With the end of the year finally here, I’ve been thinking about what I would consider my top 5 photos of 2018.
I love spending time at the end of each year reflecting on the journey. For 2018, I’ve traveled to some incredible places, photographed some amazing weddings and substantially grew my business. I mustered up the courage to take some big risks and although it certainly wasn’t always easy, they paid off in the end.
For this post I wanted to showcase some of my personal favorite photographs of the year and provide a brief description as to why. In no particular order:
In April, Heather and I traveled to Paris. It was our first time in France, and I was excited—not only for all of the museums and macaroons, but also for the session I had lined up with Francesa and Brendan. Taken at that session, I think the photograph above will forever remain one of my favorite images in my portfolio.
First off, there’s the scene. I mean, it’s the Eiffel Tower, that already gives it cool points, right? I know it has been photographed a million times, but I don’t think that view will ever get old.
On top of that, look at these complimentary colors! The soft, orange glow of the sun reflecting off of the staircase, contrasting with the cool, neutral blues of the background is just too perfect—it feels more like a painting than a photograph.
And last (but certainly not least), there’s Francesca and Brandon’s pose as they walk up the staircase. Maybe I’m overanalyzing it, but to me, it represents a sense of walking into the unknown together. It feels like everything is going to be alright, because they have each other.
A double exposure is when you take two pictures right after one another, without advancing the film. This causes them to overlay on top of one another. I love creating these whenever I can, but on a wedding day things can get hectic and oftentimes it’s hard to get a good composition.
This was one of those lucky moments—the first image was of Nicole (the bride) next to her window, so the background looks white. I then took the second picture which was a close up of her flowers. Since this was shot with film, I wasn’t able to see the result until a few weeks later. Needless to say I was very happy!
Central Park is one of my favorite location to take pictures in NYC. For Joe and Risa’s session, we took a boat out on The Lake at Central Park to grab some elegant images on the water.
Taking the photos for this session was actually a lot more difficult than it looks! In the photograph above, I was rowing my own boat, dodging people left and right while trying to focus my camera. After taking a few images, I docked my boat and got into Joe and Risa’s for some close ups. They then dropped me off on shore and I proceeded to run around the lake to capture more variety from further away.
All in all it was quite hilarious, but the pictures were totally worth the effort!
Taken right after Dane and Carolyn’s first look, we had less than five minutes to take this picture before we needed to leave for DUMBO, Brooklyn. While trying to move the chairs, we quickly realized they were bolted into the ground!
That turned out to be a blessing in disguise, however, and after a few minutes of getting everyone into position I snapped this photo.
Yosemite National Park has been a location that has long been on my bucket list, so when I heard Alexis & her fiancé Reuben were living in San Jose (a few hours from the park) I couldn’t resist!
This iconic location right when you enter Yosemite from the west is called Tunnel View. It’s best known for the pictures taken by the American photographer Ansel Adams in the early 20th century. You can’t tell from this picture, but the location is very crowded. We had to stand there for a few minutes to wait for the spot to clear. Yosemite Valley is one of my favorite locations on earth and it truly was a dream come true to photograph a session there.
There’s so many incredible photographs from this session—be sure to check out the gallery here!