Somehow the annual Shoot & Share competition has already come and gone, leaving me with what it usually does- a bunch of inspiration from other photographers amazing work, and a little bit of affirmation that I don’t suck at what I do. lol For those of you who don’t know what this competition is, it’s the worlds largest fair & free competition where images are shown by category in groups of four, and voters choose which image they like the most. All of this is done anonymously as to avoid the popularity contest that is so often present on social media.
So here are my results, for those who are interested!
This year I entered the max amount of photos allowed (50), and 39 of them placed in the top 30% or higher in their categories!
Above each image, I included where they placed and how many total entries were in the listed category. 🙂
Thanks to all of the awesome clients & friends I’ve worked with in the past year for being so freaking wonderful in front of the camera! It’s you who people are truly interested in, I just document your beautiful selves!
17/11,412 – The Wedding Party – Taken at Blackstone Rivers Ranch, Idaho Springs, CO
131/18,829 – Wedding Details
153/11,412 – The Wedding Party
481/45,058 – Wedding Couple
404/11,696 – Ceremony / Reception
226/7,593 – Phone Photography
2,518/27,467 – Lifestyle / Documentary
1,729/17,868 – The Bride
1,122/18,829 – Wedding Details
700/11,412 – The Wedding Party
611/11,696 – Ceremony / Reception
4,274/45,058 – Wedding Couple
1,028/10,613 – Emotion / Excitement
782/17,868 – The Bride
1,384/17,868 – The Bride
1,552/45,058 – Wedding Couple
851/41,257 – Families
1,273/45,058 – Wedding Couple
819/17,868 – The Bride
1,243/18,829 – Wedding Details
3,353/45,058 – Wedding Couple
2,266/45,058 – Wedding Couple
2,717/18,829 – Wedding Details
7,694/45,058 – Wedding Couple
8,880/45,058 – Wedding Couple
2,144/18,829 – Wedding Details
1,075/10,613 – Wedding Couple
2,929/25,034 – People Portraits
6,254/39,479 – Newborn
5,577/39,479 – Newborn
6,836/41,257 – Families
5,018/45,058 – Wedding Couple
2,753/25,034 – People Portraits
6,103/27,467 – Lifestyle / Documentary
8,525/41,321 – Babies / Toddlers
10,194/48,578 – Engagement / Couples
10,695/48,578 – Engagement / Couples
10,934/41,257 – Families
8,761/41,257 – Families
As per my self-imposed tradition, I felt it was time to make my year-in-review slash “Best of” blog post for 2018.
Most years I put a decent amount of pressure on myself to truly put time into this post and pick out my single favorite photo from every session/wedding/personal moment I shot throughout the course of the year. This year I’ve decided to give myself grace and just include a bunch of favorites vs. the very best of the best. There are also so many deeply meaningful photos that I missed including as well, because to be honest- I have to give myself a mental break this holiday.
Here’s a quick recap of my 2018:
Professionally, I worked with :
21 wonderful couples on their wedding. I started shoot weddings at the very end of July this year, so 21 between what was essentially August – December was quite a wild ride.
My weddings too me to :
Lake Tahoe, California | Denver, Aspen/Maroon Bells, Vail, Estes Park, Dillon/Silverthorne, Idaho Springs, Colorado Springs, Grand Lake, Steamboat Springs, Ridgway, Littleton, Beavercreek and Gateway, Colorado | Orlando & Winter Park, Florida | Phoenix, Arizona
9 couples/engagement sessions. This needs to be higher next year as couples sessions are my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!!
10 beautiful families in various stages (maternity & with kiddos)
11 amazing local/small businesses (some multiple times).
I had a baby.
Honestly that could kind of sum up my entire year in the most general terms, as it seems to be a process that has consumed my entire life for the last year+. It’s kind of insane how much your life changes when you have a kid, but not in every way.
We’ve already taken Bryce on 15 flights and many road trips with us to my weddings and on various other adventures. It’s been really exciting to see how well he travels and that my job allows us to all explore so many areas together as a family. Next year we already have travel planned for weddings at the Great Sand Dunes National Park, and even St. Croix USVI!
A couple other notable things from this year : – Got out to Utah (Moab & Bryce Canyon) several times. – Watched Bobby & my friends ice climb in Ouray. – Hiked in the Brainard Lake area for the first time, and also got back on my FAVORITE trail in Colorado (4th of July Trail). – Saw the incredible Gregory Alan Isakov and shed many a tear when he played mine & Bobby’s song- “Idaho”. – Spent Thanksgiving weekend away, visiting the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs with friends who also just had a baby. – Visited friends & family in Ohio 3 times. – Lost a lot of sleep, gained a bunch of weight… yay parenthood!
Anyways, please enjoy scrolling through my year as captured in photographs. These make my heart happy.
Another year, another Shoot & Share contest!
For those of you who have never heard of it- the Shoot & Share Photo Contest is a yearly affair that encourages photographers from around the world to enter their 50 best images over 25 categories. The photos are then shuffled and shown in groups of 4, where voters are prompted to choose their favorite image without any knowledge of who the photographer is. This prevents it from becoming a popularity contest based on followers and keeps the playing field level for everyone!
While my images didn’t perform quite as well as they did last year, I can safely say the 2018 competition was FIERCE and I’m honestly surprised I placed as well as I did. Both last year and this year, 35 of the 50 images I submitted placed in the top 30% or higher in their respective categories.
Overall I had :
– 6 images place as “Finalists” (in the top 500 of their category)
– 10 in the top 10%
– 10 in the top 20%
– 9 in the top 30%
It’s always a fun way to see what other folks are coming up with, how styles are changing, and overall gain so much inspiration and support one another across the globe in this art we call “photography”.
Here are my 35 best-ranked photos from the competition including some info (for those of you who are curious) as to the category they were submitted to as to how they ranked within that category. 🙂 Check ’em out!
The Groom. 124/3,142.
The Wedding Couple. 845/36,983.
Emotion & Excitement. 717/8,800.
Wedding Details. 359/16,755.
Guests & Reception. 304/5,689.
Babies & Toddlers. 202/28,425.
(listed from top to bottom)
The Wedding Couple. 845/36,983.
The Wedding Couple. 1,468/36,983.
The Wedding Couple. 3,191/36,983.
The Wedding Couple. 3,439/36,983.
The Wedding Couple. 3,490/36,983.
Emotion & Excitement. 717/8,800.
The Bride. 666/14,265.
Engagement & Couples. 1,405/37,145.
Lifestyle / Family Documentary. 1,365/19,330.
Wedding Details. 2,934/16,755.
Wedding Details. 3,002/16,755.
The Wedding Couple. 3,993/36,983.
The Wedding Couple. 6,121/36,983.
The Bride. 2,521/14,265.
Family Portraits. 4,732/26,983.
Lifestyle / Family Documentary. 2,369/19,330.
Lifestyle / Family Documentary. 3,663/19,330.
Pets / Animals. 1,676/14,426.
Travel / Landscape. 1,818/16,373.
The Wedding Couple. 8,021/36,983.
The Wedding Couple. 8,462/36,983.
The Wedding Couple. 9,368/36,983.
Wedding Details. 4,597/16,755.
Emotion & Excitement. 1,976/8,800.
The Bride. 4,192/14,265
Engagement & Couples. 7,806/37,145.
The Wedding Party. 2,133/9,135.
Teens & Seniors. 8,172/29,460.
If you’ve made it this far, thank you for taking interest in my work! 🙂 Hopefully I can top my previous two years in 2019!
“Do you think we’ll ever just have a quiet year at Hogwarts?” – Ron Weasley.
Does anyone feel this way about their lives year to year? I feel like every time I reflect on the events of the last 12 months of my life, I always want to exclaim how crazy they’ve been! This year was no exception.
Though moving to Colorado slightly pushed the reset button on the word of mouth/success I’d found in Ohio and North Carolina, I was still fortunate enough to be able to work with so many amazing couples, families, companies, and individuals this year. I seriously can’t even put into words how much it’s meant to be a part of peoples stories and truly life-changing days. I’m constantly grateful to the clients who have become friends and treat me like family.
My total session count was :
And they took me to these places :
My personal life has been quite the adventure as well! I got to ice climb, road trip across the country, explore the mountains in my backyard with the greatest friends, travel to two different countries, and all within the course of 2017 became a homeowner, a fiance, and a mother-to-be. I’m honestly kind of shocked it’s already December with how quickly the time has flown! But you know what they say- it tends to do so when you’re having fun! And this was one very crazy, but very fun year. Cheers to 2017, and making the best of it!
My song for the year has been one of my favorites for a long time, but the CO Symphony version is that much better. To add meaning, I’ve always called it the “husband” song (how goofy is that?) because I firmly believed if I ever met a guy that just felt like this song sounds, he would be my future husband. Well… I found one, and I’m engaged to him. Life is funny. 🙂
Song : Stable Song – Gregory Alan Isakov
Bobby had taken off on his bike tour, the wedding guests were departing to their various locations, and I finally was able to spend some time with my best friend and amazing adventure buddy, KB. We sat on the rocky beach of Lake Wanaka catching up. It’s so odd to talk to someone nearly every day only to move 1000 miles away with a 2 hour time difference. Strangely enough, we got to reunite in New Zealand of all places.
KB has always (attempted) to keep me in check, she’s a rock of a friend, and even with all of Colorado’s amazing beauty and the love of an amazing dude, there’s always something missing. *SHAMELESS PLUG TO KB & BRANDON TO PLEASE MOVE OUT TO COLORADO ASAP*. 😉
We decided we couldn’t waste a beautiful bluebird day in Wanaka just sitting around chatting, so we decided to take to the trail and climb the all-popular Mt. Roy. When we got to the parking lot, Matty Ice (one of KB’s old time guide buddies and an awesome guy) joined up with us for the hike. Mt. Roy is a steep trek, gaining almost 4200 ft in elevation in 5 miles (a 10 mile out and back). We just kept going up. And up some more. Finally we reached the viewpoints and the tower at the top, and were rewarded with some of the most amazing views we’d ever seen. That is until we hiked Ben Lemond. But that’ll be for a different blog post. 🙂
For now, enjoy the photos from our time spent on this beautiful mountain.
Song : Boy 1904 – Jonsi & Alex
Do you know the exquisite feeling of LOVING the place you live? What about actually being excited to come back from “vacation”? I never knew those feelings until now. The other day I was on the plane back to Colorado from Arizona, and I never really pay much attention to the announcements on flights but this one caught my ear. The pilot was telling us about the weather in Denver, etc. I was looking out over the snowcapped mountains and thinking how beautiful they were, and then I heard him say “Welcome Home”. I think I smiled from ear to ear … Colorado. My home.
Before the craziness of the last 2 weeks, I had made it a point to do at least a hike a week. Here are just a few shots from some of my recent jaunts in the mountains. 🙂
Golden Gate Canyon State Park – Blue Grouse Trail
Golden Gate Canyon State Park – Beaver Trail
Chautauqua Park – Royal Arch Hike w/ Cara Elizabeth.
Mt. Falcon Park – Castle Trail to Walkers Dream