Favorite 15 of 2015!

I’m a bit late with this post, but better late than never, right? :) Almost 9 years into business and this is one of my favorite yearly traditions…. picking out some of my favorite photos based on the year (7 in 2007, 8 in 2008, 9 in 2009, 10 in 2010 and so on)! So here we are with 15 in 2015! It’s always hard to narrow down favorites since I have so many. I slacked a lot on blogging/posting in 2015 (especially since I was out of the country, traveling for a bit), so some of these were from sessions I never got a chance to blog.

Desert nomads…

Another one of my “infamous” Lot116 families…. my sister, my brother in law, my nephews (Mason (11) and Isaac (9) and my doggy nephew (Gizmo – who is a Frenchton (French Bulldog/Boston Terrier)! Last year we didn’t end up shooting since their GTO wasn’t ready yet (and then my sisters and I headed out of the country for Thailand and Taiwan), so we’ve been talking about doing this shoot since they got their Land Rover Defender (1986 LR Defender 110 SW V8) over the summer, but we always shoot in January for her Chinese New Year cards (plus it’s when my sister and I finally have some down time). What I didn’t know is that this location (which I hadn’t been to in a loooooong time (about 2 years!)) had become way more overgrown than before…..AND had construction going on. It’s not a location close enough to go scout, so we made it work. We did some serious off roading to get to spots, but had a good time and lots of laughs :)

A sunny day with River (7) and Georgia (7)

I loved seeing these stunning twins and their family again! They are seriously the cutest! They rode up on their bikes, with their awesome dog, Red, running right along side of them…and rode from one spot to another during our shoot. Our original spot didn’t work out, but we still had fun and found some other spots on the whim. It was crazy bright that day, and we hadn’t planned for beach shots (otherwise I would have set the time for a bit later), but we made it work (unfortunately Red wasn’t allowed on the beach though (darn it!). Here are just a few from their shoot since I don’t want to spoil any holiday cards (which is why i’m posting a non smiling shot of the twins instead of one of the many smiling shots. Well that and because you know I love when kids can rock the serious pose…and these two nailed it!) :)

Heidi, Reno, Brittain and Major

If you’ve been around my blog for years, you’ll recognize this beautiful family. This was my 5th year in a row photographing them. I’ve literally watched them grow up…in fact, i’ve seen all of them in (and out) of braces. Reno had them when I first met them, Brittain had them and then got them off last year, and when I showed up this year, Major had them! Pretty crazy that they’ve kept me around long enough for 3 kids to be in braces :) I always have the best time with them, and although I get plenty of smiles, they are so damn good at rocking the serious poses that I can’t help but to share lots of those.

Holiday session with Penny (4) and Sam (3)

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this gorgeous family since Sam was a newborn. Not only are they gorgeous, but they are super sweet and always dressed perfectly. Penelope and Sam were SO happy and giggly during our shoot. Such easy going kids, easy to get smiles out of, super funny, and great listeners. Of course (as always this time of year) I won’t post any “perfect holiday card shots” where everyone is looking/smiling, but we got plenty.