What a year it has been!

I know it's a cliche thing to say, but I really can't believe this year has gone by so fast! I feel like last Christmas was just a few months ago! I am the type of person who loves to look back and reminisce, so I thought "What would be a better way to wrap up the 2015 season on this blog than to look back at my favorite shoots of the year?" This was an amazing year for Emily Rose Photography, and I couldn't be more thankful to everyone who worked with me, supported me, and helped me along through my many endeavors this year. Thank you especially to my clients, to my husband, and to my family. I'm so excited about what the 2016 season holds! Now I hope you enjoy this look back at 2015!

The year started with me finally investing in a camera upgrade that I had been wishing and saving for since I started my business. What a way to kick off an amazing year for Emily Rose Photography! The second the camera arrived, I went out for a practice shoot with my little one. This is him playing in the back of his grandpa's truck. :)

One of my first official shoots of the year was with my sister, Kate. I still love the wonderful headshots that we got on this brisk day in March.

My session with the W family followed soon after. It was almost spring, and we had lots of fun playing in the gardens in the late afternoon sun.

Early April brought Chris and Crystal's engagement session. This is one of my favorite ring shots of the year!

In mid-April I had the unique opportunity to shoot a prom, which was a first for me. It ended up being one of my favorite experiences of the year! All of the kids were amazing to work with, and the photos came out beautifully.

May brought Brian's senior session at Railroad Park. I loved hanging out and catching up with Brian while we shot his portraits!

I was also able to squeeze in a mini-session with Chalice and the adorable littles she was babysitting over the year. Look how cute!

Early Summer started with James and Brooke's 1-Year-Anniversary session at their alma mater where they met! Their puppy Dottie even joined in on the fun!

One of this year's favorites was this sweetheart session with my good friends and small group leaders! They were so much fun to work with!

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On a hot July evening I had the pleasure of working with my little brothers and sisters-in-law. They all matched in little yellow outfits, which went perfectly with the yellow roses at The Botanical Gardens.

Another highlight this year was my headshot exchange with my good friend, Ashlyn. Her photos turned out beautifully, and I am thrilled with the headshots she took of me!

David and Emma's sweetheart session in August was another favorite, especially because David was completely surprised! Also can I mention that I have the most photogenic friends ever?!

It was hard to choose a favorite from the G family's session, but I love this one of just mom and dad together. So romantic and the perfect kick-off to the Fall photo season.

Early November brought my family's annual Christmas card shoot. Always a chaotic production, but I couldn't be happier with the result! Thanks to my dad for gracefully taking instruction and getting this shot for me. :)

Next up in my packed Fall season was Laura's graduation shoot. We shot on campus, which is one of the most beautiful locations in our area, and the light at golden hour couldn't have been better!

I had the chance to do another mini-session with a family friend who just received her Ph.D and needed some new headshots. She looked stunning! 

Late November brought one of the biggest and most ambitious photoshoots of my career. Mitch and Ren's styled wedding shoot at The Barn at Shady Lane was a production that came from an idea, months of planning, plenty of trial and error, and lots of help from willing friends and family. I could not have pulled it off without my amazing vendors! Thank you again The Barn at Shady Lane, Stems and Styles, Somer Beauty, and Angie's Cakes. <3

On an unseasonably warm day after Thanksgiving, my sisters and I went to the park for a small fantasy-inspired shoot in the woods.

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Next up was Josh and Katharine's engagement session at The Botanical Gardens. I love this shot highlighting both of their engagement rings!

Samuel and Hosanna's Christmasy sweetheart session was also a favorite of the year. I love when I get to work with my good friends! These two are absolutely adorable together.

And finally, I wrapped up the year with a wintery 1st birthday party for this darling little cousin of mine. Spending time with family was the perfect way to end the photography season, and begin the holiday season. <3

I hope you enjoyed this little look at the year past. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I look forward to working with you and sharing with you in 2016!

Cheers, Emily