My Top 5 Images from 2014

Recently, a friend challenged me to choose my best images from 2014.  It’s hard to settle on only five when I took thousands, but these made the final cut.

 

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This is #5 of my Top Five for 2014 taken the day after this beautiful, historical building was consumed by fire. The Emmitt House in Waverly, Ohio was lost to fire on January 6, 2014…a beautiful 152 year old building that was the heart of the my hometown. I still look at this image almost a year later and feel profound sadness and loss. This image is titled “destroyed by blaze – blanketed in ice”.

 

 

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This is #4 of my Top Five for 2014. I thought I should include at least one portrait amidst the landscape photos, since I proudly am a portrait photographer. This moody black and white children’s portrait placed first place in the Professional Photographers of Ohio image competition in fall 2014 – and highest score from a first time entrant. I was so pleased because I have been photographing these two little girls and their family for almost 10 years.  This image is titled “Sisters”.

 

 

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This is #3 of my Top Five for 2014 – “Early Morning Fog on Blackie’s Lake”, taken near my home in Pike County, Ohio…one of those magical moments I will never forget. I sat in that same spot for hours, listening to all the various birds and frogs in song, and watching the fog dancing on the lake – simply overwhelmed with the goodness of God and the beauty and power of His creation. In 2014, I stood in front of majestic mountains, national parks, and wildlife refuges, but this simple, unassuming scene from my hometown makes my top 5 images for the year.

 

 

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This is #2 of my Top Five for 2014 and another from southern Ohio  –  “Autumn arrives at Caldwell Lake”.  This image, taken at Scioto Trails State Park, reminds me of a Van Gogh painting. I love all the seasons and find beauty and interest in each one, but the deep, rich colors of fall are hard to beat.

 

 

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This is #1 of my Top Five for 2014 – “On Top of the Colorful World”.  I am not sure this photo would ever win a contest with the harsh light but it means the world to me.  It was taken at the Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia, one of my favorite places on earth (so far). And the handsome man in the picture is Clark Miller, my husband and best friend, who loves me for who I really am, who inspires me to be the best I can be, and who loves travel, adventure,  life and photography as much as I do.  I am blessed to have him as my soul mate and partner in this life.  Since Clark is in this picture and shared this experience with me, it pushes it to the first place spot for my best picture of 2014.

Pike County Landscapes – a 2015 calendar

For the past ten years, I have made a photography calendar.  They have ranged in themes from critters, blooms and butterflies, color studies, nature and seasonal photos.  The theme of my 2015 calendar is Pike County Landscapes.  These are the 12 images that made the cut.  Even though I have traveled extensively the past several years, photographing scenes in Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Baja Peninsula, Florida Keys, Blue Ridge Parkway, Glacier National Park, Grand Tetons, and many other National Parks, some of my favorite photographs I have taken are from right here in my hometown of Waverly in Pike County, Ohio.

 

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First Year Album for the Gilbert twins

I really enjoyed making this first year album for twin girls, Addison and Olivia.  What a great way to showcase precious images from three sessions:  newborn, 6 mos and 1 year.  I loved getting to see these two little beauties grow and change over their first year of life.  Here are the 10×10 pages to their first year album.

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Crabtree Family – Christmas Portraits

This year I had a Christmas Portrait Event during two weekends in November.  I had a beautiful custom designed studio set (thanks to my sister, Rhonda Diener) and offered special products, packages, and pricing.  I was thrilled with the response and definitely plan on making this an annual event.  My most popular items sold were wooden photo cubes, Christmas cards and acrylic ornaments.  The Crabtrees were one of the first families to sign up.  Amanda said she had been wanting to book a portrait session with me for quite some time and when she saw the Christmas Portrait Event on facebook, she immediately called and got on the list.  What a sweet, beautiful family!  I am looking forward to a longer photo shoot with them this spring!

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