December 27, 2013

2013! | A Year in Photographs

This year just warmed my heart.

In 2013, I photographed over sixty-five portrait sessions, three commercial shoots, one wedding as the primary photographer and four as a second. I mastered my processing style in ways I never could have dreamed of. I photographed people in greenhouses. I photographed people at the beach. I photographed people in chapels. I photographed people in the woods. I photographed people in their homes. I photographed people at the neighborhood park. I photographed LOTS of people by (and in!) water. I photographed breastfeeding moms. I photographed tiny toes and tiny blankets and twelve-year-old girls wearing amazing hair ribbons, too! I photographed people with their eyes closed, with their lips laughing, with their hair in their face, with their noses scrunched, and I even photographed one of my children (who shall rename nameless) picking his nose.

You guys, this year was awesome.

You see, I always wanted to be a photographer but, until Maxwell was a year old, I wasn’t quite sure how I would get there. I didn’t know that people could just be portrait and wedding photographers and, when I realized that’s what I wanted to do, my whole heart just soared. Photography is my passion. It is the thing in this world that makes me crazy happy and crazy interested and, really, just crazy- I am crazy about photography. I am so in love with the idea that a 4×6 piece of paper can hold memories for decades simply because it exists. I love that I am capable of photographing people who are insanely close to me (read: my children and husband and friends and family) and people who I have just met and, somehow, their personality comes into their photographs, putting a stamp across a digital file that they were here- they loved, they laughed, the lived, and they looked awesome doing so.

So! Before I gush even more, here are some of my favorite photographs of 2013! These babies are just the very tip of the iceberg and I just had to say a big, whoppin’ THANK YOU to each and every person I have photographed this year- you mean the world to me.

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And with that! I can NOT wait until 2014! I have so many exciting announcements and projects and photoshoots lined up, y’all!

Seriously. Stay Tuned.

Lissa Chandler is a creative portrait and wedding photographer in Northwest Arkansas who specializes in newborn, family, senior portrait, and wedding photography. Lissa currently lives in Fayetteville with her family: a husband named Andrew, a three-year-old who frequently goes by Bruce Wayne, and a one year old named Huck. At home in Arkansas, Lissa photographs primarily in Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Springdale, Eureka Springs, and other areas in the NWA area. She is available for travel nationwide. *

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What a wonderful set of images. You made 2013 beautiful. Love everything about your work!!

Love your style and your passion really shows in your images.

These are so beautiful and they evoke such emotion. I love all of them.

I too love the processing in these! A hint of matte? Looks like 2013 was amazing! Wonderful work

These are just beautiful! I absolutely loved the little girl in the red dress on the beach! Heres to your 2015!

I absolutely love your processing and your use of light. You are an amazing photographer!!

Wow! Fantastic work. Love the processing.

Oh gosh, I am just in awe at the beauty held in this one post. Your couples.. they are just perfection. Your seniors! Amazing. I could just go through these photos all day. Amazing year!!

Beautiful images! I love the emotions you capture 🙂

They’re all so gorgeous! I love how you capture the personalities of the people you shoot! The one in the diner is my absolute favorite, though. =D

Your colors are amazing! I mean, really amazing!!! I also love the way you capture details! Beautiful, just beautiful work!!!!