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5 Jan 2021

Best Lifestyle Photos of 2020 | Laura Billingham Photography

It’s the end of the first Monday in the New Year. We made it, guys!  2020 is in the rearview!

I’m taking a minute to reflect on the past year, what it meant for my photography, and to revisit some favorite images and assignments.

Looking back, I realize that my approach has always been that of a generalist—I love a healthy mix of weddings, families, portraits, with a sprinkling of fun assignments that introduce me to new people and places—and 2020 gave me the time & space to focus even more on editorial work, which was a lot of fun! I was in the best restaurants; met chefs (and tasted amazing dishes!) I climbed crazy multi-story ladders to look out over Frenchtown in the under-construction ArtYard building. I met artists and world-renowned art experts. I photographed a local doctor inside the COVID-19 unit in the early days of the pandemic. I even visited America’s oldest continually-operating lumberyard–all in my “back yard”, so to speak. It was a diverse and super interesting mix!

Shooting more editorial assignments was a welcome gift that really matched my favorite way of working. It felt like a sabbatical from weddings that opened up the possibility for different creative challenges. I’ve always believed that mixing it up, accepting a limited number of weddings, and making space for other work, strengthens who I am as a photographer, and keeps me fresh and fulfilled creatively. I feel like my creative battery has been fully recharged.

Here are some favorites, all shot for River Towns Magazine in 2020.

Detail photo of a glass of red wine next to a kale salad with anchovy filets on a stoneware plate  prepared by Chef Jon McCain, photographed by Laura Billingham Photography for River Towns Magazine.
Close up photo of beef carpacio with arugula salad and carrot shreds on top prepared by Chef Jon McCain at Cascade restaurant at Durham Springs, photographed by Laura Billingham Photography
Portrait of Chef Jon McCain at Cascade restaurant at Durham Springs for River Towns Magazine photographed by Laura Billingham Photography
Portrait of artist Anneliese van Dommelen in Lambertville, NJ for River Towns Magazine, photo by Laura Billingham Photography
Portrait of Jill Kearny, Founder, at ArtYard, Frenchtown, NJ by Laura Billingham Photography
Portrait of Jill Kearny, Founder, at construction site of ArtYard, Frenchtown, NJ by Laura Billingham Photography for River Towns Magazine
Portrait of Jim Alterman, gallerist at Jim's of Lambertville, author and Pennsylvania Impressionism expert for River Towns Magazine by Laura Billingham Photography
Portrait of Dr. Cindy Barter at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ during COVID-19 pandemic photographed for River Towns Magazine by Laura Billingham
Group portrait of William, Tom and Will Tinsman of the oldest continually operating lumberyard, Tinsman Bros in Bucks County, Lumberville, PA photographed for River Towns Magazine by Laura Billingham
Portrait of Mia Emerson, owner of 15 Landsdowne Catering in Frenchtown, NJ for River Towns Magazine by Laura Billingham Photography
Behind the scenes photograph of Laura Townsend Barnes, author, conservationist, restaurateur and race car driver on the banks of the Delaware River in Frenchtown, NJ photographed on location for River Towns Magazine by Laura Billingham Photography
Behind the scenes photograph of Laura Townsend Barnes, author, conservationist, restaurateur and race car driver on the banks of the Delaware River in Frenchtown, NJ photographed on location for River Towns Magazine by Laura Billingham Photography

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