Another year in the books! Our 6th year was a wonderful one, and we had the pleasure of working with so many sweet faces... some that have been with us for years, and others who we met for the first time. Kristen and I are really looking forward to 2014 and all that it will bring with it... including some great changes and new offerings (stay tuned for details!). In the meantime, this is my favorite post of the year. A chance to recap and reflect on the past 12 months, and thank each and every family who gave us the privilege of coming into your homes and lives. We are so appreciative of the opportunity to document your children as they grow. 195 regular sessions, 2 special events, 5 school fundraisers, and 2 school portrait days later, here are some highlights of our year!
January and the new year kicked off with the newborn session of Ella, born on Christmas Day. We worked quite a bit in studio with an adorable bunch of toddlers (one of whom, Maddox, was soon to be a big brother!).
In February we hosted our second annual lovey sessions, which have become one of my favorite events and one that we can't wait to have again this winter. I met and photographed brand new Finn and Emersyn, and some "old" faces too!
March brought with it one of my favorite maternity sessions to date, as well as a cozy at home session with Liam (or "Yemmy", as his brother calls him) and his family, Anthony's first birthday session, and lots of beautiful faces.
Spring was slow to come this year, but by the end of April, some warmth and spring color arrived just in time for our first fundraiser of the year at the Albany School of Humanities. Fitting in with the "all things new" theme was Annabel & Evie!
May is always a favorite of mine, as the flowers and new green have exploded by this point and make for some truly gorgeous images. It also means our annual mamahood sessions (another favorite) and our Loudonville Elementary fundraiser. May also marked the start of quite the baby boom, with Katie, Luke and Abigayle making their grand entrances.
June started off HOT! The newborns kept coming with baby Sloane, Mason and Blake. Kristen photographed some really fun Father's Day sessions at the Joe Bruno baseball stadium, and we met lots of new faces at our Eagle Elementary fundraiser. One of my favorite sessions of the summer took place in June... Riley & Colin at the Aqueduct Rowing Club.
July saw another favorite session of mine, the M. family at the backstretch of the track. So fun to shoot there. I traveled to Gloucester, Mass. for a (very unseasonably chilly) beach session, and we enjoyed the peak of the season with so many wonderful sessions. An added bonus... spending my birthday photographing brand new baby Nico, and sweet Matthew on his family farm.
August started off with our annual lake sessions, which truly could not take place at a more stunning location. I had some more lakeside sessions with Conrad & Frankie and Beckett. Kristen and I took full advantage of the warm, golden August evenings, two of my first year plan babies turned one, and Sage & Emily arrived. It was hands down our busiest August to date!
The baby boom continued strong in September with Owen, Connor, Alexander, Emma and Avery. Kristen shot some mini sessions at our favorite local farm, and we were thrilled to work with Shaker Road Elementary again for their second annual portrait fundraiser.
October is always a hectic month to say the least, and when the weather is as incredible as it was this year, it is a blessing to say the least. Kristen and I photographed many families, both old and new, at some really fantastic locations. We saw all of our summer clients again for our fall follow up sessions, and photographed nearly 200 little faces for school portrait days at St. George's and the Childrens' Academy of Malta. Last but not least, I had the pleasure of capturing the fleeting newborn stage for Katherine and Nolan.
November brings to a close our outdoor sessions, and we ended on a high note with some stunning fall foliage. Its also the perfect month to take advantage of the beautiful local architecture and Christmas tree farms! Our last fundraiser of the year took place at St. Pius X, and we hosted two jam packed days of holiday mini sessions... one at the historic Groom's Tavern, and one at the natural light loft studio we'll be shooting at this winter.
The year ended on such a high note with our last day of holiday mini sessions (and rave reviews from clients about the loft space!) and some last minute Christmas card shots. And since we started the year off with a sweet newborn, its only fitting that our last session of the year was with baby Grant.
Happy New Year... see you in 2014!
Ashley & Kristen