Here they are, my 12 favorite photos from 2011. I stressed about these, went through 2,000 photos, narrowed them down, re-narrowed, threw them away, started over, narrowed, replaced. I stressed way too much about this. It's because this post in particular is so important to me. These are not the best photos of the year, some of them maybe, but rather, they are my favorite. Moments that stood out to me, photos that when I see them, still give me goosebumps. And believe me, there were so many more. I narrowed it down to 12 when it could have very easily been 50. You may not love all of these & that's ok, sometimes you just have to be there.
I love the clients we book and these moments we get to share with them. It's truly amazing, and my favorite part about what we do. The past few years I've become close with almost all of our wedding clients. And it's because we are wedged in the middle, soaking up, and capturing some of the most beautiful & emotional moments of their (& their families) lives.
My hope is that you'll enlarge each one and take a moment to really take it in. That would make my day.
Enjoy! (I'm sorry for those of you I left out, I loved all our weddings last year! )
Tyrus & Sallie - Lake of the Ozarks - On their wedding day, Sallie had just finished getting dressed when her mom came in and saw her for the first time and just lost it. It was too freakin sweet, but little did we know that when she went out to get her husband, & he came in, it would be even worse. He paused at the door, hands on his hips and kind of let out a cough/hold it together/cry and walked over to Sallie. In the meantime, her mom was losing it in the background, and so was I.
Now for my Personal Favorite Moment from 2011:
Suzanne & Paul - Paris - While Katie was off with the girls I found Paul at this Canadian Pub of all places. I say that because we were in Paris and he's from Ireland. He was sitting there working on his speech & it took a few moments for him to realize I was there, which was good. But he gave me a big hug and we talked for a while, I don't remember much of what we talked about, but it went on long enough for me to order a cafe and hang out a bit. After the reception Paul told Katie that having me there helped him get through the morning, and that he couldn't have done it without me there, it calmed him down. I don't know what to say about that...it just floored me. I love that guy. Easily my favorite moment of the year, something that I think about often and a moment that defines why I love what we do and the clients we work with.