Tuesday, August 25, 2009

my favorites

Now that the formalities have died down and I'm home and quiet and alone for the first time in a few weeks, I wanted to share my favorite photos from the weekend. The other posts were to share in the memories with my family, but if I wanted to show someone the photos I was really most proud of, these would be it.

over there

This one may be because I love all of them so much, but I think this shot is great. This whole weekend was a lesson on shooting people and I think it helped that I adored my subjects. I really hope that I've captured their different personalities so well that the casual observer would notice it. If not...oh well, I like it!

zach stephie levi

I love these moments. I took a lot of pictures from the sidelines while other people were taking posed shots, and it would make for great moments like this one.

up the elevator

Lauren was the only one of the cousins who wanted to go up in the Space Needle, and believe me we tried our hardest to get the others up there. Originally it was just going to be me and Lauren, but as George walked us over to the booth to pay, a little bummed that Blake and Jolie couldn't get over their fear, I said "You should just come with us." And I'm so glad he did! I loved the look of wonder on her face as we went up the elevator and you can tell that George was glad to share the moment with his daughter.

smart jolie

I can't stop looking at this one, I love it so much.

lauren squishes the needle

The girls had the idea of squishing the needle and we had a blast putting them into the right position. Lauren was so adorable, her face reflected perfectly in the sculpture behind her. I just love this shot. I guess I'm going to say I love everyone of them, but that's what this post is all about!

lauren in black hole sun

She has such amazing character that I didn't even notice until I saw the pictures of her. She really shines. I can't wait to see the woman she grows up to be.

wet willy

I was across the room and saw Jolie about to poke the tall one. He saw me at the last minute and scrunched up his face, he haaaates the camera. But I loooooove the resulting shot! It's these unscripted moments that really make me love being a photographer.

jolie and lucas

I had a hard time picking between this one and another one, but in the end I decided I loved this moment. He was playing around with the kids on the lawn and when they all stopped, it was the kids who were out of breath. He was so great with them, but how could he not be. I have the best cousins ever!

levi

The lighting, the look, the lens, the cousin...whatever it was, this shot turned out awesome. I keep coming back to it because it's so great. He's an excellent subject and a great kid. He really surprised me.

mother of the bride watches

I feel like every wedding photographer should shoot a close family member's wedding at least once. Each shot felt so intimate. I look at this one and I can feel the emotions just bleeding out of it. Aesthetically it's not that great of a shot, but then again it conveys the emotion of the moment...so maybe it is.

father and daughter

I just love the way he's looking at her. They were both in tears the entire dance.

ATTACK

The lighting...oooh the lighting. So great!

c and g

I think this maybe in the top 5 of my favorite pictures I've ever taken. I can't think of a better one to finish this post off with.

I learned a lot about photographing people over the last few days, about what they like, about how they fear the camera, how most of them really just want to be captured beautifully but they don't trust the person on the other end. Mostly, I was so glad that every time I showed my Aunt a picture I had taken, she immediately teared up. It made me feel like I was able to capture people at their best, and that's all I was looking to do.

Please let me know how you like them. I'm aching for feedback and ways to improve.

8 comments:

Jennifer said...

These look amazing. The cake picture is just great, as is the Dancing with Dad photo. Really treasurable photos. Awesome job Stacy!

stacy marie said...

thank you Jen! :)

MandiCrocker said...

GORGEOUS photos, lady... It's really cool to see just how much you've improved over the past few months even!!! :) Beautiful!

stacy marie said...

thanks Mandicakes!! that means a lot :)

Melissa said...

I love these pictures!!! The love and closeness of your family really shows through. Great job as always :)

stacy marie said...

yay! thanks Melissa :)

Carolyn said...

I love the one of George and I laughing but can you photoshop those wrinkles on my neck--geez--gotta get rid of those! Also, how in the world do you get your photos to look so 3-D?? Love 'em!

cousin said...

where are these lines you speak of? I see nothing but your beautiful smile :-)