In no particular order, I give you some of my favorite images of 2017.
01. Family Hiking Adventures
I don’t know what was better here – the look on my brother’s face after falling through the ice, or the reaction of our mother and my brother’s fiancee (girlfriend at the time). This is when I knew Meredith was a keeper.
02. European Adventures
You’ll often hear me lament being the only child in my family that resides in our native country (Okay, okay, my brother technically does, but he is so seldom here that I don’t always count it). I’m still getting used to it, but there are perks to having a sister living in Germany – like being able to say this sentence, “I went on a run from my sister’s house in Germany into the Netherlands, and I saw albino kangaroos.” That’s a true story.
03. Birthday Parties (for Work)
This three-year-old’s birthday party was one of my favorite sessions of the year. These twins never really did get comfortable around me.
04. Old Friends Becoming Parents
I shrieked when I got Dawn’s email wanting to book me for their newborn session. Taylor and I lived in the same dorm, all three of us ran cross-country, and we spent a summer living and working together at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park (BEST. SUMMER. EVER). It was an immense honor to be the one to document their lives with Gracie.
05. Final 14er Summit
No, I haven’t summited them all, but I have summited my final 14er. Altitudes over 13,500ft don’t tend to be my friend, regardless of how I’ve prepared before, or what I’ve eaten or drunk during the hike. It just doesn’t work. I was pretty upset about this decision for awhile, but it’s good. There are still plenty of ways for me to enjoy our Rocky Mountain Home without adding altitude sickness to the mix.
06. The Next Olympic Hopeful
Holy. Smokes. I still can’t believe this really happened. In late June, I received an invite to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to tryout for skeleton. I was two, watching Nancy Kerrigan skate when first dreamed of standing on that Olympic podium, so this invite was truly special to me. I didn’t make it this time, but am so grateful for the opportunity and experience. The whole week was filmed for NBC Sports, and you can watch it all HERE.
07. Grandma Martin
Documentary family photography is interesting in that there are always pictures that don’t seem to be that artistic or really all that eye-catching, but to the people in them, and the family to which they belong, they mean the world.
When I took this one, I wanted to show Grandma enjoying a moment watching her great-grandson, my nephew. At 94, Grandma is a firecracker, full of spunk, love, and always ready with a witty comeback (If she’s wearing her hearing aids – she’ll sometimes leave them out if she doesn’t want to hear us. ha!). She is one of most beloved and favorite people, and I hope my nephew remembers the time he spends with her.
08. Cousin Camp 2017
Where would my yearly review be without Cousin Camp?! When you have 26 cousins, and those 26 cousins have 35 kids under 12-years-old, family shenanigans get pretty exciting. I love getting to document this each year.
09. All the Weddings!
It was Emily’s childhood dream to have her wedding at the lake where she grew up. She and her groom were the first couple to celebrate their marriage there, and I got to celebrate with them!
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10. Families + Newborns
Photography is my peanut butter, and family and newborn sessions are my jelly. I. LOVE. THEM. I really do. I love that kids will let me into their little worlds and be themselves. I can’t get enough of the special moments you share with your children, the everday activites that you wish you could have back once their grown. See more of my 2017 Family + Newborn sessions here.
11. Gal Pal Hikes
When college was hard back in small-town Iowa, we would pull up this Patagonia add of three women carrying canoes through a canyon as motivation for our wilderness-loving souls. Now that we each reside in Colorado, we make a point to go on a hike together once a month. Here, Janet is telling us all about her hippo adventures in Uganda.
12. THANK YOU.
Thank. You. Thank you, my dear clients, for opening your homes to me, inviting me to your parties, and allowing me to document your lives. Thank you for pushing back on perfect, for believing the messy is beautiful and worth remembering and letting me be there for all of it. I am so grateful for each and every one of you, and so thankful that you continue to make this dream of mine reality. I so look forward to serving you in 2018!
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