There is no session in 2016 or to date that has moved me as much as The Elliott Family. I can't even put into words the emotion of being behind the camera watching this incredible family interact and love on each other. If I'm just honest, I was in tears several times throughout the session. Watching Roddy and Dee and the love they have for their three sons, daughter in law, Kathleen and their grandchildren was extraordinary. Dee, the grandfather, has ALS and it was the idea of Kathleen, their daughter in law, to get the entire family together for a memorable photo session and she chose ME as the photographer! It only took a few minutes to fall in love with this family. Scroll down and you will too! They were funny and joyful and took serious photos but in general had a good time being together. (See the photo a few down where they mimicked Shakespeare! There isn't a single time when I see one of these photos that I don't say a prayer for them. I will always be grateful to Kathleen for trusting me to capture this special day!
Its a big day! Wendi Kesler Photography has successfully completed ONE WHOLE YEAR!! To celebrate I decided it would be fitting to show my 50, or 54 favorite photographs. =) I would LOVE for you to READ all of this, I promise it will let you get to know me better and know where my heart is in my business!
First, so many thank yous!! To David, for supporting me and handling things at home when I'm on a photo shoot. Also for showing an interest and being proud of my work. To Brandon, for telling me "I COULD". I'm my worst critic, but you and Maddi both said I could do this! To Ben, THANK YOU for still being little, at least in age, and for still being at home. I love having these years with you while Brandon and Courtney have gone to college. Thank you for asking me to bring my camera to games and for being the first to look at photos from an event on Dropbox. I love that you do that. To Courtney........ where do I start? You have probably helped me the most. Not only by believing I could do this, but for the HOURS of letting me practice with you as my model and then in later years as we would go location scouting. Also, thank you for evaluating my photography. Your creativity I lean on! I just know you can be a nurse and a photographer!!
Finally, to the people that have hired me! THANK YOU! With each session you taught me something, what works what doesn't work, what poses are cool and what to never do again! =)
Back to my top 50! Its these people, these emotions, these places that inspired me to switch one year ago to professional. What makes these particular pictures my favorite? Many of them spark a memory of that emotion at that moment in time. Others remind me of family photo shoots I set up to get more practice. Other photos, its about the composition or the architecture or landscape or sometimes it was about learning how to pose a group or what a "blurred background or bokeh" meant.
I encourage you, photographer or not, TAKE pictures! Take them of everything and anything, not just the miile stones, but capture "life" as it is at that moment. Its so easy to snap it with your phone, so I encourage you to do so. I promise you'll thank me! Scan through the photos as much as you like. These are the ones that led me to where I am and in a few years I look forward to posting my Top 50 of Wendi Kesler Photography Official!
Early years photo shoots!
Lastly, a little about me that you didn't already see!
Burke!! What a great sport! He showed incredible patience while we drove around Downtown Dallas for three hours on a Sunday afternoon in December. Except that wasn't all, because of a photography blunder I made, he had to get dressed up again last Sunday afternoon so I could retake some of the photos! Never once did he complain!! Thank you Burke and Mary for being so understanding and finding a time to retake what I thought were the best photos! With every session you live and learn and I'm so thankful for understanding people that are willing we just go back and re-take them! Burke is still deciding between two schools and you can see at the end which one he sort of thinks it will be! Congratulations Burke! Enjoy the rest of your senior year! I promise you wont have to take any more photos in Victory Park! =)
This is MACEY!! You don't get more personable or enjoyable a senior than Macey! She is up for anything and always has a smile on her face. In fact some of the best pictures of her are because she was trying to be serious but would erupt into laughter because she just couldn't do it! =) I have lots of connections to Macey's family! Many friendships through the years with her grandparents, parents and siblings! Its always especially fun to take senior photos of someone you know so much about. Macey is going into nursing at the University of Arkansas and I would say its a perfect fit!!
Macey's sortof last picture. She has been a cheerleader at TCA the past five years and it seemed fitting she should take a jumping picture as part of her session! Jumping in the fountain was a bonus!! =)