Well it’s halfway through January, but better late than never! 2018 sure was a big year for family photography and narrowing down a “best of” collection proved tougher than I thought – but in a very good way! I’m so thankful to all of my clients who let me into their lives this year to capture some sweet images. I hope these photos bring you joy for years to come

I just love this shot from a family session I shot in August. Those rainbow sunglasses and those curls are so sweet!

There is a small grove of magnolia trees at Goodale Park in the Short North that blooms in May and for about a week or so is so beautiful! I love the soft pink background that seems to highlight this sweet toddler’s rosy cheeks!

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family for many years. I first photographed their engagement and wedding, then the arrival of their daughter and many milestones since. I always look forward to seeing them year after year!

This playful little guy kept me on my toes for his family’s shoot at their home last summer.

This maternity session at the Whetstone Park of Roses in Clintonville was extra special to me as they’re friends of mine and I’ve know the mama for many years. There were so many images I loved from documenting this special time in their lives.

The image below ended up being one of their favorites, and I love it too!

Welcome to the world sweet little Presley!

I did several in-home newborn sessions this year and I just love the intimacy of them. It’s such an honor to be invited into my clients’ and friends’ homes to document this unique milestone in their lives in a deeply personal way..

So loved!

A tiny baby yawn is one of my favorite things to capture.

So happy and content snuggled up with Daddy!

Though the majority of my family portrait sessions take place either at their home, local park or neighborhood, I do shoot at my studio on occasion. There’s a cozy little space that gets gorgeous natural light and is perfect for portrait with 1-2 people. I remember how crazy cold it was on the day of this shoot so we opted for a simple studio session. I just love this sweet image!

This next series of images is among some of my favorites from the whole year – and for the most part this shoot was very unplanned. We just shot on their front porch and along the sidewalk right in front of their house. It’s the cutest neighborhood! Marit and Dave are friends of mine and I was lucky to have been their photographer for their wedding in Pemaquid, Maine back in 2011. My husband and I took a road trip with our dog up there this summer and got to spend an afternoon with them and meet their ADORABLE kiddos.

I think this image sums up their family pretty well!

Their daughter playing a little tune for our dog Nellie just kills me! So so cute! The guitar was totally unplanned but I think it just makes these images so fun and really were authentic to the moment.

Do siblings get any cuter than this? I don’t think so!

And I can’t help but include one of my personal favorite images from our Maine trip. Of course, it’s of our beloved dog Nellie. She really seemed to like the ocean and this photo was taken right behind our cabin in the early morning fog. It was truly perfect!

It was such a pleasure to see so many pups involved in family sessions this year! When in doubt, I say bring your dog! They always seem to add an extra playful and candid element to the sessions. If however you have a dog who’s just a little bit “extra” it might be worth enlisting the help of a friend to help out.

More amazing past wedding clients and their gorgeous and growing little families in the comfort of their own homes. And i just think it’s so sweet (and important!) how they included their pets so sweetly into their photos. After all, your “first born” will always carry an extra special place, right?

mother laying down with her newborn baby

new dad holding his newborn child with their boston terrier looking out the window

This next session also took place at the family’s home. It was SO incredibly hot that day, even though we tried to shoot early in the morning to beat the heat. There was a nice little pocket of shade in the backyard where we got some nice candid images of their littlest ones.

Bring on fall! I offered a few dates for mini sessions this year and not only did I get to see past couples, friends and families, I met lots of new ones too!

Pure joy! What a little love bug! I was thrilled when I got an email from his parents to create some family portraits!

And Jack – he’ll just straight up steal your heart with that grin!

What a sweet face! He was hamming it up for the whole shoot and look how happy he makes his parents. Heart emoji!

2018 also brought me some awesome high school senior portraits sessions – which I LOVE and plan to do even more of in 2019. I started another account on Instagram just for these types of shoots: @kimberlypotterf_seniors So if this is something you’re into, give me a follow!

The beautiful Delilah aced her shoot and I loved the rainbow mural at 934 Gallery in the Milo Grogan neighborhood, not too far from the Short North. Check it out! www.934.gallery

Elizabeth is a senior at Bishop Patterson High School and I was thrilled to do her photos!. We had a gorgeous October afternoon for our shoot at the community gardens of Franklin Park Conservatory.

Next up: Justin’s senior portrait session. We had a great time exploring various spots around downtown Columbus. He’s planning to study theater next year in college so we made a stop by the Ohio Theater to capture a few images. I love the subtle nod to theater without it looking too hokey or contrived.

You may recognize these adorable faces if you follow my IG feed at all. I have yet to do it, but want to share a post of their whole session.

My favorite expression in this photo below is from big sis, Eleanor. I feel like she and her little sister are sharing laughter over an inside joke.

Big brother doing what he apparently does best – being an awesome big brother! It really is so sweet to see siblings being so caring and thoughtful with one another.

Probably one of only a few seconds these two had to themselves this day. Raising four kids is no joke!

And I just have to take a little moment to recognize all of these amazing aunties and uncles out there! Stephanie, picture below, has been to both of this family’s past sessions not only to get photos but also help out. Helping wrangle 4 kids and two big dogs is no small feat. I have no doubt she will forever live up to the much deserved title of “cool aunt”. And though I loved the days when my own niece and nephew were this age, it’s been the most amazing gift to be their aunt and watch them grow into the COOLEST not-so-little anymore young adults.

It had been over five years since I had last seen this couple when I photographed their awesome wedding day. Needless to say I was thrilled when they reached out to me to photograph their gorgeous family this fall.

If you have been following my work for any length of time, you’ll likely recognize these beautiful faces. I love this family so much! I’m a bit biased I suppose because the mom is one of my very best friends. And when her daughters call me “Keeeem” my heart just melts a little more.

Though it’s not the entire family – these couple of frames below were some of my favorites from the whole shoot. I just love watching my friends become incredible parents and seeing bits of their personalities start to show up in their children. And a sidetone: her outfit is totally on-point!

Girls will be girls! I just love their spunk!

Ok get ready for some cuteness overload! Even newborn Iris is laughing!

Two of the best big brothers a sister could ever ask for!

Even long after the leaves have fallen, wooded areas are still stunning in the late afternoon sun. I actually love the neutral color palette that November can offer. We shot these photos at Blendon Woods Metro Park – which might be one of my new favorite locations. It seemed much less crowded than some other popular parks I’ve shot at in the past. Gahanna/Westerville/New Albany families – this would be such a convenient place for your next family session!

Oh my gosh! Are the holidays really almost here already?I love this little guy’s playful sense of humor, as if channeling Kevin McCallister from the greatest Christmas movie ever made, Home Alone!

Cousins! It’s always fun photographing this crazy little crew.

While fall is definitely one of the most popular times for portraits, I love a good winter shoot! Though we were really rooting for some snow, I still LOVED how stunning these turned out.

So there was a good chance of rain on the day of this shoot, but they had planned for it and wanted to shoot rain and shine. We went for it and I definitely think it was worth getting a little wet!

So last but certainly not least – my niece and nephew. It’s so cliché to say “I don’t know where the time has gone” but it’s true! My nephew is a senior this year, and my niece is a freshman. I’m so proud of both of them and love them so much! If time and (their) patience would allow, I’d photograph them every day! They’re always good sports though and let me indulge in taking a zillion photos of them. Wrestling matches, volleyball games and the occasional family photos during the holidays will have to do however. High schoolers are BUSY people these days!