Monday, January 6, 2014

The Best of 2013!!!

2013…it’s over and 2014 has begun!  I can’t even believe it! 
Over New Years, Mike and I had a chance to reflect back on 2013 with some good friends, and it was so great to look back and talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly.  And really, overall we were both humbled and joyful about what the Lord has done in our lives this past year.  We’ve had the chance to meet so many wonderful people…the Lord put 2 people, in particular, in our lives that changed our way of thinking and living for the rest of I lives, I hope. We are so grateful!
We are so blessed to be here in Memphis, to have great friends and a great church, and great jobs!

This past year has been an exciting one for Gretchen Shaw Photography.  Some highlights from this past year are:
~Updating my website! And in doing that being able to look back through so many photos and sessions that got the business to where it is today.  Thanks to Susan Kizzee for my new website that I love!
~Also, (though I don’t feel comfortable sharing these photos online) photographing for Memphis Teacher Residency is always a highlight for me, and this year was no exception.  I’m always in awe of these teachers who show up everyday to teach and lead the next generation. 
~A big handful of clients came back for more this year!  I love seeing the little ones get bigger and I’m always humbled and grateful to the families who allow me to capture their families over time. 
~Another highlight, looking back, is getting to photograph for Advance Memphis’ Graduations every now and then.  Advance Memphis is where my husband works as a GED teacher.  I get to celebrate and capture really incredible moments for many…some that are graduating from anything for the first time in their lives.  And I get to celebrate with and for my husband who gets to help and support many people to achieve these goals.
~I also had the chance to display some of my work at Trolley Night this year on S. Main Street as well as Art For Jobs, a fundraiser for Advance Memphis.

And of course,  the many sessions that I had the privilege of photographing throughout the year are such a blessing to me.  Thank you to all who have allowed me to capture some great moments in 2013.

Please enjoy some of my favorite captured moments from 2013


Ashley's Bridal Portraits were definitely up there on my favorite sessions list of 2013.
Basically a flawless subject to capture! 

Peter & Libbie!  So much fun!  And a great, new location I got to try out on these two!

The Fields with their precious new arrival!  Such a sweet family!

My sister!!!  Awaiting the arrival of my nephew!

And here he is...little Willem!  (who's not so little anymore)

Jack turns one!  Love those eyes!

Katie and Brantley got hitched this year!
I got to capture the moment Brantley asked Katie to be his wife as well as their rehearsal dinner!

Here are a few images of folks graduating with their GEDS from Advance Memphis.

Kevin asks Lindsey to be his wife!  Woohoo!

And here they are for their super fun engagement session!

I love this little girl.  I've had the opportunity to photograph Morgan a number of times and she just keeps getting cuter!

Lacey and Dominic engaged!  This was a cold, cold day, and they stuck it out!  

Here's Morgan again, a little younger...not long before she turned one.

Barton and Sarah got hitched!  Though this photo may not be the best composition...I love their expression right after they walked out of the sanctuary are were officially husband and wife!

Here are a few images I had displayed at Trolley Night.

Roger and his son, Oliver!  This was a fun session...I basically just followed them around as they went from one game to the next!

The Oliver Family!  Love these people!  What more can I's always a good time.

The Poole family session!  There's another one on the way!  Hope to see this little one soon!

Isaiah turns one!  Does this kid ever not smile???


Sarah and Jacob are married!  These two were so much fun and threw a great party!

Ummm...models!  Faye and Maddie were 2 sisters I got to photograph.  Loved it!  This was maybe my coldest session of the year, and once again they went with it and I hope had a good time...I know I did!