KI Comments: My Top 3 Shoots of 2019

We all have those shoots that just stand out above the rest as far as how many images you just love from those shoots. I happen to have many of those, however picking my top 3, especially in just 2019, is a struggle for me.

I wanted to share this post with you due to the amazing amount of people I have been blessed to shoot with over 2019. I shot events, groups, couples, solo portraits, and so much more.

My favorite shoots of 2019 have to be, in no particular order, Liza and Kurt (Walla Walla); Jenn, Alyssa, Hope, and Lexi; and Brielle and Daniel. (I know I have two couples on here, but I just LOVE love.)

In this post, I am going to break down those shoots and tell you what made them so special.

3. Brielle and Daniel

Brielle and Daniel were my very first engagement session! I was so excited to shoot with them. They were both very kind and very much in love.  

I met up with Brielle and Daniel originally at a local coffee shop in downtown Walla Walla one afternoon where we planned on beginning our shoot together. Unfortunately, the place was so packed that we were unable to shoot there, but lucky for us, there was a Starbucks around the corner.

Brielle, Daniel, and I all walked to the Starbucks where we found a great little table for two next to some beautiful windows. They were all smiles, and Brielle even brought along some beautiful yellow flowers to use as a prop.

The looks of love between the two of them were so precious and fun to capture. They purchased a drink to use as another prop (and enjoy as a refreshment), which really added to the shoot as well.

Of course, the prop that definitely won the shoot was the gorgeous engagement ring that Daniel had given to Brielle. It fit her style very well, and was super elegant and dainty while still maintaining a modern charm.

The classy clothes and yellow pop from the flowers were so gorgeous, but something about their love just felt so genuine that it really just exploded out of the frame when put in black and white. It was almost like the connection between their two hearts was made for the old and romantic black and white films.

2. Jenn, Alyssa, Hope, and Lexi

When Lexi contacted me saying that she wanted to do a photoshoot with her group of college friends, I jumped at the opportunity. These gorgeous ladies were so fun and vibrant to shoot with. All of them are education majors who have shared many of the same classes over the last few years.

At the time, Alyssa was about to go to Zimbabwe to teach as a student missionary the following academic year and Hope was about to do her student teaching, meaning next year would be her last year. By the time Alyssa returned, Hope would have graduated and moved away to join the workforce.

They wanted to capture how close they were in that very moment and how close the four of them had become. I was more than honored to do this for them.

They all coordinated their outfits to wear white and light wash denim, and all got ready together doing their makeup. It was super fun to see them bond and make each other laugh. I think one of my favorite parts was hearing whoever was sitting on the sidelines at the moment cheering the people in front of the camera on.

1. Liza and Kurt (Walla Walla)

I had the privilege of doing two shoots with Liza and Kurt in 2019, which is why I specified that I was speaking about the one in Walla Walla. 

This shoot was the very first one I was able to shoot with them, and I was so excited. Earlier that day, I had two other photoshoots, and this was going to be the last one for the day.

We shot close to golden hour at Bennington Lake, and it was stunning. They planned out their outfits very intentionally, and they looked super classy for an evening shoot in nature. They matched their shoes and made sure the color of their clothing complimented each other’s outfits.

I think what I loved most about this shoot is how I was able to see their personality as a couple shine through. They were happy and playful, which made for some super fun shots. We have some of them dancing, smiling at each other, and one of Kurt giving Liza a piggyback ride.

Overall, 2019 was a great year for me and Kirsten Images. I can’t wait to see what 2020 has to offer.

If you would like to see more from my shoots with Liza and Kurt, Brielle and Daniel, or Jenn, Alyssa, Hope, and Lexi, be sure to check out the galleries under the My Work tab.

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