12/26/2016

Top 10 Favorite Photos from 2016

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Top 10 Favorite Photos from 2016 by Lexington Wedding Photographer Brandi Potter

It’s hard to pick just 10 when you’ve had such an amazing year. You’ll be able to see ALL of my favorites (hint: it’s a lot) as soon as I finish up editing 2016. I wanted to share the ones that have stuck with me this year though, and tell you why they have. Some of the reasons are technical or style wise, while others are more emotional. These are in no particular order, and do not mean someones wedding is any better than someone else’s. I’ve really been blessed in this business that all of my weddings/couples have been amazing.

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For me this moment has just stuck with me. This was about the time that I started getting emotional because Makenzie was getting emotional, and I had to hold back the tears so I could see what I was doing. She was fine until she started putting the dress on and I think at that moment it finally clicked with her that she was about to spend the rest of her life with the man of her dreams. When I sent this photo to her a couple of weeks ago she replied with, “1/3 holy shit I’m getting married in like 5 seconds, 1/3 I might shit my pants, 1/3 I’m trying not to mess up my makeup and cry at the same time. ”

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I pulled Amanda and Ryan out of their reception to take sunset photos, and to do a couple more bridal party. I had no plan when we first went out, and no clue if I could make this work. I’m a huge fan of silhouettes (I don’t care if people say they aren’t cool), and I’d only ever done them with two people before. Positioning was the hardest part. Some of the bridal party were already a little tipsy and honestly I didn’t know how to place them until I did it. This was one of those, “fake it till you make it” moments, and luckily it paid off. (Full Blog Post Here)

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My last day in LA was spent out in Malibu with a group of amazing photographers. We were shooting at Leo Carrillo beach when I decided I wanted to shoot lower and get a little closer to shoot some waves hitting the rocks. I’m really glad Tiffany and Nathan were still cuddling because I saw the birds coming straight for us and had about 5 seconds to get ready for them. I still feel incredibly lucky to have got the framing perfect on them. I’ve been asked if they were photoshopped in and they definitely weren’t. (Full Blog Post Here)

Best Kentucky Wedding Photographer This is one of my favorites from the year because 1. It looks cool 2. I had an idea to make this happen and I went with it. THIS IS NOT AN IN CAMERA SHOT. No one has guessed that it was a composite and I’ve even been chided for sharing it, because “it was dangerous”. I took the initial photo with my tilt lens to make sure the blur was good. I took the second photo the same way but had her throw the dress off the back so I could composite it in in photoshop. Once I had those put together I took out their feet (the bike wasn’t even running at the time), and made a duplicate layer so I could add motion blur. Then I just used a very soft eraser tool to erase the second layer/blur to where I wanted it. (Full Blog Post Here)

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This was already a really emotional photo for me, but after everything they’ve been through it’s even more so. These two went through so much just to get to this point. Planning their wedding was not the easiest venture and they kept being hit with burden after burden. They also had to go through the loss of a loved one very soon after their wedding. To me this photo shows their love, their strength, and their ability to lean on one another through the good and bad times. For me this is true unconditional love in it’s rawest form. (Full Blog Post Here)

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Most of the time I dislike shooting in churches. Not because it’s a religion thing, but because most churches are not aesthetically pleasing and have terrible lighting. I rarely blog full weddings from churches because of this, but there are some exceptions. This is the prettiest stained glass I’ve ever seen, and it went floor to ceiling. I could have shot in front of it all day if they would have let me, but alas it was in an upper floor of the church away from the sanctuary. I did have them do their first look in front of it though, which is how I got this image. (Full Blog Post Here)

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There’s a very simple reason why I’m drawn to this photo. In all of the weddings I’ve shot I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a simple action show so much love during a ceremony. The officiant was reading out the 10 things that Jessica and Brian loved most about one another, and with one simple movement of her head, she made everyone in the room melt. (Full Blog Post Here)

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Another silhouette. The windows their sitting in are part of a house that was built in the 1800’s. It’s on Paige’s families property and they got married in front of the house. They spent hours upon hours over the summer making sure it was ready for the wedding. They repainted, cleaned, rebuilt things, and set up the bottom floor with antique furniture and props. The windows have no glass fitted to them, and are completely open if they aren’t boarded up. I knew I wanted to do a window silhouette shot with them at night, but hadn’t originally planned on using the prism. I took a couple of shots without it first, and then decided to just try it out since we had time. I honestly didn’t think it could pick up any sort of reflection with how dark it was, but was extremely happy with the outcome. (Full Blog Post Here)

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Debi and Felix’s wedding was the start to my first triple header. Unfortunately it rained ALL day that Friday, and we didn’t get a chance to take a lot of portraits. The following Monday we met back up to finish those and we were greeted with one of the prettiest skies I’ve seen this year. We were shooting next to a lake when I noticed that you could see the reflection of the sky and clouds in the water, so I climbed on top of a picnic table to make this shot work. I wanted them to look like their background was the sky and not just some murky old lake water. It’s simple, but it catches my attention every time I see it. (Full Blog Post Here)

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I love photos of a brides feet that show the bottom of the dress. It’s pretty much a shot I take every single wedding, but obviously this one is a bit different. Brittany and Cam got married in front of Yahoo Falls, and they both went barefoot. Cam’s feet however, were not this dirty. I love that she was so willing to just get filthy to take photos, and that they were both just so into doing anything I asked of them. I thought she looked like a forest elf while we were doing their portraits and running through the woods, and her feet just solidify that image in my mind.  (Full Blog Post Here)

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