Monday, January 3, 2011

2010: A recap

2010 was a busy year for me on a personal level. The whole getting married thing kind of had a bit to do with that. Before I fully embrace 2011, I'd like to revisit the photography of 2010. In chronologicalish order.

In February of 2010, with the weather just beginning to warm and my mental to-do list hinging on Save the Dates going out, I badgered Chrissy into braving a chilly day for mine and Steven's engagement photos. This was the first time that I had been on the other side of the camera. It was a unique experience and I had a lot of fun! We had several favorites from the lot but this particular picture still reins supreme (at least to me).

This was also the day that Chrissy and I took our "About SOR" page photo, courtesy of Steven.

A hop skip and a jump forward we get to May 2010 and my cousin, Jesse's wedding. As their wedding gift, I shot their photography.

This was the first time I had seen my cousin (and his family) in years and the first time I was meeting his wife to be. It was a joyous family reunion. I have always been close to Jesse, partners in crime more or less, and it was great to see him marry such a nice (and beautiful!) girl. Their wedding was simple and sweet and I was so happy to be a part of it. 

In June of 2010, we were hired to photograph three lovable pups. This photo shoot was bittersweet, the matriarch pup had recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness and would likely pass soon. We were honored to capture her likeness for her owners - something for them to cherish. 

They had also just gotten a puppy. He was beyond cute and so well  behaved for a pup. 

With my wedding fast approaching, the photography hobby-job wasn't foremost on my mind. In August, Chrissy put me in front of the camera again and took my bridal portraits at Second Empire in Raleigh. I kid you  not, these came out better than my wedding photography pics did. I think the indoor light is key to really capturing the detail of my dress. 

 But of course sometimes it's better to lose detail for drama. In this case, I love the drama. 

In the early part of September, as a belated gift to my parents, I spent a half an hour chasing them around the beach, telling my Dad to stop making faces. Oh and I took a couple photos. 


So far you've probably already seen at least half of these photos before. That is assuming you've been reading my previous posts. But as someone wisely told me once, no one should ever assume anything. In which case, please feel free to read back through my previous posts. 

I do have some new material to share with you today. In the end of November, when it was bitter cold out, I held two mini photo shoots at the art museum in Raleigh. I don't have any photos available at this time from the first photo shoot, I'll have to post those next, but I can show you a few from my second couple. Remember Laurissa and Doug Cubbage from 2009? Here they are for round two of the holiday photo session!

Laurissa and Doug had just welcomed their son, Jackson, in August of 2010. He was a good sport, but it was so cold that day and the wind was unforgiving; we only stuck around for about 15 minutes. These guys are such great subjects, that's all we needed to get a few really awesome shots!

I love this shot. Everyone say, "Hi Jackson!"

2011 brings all sorts of new opportunities and we're excited to get started. Keep checking back often; one of my new  years resolutions is to start participating in the Photo Friday challenges again! 

As always, thanks for reading!

Liz DiNatale

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