So this has really become one of my favorite parts of the year … the time where I’m entering a much needed lull in shoots and I have the time to step back, take a breath, and go back over my whole year of photography to pick out my favorite shots from each session or wedding. I love remembering each shoot – each family or new baby or graduation senior or beautiful bride and happy groom – and I love sharing my favorites with you! I shot the most weddings in a year I ever had before – a whopping 6 (which in the world of wedding photography isn’t a lot at all, but it’s a lot for me!) – and each and every one of them were fantastic! And once again I had all my favorite families plus new families to photograph and I loved it all! So here’s a look back at the year in photographs – starting with Lincoln’s newborn shoot:
The new year brought me back to back new babies, which is really a great way to start a year! Maverick’s newborn photos were a blast!
I loved doing a few head shots for this pretty lady!
The Sullivan family have been a long time Katie Derus Photography family and I loved seeing them again for this early Spring shoot!
Little Reese’s newborn photos were so sweet!
In April I took a little trip for fun (and for run!) to California and I loved spending time taking pictures just for me!
Katie and Graham’s maternity photos might be some of my favorite ever!
Ella and Max got a new cousin this year so we had to update their cousin photos!
My first wedding of the year was a wonderful, intimate, love-filled day in Denver. Laura and Jake had a great wedding!
Oh hey, it’s my favorite colorado family! Their shoots are always my favorite – but I’m biased :)
My sweet college rugby friend (and past Katie Derus Photography bride!) welcomed her sweet baby boy, Duval Jr., this Spring and I was so happy to take his newborn photos
My first-ever friend – and cousin – Jessica married her guy, Nate, in the most gorgeous wedding! I loved capturing their day!
I met little Xander when he was just a week old – so it was so fun to come back and see him as a big, happy, on-the-go toddler!
Steph and Zac were engagement and wedding photo clients of mine and it’s been so fun to watch them start their family this year! Their maternity photos were so great!
Photographing a proposal is equal part awesome and terrifying (I don’t want to be the person who messes up someone’s big, life-changing day!), but Brian and Teresa’s mountain top proposal went perfectly and I love this image of them just after the big moment!
When my very first college friend got engaged and asked me to be her photographer I was SO EXCITED! Their day was perfect and I loved being a part of all of it!
Little Charlie arrived in June and his newborn photos are some of my favorites!
I hadn’t seen this cute family in over a year so it was fun to shoot their updated family photos this year!
I love this family and I love doing their first-year package shoots and I’m so sad it came to an end this year. Can’t wait to watch these kiddos continue to grow!
Sweet Makelti was my first baby to be a first-year package kiddo and we wrapped up her year this Summer. She is SUCH a doll and I loved her parents’ idea to have her read some books for her 1-year-old shoot because she’s already a book lover!
This family will always be special to me since I basically harassed them in a parking lot about adorable their dog (a Toller like my family’s dog!) and now I’m their photographer and I love that! They welcomed their second baby this year and I loved doing a maternity shoot for them before they welcomed the little man. I think it’s so special to do maternity photos with your bigger kids included. These were some of their last photos as a family of 3!
This family has had me shoot all three of their daughters’ newborn photos. When they welcomed their third little lady we did some newborn photos and Miss Charley’s big sisters were SO excited!
I love this sweet maternity shoot!
Steph and Zac welcomed baby Avery in July and she’s so perfect that her newborn photos were a breeze!
Levi and Mary’s wedding day was PERFECT and so them and I loved shooting it! I had a hard time narrowing down the pictures for this!
I don’t do a ton of extended family photos but these guys have had me do their extended family twice in the last five years and it’s been fun to see how they’ve changed! Loved this shoot!
This sweet family became a family of 4 when they welcomed baby Deacon and while he gave us a run for our money during his newborn shoot, I love how these all turned out!
The Ripes family found such a fun little spot for their family shoot!
This is just a fun photo for myself – no happy brides and grooms or cute families and sweet babies here :)
My sweet girl Ella turned 5 this year and her 5-year-old photos were a blast!
Sweet baldy baby Lincoln was the perfect little man during his 6 month shoot. This might be on of my favorite shoots EVER!
Let’s end this post with this gorgeous girl! Loved this family shoot!
I hope you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! And I will post Part 2 later this week!!