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Best of 2013: Families

It’s that time again when we start winding down with the year that we are in and start looking forward to the next. But before we jump in to 2014 (how is that even possible?!), we want to celebrate what a great time we had in 2013. We are so lucky to do what we do. We get to meet people who are happy, in love, and want to document what makes them special. That’s our job and we couldn’t be happier about it.

We’re going to start out our “best of” posts with family sessions. A family shoot is almost always hectic, chaotic, and leaves at least one person crying (usually the baby). But what you get back is your family, the way that you see it. Here are some of our favorite family images from the past year.

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Lianna - December 12, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Love that we made it! Woo

Katie and Ed’s Wedding at Battersea Arts Centre in London

Katie and I met in 5th grade, the year that I moved to Texas from Canada. She taught me that the word “homely” didn’t mean “cute” like I thought it did, that wearing deodorant is important, and how to make a pallet on the ground at slumber parties. We wore matching overalls, dressed like M&M’s at Halloween, were in a band together with our then boyfriends, and basically experienced life together in a big way. We haven’t lived in the same state or country since we were 17, so it was so incredibly special for me to travel to England to photograph her wedding.

Being surrounded by the new family that she’s made for herself in London was amazing. The friends that Katie and Ed have made are the kind of friends that welcome you immediately. And Ed? Perfect for Katie. The way that they make each other laugh is so contagious. They decided to walk in to the ceremony together, so the very last moment before they entered the room was just for the two of them. I could see them through the glass window and it took everything in me to not start sobbing on the spot. Their relationship, and now their marriage, is for them. They walked up holding hands with all of their friends and family gathered on the staircase, watching and smiling, and I realized I had never seen such a happy room. During their ceremony, they took turns telling the story of how they fell in love. It was personal and I know that everyone felt lucky to be there. I definitely felt lucky to be there.

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Paul Von Rieter - December 16, 2013 - 1:20 pm

Such a fun looking wedding. Awesome work, super love all of the brides portraiture. Her smile is contagious.

Geoff - December 9, 2013 - 9:54 pm

yep. good.

Anton Chia - December 8, 2013 - 8:11 am

So sweet and lovely. I like this!

Jayson Merryfield - December 6, 2013 - 12:21 pm

What a beautiful, quirky, personal wedding! Strong character-filled portraiture too, just sunning work all around. :)

Albert Palmer - December 6, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Love the photos of Katie before the ceremony – simply perfect

Katie - December 6, 2013 - 2:14 am

Oh Leah, these photos are so incredibly special to me. I re-live our wedding day every time I look at them because they perfectly capture the insane amount of love and happiness I felt. I love you so so so much and thank you for everything!

rich - December 5, 2013 - 11:56 pm

such beautiful portraits throughout this post! love this post!

ayesha - December 5, 2013 - 9:59 pm

thanks for sharing your personal story at the beginning… it’s easy to see throughout this post that your friend is not just looking at the camera, but looking at you, and sharing this day with you. every moment captured is so natural and tender. beautiful bride and wedding!

Jonathan David - December 5, 2013 - 8:31 pm

I love how raw and intimate this day is – and you’ve done a fantastic job at capturing it!

Will Kim - December 5, 2013 - 3:49 pm

love the portraits for the bride! fantastic shots of the couple as well!

/mariahedengren - December 5, 2013 - 3:42 pm

Cozy wedding, beautiful couple. Nicely shot.

Wes and Melissa’s Wedding at One World Theatre in Austin, TX

Wes and Melissa had a beautiful brunch wedding, surrounded by great dancers, the cutest babies, and constantly smiling family and friends.

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Wedding Dresses - January 21, 2014 - 9:33 am

Sweet and lovely couple.I love the image bride and groom dress perfect beautiful and nicest.many dresses so gorgeos.

Beautiful Life Wedding Films - December 2, 2013 - 3:35 am

All I can say is amazing! Love the way everything flows. So nice.

Kat Forsyth - November 29, 2013 - 7:57 am

Gorgeous coverage of what was clearly a gorgeous wedding! The couple portraits are super beautiful.

Emily - November 24, 2013 - 6:21 pm

They seem like the sweetest couple! Love, love the images!

Sachin Khona - November 24, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Love all the emotion you captured during the ceremony!

Hilary Mercer - November 24, 2013 - 12:59 am

The one where she’s touching his face – AWESOME! I just love those

Annie - November 23, 2013 - 3:18 pm

oh my gosh I am so in love with that black and white portrait of them after the ceremony. That is absolute perfection. Amazing job!

Danny - November 23, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Wow these are legit. Great job! I love the shots of the bride and groom. Im also a sucker for rockstar black and whites nice job! Great use of light too!

Dominique / York Place Studios - November 23, 2013 - 6:22 am

You have photographed this wedding effortlessly – it looks truly beautiful well done you! :D

Teresa K - November 22, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Exquisite coverage both timeless and beautiful

Lyn Ismael-Bennett - November 22, 2013 - 4:52 pm

Her dress is gorgeous. And that black and white closeup portrait of them together is to die for!

Michael Wachniak - November 22, 2013 - 4:28 pm

This whole set of images is so strong. Beautiful! P.S. Dancing Grandma = awesome! You go girl! :)

/mariahedengren - November 22, 2013 - 1:55 pm

This wedding has a fresh feel to it I really like. Nicely done.

Jennifer - November 22, 2013 - 11:37 am

You guys are brilliant. So happy to have shared another crazy Steadman wedding with yall. Thanks for doing what you do so we can have these incredible mementos!

Stephanie - November 22, 2013 - 10:55 am

You guys are geniuses! I think this is my favorite one of yours so far.

Marianne Taylor - November 22, 2013 - 9:30 am

Love love love your storytelling, and the tones in your images. So gorgeous. And Melissa looks stunning!

Magan - November 22, 2013 - 9:28 am

Gorgeous! <3

Don Chamblee - November 22, 2013 - 9:23 am

Wow, these are awesome. Leah, are you and Lindsey members of WPPI? You guys could clean up in some of their competitions with the work you guys do, just a thought.

Albert Palmer - November 22, 2013 - 9:06 am

What an amazing wedding – particular love all those little moments you captured – like the one of the older lady dancing :D

Our Sneak Peeks from the fall

How is Thanksgiving already next week? We’ve been so busy this fall that time keeps escaping us and we’d love for it to just slow down a little. We’ve been so lucky to have photographed what feels like a hundred sessions and weddings over the past 2 months, so we thought we’d share a sneak peek of everything we’ve been up to. Enjoy!

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