Best Moments of 2019

Based on public voting, here is Part Two of last year’s favorite images.

A “moment” is defined as a split second of time ~OR~ a moment that tells a story.  My all-time favorite images are the ones that capture a story and have incredible light, so some of these have both! ❤️

BEST MOMENTS OF 2019

#1

While standing on a bench, Brother puts his arm around Sister and Sister takes his hand — to push it off her shoulder, so she can continue jumping (teehee) — but when you’re this age, these are flashes of time that are both sweet and funny parents will remember.

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#2

When you want to take a Couple’s Photo, you are guaranteed to have your little ones disrupting your moment in the funniest way.

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Tied for #3

The moment your swim-loving dog decides to shake off all the water during a family portrait.

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Two girls smell the same flower among the tallest bushes show the size of the girls and the tightness of their sisterhood bond.

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#4

The way the son melted into his father shows that love will get you through any struggle, including being homeless.  [Commercial Shoot]

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#5

The moment your dog wasn’t invited to join the family smoothie toast.

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There always seems to be a dog in people’s favorite moments!  Check out last year’s results:  Best Moments of 2018.

Most Delicious Light of 2019

The photos that made it into this category were chosen based on the role light played in the image. Specifically I answered the questions: “Did the light effect the mood or story of the image?” “If the light was different, would I like it as much?”  Then that collection of images went online for public voting during a set time period.  Check out the winning images!

MOST DELICIOUS LIGHT of 2019

#1

The contrast of the little girl in bright yellow running down the pier that is blanketed in dark fog and lined with serious early morning fishermen wearing dark clothes was a photographer’s dream come true.  The lighting and colors tell a powerful story even without any faces shown.

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Tied for #2

Backlight not only gave this mom and toddler a halo effect, which made this moment even sweeter, but also lit up the colorful leaves in the background.

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We were packing up at the end of the shoot and see THIS LIGHT! The bushes are right next to the parking lot, so I shot it at a low angle to not get the cars.

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Tied for #3

The ultimate combination of dense fog and colorful trees with Autumn leaves makes this image soft and moody.

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The reaction of these sisters playing in this walkway was highlighted by the soft light in the center of the image. I shot this from behind bushes and trees to get a natural frame of dark green.

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Tied for #4

This commercial shoot image of a real student studying in the library (hey, I was stealth – haha) was one of my favorites that day because of how the window dispersed light in the dark room, like a nucleus of a cell, so I centered my subject.

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This was a sweet big brother moment where he held his little sister who was afraid of the scary grass, but it was the sunlight that makes this image happy. In a different light, the same image could appear gloomy and sad, thereby telling a different story.

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#5

The way the sunlight lit her while she was laughing makes this an image of joy.

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#6

A zigzag walkway, tall grass bending in the wind, brothers making moose and bunny ears on each other, happy parents, and the orange-pink glow from the wildfires reflecting in the fog makes this a visually unique image.

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Want to see more?  Here is last year’s results for Most Delicious Light of 2018.

Best Moments of 2018

Now, onto Part Two of last year’s winning images.  This one is about moments!

A “moment” is defined as a split second of time ~OR~ a moment that tells a story, whether sweet, emotional or humorous.  My all-time favorite images are the ones that capture a story and have incredible light, so some of these have both! ❤️ *swoon*

BEST MOMENTS OF 2018

#1

A Father’s Love

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#2

This Way, Together

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Tied for #3

Too Many Kisses

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Cracking Up

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Tied for #4

Left:  Happily Married
Right:  Teaching the next generation how to pray

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Autumn Leaves

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Tied for #5

Where’d she go?

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Uncontrollable Laughter

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Click here to see last year’s winning images:  Best Moments of 2017, Most Delicious Light of 2017.

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Most Delicious Light of 2018

It is time to reveal the winning images from last year!

The photos that made it into this category were chosen based on the role light played in the image. Specifically I answered the questions: “If the light was different, would I like it as much?” “Did the light effect the mood or story of the image?”  Then that collection of images went into a Facebook album for public voting during a set time period.

Aaaaaaand the winners are….. ☺️

MOST DELICIOUS LIGHT of 2018

#1

The brownish fog in the woods, the vertical lines of the trees, the perfectly balanced boys to their father, the gently curved sticks that mimic a rainbow.

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#2

The spotty light highlighted the rainbow bubbles, which complemented the joy on the little girl’s face.

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#3

Sunlight can be a softbox-spotlight.

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Tied for #4

Candles at twilight held by children means blue light on white shirts and a warm glow on faces and hands.

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The Bay Area fog creates a romantic mood for this couple.

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#5

The haze and glare from the strong sun on the San Francisco Bay made this sailboat image surreal.

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Wait, what?!!  You want more? ☺️ Alright, click here to see last year’s winning images:  Most Delicious Light of 2017.

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My Favorite Cards of 2015

I used to design holiday cards…until I discovered TinyPrints.

They have the thickest card paper I’ve felt, quick deliveries, and they have excellent customer service because I’ve needed them to make changes for me before.  My favorite part is how entirely customizable the designs are — from the type of card (folded, trifold, flat, etc) to colors and, of course, text content.  I’ve now used them for my own family’s cards for more than 6 years!  🙂

Click here to see my FAVORITE holiday card designs!!!  (You can navigate their store to see other products from here too!)

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Everlasting Friendship

When I think of girls, I think of everlasting friendships.

The strongest friendships are formed through sisterhood. 

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To see more entries for “Let’s Hear It For The Girls” or to get fab photography tips, check out I Heart Faces.

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She-ra, The Princess of Power

PHOTOGRAPHY TIP

Find the “good” light when you are photographing your subjects, but also look out for interesting shadows.

When all the stars are aligned, maybe, just maybe, you’ll find both.   🙂

To see more “Shadows” entries, go to I Heart Faces.

 

*September 20, 2013 UPDATE*

This image was chosen as one of the Top 10 Favorites in the Shadow Challenge!  What an honor!  YAY!!!

Tranquility

There is a certain tranquility about this image…

 

It’s in the way the father and son are walking.  You can tell they’ve walked that pier before.  You can tell they are silent.

It’s the calmness of the water.  You can tell it’s early morning.  You can tell the boats and the ducks have not yet stirred.

It’s in the soft lines of the plant like watercolor brush strokes.  Oh fine, I admit I had to lurk like a bobcat to get this shot!   🙂

 

 

To see more “In the Distance” entries, go to I Heart Faces.

Family Framed

See the grass in the forefront?

Yup.  I had to lay in who-knows-what to get this natural frame of a sweet family enjoying the sun on a Winter day.

It was completely worth it to capture the moment and gorgeous backlight.  🙂

PHOTOGRAPHY TIP:  Stop and look around you.  There are natural frames everywhere!

 

To see more “Framed” entries, go to I Heart Faces.

 

*March 14, 2013 UPDATE*

Out of 333 entries, this photo was selected as one of the Top 10 Favorites in the Framed Challenge!  Woweeee!!!

Best of 2011: Delicious Light & Funniest

Looks like the results are in for the Most Delicious Light of 2011 and Funniest Photos of 2011.  Thank you to those who voted on Facebook!

Though the number of votes may vary over time since voting is open, the favorites were abundantly clear… though some were a surprise.  🙂

(If you haven’t seen all my favorites that made it into the albums or you want to cast your vote, go to my Facebook business page.)

BEST OF 2011:  THE MOST DELICIOUS LIGHT

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#2

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Tied for #4

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Since I love to laugh, it is imperative to show my favorite FUNNY photos of the year.

The image that received the most number of votes was astonishing! 

WHAT THE?!!!  It’s the shot of my own kids?!!

BEST OF 2011:  FUNNIEST PHOTOS

#1

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#2

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3-Way Tie for #3

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