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!!
Just like that…another Christmas season has passed! We had so many wonderful moments this season that I thought I would share our story through photographs! Here are some of my very favorites along with a video of our Christmas Eve and Christmas morning magic! I do hope you enjoy our little life in photos!
I am going to have to start this with a little bit of a backstory…Frankie and I go to Target frequently (probably an understatement) while Liam is at school and it is too cold to go outside for our fun. It gives me a chance to do my grocery shopping and I try to make it fun for Frankie too. Along the way we met Alex, he is the Visual Merchandising Leader at Target and Frankie quickly adopted him as her best friend…then came Joni who is the an Executive Team Lead there and she quickly adopted us too! Thus starting a Target addiction that will not soon be cured!
This year Alex started giving Frankie a sticker name tag every time we came in and it quickly turned into “Frankie needs her own REAL name tag” so it wasn’t long before one was ordered and she started wearing it into the store every time we went. When we go to Target and see Joni or Alex they always get their “walkie” out so Frankie can call and find the location of the other one. Needless to say EVERY Target employee now knows Frankie by name…she is the little girl they hear on their walkies and the only little girl who has been designated “cutest team member!”
About a week ago Frankie and I saw Joni and Frankie called Alex on the walkie, Alex found us, but this time he came with a large gift bag and a card that screamed “Frankie,” check out the photos below:
As if that wasn’t enough, the bag contained Frankie’s very first Target uniform! So, what does this docu photographer do? Yep, you guessed it…I documented Frankie’s first day of work yesterday and I have a whole list of things I had no idea were required of Target employees:
- A Starbuck’s “coffee” is the only way to start a shift off right
- “Walkies” require quite a bit of training on your first day
- Cart testing is perfect for the littlest of employees
- A call to Santa to give your Christmas wish list is a normal everyday occurrence this time of year
- You must kiss and love on all of the lonely stuffed animals without a kid to call their own
- You are supposed to try every loose pillow to make sure they are customer ready before returning it back to the shelf
- The only way to ensure that the floors are clean is to lay down on your belly and test them for yourself
- You only have to count all of the “shiny” (Frankie’s current favorite color) nail polish for inventory
- When things get a little boring, hide-and-go-seek in the dressing room is a must
- Most importantly…HAVE FUN!!!
I bet you didn’t know either, did you? I am pretty sure though that we all want a job at Target now…and I am also pretty sure that this little girl is the luckiest girl around to have a Target to call her own and she has been blessed with the bestest of friends a girl could ask for!
I spent a blizzardy Sunday morning with the Fosters this last week and although the weather outside was frightful (see what I did there!:)) we had so much fun documenting their Christmas traditions! We spent a large portion of our time putting together their traditional Christmas Lego set, but then had time to venture (BRIEFLY) into the bitter cold to get a couple of photos in the snow…then came in and they got into their traditional Christmas PAJAMAS (I kept calling them pj’s and Brady was quick to correct me every time) and we took some photos of them all cuddled up in what must be the most comfy PAJAMAS I ever did see!
I happen to be a mom to three boys so I know exactly what to expect when photographing a boy dominant house and Paxton and Brady certainly did not disappoint! I had so much fun watching these two bicker and goof off! Seriously bring on all of the spitting, hitting, farting, burping…I could go on forever, but it truly makes my heart so happy to be able to document such a short lived (although difficult) time! Amy and Brett are definitely used to it and I think their photos turned out so beautifully real, which is always my goal! I do hope that you enjoy their album as much as I enjoyed documenting it!
Make sure to check out their video below with all of the photos from their session as well as some live video!
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!!
Documenting birth is one of my most favorite things. There is nothing greater than the opportunity to be a witness to new life and when I have the opportunity to take on a birth client I do not hesitate. So when Gloriana was in need of a last minute photographer only a couple of weeks from her due date I was quick to say “yes!”
This birth was so beautiful, Gloriana was a warrior, Silas was a strong and steady partner and their birth team was beyond amazing! When Bennett was born he had a little trouble breathing and I watched as Gloriana and Silas’s midwives helped him to do what we all take for granted. I could take this so much further and say that although I have obviously always been supportive of midwifery care, after watching what Deidre and Jessica did that night to help this little guy along was breathtaking and that I feel even more strongly about how midwives should get far more respect than they often do! I am quite certain that there were tears in all of our eyes when Bennett took that first breath and then let out that first high pitched scream…in fact he cried long after and never did I tire of hearing that sound, what a precious, most perfect sound!
I could talk about this birth and how beautiful it was for hours, but instead I will let you see it for yourself. Make sure to watch the video with all of the photos and that sweet sound of Bennett’s cry that will ring in my ears every time I think of this night.
P.s. You may notice that there are very few photos included in this gallery of Gloriana and Silas during labor/delivery and directly after. I feel it is so important to let my birthing mama’s have a say in what is shared and I will never share anything that makes them even slightly uncomfortable, so this gallery has been edited by Gloriana to keep her most intimate moments sacred and between she and her husband. ❤❤❤
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.