Brittany’s Top Ten from 2011

Brittany here and I’ll share my top ten images from 2011.

#1 Audrey Baby – I know you must be surprised that an image of my own daughter took the top spot…. Well I can’t help it. She’s just so cute and I hardly ever can get a decent smile from her. It makes mommy proud too that she wants to follow in the family business.

#2 Carli Stone – I love her expression. We took so many wonderful photos but if you knew Carli you would say that this one is her. She’s always laughing and smiling.  Her nose is so cute too!

#3 Baby Gemma – This one was hard to shoot but the reward was worth the effort. Love the cute baby hat!

#4 Feet – My clients say I have a foot fetish… so what, it makes for amazing art! Look how cute this triptych turned out. I am considering this one photo because I knew when taking these images they were always meant to go together.

#5 Point Cabrillo Lighthouse – This is the first “professional” image I took. I’m not a huge landscape fan but I’m really happy with how this one turned out. Unfortunately my ISO was cranked through the roof  (3200) giving it an unusual texture. I love it all the same.

#6 Baby Violet – I love this family photo. It is so intimate and sweet. Love photo’s in B&W!

#7 Congratulations Paul & Ashley! This was the last shoot of the year for us. It turned out Amazing! The couple hasn’t even been in yet to see these images. I just knew I’d love this one as we were taking it! I bet the wedding photo’s will make next years top ten!

#8 Cowgirl – Once again I’m drawn to B&W. She was so much fun to shoot! Beautiful smile and such a sweet girl.  Loved everything about this day.

#9 School Time – He’s such a little stud! Rosy cheeks and everything. These were close friends of ours that moved east this past year. I’m so sad for that too…. I could photograph him everyday!

#10 Wedding Bells – I am such a fan of unique images. This is very typical of my style of shooting. Not just because it’s feet, but of the composition and color. It goes best as a cluster with three or four other images but I just had to add it. LOVE IT!!!!

Roger’s Top Ten from 2011

Brittany and I thought it might be fun to dig through our archives and post our favorite images from 2011. Most of my images from 2011 were of family and landscapes since Brittany did most of the client shooting with maternity, newborns, kids, and high school seniors. I know she will have a real tough time narrowing it down to ten images. Without further ado, here are my favorites for 2011. I hope you enjoy a few of them. We’ll post Brittany’s top ten tomorrow.

I started 2011 with a short trip to Tahoe with my wife. We happened across these paddleboarders on the lake in mid-January. I caught them with the sun going down and captured this.

In February, I took a short trip to Napa with my photography friends Karen Schmautz and Steve Batz to shoot the mustard flowers. I captured the next three images there. The first won me 1st place and Best of Show in the Placer County Fair. The second was selected for the Schools Financial Credit Union 2012 calendar. The third image won me a 1st place in the Placer County Fair in the Black & White category. I manipulated the original image to look like an old image in a scrapbook.

Next are two images I took on a vacation to Ft. Bragg. The first image was an idea by Brittany to use her daugheter as a photographer. A variation on this is now on Brittany’s business card and maybe it will make it into her top ten. The second image was an experiment in light trails on the beach.

Next are a couple of portraits of my grandchildren. First is Shawn with a new background we made. Second is a concept shoot that I did with both the boy grandkids. We set them up as cool skater dudes and they carried it off well. CJ is the skater dude.

Next is an image from the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg. Very interesting location to photograph (assuming you like grungy old buildings.)

Lastly is a image from a photo shoot up in Williams setup by my friend Mark Behrens. I really liked how this turned out in black and white.

That’s it for me. I hope you enjoyed them. Check back tomorrow for Brittany’s top ten!