Well it's time to finally get this party started. The long-awaited list of the Top Captures of the Year! But there are a few things that you need to know before going any further. First and foremost is that this was no easy task. Mainly because I enjoyed all the shoots I did this year. The number had gone done since last year so I thoroughly appreciated each and everyone. Whether a client was involved or not. I meticulously edit all my images so they're actually all my favorites. There are no winners or losers here.
That being said, something else that's changed is I didn't rank this year's selections. Just didn't seem to be right to do that. Is one capture truly better than the other? Some may have more of a connection with me than others due to the circumstances behind what it took to get the picture. I will do my best to explain such with the corresponding post when that is the case. But to say one was better than the other isn't quite fair.
Lastly, since I'm not ranking the photos, I needed another method to set them apart from one another in the name of each post. That means I will naming my photos for the first time. Don't get used to it though. It's only for the sake of this list. I may do it occasionally from time to time, but not on the regular. And there won't be a lot of creativity with the names either. If there's a person in the photo, you can rest assured that the photo will be named after them.
Which gives us Mikaela.
I was contacted by one of my former NHS classmates (and bandmate) Tracy Hale. Her daughter was looking to have some professional pics done. And some of them would include her doing dancer things in dancing gear. Heck yeah I was on board. It was something I hadn't done before AND it was a fellow NHS alum supporting me. I always love that.
Normally, I am not a fan of the whole jumping in the air then getting the shot type pose. It's rather cliche. But it's totally called for in certain instances. Like this one where the person is a dancer. Of course I want to get her in action in perfect dancer form. And being quite the professional at such a young age, she nailed it. This was done on only the second take. That's the daughter of an NHS alum for you.