BEST OF 2012

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Twenty twelve! What a year. In all of my life I haven't experienced a more exciting, adventurous, spur of the moment, fly by the seat of my pants, remarkable year. I'm truly overwhelmed by how blessed I am. Truly, truly. I'm grateful to every client who put their trust in me to tell their story. I would not have this job if it were not for you! I'm grateful to every kind soul who took care of me while I was traveling. It definitely got exhausting at points and you guys were my support. I'm grateful to all my family and friends who forgave me for missed birthdays and weddings and never hated me for being so hard to keep track of. You all are my favorite, shhh. I'm grateful for you, my followers, for leaving kind words and actually caring to look at my work! 2012 could not have happened without you.

This year I boarded 36 planes, photographed 15 weddings, traveled to 13 different US states, went to 10 concerts (+ 2 music festivals COACHELLA, BABY!!), witnessed 9 good friends tie the knot, traveled to 8 different countries, fulfilled 6 bucket list items, and met the one and only Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day (!!!!) I saw giant dinosaurs in Palm Springs, got a sneak peek at the Olympic Stadium in London, crashed a wedding in Poland + danced with the bride and groom till sunrise, fell in love with the Mediterranean Sea in Israel, and found a dead guy's ashes at the top of Table Mountain in South Africa. I don't think I'm ever going to top 2012...so here's to many more years of 2012-like years!

Throughout the year I had the honor of getting featured in a few different blogs, online sites, and printed magazines (shown below). My personal favorite is the photo of bride + cat featured on I Can Has Cheezburger? It's pretty much every cat lady's dream. 


And now for the photos! I had such a hard time choosing this year's "best" so this post is pretty large. I also decided to throw in a few dozen new photos that never made their way onto the blog in busy 2012. So keep an eye out for new shots from weddings, engagements, film shoots, and travels to Poland and South Africa! Enjoy, friends! I LOVE reading comments so if you're feeling chatty today I would love to hear from you. Take care and much, much love. See you in 2013!






















































































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34 comments:

jamiedelaine said...

suuuuch beautiful work lyd.

KV said...

I discovered your blog last year - 2012 and it has been by far one of the best blogs, photography blogs yet!
That work of yours is truly amazing, feeling those emotions just by watching those photos, is incredible!
Thank you, for being such an amazing photographer!

Jillian said...

I love every single picture. Such a beautiful year.

Hannah Nicole said...

wowww. such a rich year, lydia! you are so talented. these are so beautiful and full of emotion. love 'em all. :)

Meredith said...

Wow, what a packed year. I can't get over the beauty of people and I love the way you portray it.

Andrea said...

you know what amazes me about you, lydia? it's clear that your style and skill has grown and evolved over the years - and yet you still manage to capture each couple's style every time! i still feel that way about my own wedding - i look at the pictures and think "they're so US" and feel so different than other couples. how do you do it?!

don't know what country your in but the grandma sitting at the green table by the green wall in front of the floral curtains? favorite.

and the tower bridge in london has always been a favorite london landmark of mine, so i LOVED that pic too.

and brides holding their groom close by his suit collar? gah! love!

you are amazing!

Amy Johnston said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your work! Beautiful! Every one of them! I have so many favorites!

Jami and Boys said...

I CAN'T WAIT for this summer for you to photograph my wedding! It will be so simple I hope I don't bore you! I am soooo excited!

mckenzie said...

AHHHH!!! I still can't believe you took the pictures at our wedding. And I also can't believe how much the whole internet grasped hold of it! I can't wait to see where you travel this year Lydia. Wow.

Pray for Ian said...

your photos make me think of heaven. they're perfect.

come to indiana soon

loves

Allix B. said...

simply wonderful :)

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic body of work Lydia!Once again your photos are a true delight! God Bless .

Charity said...

Oh, what an incredible full and blessed year Lydia! You have some real jewels here.

Jessica Shae said...

I'm so in love with your work. All of these are gorgeous--the work of a true artist! <3

Courtney Reese said...

beautiful! what a great year you had. All the best in 2013 :)

rosie said...

In love with your work. Fantastic year for you, hey? I'm excited to follow your adventures in the future!

Rachel Greene said...

Wow. What an adventure!!

Beth said...

so.many.wonnnnderful.photos!!!!!

Maureen said...

I love to look at the world through your eyes.

erin said...

Just so beautiful Lydia. Amazing. I love how your photos are so current, but will always be classic at the same time - if that even makes sense! As Nicki would say, you da bestest!!

Dada said...

...and soooo many more great ones you could have included. I can never get enough! Grandma at table in front of curtains one of my faves too...what an amazing composition. Love the wedding dress framed in the mirror too. You've got the eye of a master. Love, love.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lydia -- it's Susan (from UMBC!). I've been following your blog the past several months. Your photos are so beautiful and the stories that go along with them are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing your work - it's truly beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Incredibly beautiful. I am a massive cynic and quite anti-marriage, but your photos honestly remind me of the best things about people, why we do it, and why we make each other happy, things which I had so far forgotten.

So thank you, and keep up the wonderful work.

Kelci said...

STUNNING! Absolutely stunning! I'm so happy for you and proud that I know you! Here's to 2013! Xx

ashley carnahan said...

You know I love what you do. What a gift the Lord has given you - I'm so glad you use it :) I can't wait to see more of your work - I can't get enough of your photography!

Elaini Garfield said...

I've been following your blog for about 5 years now and I love it. Your pictures say so much and quite eloquently. Pretty much hope my 2013 is as exciting as your 2012! Thank you for continuing to blog even though you are quite busy. I hope you have an amazing new year!

Anne said...

I am such a wedding photography junkie, and your work is my favorite. I can't stop coming back. I'm shooting my first wedding this summer. Your photos are such a huge inspiration.

ellie be said...

your work is extraordinary. extraordinary.

Jan Marie Murphy said...

un-be- stinking-lievable. You capture the most extraordinary people and beautiful scenes- the ethereal backdrops in a handful of that bunch make me so happy.

canvas prints said...

your photos here look so wonderful. it was a pleasure to have seen them.

Ica said...

HOLY CRAP LYDIA!!! You kil me! These are some of the greatest pictures I have EVER seen. EVER! I'm sooo insanely proud of you love! I'm dying over here from your amazingness!! i love you!!!!

susan d. said...

looks like you had a pretty awesome year, lydia-- thanks for letting us be a part of it!

Misha said...

I just love looking at your photos. You have such a great style. It's so strange because I don't know any of these people but their joy and jubilation radiates from your work. Even the photos of landscapes and pics of places I've never been feel strangely familiar because of the way you capture them. Well done! I hope some day (sooooon!) I can get hitched and have you shoot my wedding!

Lucy Powell said...

Lydia,

Every now and then I find myself gazing wide-eyed at your beautiful photographs..

So many happy memories and perfect moments captured.

If I even get married, I'd go through hell and high-water to have you there!

Wonderful girl, wonderful work.

xxx