Category Archives: Best of 2009

{Best of} 2009 Bride+Groom/Bridal Party

Here it is, the grand finale of my favorite photo recap of 2009! This being the Bride and Groom/Bridal Party category. I did not sequence them in any particular order. I’m really proud of this collection of shots. And of course a HUGE, GINORMOUS THANK YOU to all of my 2009 couples, without whom these photographs would not exist. It was an unbelievable year, and I am just SO honored to have been entrusted to capture your special days! I’m really looking forward to 2010 to be another stellar year for Laffler Photography. Thanks everyone!

jeff tisman - F’n AMAZING!!!

Alice - Fantastic presentation!!!

Jessica - Wow Todd – you are seriously unbelievable. I cant wait for you to shoot our wedding in a few months!

melissa - stunning. all of it.
any plans yet to have a photo seminar?? i’m there.

moo - i love every shot in this collection. insanely gorgeous work.

Lee - Wow those are so great, I love them all. What a great year of photography, can’t wait to see what 2010 brings.

Michelle - Speechless

jason - wow. a-ma-zing. i just love these. made me smile. made me laugh. made me want to go take photos. you rock!

Melissa - Todd – I can be a silent stalker no more! These pictures are so moving – I’m compelled to comment!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Can’t wait for you to shoot our August wedding!

Melissa and hugo - by the way, we’ve had your site up the whole morning because we love your playlist!

Todd - Thanks SO much everyone!!!!

Krystal Radlinski - (Sigh) dreamy.

antoinette - i’m coming out of my blog stalking and finally commenting…these pictures are so amazing…jon and i can’t wait for you to shoot our wedding this october!!!

Naqib/Qippy - Hi Laffler I just can’t get over how amazing your shots are, I really wish you would do workshops to teach people to shoot the way you do, cos I really find your approach fresh and vivid and above all,real..I just attended a workshop by Joe McNally last week as he was right here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was really good fun learning first hand all his strobing techniques..Do you strobe much? are most of these shots purely daylight? Thanks

Todd - Thanks for the blog love Krystal! :)
qippy, thank you so much! Well, I am seriously considering putting together a workshop, so stay tuned. In the meantime though, I have committed to speak at Mystic 6 next January in Mystic Connecticut. More detailed information to come on that. ;) I just saw Joe at Mystic 5, he’s great! I would say that a majority of these shots are available light only. Some have supplemental flash used behind the couple to rim light them, and there are a few that were lit just with flash, but not many.

Naqib/Qippy - Wow thats great to hear, anyway it would be nice also to learn from you how you edit your pictures using,TRA,Kubota and Lightroom…cos yer editing is so spot on…keep me posted on yer workshop..;)

KrisD Mauga - You are my inspiration- love this collection of your faves!!!!

Deanna Peralta - Absolutely Amazing!!! Looking foward to you photographing my BF, Amanda FLores’, wedding in August!

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{Best of} 2009 Reception

Next up we have the fourth installment of my favorite photos of 2009, this being the reception category. I have not posted them in order of my favorites, but instead I tried to group similar shots together, so hopefully you will see the connection between photos. I had fun putting this together, and stay tuned for the last installment, the Bride and Groom/Bridal Party photos! Thanks for looking.

Shang - Sooooo many fun images! I really feel like jumping up and dancing myself just looking at them. t’s also fun seeing how there can be similar moments between different weddings. Another job well done! I

Brandi - Dear God, I heart you so much! Love them all :)

Todd - Aaaawww shucks guys, thanks! :)

Nadya - Great pics! Always fun to look at. Todd what would you say are your top 3 lenses you use most? Just wondering :) thanks!

Todd - Thanks Nadya! Hmmm, probably my 70mm-200mm, my 85mm 1.2, and 16mm-35mm on the dance floor. Although I do probably use the old stand by 24mm-70mm a lot too, but those others are my favorites I suppose.

paul - as always, great pictures again todd! hey todd I was just curious, do you have any books to recommend about photography? also any other great reads on post-processing? tx ^^

Todd - Hi Paul. Thanks so much!

Recent books I have purchased were, Joe McNally’s book “The moment it Clicks”. It is entertaining and has some good useful advise in it as well. I also found Annie Leibovitz’s book “At Work” pretty interesting. I also just recently bought Vanity Fair’s “Vanity Fair: The Portraits: A Century of Iconic Images”. That’s a cool book of images as well! For more technical stuff, you can’t really go wrong with any of Scott Kelby’s books.

gudezine - happy day,happy frame

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{Best of} 2009 Ceremony

Here is the third installment of my photo recap of 2009 in the Ceremony category. Again, in no particular order. Add a comment if you have a favorite (or even if you don’t have a favorite, comment anyway)! Thanks.

Kay - I love 4 & 5 and the one of the guy yawning cracks me up!!

Shannon - I think this might be my favorite category- there is so much emotion in all of these pictures, not only did our wedding pics bring tears to my eyes, all of the other photos did too! Love all of your work!

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{Best of} 2009 Prep

Next up are some of my favorite shots from the prep stage of the wedding day, all taken in 2009. Again, these are not in any particular order, but if you have a favorite, chime in with a comment! Stay tuned for the next category which will be the Ceremony. Thanks

melissa - i love that you are doing this, Todd. so fun to see.
this is probably biased, but i LOVE the one of my nephew in his underwear looking up at me. : )
they are all great, but another fave is the one of the guy buttoning up his last shirt button.

Ryan Young - I continue to be amazed at your work. Photo 0046fortney (the bride in the field/woods) isn’t wedding photography…it’s fine art.

kris rupp - Wow, pick one favorite??? How about 21?? Your work is awesome… (Heard about you from a bride so thought I’d check out your stuff). So cool and such great storytelling :)

Shannon - I love all of them- but I think my favorite is the one with the bride looking out the car window and her father’s (I’m assuming) reflection is in the window- what a cool moment! I also love the one with the bride and the gardening tools! Too difficult to decide, they are all wonderful :)

Sabrina Morley - thanks for putting me in there! it was such an amazing day and u captured so much of it and made it into even more~~you are a master of your craft!

ChristopherDavid - Rockin’!!!

Deana - Todd your work never stops amazing me! I agree with Shannon’s post with the Bride with the father’s reflection is breath taking! I teared up! That Mrs. McGuire is quite a stunning bride, as were all of them! ;)

Kay - Great shots!!! There are too many good ones to pick a favorite. The flower girl one cracks me up though :)

quelyn - Glamorous, Glamorous, Glamorous…. Wait, why is someone brushing their teeth :P

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{Best of} 2009 Details

Better late than never right!? At least it’s still January though! Anyway, I wanted to recap 2009 with some of my favorite photos throughout the past year. I’ve already posted the engagement sessions, and now it’s time to conquer the weddings. I will be posting the best of 2009 in several categories; Details, Prep, Bride+Groom and or Bridal Party, Ceremony, and Reception. First up is the details category. These are not posted in any particular order by the way. Stay tuned for the rest of the categories over the next week or so! Have a favorite? Chime in with a comment…I dare ya!

I want to give a GINORMOUS thank you to all of my 2009 couples who have entrusted me to capture their wedding days for them, it’s a HUGE honor for me!

Rachael Earl - Too many favorites to name-awesome job, and I bet 2010 is even better :)

melissa - the shoes in the box. so simple and so awesome. : )

Kay - LOVE the heart shoes! How the heck did you get the timing of shot #1!

Todd - Thanks Rachael, I hope so! :)
Thank you Melissa.
Kay, those heart shoes belong to Melissa, who’s comment is right above yours. :)
Hmmm, timing, I guess serendipity! Seriously, though, I noticed the brides maids watching TV, so I had the idea in my head, framed up the shot and waited for something (anything really) interesting to come on. Well, after about only a minute, this came up, click and DONE! :)

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{Best of} 2009 Engagement Sessions

I love putting these “best of” posts together because it gives me a great opportunity to take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about all the great shoots I’ve been on this past year. But even more importantly, it allows me to really reflect on what it is I do for a living, which is preserving happy, loving memories for people through my creative eye. Last year’s best of was in the form of a slide show, and my initial plan for this year was to post a top 20 favorite photos from 209 list, but I have a really hard time narrowing down photos! So, because it’s my blog and there is no one to stop me, I am creating a top 20+ favorite photo list of 2009 engagement sessions. I don’t exactly know how many photos are here, but it’s more than 20! Also, I think if I were to make this list a week ago, or even a week from now it could be fairly different. Yes, I can sometimes be THAT indecisive! I’ve also decided that it would be too difficult for me to put these in a definitive order of “favoritism” so I will put some of my obvious favorites towards the top and then it will just kind of get willy nilly! So, a big thank you to all of my clients! YAY! Enjoy!

This one is actually my favorite of the year, that much I do know!

Graeme. - WHAT is going on in the one right above the ‘butt depot’??? It’s amazing!

Also: do you have a full time location scouting guy or what?


Todd - Hey Graeme. Those are little gnats being back lit by the sun. I probably only got a few shots off before the “herd” of them moved out of position and the sun disappeared. Nope, no location scout, I wish though! I just show up and make it happen! Thanks for commenting.

christine - they’re love fairies, right Todd?! ;)

do you ever do “just because” photo sessions? now that marriage is out of the way, i have to find another excuse to get more pics out of you….

ps- post some more pictures of your baby boy!! :)

Todd - Did I say gnats???? I meant LOVE FAIRIES YESSSS!!!!! ;)

“Just because” sessions are basically engagement sessions for married people?! :)

mum-Grandmum - FANTASTIC SHOTS. Wish I could be a fly on the wall when you are shooting!

Michelle Laffler-Ove - What I wouldn’t give to have an ounce of your talent! Well done

David Mielcarek - Really awesome collection of images, Todd. The first shot is just so cool! Everything else too. You are a true master of funky composition and color! Congratulations!

Preeti - David Mielcarek sent me your way. I absolutely love your work! It’s such a fresh take on the ‘genre.’ I’m going to dig through your archives for the Grounds for Sculpture shoot!

Krystal Radlinski - Sooooo flippin stellar!. Oh and the holding hands shot with the NY skyline in the background… sigh… delicious.

Todd - Thanks again everyone! It was great putting these together and seeing them as a whole instead of them being isolated favorites spread out over many blog posts. I really appreciate the feedback! :)

Justin John - Hey Todd, I’ve been following your site and your blog for a long while now but haven’t said much on your posts till now. I’m a fairly new photographer who heard about your stuff from other photographers. Just want to say you’re absolutely my favorite wedding photographer. I really believe that photography is about just having fun and taking pictures that you just know feel right, because of your work. Its really something that has inspired me and I will always be looking to your stuff as “style” inspiration. Thank you so much, and you can be sure when i get married your coming to Sunny California. Warmly, Justin John

Kay - Wow! These are incredible! Your use of light is just ridiculous

lucrecia - love love love that we made the best of 2009 blog. we were thrilled to show you “our” downtown! can’t wait for the wedding, it will be here in no time!

Todd - Justin…WOW! THANK YOU, that’s SOOOO cool to hear!!!!! Just make sure you get married when it’s nice and cold here so I can rub it in everyone’s faces! ;) I LOVE California!!!!! YAY!!!

Thanks Kay!

Lucrecia, I really enjoyed walking around the financial district, I love new spots to shoot! Thanks

quelyn - Weeee, That first one is probably my favorite e-picture you took too :D But you know, I am biased. They’re all so great!!

Todd - Yes, you are very biased indeed! ;) Thanks!

Arty - Your images are very creative and inspiring! Thank you.

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