My end of the year round up of my favorite photographs is always one of my very favorite (and most time consuming) blog posts to write. I love looking back at my work, seeing its evolution over the year, and taking a moment to remember each of the couples that I have been lucky enough to work with. I just looked back at my 2010 and 2011 round ups and was sort of astonished at how much my style has changed in the last couple years – both in the shots I choose to take and my post production style.

I think in five or ten years when I look back, I will remember 2012 as my transitional year. The transition from weddings to elopements, in the style of my work, in the way I shoot. I’m still not quite where I want to be. In my head I know exactly what I want my work to look like, but I’m just a little bit off the mark still, and feel like I’m falling short a bit as an artist. I’m told this is normal.

I learned a lot in 2012. I made a lot of mistakes. And I worked really really hard. I didn’t experiment or take as many risks as I should have in my work. And I was guilty of letting my shoots become routine when I was in the thick of wedding season – because I shoot at the same places over and over, I definitely found myself shooting the same photos with different couples because I knew the photos would work. That’s such lazy photography.

I am recommitting myself to my art in 2013 – I’m going to take more chances, look for new angles, try new posing, push boundaries. Many experiments will fail. I will fail. I’m okay with that. When I do my 2013 round up, I want to look back and see the difference that I do now when I look at my work from 2010. I want to be able to see the growth in my work in every single photograph. 2012 was my transitional year and I want 2013 to be the year I find my voice.

So with out further ado, (some of) my favorite photographs from 2012! Some I love because they are technically good, some I love because of the moment they captured, some I love and I can’t explain why – I just do.

(These are in no particular order.)

And with that – I am officially on Christmas break! I hope you all have a fabulous holiday, and I will see you back here next Wednesday!!





  1. Kandise
    Dec 20, 2012

    Love love love. Happy holidays, Katie Jane.

  2. Rachelle
    Dec 20, 2012

    Katie I loooooooooooove your work and I’m so so so excited to see what you do in 2013.

  3. Emilia Jane
    Dec 20, 2012

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS love x1,000,000,000 seriously gah so incredibly beautiful. I love the spirit of your work Katie Jane.

  4. Jacque
    Dec 20, 2012

    Happy holidays Katie! Thank you for making 2012 such a special year for us.

  5. Dani
    Dec 20, 2012

    Wow. I adore some of these soooo much!!! 2012 looked amazing! Can’t wait to see what 2013 brings (and can’t wait to go back and read posts from 2012 – wish you knew about we photo blog a long time ago!! Gorgeous work!)

  6. teri pozniak // tPoz
    Dec 20, 2012

    wow – what a fantastic year you had with some amazing couples!! I love your honesty with yourself on where you are and where you want to be. Cheers to an amazing 2013!!!

  7. Urška
    Dec 20, 2012

    katie, this are gorgeous!

  8. Janelle C
    Dec 20, 2012

    Loved every photo!!!! Best wishes for 2013!!!

  9. Christy Tyler
    Dec 20, 2012

    There really are no words. You AMAZE. And make me want to visit NYC! Just stunning Katie. Stunning.

  10. Emily
    Dec 21, 2012

    These are awesome!! Really great stuff.

  11. mckenzi
    Dec 21, 2012

    Katie! These rock. You are really an inspirational photographer. I love all the emotion. I caught myself smiling as I was scrolling through the images. I felt like I was there in so many! nice job!

  12. Kinzie Kangaroo
    Dec 22, 2012

    Oh Katie. I am SO excited for 2013, for you and for me and for everyone. You do such great work, and I love your couples and your style. Can’t wait to see where you go from here. Happy holidays!