Top 13 portraits of 2012

2012 was a huge year for me! I moved to New Orleans in July, received my Master’s degree in May, and began working on my photography business full time. It’s been as great adventure so far, and I’m looking forward to discovering what 2013 has to offer.

Instead of doing a general “Top photos of 2012″ post, I’ve decided to break my year up into categories. For the next few weeks I’ll be posting my 13 favorite photos from portrait sessions, weddings, landscapes, and New Orleans. I’m also going to post a collection of “outtakes”: images that I absolutely adore for one reason or another, but that (most of the time) don’t get chosen as the “best.”

This week I’ve collected some of my favorite portraits from last year. They’re in no particular order, so here goes!

1. Cory Patton: King Alga
male environmental portrait portraiture tuscaloosa alabama tornado graffiti street art
male environmental portrait portraiture tuscaloosa alabama tornado graffiti street artIn May, Cory, otherwise known as King Alga, decided to add some artwork to a partially-built cinder block building on the outskirts of the path a mile-wide tornado took through Tuscaloosa in April of 2011. I joined him one day as he began a new painting. Unfortunately, a couple weeks after I shot these pictures, the owners of the lot decided to demolish the cinder block building to make the land more appealing to potential buyers. Find Cory on twitter: @KingAlga.

2. Emily and Justin Sparkles
gulf shores alabama engagement wedding
Emily and Justin have a fairytale story if I’ve ever heard one. They met at Bonnaroo in 2009 and have been inseparable ever since, living for a short stint in Tuscaloosa, then in Germany, New York, and finally finding their sunny home in Austin.



3. Marion and Austin
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Another beautiful, blonde couple who were married in October!



4. The Allen Family
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This family was a dream to photograph. They just love each other, and are so playful. The kids are jokesters, and the best part is that they chose their own outfits for this session!


5. The Loch Ness Monster
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During a trip to Lake Martin this summer, a last hurrah in Alabama before I moved to New Orleans, I pulled Boone aside so I could shoot a few pictures. This creature exudes excitement and spontaneity, just as the picture shows.



6. Sara and Curt
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We had to stand in line amongst a bunch of kids to get access to this tree in New Orleans’ City Park. They were willing to let Sara and Curt climb up for a few minutes, but their patience was short because they wanted to get back to playing!


7. Ashkan’s Navy Commissioning Ceremony
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Ashkan’s family place Navy officers’ garb on him following his officer commissioning ceremony.



8. Ben Joseph’s on the roof!

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ben joseph male portrait roof french quarter new orleans louisiana band



We shot these band promo images for Ben Joseph and the Lay Lows on a roof in the French Quarter at Sunset. Find their music at



9. Claire

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Someday when Claire grows up, she wants to sit on her front porch in a rocking chair with her shotgun in one hand and a whiskey in the other. Okay, I’m kidding. Kind of. Claire is an artist extraordinaire. Check out her web site at


10. Pleasure Island
male portrait lake martin alexander city alabama

Pleasure Island is situated on the edge of a peninsula on Lake Martin in Alexander City, Alabama. How delightful!



11. Dan the Man
male portrait environmental portraiture new orleans louisiana central city peniston

Dan gravitates toward basketball courts, no matter where he travels. Here he is at Peniston and St. Charles in New Orleans.



12. Rebecca and Joshua

engagement portrait montgomery alabama

I get to travel to Raleigh, NC to photograph this lovely couple’s wedding in the spring. Rebecca and Joshua were a dream to photograph because they get lost in each other–I’m pretty sure they forgot I was standing right in front of them with a camera! Since they’re getting hitched in Rebecca’s hometown, they decided to have engagement portraits shot in Joshua’s hometown of Montgomery, Alabama.

engagement portrait montgomery alabama


13. Tuscaloosa River Walk with Henry
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 I woke up bright and early one Tuscaloosa morning to hang out with this little guy. We had great fun!


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