Rock the Shot‘s January Photo Challenge is ‘Favorite Shot of 2012.’ This is nearly an impossible task to select just one out an entire year’s worth of images, but I narrowed it down to a few favorites and finally settled the beautiful Shannon.  The stars aligned for this session- it had been raining all day long and I was so worried that we would have to cancel. But 20 minutes before our session, the clouds parted and the rain stopped. We hiked for a good fifteen minutes and came upon these beautiful cascading falls. I slipped on my rain boots and made my way out into the middle of the creek while Shannon carefully found her way to the middle of the sloping rocks.

When I snapped this photo, I forgot to breathe for a few moments. It was so stunning. The colors were so rich and Shannon seemed to radiate. Being a nature girl, this photo completely complemented her personality. I love this shot so much.

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