My Top 10 of 2014 {#2}

{I have decided to show and tell my favorite shots from 2014….often the pictures that grip me are not the picture-perfect poses, but the images that tell a story…}

One picture just wasn’t going to do this post justice. There is so dang much about this session and this family that I love, and that speaks so clearly to my heart about why I do this job. Life is funny; it’s awesome and hard and messy and wonderful – often all at the same time. I remember the first email from Christall (which was now over 5 years ago) like it was last week. She was looking for a photographer, and totally freaked my freak because she was a former client of MY favorite photographer ever, Tara Whitney, and here she was emailing me. Since that email, my how life has taken us on a crazy ride. We’ve had some pretty epic portrait sessions (apple orchard, Deception Pass State Park and mini marshmallow s’mores roasted over a match, faux ‘staches) but this one is going to be pretty hard to top. A sunset session on a gorgeous night on a gorgeous beach with gorgeous people – but more than that – real people with a hard and amazing story of loss and redemption – and these crazy sweet and ornery horses that kept us laughing most of the evening. After the sun set, and they loaded up the horses I sat in the parking lot feeding my sweet girl and I had the chance to soak it all in. Magical.

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  • Christall MurphyJanuary 12, 2015 - 11:58 am

    So many good memories with you! SO many – every picture from this year is my absolute favorite – every one of them is like a healing balm for my heart, and I’m thankful for that gift.

  • Lucy pageJanuary 12, 2015 - 2:17 pm

    this was one of my favorites too. I love the beach and the horses. Add an obviously sweet/loving family and you have a pretty special showing. Nicely done, Mandi!