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I'm a Chicago based food & travel photographer and cinemagraph maker. To get in touch, you can reach me by email at hi@sandynoto.com


My Favorite Portrait Photographs of 2017

My Favorite Portrait Photographs of 2017

I know, I know. The year isn't over yet! Each year, I take this stance and allow December to roll on by before I start thinking about "best of" sets but by January that party is over. Everyone is on to workout motivation and goal setting. So I'm getting a jumpstart on reminiscing this year!

Being freelance this entire year gave me the space and flexibility to commit time to portrait work and it has been a joy.

Love

Photographing love is kind of the best. You can't fake it. I mean, maybe Meryl Streep can but I can't. It's why I jump at any opportunity to photograph couples and families. There's just a magic there.

Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto

Real stuff

Many of my favorite portraits could also be outtakes. I love all of the laughs, side eyes and tiny adjustments that happen. These moments always feel so real and unscripted. They're not quite polished but that's what I love about them.

Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto

At Work

It's inspiring to see someone get lost in their work. It's always a good kick in the butt to keep my act together. 

Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto

Out in the world

From San Francisco to New Zealand, a change in scenery always gives me a fresh perspective. Coming from the flatness of Chicago, I particularly love shooting in places with hills and cliffs.

Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto

Hello Stranger

This year I've photographed a lot of events. Sometimes when I'm out and about, I'll catch someone's eye and see their expression burst out an "I KNOW YOU". This usually prompts a hilarious conversation where I list out all the parties and events that I've photographed over the last month till we find the one. 

Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto

Sentimental stuff

One of my goals this year was to delve into more personal projects.  I've worked to remember to slow down and appreciate regular life as often as possible. 

Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto
Fave 2017 portraits // sandy noto

Final Thoughts

When I decided to put together my favorite images from this year, I wrote out a list of categories. Food and travel were obvious initial categories, plus an overall just in case I had too many moments of indecision. For a long while, I waffled on portraits. I shoot portraits but sporadically

I decided to look through my photos from this year, to pull together initial selections to see if I even had enough photos. I was hoping to find 10 or 15 images. After an initial pass through this year's archive I had 106 images tagged. Surprisingly, the biggest difficulty was culling. 

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