New Years. It means celebration, it means a reflection of the year before, a chance to remember the good and bad and of course…. top ten lists. I wanted to do one as well so I could feel I have contributed to general society but I wanted to go a different direction than the status quo. So here you go, ten of my favorite photograph of 2009 that I have taken, that you have not seen before. Welcome to a small glimpse of my everyday life, enjoy!

Taken at Edwards Apple Orchard, I can almost feel him breathing on me right now.

After an Engagement Photo session that my friend Kyle, not the old guy 🙂 helped me with, we took a few moments to see what was taking place at Midway Village. We found ourselves trapped in small space with a blacksmith who knew a tremendous amount about his craft, but also felt we needed to know a tremendous amount of his craft. How do you tell a guy holding a sharp object that is glowing white hot that you want to leave?

I really do not know what to say but I do know I truly dig this guys passion for the Rockford Ice Hogs.

So I take my son to one of the greatest places in Rockford IL for kids, The Discovery Center. My child once again found a way to show who his father is and make his father proud in one simple act. Completely on his own, of all the things he could push into the wall of pins, he chose his butt. Pardon me as I wipe away my tears of laughter/tears of joy.

Just one of my favorite pictures. Ever.

Ladies let me introduce to you to my friend Daniel Davis. A well educated, self motivator with a an excellent sense of humor, he enjoys making the little things matter in relationships. What more could you ask for? … What was that? …. Well yeah, he is little afraid to make any sort of commitment. Come on Dan, at least take your hands out of your pockets for the garter toss….

Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. A hike that starts 4,000 feet above sea level and is 1.2 miles long with a 1,000 ft elevation rise, completely unpaved that takes you to an incredible sight. Carrying two camera bags, being caught in rainstorm on a mountain top and using my little waterproof point and shot camera did not give me a good picture. Things could be worse though, I could have been passed on the hiking trail by a young woman in her 20s carrying a baby on her back like my cousin did 🙂

A meeting with the tamest squirrel I have ever seen, in Austin, Texas.

::sighs:: That is my little man.

I have run into many crazy things happening at Weddings, including this one, having the Bride’s veil blown into a nearby pond while taking photographs and then being rescued by her brother using an algea covered stick. Unplanned, unscripted moments is what truly makes a Wedding, your Wedding. That is what I strive for when I take photographs, I want to capture images that tell stories. While this photograph is not one the Bride is going to show her friends regularly, it will be moment that she will never forget.

Thank you for sharing 2009 with me through my blog, so here is to you, your family and to seeing what incredible moments await all of us in 2010!

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