Looking back on 2012, I can say it may have been one of the best years of my life. I stopped “punching the clock” in January. God blessed me with a healthy baby girl. I started my own business. And to top it off, I have been over joyed every single day.
Looking back through all the photos that filled up my 1TB external hard drive (that’s a lot), I narrowed down 5 images that were my absolute favorite this year. Focusing on portrait photography has given me the gift of preserving the little moments I may have otherwise forgotten.
My son, with remnants of his first black eye still showing, playing on the porch. At 2 years old, my little man was starting to show his personality, his independence and numerous funny faces. He was fascinated by ants this day. Although he loved watching them, he was scared if they got too close. Thank goodness for this photo that will always remind me of that early spring day.
This photo was one of my first personal projects. Armed with a bag full of pettiskirts, tutus, headbands and costume jewelry, we set out for a teddy bear picnic. This little lady was such a doll drinking tea with her favorite friends. She also sang me an amazing hardcore version of the ABC song. Because this was a personal project, I was able to be creative with my edit style, pushing the boundaries of art and portrait.
My favorite vacation spot is the White Mountains in New Hampshire. This is the view from a hotel we frequent there. It’s also where we stayed when my husband popped the question. It is where we go every fall for our family vacation. I am thrilled to be offering sessions in the White Mountains this year to my Senior clients. This photo takes me to a place of peace and tranquility that I have only found in the mountains of New Hampshire.
I snapped this portrait of my 3 month old daughter this summer. Her eyes are now more blue than grey. Her cheeks are still as rosy. Her pout has not changed, and is her look of choice. I took a series of photos on this day of both my son and daughter. They were lying together on my bed. When you zoom in you can see my silhouette in the light of the window.
This is my absolute favorite photo of 2012. My very first newborn session. I was lucky to have a 85 degree day in March (what?!). Still healing from my c-section, I hobbled out a bunch of props to the yard. I used my husband as an assistant. We went out to the driveway and got these shots of my precious angel. I only had a short period of time while my son napped to get this done. This photo was by far my best that day. I have a 16×24 mounted print of it hanging above my little girl’s crib. I was never able to do another sleepy session with her. She became too alert by 10 days. I am so thankful to have gotten this shot when I did.
So that wraps up 2012. I am so excited to start 2013 with the launch of Pearl Portrait Seniors and continuing family, children and newborn photography with Pearl Portrait Photography. Portrait photography is my passion. I am beyond grateful to have these moments of my life preserved. Here’s to many great adventures in 2013!