2016 In Review: Photography

I had all of these goals where photography was concerned for 2016, like making it a more legit part of my site, getting a logo to watermark my work, and switching over to photoshop for editing. I didn’t accomplish any of those things so we can just call this resolution a huge failure. Still, despite that, I don’t really feel like I failed at photography in 2016 because my camera and I certainly were insanely busy.

 

In 2016, I did seventeen standard shoots, shot five Birthday Parties, one Relay for Life Event for charity, and one 1st Communion and once again I had to turn people away during the busiest time of the year because there was no way I could take on more clients that late in the year and promise them edited pictures back in time to ship out Christmas cards while still working a full time job. Turning people away is the WORST feeling. I’ve gotta be proactive about this next year and advertise my availability further in advance so people don’t wait until it’s too late to ask if they actually are interested.

 

In addition to that, I do really need to work on the resolutions I set last year for photography. I think what happens is that I don’t technically start shooting much until Spring and it doesn’t last long and then I get unbelievably swamped again in the fall through the end of the year and I guess my goals are sort of out of sight/out of mind until I’m living and breathing photography like that and then I find myself regretting not having taken the time in between to handle these matters. I even had people ask me for gift cards this year, but there was no time in the heat of the season to work on it and once it slowed down, it’d completely slipped my mind. That’s business I’m losing because I’m not utilizing my downtime to prepare for the busy times better. I’ve definitely got to work on this in 2017.

 

I’d also really like to expand my portfolio a bit in 2017. I would love to get into stylized shoots, like with elaborate sets and costumes – perhaps with a cosplayer or something. I did a semi-stylized pregnancy shoot this year and I loved having free reign to ‘create’ in the wild like that. I’d also really love to do some more charity based shooting, specifically for special needs kids and/or rescue animals. And I’ve had several people interested in the idea of offering photoshoot parties, like for boudoir photography – a sort of mini session where ladies can sip wine and socialize while being glamourized for a shot or two.

 

Hopefully with better planning on my part, I can make my resolutions for this year and last more of a reality by the time 2018 is here.

 

As always, I’m incredibly grateful for my clients, new and old, who push me out of my comfort zone and trust me to capture their most important moments in life. To receive my work on a Christmas card or be tagged in someone’s new wall art arrangement featuring family pictures I took is the highest form of flattery a photographer can receive and because so many of them did this in 2016, I’ve felt more like a legit photographer in this past year than all the years before it!

 

I’ve posted all of these shoots individually here throughout the year, but if you haven’t checked them out, you can view a few of my personal favorites from each by clicking the image below.

 

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Neff Kids Christmas Card 2016

Since I started shooting this family, we’ve always done funny Christmas cards, but as the kids get older and the parents want themselves a part of it less and less, we shot some more mature pictures for this year’s card. Still, we did manage to get a pretty funny one of their dog, Rocky, too, though. For old times sake. Doesn’t he look thrilled? LOL! 😉

 

Click the image below to see a few other favorites from this shoot!

 

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Hoerr Kids Christmas Card 2016

When “winging” it works! This turned out so much cuter than I was hoping for considering we literally threw the set together out of random household items in a hardly no time at all at the last minute. :)

 

To see more from this shoot, click the photo below!

 

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Milan Family Christmas Card 2016

Easily one of my favorite families to shoot because Luciano is always so full of character  (he gets it honestly from both parents – lol)! The sun was dying in the sky, creating the most gorgeous flares in the camera and the temperature seemed to be dropping by the minute below 30, but it made for such a beautiful accent to this beautiful family.

 

For more of my favorites from this shoot, click the image below!

 

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Mraz Family || Fall 2016

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to do a shoot while the sun was waking up the world and finally someone wanted to be a part of that. It was technically just past sunrise and it was only 29 degrees out, but the Mraz family were bright eyed and ready despite that. It made for such gorgeous shooting conditions. :)

 

To see more of my favorites from this shoot, click the photo below!

 

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David Family || Fall 2016

I’m always so anxious when I take on a new client, but God seems to keep blessing me with beautiful, kind families that make the shoot even more interesting by their kids wanting to capture their hobbies. This family had a ballerina and a paintball player, so wildly different, but both so fun to shoot in the woods!

 

To see more from this shoot, click the image below!

 

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Niekrash Family, Fall 2016 + Ellie Turns 5!

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I was so excited when a girl I’d met at a book signing a few years ago reached out to me to do her pregnancy photos last spring and it’s always an even bigger compliment when they come back for more. This time, Ellie turned 5 and they celebrated it at this awesome horse farm where the kids had that good old fashioned kind of fun, riding horses, releasing pigeons, and playing outside with their own imaginations. We did a mini family session while we were there, too!

 

Click the picture above for some favorites from Ellie’s party and the image below for a few from their family session!

 

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Hysell Family || Fall 2016

It’s always fun to catch up with your old church family. :)

 

To see more from this set, click the photo below!

 

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Budinger Family || Fall 2016

Last year when I shot this family for the first time, Georgia was too little to really pose and the boys were still shy around me (the stranger), but a year later, they’ve all opened up so much more with me and it made capturing them this year so much more fun!

 

To see more of my favorites from this shoot, click the photo below! :)

 

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Huff Family || Fall 2016

My nephews are high energy, 24/7 so that means every other picture is of them being obnoxiously silly or being wrangled like wild animals by their parents. Still, somehow we always manage to walk away with a few gems!

 

To see more of my favorites from this shoot, click the image below!

 

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