A good photographer.
Seriously, I feel bad for those people who don't know a good photographer. Or even those people who know one good photographer, but it's the same good photographer that everyone else knows. In the town where I grew up, there was basically one photographer who took pictures for everything. Nearly everyone in my graduating class had the same swing, truck, or dock in their senior pictures. He was a great photographer, but when you are the designated photographer for an entire town of 10,000, there's only so much you can do to mix it up.
I was born in North Dakota and was lucky enough that my parents happened to be good friends with the man who is probably the best photographer in the state. I may be a little biased, but he's good. Seriously. My mom and I took a road trip back to North Dakota (from two states away) so he could take my senior pictures. Okay, so it happened to coincide with her high school reunion, but still, that's quite a road trip for senior pictures! We also flew him in from ND so he could photograph our wedding. Yes, he's that good.
Now we rely on the lovely and talented Ellie Peterson for our family pictures, and we have not been disappointed! She did a maternity shoot for us, some newborn pictures of the baby, and, most recently, some one year old pictures of our little family. What a blessing she has been to us! I've been told we'll have the full CD from the shoot sometime in the next two weeks or so, so I'm sure there will be more pictures to show off when that comes! For now, here's a sneak peek!
I want to make sure you know that I received no compensation of any kind for this post. I really, truly love Ellie's work so much that she didn't have to pay me anything to say that she's awesome.