I love black and white photographs. An argument for color can sometimes be made, but in most cases, black and white removes all the distractions so you can focus on what a scene is really about, or it draws you right into a person’s eyes so you can understand or maybe become curious about a their story. I went back to January and picked out some of my favorite black and white images from the year. They are in no particular order and were all an important part of my year.
This is from a studio session with Morgan. She’s a talented dancer, make-up artist, word appreciator, and an all around fun and funny lady.
This is Brooklyn. A lovely person with a lovely name to match. This was a studio session and my first senior portrait session
Meet Grace and Jon. It was so easy to capture warm moments with these two.
Grace and Jon, so beautiful and so in love.
This gorgeous family was a fun and challenging session. Lots of little people adds to the fun! I asked them to just stand around, knowing I wanted this to be a black and white. It is imperfect and I love it.
These are the grandparents of the little people from the previous family portrait. I knew I would love every shot they were in while I was taking their pictures. Their smile is in their eyes, even when it’s not on their mouths.
Like I said — I love every shot with these two.
In addition to being a photographer, I teach ballet. (Which one is the day job?) These are some of my gorgeous students! Marilyn, their fearless leader, asked me to photograph the seniors and I wanted to cry when I saw all of these dancers who will graduate this year!
Holly Springs School of Dance Senior Goddesses, on a path and facing the future together. This is my favorite from my day with them.
My youngest graduated from high school in the spring and we took a trip to our favorite place to celebrate.
The New Colossus BY EMMA LAZARUS Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
I take hundreds of shots of the Flat Iron Building when we visit NYC, risking my life in traffic for a good angle. Out of all of those, this is one of two that I like.
Go to this diner! Beer, wine and breakfast all day! It’s tiny and crowded and only accepts cash. It’s perfect.
This isn’t really a black and white. It has a little green. I love it because it is color, but mostly black and white. I spotted these in Central Park when we were hunting for a lovely little nature preserve.
More flowers from Central Park.
This one has the face of Jesus on a leaf. Can you see it?
My friend Kate scheduled a portrait session with me last summer. During that Saturday morning session she explained to me that she had been diagnosed with cancer and would begin treatment the following week. That was probably the hardest session I’ve had. We had a few more sessions throughout her journey. This is from a studio session after she had completed treatment in the spring and her hair was growing back. When I look at the pictures from all the sessions, I can hear her asking me how my kids are, telling me I should take care of myself, laughing, offering help, with everything that she and her family were going through. She lost her battle in early December. I’m so grateful to have had these times with her.
This guy waited patiently until I got the shot and then flew away.
She did not want her picture taken! I love that when she puts on sequins she wants to pick up rocks.
She might have been warming up to the strange lady with a camera.
…with a little help from big sister.
This has an Alice in Wonderland feel to me.
Yes! Fancy dresses are for climbing trees.
Some of my favorite portraits I’ve taken. I love these two (four??). If you think they’re cute, you should see their new baby twin boys!
Snapped this while thinking of the next shot.
Do not mess with these guys. That’s the father of bride at a beautiful wedding on the right.
Morgan, from the first picture, on the runway. JK, she was just on the sidewalk.
Gorgeous bride, gorgeous dress, gorgeous daughters, gorgeous bouquet, gorgeous flower girls. They tried so hard to be still and quiet!
Theresa – Dancing Queen
It was almost completely dark. I couldn’t tell what I was shooting until I saw the shot in my camera. I’m happy I captured this moment at Lisa and Matt’s wedding reception, at the end of a long day of celebration, nothing but love.
This was a fun portrait session. I truly love photographing uncooperative subjects! (The human was very cooperative!)
A backyard wedding is the best. This was my first wedding and I loved documenting the love and laughter.
Amy and Jeff cut the cake. And don’t share with Raleigh!
Tyler is one of the sweetest people you could ever meet. We had fun running around Raleigh!
The last picture I took with my camera of baby Winnie. This is January, before we knew her kidneys were failing.
These cousins are in the family portrait above. I wanted to end with some cute sweetness (or some sweet cuteness!)!