My favorite photos

My favorite photos

Over the years I've taken thousands and thousands of photos. So, this morning when I had the bright idea of doing a blog post about my favorites and the stories behind them, it took me hours to sift through them (It didn't help that I was searching for one in particular that I couldn't find anywhere and discovered I'd accidentally ruined by making a graphic out of it several years back. Insert crying emoji here.). These were incredibly difficult to narrow down and I have hundreds of other favorites, but here are ten that I will always cherish.

I think this will forever be one of my favorite photos. Our son was 10 months old, still prone to waking us up before the sun and we'd just moved to Florida, so we decided to make the best of it and head to the beach. The morning was warm and we stayed in our pajamas and watched the sun rise over the calm water. We looked for sea shells and even saw a dolphin swim by in the distance. It was one of the most relaxing mornings I've ever had.

I think this will forever be one of my favorite photos. Our son was 10 months old, still prone to waking us up before the sun and we'd just moved to Florida, so we decided to make the best of it and head to the beach. The morning was warm and we stayed in our pajamas and watched the sun rise over the calm water. We looked for sea shells and even saw a dolphin swim by in the distance. It was one of the most relaxing mornings I've ever had.

I love this photo because it's one of the few I have with my family all together (except my husband is ducking down from my dad's hand so you can't even see him at all, it's like he completely disappeared). I set up the tripod for this one and took it before we ate our Thanksgiving dinner last year (I knew no one was going to want to take a photo after we ate all that delicious food including the turkey I made that my sister said was "too moist" because she's crazy). This was the Thanksgiving I got to meet my uncles and see my aunt that I hadn't seen since I was a little girl, so it was even more special. We all had so much fun and ended the afternoon in a complete food coma.

I love this photo because it's one of the few I have with my family all together (except my husband is ducking down from my dad's hand so you can't even see him at all, it's like he completely disappeared). I set up the tripod for this one and took it before we ate our Thanksgiving dinner last year (I knew no one was going to want to take a photo after we ate all that delicious food including the turkey I made that my sister said was "too moist" because she's crazy). This was the Thanksgiving I got to meet my uncles and see my aunt that I hadn't seen since I was a little girl, so it was even more special. We all had so much fun and ended the afternoon in a complete food coma.

I took this photo during a trip to D.C. in 2010 in front of the Women in Military Service for America memorial one weekend during my Air Force technical training. I don't know who that little girl is and I never had an opportunity to introduce myself to her parents but when I saw her running across with her reflection in the water I had to snap the photograph.

I took this photo during a trip to D.C. in 2010 in front of the Women in Military Service for America memorial one weekend during my Air Force technical training. I don't know who that little girl is and I never had an opportunity to introduce myself to her parents but when I saw her running across with her reflection in the water I had to snap the photograph.

I took this photo of my husband and I under the I-110 bridge in D'Iberville Mississippi. We had just bought my first DSLR camera and went on a walk around the neighborhood to spend time together and test it out. The photo is crooked and my hair is a mess but we had so much fun that day and it's one I'll never forget.

I took this photo of my husband and I under the I-110 bridge in D'Iberville Mississippi. We had just bought my first DSLR camera and went on a walk around the neighborhood to spend time together and test it out. The photo is crooked and my hair is a mess but we had so much fun that day and it's one I'll never forget.

I took this photo on a short hike in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. It was a cool morning and I love this photo because of the light, composition, expression on Nates face and the memory of spending time together out in nature as a family.

I took this photo on a short hike in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. It was a cool morning and I love this photo because of the light, composition, expression on Nates face and the memory of spending time together out in nature as a family.

I took this photo on my sister Miah's 20th birthday. I got to fly out to Colorado for the weekend since our plans to move here were delayed by a few months. She picked me up from the air port, we went to brunch and then we went back to my granny's house and did a mini photo session at the small park down the street. It was absolutely freezing and the wind was fierce, but the light was gorgeous and without that biting wing we wouldn't have been able to capture the motion of her hair as she pulled the hood of her jacket close. We've always enjoyed being a model/photographer team and this mini session was our best work to date.

I took this photo on my sister Miah's 20th birthday. I got to fly out to Colorado for the weekend since our plans to move here were delayed by a few months. She picked me up from the air port, we went to brunch and then we went back to my granny's house and did a mini photo session at the small park down the street. It was absolutely freezing and the wind was fierce, but the light was gorgeous and without that biting wing we wouldn't have been able to capture the motion of her hair as she pulled the hood of her jacket close. We've always enjoyed being a model/photographer team and this mini session was our best work to date.

Last year I had the opportunity to fly with the Air Force Reserve's 815th Airlift Squadron Flying Jennies and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs for a training mission and demonstration for part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast's Navy Week. This photo pretty much sums up how I felt to be able to take this photo.

Last year I had the opportunity to fly with the Air Force Reserve's 815th Airlift Squadron Flying Jennies and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs for a training mission and demonstration for part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast's Navy Week. This photo pretty much sums up how I felt to be able to take this photo.

I took this photo at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama. We ended up on Dauphin Island by accident after trusting the GPS to get us to Gulf Shores. When the G.P.S. said "board the ferry" we said uhhhh, we didn't plan on taking any ferry and pulled into a parking lot to figure out a new plan of action. When we looked up we saw that we had ended up at Fort Morgan, a civil war fort and decided to check that out instead since it would take us at least two more hours to get to our original destination. It was awesome. When we were finished touring the fort we noticed the sea lab right there and decided to check that out too. This old time divers mask was hanging on the wall so, of course, Nate had to put his head in it and then he said, "Mom, give me my sun glasses." This has been one of my favorites ever since. Sometimes ending up somewhere on accident can lead to an amazing adventure.

I took this photo at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama. We ended up on Dauphin Island by accident after trusting the GPS to get us to Gulf Shores. When the G.P.S. said "board the ferry" we said uhhhh, we didn't plan on taking any ferry and pulled into a parking lot to figure out a new plan of action. When we looked up we saw that we had ended up at Fort Morgan, a civil war fort and decided to check that out instead since it would take us at least two more hours to get to our original destination. It was awesome. When we were finished touring the fort we noticed the sea lab right there and decided to check that out too. This old time divers mask was hanging on the wall so, of course, Nate had to put his head in it and then he said, "Mom, give me my sun glasses." This has been one of my favorites ever since. Sometimes ending up somewhere on accident can lead to an amazing adventure.

I found this little frog in our fire pit several years ago and I've always loved the texture, focus and lines in this one. It also feels like the frog is so optimistic because of the shape of it's mouth despite being trapped in a fire pit with nothing to hold on to but the rusting lid.

I found this little frog in our fire pit several years ago and I've always loved the texture, focus and lines in this one. It also feels like the frog is so optimistic because of the shape of it's mouth despite being trapped in a fire pit with nothing to hold on to but the rusting lid.

In this photo Nate was only one or two years old and we were playing hide and seek for the first time. It was my turn to seek and from the top of our stairs I saw his little bare feet sticking out in this pool of light and my heart jumped. After we were done playing I made him go back in that spot so I could recreate that moment and hold on to it forever.

In this photo Nate was only one or two years old and we were playing hide and seek for the first time. It was my turn to seek and from the top of our stairs I saw his little bare feet sticking out in this pool of light and my heart jumped. After we were done playing I made him go back in that spot so I could recreate that moment and hold on to it forever.

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