As the year is coming to a close, I wanted to take a minute to share my favorite photos of 2014. It was very tough to narrow it down to ten favorites, but the ones I chose below struck me on a personal level.
In March, I was fortunate enough to travel to Swaziland to visit a mobile clinic that travels to rural villages. For this little girl, who was mesmerized by my camera, a mobile clinic might be her only opportunity to be seen by a health care provider unless she becomes gravely ill. The Luke Commission (TLC) is one such clinic that travels twice a week to rural Swaziland with X-ray services, wheelchairs for people living with disabilities, new TOMS shoes to distribute to children, and the ability to conduct surgical procedures.
Tendani is the life of any party. She absolutely shines from the inside out and always looks glamorous. Plus, I’m constantly envious of her glasses.
One of our favorite weddings of the year, Suzanne & Derrick were wed by a priest they met on trivia night. Their ceremony was lively, with a bit of trivia slipped into the beginning, and they had a lovely reception at their house with a dance floor set up in their newly refinished barn (shown here as the background of their first dance).
I might be cheating by including so many images from my personal life this year, but it’s been a great year for my own personal growth. I graduated with my MBA, started working at Harvard University and decided to take my photography business to the next level. All of this was possible from the love and support of my smiling husband, laughing here while modeling for me to test out new equipment.
This triumphant couple. Lucy & Dan emerge from the church to be greeted by all their friends and family ringing wedding bells for them. I love the utter joy and relief on their faces after a very personal ceremony. This was a beautiful wedding of a dear friend at Bromley Mountain in Vermont.
My grandmother loves dandelions. These gigantic dandelions have been resting on her windowsill since she picked them in the spring. We went to visit family in Northern California (my home state) this year and I thought my grandmother’s dandelions were the most amazing thing.
I really fell in love with maternity sessions this year. There is so much peace, love and elegance in a mother-to-be. This is one of my favorite images, taken from the family’s nursery while Katie was 32 weeks pregnant.
Is there anything more magical than a red coat and an empty trail? Little Vivi was up for a challenge, exploring Spot Pond with her momma Joan. Despite the below freezing weather, Vivi was tramping through the woods, climbing up on rocks, and playing with sticks, logs & leaves. Kevin & I love the Middlesex Fells and it was wonderful to have a session here.
My nephew Owen was born on a Thursday night in December. He’s the first grandbaby in our Doyle clan and in this image he is resting in his Daddy’s arms, surrounded by his Grampy and Uncles. I love how the spotlight is directly on Owen and all the Doyle men are mesmerized by his charm. To be honest, I’m also madly in love with these photos I took of Owen Christmas morning, but didn’t want to overdo it for this post.
Doesn’t this just sum up a family shoot with an eight month old? Willem was all smiles with mom and dad. This was a particularly special shoot for me because I had the joy of photographing Ashlin & Ben's wedding a couple years ago.