50th Wedding Anniversary Photo Shoot

This was one of my favorite photo shoots of all time. How often do you get to spend an hour with a couple that still adore each other after 50 years of marriage? This is one amazing couple who I was honored to shoot.
Despite the cold and the snow, we had a great time. AND, I was able to pick their brains for some marital wisdom and advice. I was grateful they were willing to share.
50 years ago, when they were married in the LDS Salt Lake Temple, they didn’t get any pictures taken. Isn’t that sad? We rectified that with some fantastic pictures and, I hope, some fun memories for them. The day was actually quite nice, and the newly fallen snow highlighted every backdrop perfectly!
Aren’t they the cutest? I’m inspired by this couple!

Happy Birthday!!

Seventeen years ago, this girl made me a mom for the first time. She came into the world on her terms and kept me guessing a lot for the first few months of her life, but she’s been a delight ever since. I’m impressed daily at her kind heart, quick wit and brilliant mind. She’s blessed with courage to do what she feels is right and makes conscious decisions to do things that scare her. Our family is blessed to have her as a part of it. Now, can I just say, how in the world did I get old enough to have a 17-year-old?! I remember when my parents were my age, which is a new level of weird. ūüôā

I love having a great photo location so close to home. Living in such a beautiful state gives me so many options! Whether you’re in southern or northern Utah, the possibilities are nearly endless. It’s a great place to be a photographer!

This picture is probably my favorite. I love all that I see in her eyes!

Love this amazing daughter of mine!

Trevor, Gabe, Savannah & Kiah

We had quite an adventure during this photo shoot, wandering through the grass, climbing on rocks and scurrying down into ravines. This park in Herriman is beautiful and fun to explore with lots of great backdrops for photography. We all enjoyed wandering through to find new places to take pictures, even the kids. It’s been a little more than a year since I took their pictures, so it’s fun seeing the changes that have taken place in the past two years.¬†IMG_3273Gabe’s eyes are so amazing! And set off beautifully by his blue shirt and that green grass in contrast.IMG_3552Savannah has beautiful skin and a fun personality.¬†IMG_3525I can hardly believe how old Trevor has gotten and the handsome young man that he is.¬†IMG_3485Love this smile¬†and the delight in her eyes! And who doesn’t love a toothless grin?IMG_3583We had to fit in a silly photo to just relax and have fun. They have some great abilities, don’t they?IMG_3358 IMG_3314 IMG_3245 IMG_3218

More 365-Day Photo Challenge Photos

Day 49: Walking home from church with the family. Love these two, love these mountains. IMG_3188 Day 50: Since moving, my middle daughter and I spend a lot more time together, at least when she’s not out playing with her new bestie. This night, we actually got the cards out and played “Trash”, quick and easy family favorite. She beat me at it, too, which she was pretty stoked about. So, of course, we had to capture the moment in a photo. ¬†IMG_3195Day 51: This was one of the brightest rainbows I’ve ever seen‚Äďso bright, so clear! We’ve had some great rainstorms and cozy, cloudy days. A camera never really captures the beauty of it, but we continue to try.2016-05-05 14.31.53Day 52: Not a photographic masterpiece, but marathon season is here, and I am registered! I’m planning to make this the first year to run two marathons in one season. It’s exciting and scary, all at the same time.SunsetDay 53: Taken with my cell phone through the windshield, so not the highest quality, but the clouds and rays of the sun were amazing! This is such a beautiful place and I’m so grateful to live here.IMG_3204Day 54: That hair. It never wants to lay down and resists taming. It just adds to his personality, I guess.

365-Day Photo Challenge (A bit of catching up.)

I love a good challenge, and the 365-day photo challenge has been good for me. I haven’t been as consistent as I’d like to be and have considered just bagging it multiple times because I’d miss a few days and feel like I’d failed. But what is life about if not continually improving and trying to do better. So here I am, trying to do better. I’m sure I’ll still slip up, but I’m committed!

My day 44 photo is a repeat from the engagement session, but that was my day 44. And that photo session was so much fun that I love to look back and remember it! This featured image is one of my favorites from that session.IMG_3023Day 45: We baked! This little man wanted cookies, and we had none. So we made them ourselves! Some of my favorite pictures from my kids’ lives are when we are baking together. True lifestyle photography.2016-04-22 19.06.27Day 46: This is the kind of graffiti we find in our area now. Quite a bit different from what we saw where we used to live. I can’t condone graffiti, but if you’re going to paint someone else’s property, I think this is the way to go. IMG_3040Day 47: I could photograph this handsome boy every day. He’s my favorite boy.IMG_3163Day 48: We have year-round school around here, where the kids rotate six weeks on track followed by two weeks off. It fits an extra class in the school for each grade. While this girl was off-track, we took a trip to the zoo. It was a beautiful day full of animals and lots of walking. And lots of posing for pictures. She doesn’t mind modeling for me.

Kenzie & Cameron Engagement Session

Another incredible opportunity to take pictures at Thanksgiving Point Gardens, two weeks in a row. These actually were taken during the tulip festival, which was amazing! The Gardens were an amazing location once again, and we had a fantastic time on this photo shoot.¬†IMG_2635-2I loved watching the relationship between these two. They were a bit unsure how to proceed in the beginning, but they quickly settled into just enjoying being together. They are adorable, fun and affectionate and I’m so excited for their future together!IMG_2644 IMG_2735I never really took note of the name of this garden, but I love it. It’s at the top of a hill, up a long flight of stairs and¬†looks like there should be a Greek or Roman goddess in attendance. These were some of my favorite photos from the session!IMG_2746 IMG_2800And the Rose Garden. The architecture of this bridge is perfect for all kinds of things, photography included. Not that these two noticed. They were completely into each other, just as they should have been.IMG_2839 IMG_2924 IMG_2935 IMG_3009

More 365-Day Photo Challenge

Back at the challenge! This is a repeat picture, but this is my day 38. This beautiful gal that I had the opportunity to do senior photos for. This is the part of photography that I love the most, capturing somebody’s spirit and recording it. That’s what it’s all about, and Emma’s spirit is one of the most beautiful I have met.IMG_2533Day 39: I love this little man. I love to catch his moments of learning, discovery and creativity. He’s really into letters right now, even though he doesn’t know what they are or what they do. He seems to know they’re important.IMG_2540Day 40: Movie night with the two littlest, complete with a picnic on the living room floor. We know how to live around our house.IMG_2568Day 41: Spring. This is spring to me. Beautiful blossoms on the trees that seem to soften the world.¬†It’s hard to resist taking pictures of the flowers, blossoms, and signs of new life everywhere. I love it!IMG_2601Day 42: What to say about this one? I get a kick out of him.¬†IMG_2606Day 43: Freshly baked bread. If I could catch the smell of heaven in a photo, I think it would involve just-baked bread. This was the first bread I’d baked in over two years, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity. And my family was pretty thrilled, too.

Emma’s Senior Pictures

Senior photos are one of my favorite kinds of shoots,¬†and this was no exception. I’ve never shot at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah before, so add that to the excitement¬†of senior pictures, a beautiful young lady, and you have an amazing photography experience! It was hard not to stop everywhere to get another beautiful backdrop. The¬†Thanksgiving Point Gardens might be my new favorite photography spot.¬†This shoot was right before the start of the tulip festival, hence the amazing tulips in the above shot. It’s hard to believe it’s the same location as the photo below, taken in the Secret Garden.¬†IMG_2298Emma is a beautiful gal, inside and out, and shooting her was a delight. The eyes are where we really get to know someone, and¬†her eyes were full of emotion, whether serious or laughing. Seriously, aren’t they amazing?!¬†IMG_2448Shooting a fellow photographer is awesome and a bit intimidating. I know this girl has some skill, so I wanted to do right by her.¬†IMG_2420IMG_2351Love, love, LOVE the red shoes! They make such a great statement. And how classic is a fountain? More beauty in the Secret Garden. All of the following shots were taken in the Secret Garden, which is kind of like a fantasy land.¬†IMG_2327IMG_2324IMG_2317

More Catch-Up

Day 35: One of the benefits of moving is we have a new area to explore and discover. We tried out this trail by our house and¬†loved it! Walking, riding, skating, running‚ÄĒwe love getting to know the area around our home. And discovering new areas for photo shoots is just a bonus!

IMG_2244Day 36: I climbed this hill (mountain?) with that little man on my back. His 25 pounds in a 5-lb backpack made for quite the hike, but the view at the top was totally worth it! Can you imagine a photo shoot up here? The trick would be getting up there without completely wrecking hair, makeup and clothes. But it would be amazing!

IMG_2276Day 37: A different trail by our house and a run/skate for family night. We found this guy hanging out on the trail. He didn’t seem too concerned about us, so we went around. Since then, we’ve encountered loads of cats and a few deer. It’s kind of cool and a little intimidating. I guess that’s part of life in a rural area of northern Utah.

Getting Behind

Have you ever gotten behind on a task, project or goal and then wondered how you’d ever catch up? When I do this, I put off the catching up, which just leaves me even more behind. It’s a vicious cycle, really. But, today I’m tackling it and will (I hope) be caught up.

The specific project I speak of is my 365-day photo challenge. You see, I moved. And it pretty much took over my life. I was still taking pictures (except for a five day gap in there when I just wasn’t keeping up), I just wasn’t editing or uploading them. Then I had a senior photo shoot at Thanksgiving Point which became a bigger priority since people want their pictures back (go figure). I still need blog that photo session, but the pictures have been shared. So before I¬†finish editing the engagement session from this week (also at Thanksgiving Point), here is my catch up on the photo challenge.

IMG_2118Day 30: As I mentioned before, we moved. Not just to a different house but to a different city 30 minutes away. We took our girls from their friends and the places they know and love. That’s a tough decision as a parent, but it was what we needed to do and we believed would bless our family in the long run. These two girls have been amazing buddies, and I couldn’t move without taking some pictures of them together. This photo really captures their personalities and relationships. That’s why I love lifestyle photography, as a side note.

IMG_2140Day 31: I took this photo the night before we moved. We had just visited our condo and taken some things down. It was later than I wanted to be there, and everyone was hungry and tired. This little guy just expressed what we were all feeling at that point. Moving is hard. On everyone.

IMG_2160Day 32: The move happened. This doesn’t even show the real mess that was my home, but it¬†was my attempt to find something artistic and beautiful in the midst of the chaos. How do you take pictures when it looks like a moving truck vomited all over your home? You focus on¬†a beautiful instrument that will be making beautiful music soon (we hope).

IMG_2175Day 33: This girl. She dealt with this move with such maturity and grace that I have been amazed by her. Moving in high school is neither easy nor idea, but she did it. She is finishing the year at the same high school but will be changing next year. Music is her source of peace in any stressful situation, so she spent the evening going through the CD’s that have been in storage for a couple years. We found some favorites in there!

IMG_2192Day 34: A yummy treat to try and make life seem a little more normal and stable. We’ve been living without gluten for a couple of years due to my mother’s celiac disease, so having brownies from a mix was a bit of a treasure. You have to capture moments like that¬†with photography, right? They were as delicious as we anticipated, by the way.

That’s enough for now. Next post will include the next few days and then I get to blog the photo shoot! I can hardly wait for that one because it was amazing!!