Thursday, August 26, 2010

Jenny and Riley's Wedding

Jenny and Riley are in love. Really, what more is there to say about these two? Their relationship sustained over years of living in different states for work, college and missions. The bond they have shows and spills out like you wouldn't believe. These are two of the most beautiful and sweet people you'll ever see! They were married at the LDS temple and later held a ring exchange ceremony with all their guests in attendance. It was so intimate to have all their friends and family huddled around them while someone said a few words about love and marriage.

They also made lots of couples photos a priority - which I happen to be a huge proponent of. I don't push it on my clients because I believe that ultimately, this is your day and you should decide what your priorities are. But my professional opinion is that setting aside some private time for one-on-one photos with your new spouse is such a great thing. I know everyone is vying for your time and attention but you really owe it to yourselves to take a step away from all the craziness and have a few minutes of fun and relaxation. Even if it's just 20 minutes around the corner from the church where no one is looking, you should really consider budgeting it into your schedule.

Easton's Big Game

Easton (named the for baseball) and his family are baseball lovers. They had the awesome idea to get access to a baseball field and take some one year photos of Easton and the family. It was probably 100° at 9:00 in the morning that day but everyone hung in there!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Addison's 9 Month Photos

I've photographed Addison and her family a few times now and she just gets exponentially cuter every time I see her. I really love getting to see the kids and babies I photograph grow over the months and years. It's definitely one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. I feel like I get to be a part of their lives and help share in all those important mile stones.

I'm getting all weepy... It's the pregnancy hormones talking.

And speaking of, I'm going to have to stop taking bookings in mid October so please email me soon if you're wanting to get your photos done before then. Otherwise, I can't guarantee we'll be able to get a session taken care of before the winter holidays. Thanks!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Melissa and Alex Got Married!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of spending Melissa and Alex's wedding day with them. I've known Melissa for many years and I was very happy for her when she announced she was engaged. Then, I met Alex and I was even happier. Alex was one of the nicest guys I've met and the two of them go together so well.

Their wedding was beautiful, romantic and so personal. (The cake was delicious too.) They also had one of the most magnificent first dances I've ever seen...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Lucas's Baby Photos

I've known Lucas's mom, Jen, since (literally) the day I was born. And now, after a few decades of knowing each other, I had the pleasure of photographing her baby boy. And I'll tell ya, he is without a doubt one of the most perfect looking babies I've ever seen. He should be the new prototype for baby boys. He even acted perfect! He got tired of me taking his picture so he went to sleep. Just like that. One yawn, and then lights out.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Don't Give Up Project

A couple of weeks ago I went to Colorado with nineteen other insanely talented photographers to be a part of the first Don't Give Up Project workshop. I could go on for days about what the project is all about, but instead I'll just try to summarize what it means to me and what I took out of it.

The Don't Give Up Project is a movement to bring love and marriage back to weddings. It is a movement to bring together photographers as friends and colleagues, not as competitors. I (we) want to dedicate ourselves to creating lifelong images that will follow people from their wedding days to their grandchildrens' wedding days.

It was a weekend of growing, sharing and learning about myself and how I want to run my business. It was a weekend of beautiful surroundings, beautiful people, and beautiful experiences. (And beautiful food.)

We didn't get enough sleep. We didn't dress warm enough. But the payoff? It was beyond worth it.

I have lots more to share! Check out the album on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Wee Bit of Housekeeping

Some new things are in the works over here and a few changes are going to happen in the upcoming weeks. First and most noticeably, the blog is going to be updated and moved over to the main site at The look of it is going to change and it's going to accommodate wider photos so you get to see MORE BIGGER BETTER images. This means that you'll have to update your RSS feeds if you view us through a blog reader. I'll give a heads up before that occurs.

Next, the Flash galleries are going to go away and something waaaaay better will replace it. My sham reason for doing this is so readers coming to us via smart phones and iPads can see the galleries. My real reason for doing this is because it will eliminate the need for me to manually update the galleries. (And if you've looked at those galleries lately you'll notice that they haven't been updated in the last 100 years.) Streamlining chores is always a good thing!

One thing you guys might seriously want to take note of here: Prices and packages are going to be changing at the end of September. Another year has gone by with me behind the wheel of this business and I have learned a great deal about what clients are looking for in their photography packages. A few changes are going to take place to better accommodate everyone. As always, anything that is already booked prior to the rate changes will be honored at the current price. No worries about that.

Overall, I think these changes are going to benefit everyone. Clients and readers are going to get better options and a clearer sense of who I am and why I truly value them. And I in turn will have a much simpler platform for reaching out to everyone and keeping them up-to-date with new photos and great things happening with the business.

Thanks so much everyone! I promise the next post will be prettier and less wordy.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Chad and Sarah's Wedding

How is everyone enjoying the remainder of their summer? I for one, am enjoying it immensely. I spent some time last week at a photography workshop in Colorado. It was pretty insane. I have lots of stuff to share from the trip, but first I have to get caught up on a couple of posts that I've missed in the last week!

Chad and Sarah got married recently, and like any bar-owning, brewery-afficionado couple, they had a stellar reception complete with tons of dancing and perhaps a tapped keg or two. These kids know how to throw a party! Their friends and family were absolutely wonderful people. The toasts and stories that were shared were beyond heartwarming. Congratulations, guys!