Sunday, January 2, 2011

the very best?

You know that place with the weekly photo contest?

That place that has totally inspired me to be creative with a camera?

That place that helped me find more joy in my life?

That incredible, wonderful, fantastical place-

I Heart Faces.I_Heart_Faces_noborder_125x100 Well that place is driving me crazy this weekend.

They want to see our very best face from 2010.

Very best.

Very. Best.

Are they flippin’ kidding me?

How do you pick a very best?

I have no idea.

Absolutely no idea.

I am so thankful that over this last year I have actively shot so many spectacular faces.

Round faces. Baby faces.

Brown faces. Wrinkly faces.

Funny faces. Lovely faces.

Faces. Faces. Faces.

In each face I shoot I see beauty.

To be honest, I could care less about perfect eyebrow arches.

Creamy, dreamy skin?

Eh, it’s ok.

But what really floats my boat is a smile.

Or even better than that- it’s love.

When I look at a picture and I see love,

well that just about makes me die of happiness.

It is better than a new Mercedes Benz.

It is better than a paycheck with lots of 00000’s : )

It is better than almost anything I can imagine.

This year, 2011, when you shoot,

Look for Love.

It is even better than all the perfect features on the most extraordinary model in the world.

Kaishon picked for me because I had no idea what to pick.

Seriously no idea.brianna new 4 I love them all.

Thank you, I Heart Faces, for helping me find a creative outlet that lets me see beauty in each person I encounter.

Can’t wait to see yours.

Go ahead.

Enter.

What are you waiting for?

85 comments:

Puna said...

Oh R this is perfect! Just perfect!

Eboix said...

ahhhh adorable!! I need to find mine...

Ami said...

What a beautiful child.
If I had taken all the photos you've taken, I would not be able to even narrow it down to 50.

So good luck.

:)

lifebythecreek said...

LOVE! And seriously, you took SO MANY AWESOME PICS!!!!!!! When I look through your Facebook album, I am blown away by all of the loveliness. All of the smiles. All of the ...well... LOVE! :<) This is a beautiful, beautiful photo, but you're right... how in the world could you choose? So glad you had a helper... he did well...

kbreints said...

Oh. that sweet little face just made me melt. Really-- I am now a puddle on the floor. and the fingers!

keli @ kidnapped by suburbia said...

oh becky ... GASP!! seriously. this has got to be one of the most perfect faces I've ever seen. gorgeous.

Jabacue said...

Thanks for this Becky! We will check this out. Happy New Year!
Jim

Our Beaten Path said...

So adorable! Great choice!!

sophie...^5 said...

spectacular!!!

photowannabe said...

Kaishon did a fabulous job. Sweet new life for the new year. You can't beat that!
How do you pick the best? No way. Each is special and the best in its own way. Love what you do and hope you win.

Skeller said...

this whole year, I've loved looking at all the beauty, joy, love and laughter you've captured with your camera. your friends, family, and clients are blessed to reap the benefits of your photographic skills! here's to a whole new year, filled with faces!!!

Ashley Sisk said...

Well that's certainly a sweet face - I didn't dare go through a whole year of faces, I just chose one of my most recent ones that I love!

Shey said...

Oh that baby! When I see the pictures I see a beautiful creation of God who is totally dependent on his/her parents. I also see the softness of the little hands curling around a grown up's finger and maybe a little yawn that says that he'she's too tired, I love when babies yawn and smell their little necks, they are the best. =D

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

I agree. Crazy hard. Sam picked for me, too! Great mamas think alike. :)

Kaishon did great, by the way!

Mari said...

Your photos are so awesome. I could never pick just one! I think Kaishon did great!

Kristina P. said...

Wow, that would be tough! Love it.

*Jess* said...

I love it :)

Lori said...

Your boy picked out a stunner..priceless capture...I love that when you see love you see it as more valuable then these other things that might have a high material value...there really is no price for love is there? Happy 2011 to you beautiful woman. XX

Charisma Moran said...

He made a great choice! What a beautiful face!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I agree...this beautiful new baby face is beautiful....and PERFECT.

Sarah Halstead said...

I love this! So sweet!

Just Bits and Pieces said...

Oh so beautiful! And seriously.....how could you have picked??? You take amazing photos.....so many beautiful faces!

Sarah said...

Ooooh, Kaish picked a good one!! I have NO. IDEA. what I'm going to enter!!

Susan said...

Wow, this was awesome. Very hard for me to choose.

Marvett Smith said...

Love this one! What a beautiful image of an adorable face! Kaish chose well!

Rachel said...

You were in a win-win situation because you've photographed all those gorgeous faces!

I love this shot... just a brand new beginning for a loved little blessing!

Marla said...

Oh. I love this picture. What a cute baby. :)

Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

Marla said...

Oh. I love this picture. What a cute baby. :)

Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

Buckeroomama said...

...and he couldn't have picked a sweeter photo! Gotta love a boy who could choose such a pure and beautiful photo out of all the many beautiful faces that you've taken. =)

Formerly known as Frau said...

Awesome pick Kaishon.....picture is beautiful so peaceful and perfect. I think it would be hard to pick amongst all your pictures. I look froward to a new year of amazing shots! Have a wonderful Monday!

BLOGitse said...

Pure gold.
Happy New Year!

Maddy said...

I see Love, Joy, Laughter, Happiness in each and every one of your photos!! You have so many wonderful ones to choose from!! Happy New Year, Becky!! I'm so glad that you brought so much LOVE into my life :)

TechnoBabe said...

Kaishon did a great job picking the beautiful baby being held by large hands, secure and safe and loved in those hands.

Danelle said...

It is too hard to pick, isn't it. Kaishon chose well! :)

Danielle said...

Fab, fab, fabulous!!! What a great photo, I know picking is hard....but you picked a great one!

angie {the arthur clan} said...

How perfectly sweet is this entry?! Love it (and I love that we were able to drive you crazy this week...hee!!)

Sarah said...

What a lovely picture! Its not the face I love, its the hands!

Brooke said...

beautiful - but all your work is so I can see why you had a hard time picking!

candacesoon said...

I love, love, love what you wrote about this challenge, I Heart Faces and photograpy in general! You are so right! Beautiful photo too!

Briana @ Wake Up, Juliet said...

So absolutely precious! I love seeing how far your photography's come, and I love that Kaishon picked this one for you :) So much love!

TidyMom said...

Fabulous choice! Beautiful picture!♥

Capturing Sunshine said...

You always know just what to say to make me go, "Yes! Yes! Absotively right!" And, I think Kaishon picked a beautiful shot!! xo Hayley

Tiaras said...

aww - nothing better than a new baby!

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

{le sigh} Kaishon picked well. He picked very very well. What a dreamy, YUMMY photo! Babies make my uterus skip a beat.

My Photographic Eye by Irela said...

Becky....simply beautiful. This is what life is all about. Love.

Violet said...

Great pick Kaishon! New life is always a great face :) Also, thanks for the comment @ butnotso, I really appreciate the kind words.

Mindy said...

Great choice! It is hard to choose just one! I love the little baby hands. Sigh.

Tracey Washington said...

It is a hard pick after an amazing year! Gorgeous pick, Kaishon :)

Natalie said...

Oh! I love it! And love you let your fav guy choose! :D It's so hard for me to choose sometimes...then I ask my husband since my son is 2 and he's like ummm this one..and im like ARE YOU SURE?! And he's like well you asked..so its never-ending. But I really love your choice. Very sweet and totally adorable!

inadaydreamworld said...

simply stunning!! love it

Mom of M&Ms said...

Love this!!! wonderful!

fiddlehead said...

That is one miraculous face!

Britney Emilie said...

It's perfect! ooh :D it's so sweet. beautiful photo!

Catherine said...

Absolutely wonderful! What a precious face, and I love the scale of the adult's hand to the baby's head. Makes it more obvious how small the baby is. Love it!! :)

Jennifer said...

Love this post!!! Sweet little face too.

Wanda said...

Perfect picking Kaishon!!! Could not be sweeter.

Anita Johnson said...

Do you have any idea how motivating YOU are? Well, you are. I saw the challenge and thought, "no way". Then I read your post and thought, "what the heck". Thanks for the inspiration in 2011.

JAN said...

What a beautiful shot! Look at those tiny little fingers. I love it!

Erika B said...

Such a beautiful shot! Those little hands are just adorable.

Erika B

Ashli said...

I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for the encouraging comment you left on my blog! Hope you have a fabulous week!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Kaishon has good taste!
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Tamar SB said...

Oh, how precious!!

Tamar

Laurie Endsley said...

I had to HUNT to find your entry this week but I KNEW I would love it! AND I DO!!! Great choice. Is there anything more beautiful than a brand new life? :)

Hannah M said...

Beautiful shot - I love it. And I agree - how am I supposed to choose a favorite face photo? It took me way to long to decide on mine:)

Martha in PA said...

Beautiful photo. If I were you I would have a hard time choosing too! I hope you have a wonderful 2011....
Tara is still doing well socially in school... average in her school work. It is a huge step from the girl who would barely talk to other kids her age(except on line) last year to the social butterfly that she is now... I think that is just about as important as her grades....

Tessa Brooke said...

That. is. beautiful. :D Love it. He made a very good choice! Thanks for the comment on my entry.
Tessa Brooke

Deep in the Heart of Happy said...

I wouldn't be able to pick out one of my favorites of yours...are you kidding me...they are all my favorites!

Kaish picked out a great one though.

I think I might link up...I have one I love.

Becca said...

What a beautiful choice Kaish made! :-) And seriously? I havent posted because I cant pick!

Brittany Godfrey said...

You do have so many wonderful shots to choose from...but I love this!

Farmgirl Paints said...

he did good!

heather nan said...

Can you ever go wrong with a wee one? Never! Great selection by Kaishon.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful!

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

your natural and inner beauty shines through each and every one of your photos. cheers to a healthy, happy and lovely new year :)

MK, Little Feet Photography said...

beautiful!!!

Melissa said...

So beautiful...

Dot O said...

Beautifully peaceful face, Becky, but I also find myself drawn to the hands......

Belly Monster's Mama said...

I love your pic! But I also have to tell you that I love your post too! I can say "ditto" to the whole thing!

retrohipmama said...

Oh you did pick the right one! Oh I just want to snuggle and swaddle!

TOLIVER FAMILY said...

love it becky...i must tell you i saw a kid that looked JUST like your kaishon this weekend...funny

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Becky, when I think of photos of people with the purest smiles, the most honest emotions on their faces, I always think of you. Your style is so unique. You are such an incredible memory-capturer. Is that a word??? But, you do more than just press a shutter button. You seal the moment in time. You really grab hold of the emotion of what's happening and you get it {on film} on file... whatever. But you do it so well.

As for me, what's holding me back is that no matter how great of a photo I'm sure I've taken, I never win. never get recognized. never anything. And while part of me knows that there are hundreds of entrants and only a small handful can win, also part of me feels extremely defeated. I don't know why I try so hard when I know I'll never win. It kinda makes me want to not try at all. (Now I'm gonna take my ball and go home. boo hoo.) LOL!

Christina said...

You can't go wrong with brand new life! :) I love your post...your words are wonderful. Happy New Year.

Raymonde said...

Excellent choice by Kaishon!

Happy New Year Becky, may 2011 be blessed for you and yours!

I look forward to our little exchange of messages across the pond!

Take care. xxx

Mrs.Mayhem said...

Beautiful photo! I had to smile to see that sweet face!

This week's challenge just about drove me crazy, as well. I finally chose a photo that just makes me smile in all of it's silliness.

Have a great day!

borne . image . photography said...

Oh, so very sweet, my friend!! It sure was hard to choose, but I didn't have a 'Kaishon" to help me!! He definitely made an excellent choice! I love this! Hope you have a blessed week!! :)

Mackenzie said...

Oh my! So cute! The focus on his hands is amazing, and since the focus is on his hands and not on his face, his face is glowing! Great shot!