The Best of 2012: Portraits

If I was being honest ... and I try to be on this humble, little blog ... I would tell you that I was petrified. In the fall of 2011, when I finally decided to go solo with this whole photography thing, I couldn't see farther than right in front of my face. I had just signed up to advertise on Wedding Wire and I really thought no one would contact me. I wouldn't call myself a perfectionist but I have this fear of putting myself out there before I feel 100% ready. And I didn't think I was ready. Slowly I'm learning that no one is really, truly ever ready. I realize now that sometimes you have to dive in with as much courage as you can muster and say, "Hey. This is me. Like it or leave it, but at least I'm gonna try." Lucky for me, this solo photography thing has worked out. And I couldn't be more grateful. Really. Truly.

Valerie and Alex were the first ones to contact me, just a couple days after I created a Wedding Wire account, and they gave me so much more confidence than they will ever know. From there I've been blown away by how many of you have believed in me to document your weddings, your itty-bitty newborns, your families—all the most important parts of your life. I know it's hard to give up control, I know you have pictures in your head of how you want it to look ... and I cannot say it enough: THANK YOU for choosing me.

I've been looking back at some of my favorite photos from the past year, and I want to share them all with you over the next few weeks. First up are my favorite portraits of 2012.

I've watched Baby Lane grow (newborn, 3-month and 6-month):

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Amanda and Nathan (of Amanda Weis Photography) welcomed a baby boy into the world, and I got to take their maternity photos:

Cleveland Maternity Photographer

Travis and Zach graduated:

Cincinnati Senior Photographer

My second shooter, Emily, came into my life (yay!), and we practiced taking portraits with her sister, Katie, and Katie's boyfriend, Kyle.

Cleveland Photographer

Beautiful Baby Brenna was born:

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And so was cute little Connor:

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I met the Porter family:

Cleveland Family Photographer

Ashley and Justin got a puppy and I did my first-ever pet session:

Cleveland Pet Photographer

My best friends Nicole and Kelby had a little boy named Owen:

Cincinnati Newborn Photographer

The B family had portraits done before dad was deployed overseas with the Navy:

Akron Family Photographer

And last but not least, I got to hang out with Adrina and her family on a beautiful fall day:

Cleveland Family Photographer