Monday, January 3, 2011

top 21 of 2010.

Because I'm ornery and couldn't just pick 20.

And these are in chronological order, not order of preference. It was hard enough to pick 20 er, 21 favorites. I don't think I could put these in order.

1. Meeting Vivienne.

So bittersweet, and I think this image captures the duality of meeting your child for the first time. So much joy. And so much sadness.


2. Vivienne - a few months later.

Something about this picture captures her innocent beauty perfectly - flawless skin, pink cheeks, gorgeous eyes.


3. Jude - my devilish imp.

Love his expression. And pretty much love everything about him.

And the light in this room is perfect for portraits.


4. Isabelle - doing what she does best...

loving life.

Here she'd just rolled down a grassy hill and couldn't wait to do it again.


5. Zach - getting so grown up.

Loved the old barn as a backdrop: the texture, the color, the window.

And I was glad to capture one of him looking, well... not irritated at his mother for taking so darn many pictures.


6. My man and me - at the baseball game.

I love this one because it is so imperfect, not well composed - but it captured us just having fun at the ball park.

The colors, our genuine expressions...

and because I absolutely love being on this journey with this man.

He makes me smile.


7. Sophie Lu - looking adorable by the lake.

Loved the preset I found for this one, how it lights up the grass behind her.

And well, I think Sophie is stunning.


8. Fourth of July. If you hadn't guessed.

And no, my man wasn't drinking. He actually never drinks.

He was just being goofy. And he's always goofy.


9. Dalton - at the beach.

For some reason I just love everything about this picture, even though he's not smiling.

The sand on his chest. The rocky beach behind him. The blue of the sky.

It just captures what summer is like in New England.


10. My crew. My sister's crew. Minus Tori.

We had such a blast this summer. And we actually managed to get everyone in this shot, looking the same direction. At the same time.

Nuff said.


11. Vivienne - blossoming.

By August she was beginning to feel solidly entrenched in our family.

And I just love that smile of hers... pure joy.


12. Victoria - at home for the summer.

Those eyes. What can I say? Wish I'd been that genetically blessed.


13. Isabelle and Jude - "Meet the Teacher"

Isabelle took it upon herself to look out for her little brother on his first visit to his new school.

I just love capturing moments like these.


14. Velvet - our old, old dog.

Can't leave out the other members of our family.

At 13 years old, she's definitely not the adorable puppy she used to be.

But she's still cute to me.


15. Shepherd - enjoying the last days of summer.

When this kid smiles, he smiles.

It's not often I can capture it. But this time? I did.


16. The girls - having a "Girls Night In".

We did a fancy dinner, bubble bath, manicure and then a movie.

It was a great night "in".


17. Seamus - being... well, Seamus.

Can any words accurately depict just why this picture is a favorite?

I think not.


18. Asher - at the Apple Farm.

Those eyes. That grin.

We were riding the tractor out to the pumpkin patch. And it was a really great day.


19. Isabelle - waiting for snow to arrive.

Isabelle is really hard to photograph, but this time, I caught her not thinking about the person standing next to her with the camera.

I just love the magical feel of this picture. Makes me think of winter and snowmen. And Christmas.


20. My biggest babies - who I rarely get to photograph.

On this day, the snow combined with the beautiful backdrop at our favorite picture taking spot and made for one of my very favorite pictures of these two.

Plus, they're not hitting each other.


21. Victoria - my girl.

21 and she has grown into her beauty. In a big way.

One of my favorite shots of her ever..


Looking back all all the pictures I took in 2010 has been a great reminder,

God blessed us in some mighty big ways this year.

Can't wait to see what He's going to do in 2011.


  1. Beautiful photos. Can't say which is my favorite. They're all amazing. Poor Seamus!

  2. I went through them twice trying to decide.....which is pretty much impossible. BUT...#7 is so cute and #16, just love the way Isabelle is holding Vivi. Of course I can say something special about every single pic. BEAUTIFUL family!

  3. I like the one of Jude's first day. So sweet, so caring, so much love. They are all really, really amazing. I also love the first meeting of Vivi. It tells quite the story!

  4. All of them are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I love the one of Zach and Tori. Having older kids too I know how great it is to have them together and it seems like I have watched them grow up in your photos.

  5. It's that very first one that steals my breath away.

  6. all of them are just beautiful!! You are sooooo talented! I must agree - I love the last photo of Tori - a must in your favorites collection! Her stunning eyes, the bright red lipstick. They are all beautiful!

  7. I have no idea how you were even able to get it down to are an amazing photographer and you have have seriously amazing subjects!
    My two favs, #9 & #13. Ok, make that my three favs, I'm a sucker for animal photos and I just love #14!
    Happy New Year!

  8. Isabelle in the hat...stunning.

  9. Wow, you have such a beautiful family! So happy for you that you are bringing your next child home soon! All of the pix are so great but I think I love the one of yours and your sisters kids best. I picture you calling her up and saying want to come over for dinner... then having to cook food for an army! Life must always be a wonderful adventure at your house. You are very blessed :)

  10. Beautiful photos. You are very talented and you have great subjects to photograph! Happy New Year!

  11. love them all...and remember them all from throughout the year!

  12. I love them All Stefanie! You take such geat pics. Tori sticks out the most to me. Her growth as a women is just stunning! Can't wait for more pic! I just keep thinking about Poppy coming home! Those are going to be great pictures!

  13. I can see why you had such trouble narrowing it down! Beautiful pictures, beautiful family!



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