Shoot and Share results came out a little over a week ago and I have to say that I am super happy with my personal growth over the last year! You will see in the first photo below that last year 18 photos made it into the top 30% with my best 3 placing in the top 10%. I was so happy with those results last year. After all, it was my first year entering and my first year in business! This year however that number climbed to 32 photos making the top 30%, 8 in the top 10% and 3 finalists (top 3.2%).
This is the largest photo competition each year with 583,150 photos submitted this year alone. Each person can submit up to 50 photos and I have submitted the full 50 both years. The voting takes place over nearly an entire month and anyone can vote. It is actually hugely entertaining/addictive and when the contest is over it leaves me with a slight empty feeling…and then the waiting begins…waiting, waiting, waiting…for about 3 weeks they announce the top placing photos before they finally give all of us the results. And now what? I guess I will continue to shoot and hope that next year I can do even better than I did this year!
If you are curious you should check out this year’s top placing photographs, they really are spectacular and give me major #goals!
The entire album of my placing photos is below and you will notice in the upper right hand corner the badge that shows how far it made it in the competition. 🙂
I just knew I would love you the moment you wrinkled that sweet forehead…even when you cried we all swooned over your precious little faces. I was definitely not alone, despite spending far longer than anticipated in the hospital, your parents were obviously, completely and totally in love. Really what’s not to love? You are perfection and your family is too…you are surrounded by so much love and warmth and have been blessed beyond measure to be born into such a beautifully loving and good humored family!
I knew your mama and I would hit it off immediately when I walked in on her with only her bra on…we immediately joked about how all modesty goes out the window after having a baby! We spent the rest of your beautiful session joking and laughing and sharing stories too, I had so much fun that I probably could have stayed another couple of hours if not for the vanishing sun. You are destined to have a beautifully fun and happy life and I am so glad I got to capture the very first chapter of it for you!
I hope you cherish these memories forever, sweet boy!
Your first “fan girl,”
P.s. These are just my very favorite photos, but if you scroll down to the bottom you can see the video with all of the photos and some video too!!
I have been so anxious to share this lovely album of my visit with the Jackson’s! When Kristin first told me that her family lived on acreage and she wanted to do their session there I was super excited, but I never could have imagined how amazing it would be! You see they live on their families land along with Chris’s parents and grandparents, and soon his brother too! We packed so much in, from throwing hedge-apples in their pond, to feeding chickens, the whole time I was there was magical.
This is what documentary photography is all about…taking your beautiful life and making art that will last a lifetime. Kristin described life with twin two year-olds, Lewis and Becca, 4 year old, Elliot, and 6 year old, Nora, as a permanent child’s birthday party…I completely understood what she was saying and I knew I would just adore her and her family from the get go, I just thrive in a little bit of crazy!! 😍 She was absolutely right, we did not stop for the entire hour and as a photographer I am so pleased…I just love so much of what we were able to capture in a short hour! I am so happy that I got to document this crazy time in their lives because it really will not last forever…despite what they may be feeling right now! Ha!
I hope you enjoy their beautiful photos below and their gorgeous video below that!
When I first talked to Laura she hesitantly said you do know we have 8 kids don’t you after I told her how excited I was to photograph their family. I, of course, was excited for the challenge that comes along with the chaos of all of those kiddos…AND anyone who knows me knows that I would have 13 if I had my way! (Too bad the husband doesn’t feel the same way:)) They were everything I could have hoped for and more, and I almost brought a couple of them home with me!
I just love the happiness that shines through in these photos and the love that these two have for each and every one of those babies is so evident! The littlest, Liam, was celebrating his 2nd birthday and carried his new airplane book and airplane everywhere and those siblings doted on him the entire time! I love being able to capture something that is so important but will also pass quickly!
I hope you love their album, it really was so incredibly fun to capture their personalities and play with them for an evening and I hope our happiness that evening shows! Make sure you scroll to the bottom to view their video!!
I got to take photos of your beautiful mother while you were still in her belly just 9 days before I got to meet you. I came to the hospital when you were just two days old and still learning a lot about life. You and your mama were working hard at getting the feeding thing figured out and you were not the happiest while I was there, but while watching your mommy and how gracefully and patiently she calmed you, I just know that you two will have it figured out in no time and it will all be a distant memory. This is one of the reasons I love documenting little one’s like you, everything changes so quickly and before you know it you will be doing things on your own!
After my small time with your mommy and daddy I know already that your mama will be the calm one, the one that cuddles you when you’re scared or hurt and wipes away your tears gently when you are upset and you daddy is going to be the funny one, the one that will push the limits of fatherhood while you’re mama nervously laughs at him. You will be so loved by these two beautiful people who are so perfectly paired that you will get the best of both of them, gaining your mother’s grace, strength and beauty while also being gifted with your father’s carefree attitude and humor! You are so blessed in so many ways and I hope you can one day look back at these photos and see that it started from the moment you were born.
Every year we spend the last Saturday in September celebrating the two littlest’s birthdays. I feel like the day gets better with each passing year and yesterday was no exception. We had a bbq, tons of family, bubbles, backyard soccer, cupcakes, presents, AND to top it off we always take those that are willing to the Greater Andover Days carnival. We had a spectacular night and I could not stop editing our memories to put together a short video for Liam and Frankie so that they could always remember the fun that we had!
I spent just a short hour with you and your sweet family and let me tell you, it was so evident how much love you are surrounded by in less than 30 seconds of being there. Your mama and daddy were pretty exhausted from their hospital stay but their excitement from your arrival was still so evident in their tired eyes! Your big sister Ilona is not your biggest fan right now, but she has been the one and only for quite a while and I am just sure that she will soon realize that having a sister is the BEST thing ever!
I do hope that you can look back on your photos one day and see the love that I saw, and understand just how lucky you are! Welcome to the world baby girl!
Your first paparazzi,
You have been blessed with the most loving and easy going parents. It took all of 3 minutes to realize that Matthew and Keyona were meant to be yours, and you theirs. You were so wide awake for our photo shoot, but you are perfect in every way. Your daddy thinks you look just like your mama, and it seems your beautiful mama is just fine with that. The three of you fit together like a perfect puzzle that they didn’t even realize was incomplete until your arrival. One day you will love the story daddy tells you about how you peed all over him during your first photo shoot and how your mama will tell you that you were so in tune with her that every time she would speak you would look in her direction, already a mama’s boy at only 11 days old! Most of all you will love looking back at these moments of you and your family, knowing that you are surrounded in a blanket of love!
Your third biggest fan, Adrienne
Make sure you scroll to the bottom to see the video with even more of this gorgeous family!
We are about half way into the summer and I have yet to post a family blog so I thought that I would share our first half of summer adventures all together! We have had quite the summer! From a trip to Denver to the mundane trips to Costco, this album has a little bit of everything!
Here they are! I do hope you enjoy them!