, “running” the show :)
The Reid Family
This picture is probably one of the cutest shots ever taken. That’s really all there is to say. We’re looking forward to working with the Reid’s again this summer!
The Keel Family
Holiday photo’s can be a hoot… especially when the two boys of the family get ahold of the props!
Kenny and Vivian
Another instance of not seeing someone in a long time. Kenny was my first college roommate, who I hadn’t seen in close to 9 years. We reconnected early in December for an engagement session with his fiancé at Turkey Lake Park. Again, another paradigm changing moment for editing style and composition. I love this shot.
It’s a rare thing for me to have time to take pictures of friends. But when I can, I try to make the most of the time we have to work together. Natalie and Stephen are two of our closest friends, and the two people I’ve wanted to capture this shot with for a while. Old bridge + two close friends = perfect.
The Hasegawa Family
I mean, how cute is this composite image? Mom and dad spelling out their daughter’s name, and Lexi just chillin’ there like no big deal? Come on…
Alycia and Taylor
More friends! Alycia is one of my biggest backers in business, and a long time friend for Sarah and I. Out of all of our friends, we’ve captured A&T the most, usually with astounding results. Their session in December was no different.
Over the last 18 months we’ve captured our fair share of babies. None, however, were as young as little Sigrun. At a whopping 3 weeks old, she was a little handful. But as you can see, pretty adorable when she got comfortable.
The Alcorn Wedding
The last wedding of the year! James and Haili were referred when their original photographer ran in to a scheduling conflict. Captured at the fantastic Town Manor on the Lake in Auburndale, there were a lot of little details. This shot was taken at the back of the property during sunset, right as the clouds starting to interfere with the sunlight.
Brian and Kat
This session was probably the most complete couples session of the year. From capturing small details, to the large details of the building, we couldn’t help but be satisfied with the outcome of their session. The picture I chose doesn’t have the hotel in frame at all, instead, a garden of flowers that provided an amazing contrast and foreground candy.
The Czyzewski Family
In only our second beach session of the year, the Czyzewski family brought big smiles and a lot of energy. This was another session where it was tough to pick a favorite, but I think it’s most appropriate to pick the shot before we went onto the beach and the wind starting messing up everyone’s hair :)
The Kane Family
Here’s one to make mom and dad proud. Three siblings and their (supposed) first “professional” picture together.
We’ve made it to the end. Thank you for checking out the post, and please be sure to check in during 2014!
Happy New Year!!