Friday, January 15, 2010

Favorite Photos of 2009

What makes a favorite photo for me?
It could be any number of things

here's a list:
  • makes me say "awwwww"
  • makes me smile
  • makes me laugh (smiling and laughing at a photo is totally different)
  • makes me say "oh ya, remember that?"
  • makes a warm spot in my heart
  • has good lighting
  • has good color
  • has good composition
  • captures a mood or a personality
  • random (I love randomness)
(a combination of any of these is just GRAVY)

classic Dumb and Dumber Pose

I have looked at this picture a thousand times and I still laugh out loud each time

How true that is - totally random

My baby boy, with good lighting and for some reason I love that old t-shirt he has on

Bahahaha! This is the "Dressing Room Nazi". She worked at the Marshalls in San Francisco that we went to when we went to see Wicked. Let's just say their percentage of shoplifting is probably VERY low.

Cute Hubby! He rarely gets animated for a picture. He's cute here, and he just makes me laugh.

I don't even need to comment on this one do I?

They were being silly, but it is a precious moment to me

I like to call this photo "Epiphany". I was getting on Brady's case about coloring all over his expensive Tony Hawk skater shoes. Then I realize those shoes were pretty much on their last leg anyway. Also I felt like doing something like this is totally "boy" and Brady thought it was sooooo coool! Who am I to argue. I still don't condone coloring on expensive clothes, but in this case this image will stick in my mind forever. This is typical of Brady at 11 years old, not to mention the colors and setting are nice. And I love the little weed in the foreground.

A rare opportunity to spend time with Mom. Great lighting, great colors, sweet memories.

This picture makes me feel patriotic. Not to mention the lighting was fabulous and it shows Afton's blue, blue eyes (ooo, part of that patriotic feeling).

This picture, and the next one are of Afton getting ready for her first Stake dance (a big event around here) For some reason I love bathroom, mirror reflection images this one just came out great. I don't know if I like it better in black and white or color though. You choose for yourself.

Aaaaaa! Fabulous composition! This may be my favorite picture of the year. I can't explain it. I think it has most of the elements of my aforementioned reasons.

This turquoise wall and these cute people make me very happy.

Family Rocks! The Beach Rocks! Nuff Said

I call it art

This is one of our very first pictures of Troy - I didn't know at the time I was capturing his personality on film.

Good times! Good times! Laughing! A picture says a thousand words.

Chinatown. The color and composition here make me feel warm and fuzzy. (Side note: I almost got hit by a taxi to get it.)

This picture has been on my blog before as a photo I love. The color, the composition, the little bit of movement in the bottom left corner, school spirit, my baby girl.

These aren't the only pictures I enjoy from 2009, but they are my pick for the top spots. It makes me excited to see what pictures I'm going to capture this year.


Jennifer Miller said...

Wow! you are a great photographer! I really like the black and white mirror picture.
And your running post was awesome, and inspiring. I am just getting back into running after having a baby and reading your post made me remember all the reasons to drag myself out of bed in the morning. Thanks, I may cut and past it to my blog to remind me.

Lindseys said...

Great pics, Stef. I laughed out loud at some of them. Keep up the good work.


Nate and Erin Russell said...

i'm kind of obsessed with that stop sign picture. you're such a good photographer! hows about you head on down our way and take some pictures of my kid. i think thats a fantastic plan!!

Carolina said...

Keep up the good work!!! You do a fabulous job! And about the Marshall's dressing room Natzi- Every Marshall's has one. I would not try anything on at ANY Marshall's. They hire the grumpiest ladies for that job! Seriously!

Jonathon and Sarah said...

Brady in the goggles is my absolute fave. I laughed out loud when I first saw it. He is such a character.

D-dawg said...

I love the 2nd one... and all of them. I want to do this- good idea. Now let's see if I can find the time to go through the millions of pictures I took last year!

karensumpter said...

how did you get a picture of the dressing room nazi? i love the pics!!

Janet said...

thanks for sharing... i liked your commentary along with each one too... it's fun to hear why you like certain pics. the photos are marvelous!

Audrey Pettit said...

What lovely photos! I really enjoyed taking this little journey with you. And I wish I could get photos half as good as yours.

Christie said...

Great pics. I love them all. Probably because they're all so fabulously different.