Favorite 14 of 2014!

Since I started Lot116 back in 2007, i’ve always done a post with my favorite images of the year. My posts would have been a mile long if I didn’t set a number, so i’ve always set the number based on the year, so for instance, the first year was 7 in 2007, 8 in 2008, 9 in 2009 and so on. It blows my mind to be posting my “Favorite 14 of 2014″! Those first few years it was SO hard to pick just 7 or 8, so at least now I get to pick a good amount of photos, yet it still is crazy hard, and I always have to enlist the help of others to help to narrow it down at the end.

Before I post, I just wanted to take a minute and thank each and every one of my clients.
Thank you for trusting me with your families (and my sometimes silly and/or crazy ideas).
Thank you for choosing me (when there are a million other photographers in the world).
Thank you to those who i’ve had the honor of photographing for years and years (I love being “part of your family” and watching your children grow).
Thank you for everything! I truly appreciate you all!
- xoxo, Julie

A late holiday post from Lot116

I posted these on my Lot116 Facebook page, but wanted to post here as well. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!

Our holiday card this year….

This was another 5 minute shoot just in front of our house. No snow or sleds here…..so in SD, we make-do with skateboards ;)

New Years card…

Since there was snow up at my sister’s area (Temecula!) on New Years Eve, we headed up to check it out. In between throwing snowballs, making a “snow cat” (instead of a snowman) for her teacher…who loves cats, and writing names in the snow, we did a “New Year’s shoot” even faster than our holiday card shoot. Yep….30 seconds and done :) haha…and I didn’t even bother to edit the photo at all.

At home with Grant

The last time I saw this little guy he was just 9 months old. He’s 2 now and has grown so much! At our last shoot, he wasn’t walking yet, so he just sat and smiled….and smiled…. and smiled some more the whole shoot (haha). This time it was a bit trickier ;) Grant wasn’t so sure about having photos taken this time, and also has some alphabet letters that he is really attached to (especially his dear letter “O”), so his alphabet letters were a part of the whole shoot. It’s ok though, we agreed that one day they would look back and realize that these letters were part of his life at this age/stage, so just like a security blanket or favorite toy, I don’t mind having them in photos at all (and they didn’t either)….and hey, much better to have an extra item/toys in photos rather than an unhappy kiddo ;) I still got (cropped) a few without the letter anyway ;) We did the shoot at their home in their amazing backyard, which had the coolest full basketball court, a pool (which we didn’t shoot since it was gated off for Grant’s safety) and golf putting green. They are also currently getting ready to build a fort/play structure for Grant. He is one lucky kiddo and I told them that all the kids are going to be begging to go play at their house all the time! Such a fun place!

A Land Rover Defender + a gorgeous family

This was my 4th year in a row shooting this amazing family……and seriously, i’m always a sucker for a rad vehicle thrown into a shoot! As always, I showed up and they were dressed perfectly, but this year they weren’t sure to shoot, and they decided at the last minute to shoot up around their neighborhood in Laguna Beach. We definitely scrambled for locations (you should have seen up driving and speed walking from place to place haha), and lost light quickly towards the end, but we still got plenty of beautiful shots and definitely had our share of laughs. Oh and I got permission to post a “holiday card”-esque shot! :) I’m sure many people look at my blog/site and wonder if I take any photos where everyone is looking/smiling. The answer is yes. Although it’s not always my favorite (I prefer more lifestyle shots, which is why I don’t showcase those type of photos), especially around this time of year, I do try and make sure to get those shots. Oh and yes, I get plenty of smiles from everyone as well, but just like rad vehicles, i’m a sucker for serious model poses….and trust me, these kids can rock them like nobody’s business.

I take this shot of them every year ;)

Kruz (1) and family

I can’t believe this little guy is 1 already! Didn’t I *just* do his gorgeous mama’s maternity photos and his newborn pics?? Time is seriously flying! Poor Kruz is teething like crazy, so since he was happiest with his pacifier or fingers in his mouth, we had to try and work really sneakily to remove the pacifier and/or fingers to get shots before the sad lip appeared hahaha. Luckily we still got smiles as well…and oh my goodness, when he had cake for the very first time it was HILARIOUS. He is SO stinkin’ cute!….and I can’t handle those chubs!! He also has the best big brother and sister who were so helpful and sweet (as they always are) during the shoot. Again, no family pics so I don’t ruin the surprise of any holiday cards, but we got plenty :) Here are just a few teasers from our session.

“Give me my cake….”

“YES!!!! I’m one suckas!!”