Every year I go through my entire year’s worth of client photos and pick my top 10. These are not specifically my best photos, but they are the ones that either I enjoyed the session, loved the final image a lot, I had to work my ass off for and therefore enjoyed the challenge, or was special to me for some other reason. Below I will list the images I chose, why I chose them, and the camera lens included. All photos this year with the Sony a7r5.
I chose this image because not only is this my niece, but I felt like I really did a very good job with this session. I watched a whole bunch of newborn posing and wrapping videos before I went to do these photos and I think my focus and effort paid off. This is a beautiful photo of a beautiful girl. Lens: Sigma 24-70mm Art
Like the previous image, this baby is very dear to me. He is my nephew! My new niece and nephew were born about a month apart and I’m so thrilled that I got to do both of their newborn pictures. I also stayed about a week to help out at my sister’s house and take over some early morning feedings since I was up and still on Eastern time in Seattle. Not only did I get great images, but I also felt pretty useful. Lens: Sigma 24-70mm Art.
Normally this is not my style of photo but I am completely in love with the way this dress looks and the hard lighting really emphasizes those shadows and her skill. This was taken at the Philadelphia flower show with Unique Photo. Lens: Sigma 24-70mm Art
The simplicity of this photo is what drives me to this one. It’s just an arabesque, but the line of her pants emphasizes her skill, the height of that leg, and the effort it doesn’t take her to get that leg up there. Lens: Sigma 24-70mm Art
This kid is also part of my family as an honorary nephew. He has worked hard and graduated high school. I love this picture because of his smile. His smile has always been completely infectious and because he has autism it’s not always easy to get that real smile unless you know him enough to talk about what he likes. Lens: Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art
I loved this image and knew it would be one of my top 10 of the year immediately when I took it. I love the lighting, I love the foliage, I love how her dress and wings glow, I love her hair and the look on her face, it just all comes together to a very sweet and magical image. Lens: Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art
This photo is one of my favorites this year because I set up this entire look. I went to Bethesda Fountain in New York City in Central Park last year and I was there to do something different but I loved the architecture under the walkway and wanted to do some dancers there. This was taken as part of a class with B&H photo. Lens: Sigma 24-70mm Art
I love this photo. It speaks to my soul. I had to do a lot of editing work to get people out of this image because it was taken at a class in Chicago at click con. So there are two people tossing the dress, one on either side. I had to edit the light stands out of this image and repair the water and handrail because people were standing in front of me. However, the result is amazing. The city lights, the river, the flowing dress, her pose. I love it all. Lens: Sigma 24-70mm Art
This image was taken as part of a class in Massachusetts for Hunts Photo and this was my second time working with this extremely talented dancer. This photo is one of my favorites this year because five minutes before this photo, she had no idea how to do this jump. It takes a lot of skill to be able to not only do this jump, but do this jump without any sort of practice. I described what I wanted and she easily did it. Lens: Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art
The color and sweetness in this image is what made me choose it. This was also one of the ones that I knew would be in my top 10 for the year as soon as I clicked the shutter button on the camera. This was taken in California for a class with Samy’s Camera and these two sisters were about as perfect as you can get. This little park I thought was going to be rather difficult to use but turned out to be absolutely gorgeous. I noticed that I picked a lot of yellow this year and yellow normally isn’t one of my favorite colors but I seem to be drawn to it this time! Lens: Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art