January 2, 2022

Best of 2021 | Birmingham Photographer | Bang Images

It’s difficult to express in words just how much I love my career. It’s much easier to show you through my photography. BUT, since this is a blog post, I’m required to write a little something. I need a megaphone really. I LOVE MY JOB! It’s one of life’s great motivators. It puts a smile on my face 90% of the time, and that seems like a pretty solid statistic. How many people can actually say that their job is exactly what they want to do? Sure, there are little tweaks I could make, but for the most part, it’s just right.

Thank you to all of my subjects from the bottom of my heart (or some other equally sentimental idiom).

I’m a portrait photographer. That seems simple enough. Find your niche’ they say. “People”, that’s about as narrow as I want to get. In addition to photographing couples, individuals, and families, I also photographed weddings for about 15 years, but the pandemic prompted me to change that. (I had a few carry over from 2020 so you’ll see a handful of wedding images in this post.)

It’s been commented several times by viewers on social media that my content is “so varied”.  I think this falls in line with my personality. It’s simple; I get bored easily. If I were to only photograph families, I would certainly grow to dislike my job. The same is true for any genre; I have no desire to focus on only one. I have children of my own and 15 years experience as an elementary teacher, so it feels perfectly natural to photograph families. But I also have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from a liberal arts college where one of my favorite classes was Alternative Processes; we were encouraged to experiment, led to even. So it’s no wonder that I push myself still, all these years later, to create artful, emotive images.

I had the honor of photographing people for various reasons in 2021. I was hired to photograph families at home to commemorate life as they knew it and to aid in the adoption process as well. People also thought of hiring a photographer as a way to celebrate: birthdays, conquering cancer, engagements, anniversaries, graduations, and marriages. I’ve also photographed the occasional non-traditional headshot.

One of the best things is when clients return again and again. It’s the highest compliment! I offer a Grateful Gift to established clients. It’s a small gift of 10% off the initial session fee. I’d like to think they return for the photography and not the gift of course; it’s just a way to say thank you.

I’m so appreciative of all the Bang Images clients! Thank you to the families, couples, and individuals that made 2021 a very successful year! Admittedly, I was apprehensive about eliminating weddings because they comprised about half my yearly income, but I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have gained even more portrait work! There’s certainly been no shortage of things to do.

If you’d like to see more portraits, check out the couples’ portraits  and individuals’ portraits. If you have time to kill, take a look at the Best Photographs of 2020 or maybe Photo Gold from 2019. If you’d like to see some real growth, you could go all the way back to 2018 Revisited!

Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s hoping 2022 is full of beautiful souls for me to photograph!

***My apologies if you see a repeated image; as hard as I try, it happens almost every year.

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