Thursday, October 11, 2012

Carter's Baptism

I had the greatest time at this session. I was really stressing on what I was going to do for it, I wanted it to be amazing, something new and different. And then the song "Armies of Helaman" came to my mind and it all came together. Carter loved the idea, and I love how it turned out. I love it when I have my own ideas and they turn out just how I pictured them, this one turned out even better then I imagined. I'm so grateful for my talent!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My Beautiful Sister

We had a family vacation to Bear Lake so Shan and I took some time for a session. I love how they turned out! 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

One Year

It's been a year to the day since I started this little business of mine.  I've learned so much about myself, photography, and people.  It hasn't always been easy, I've been met with some opposition that I didn't anticipate.  But I know that I have a talent and I'm grateful for it.  I've learned from that opposition and have become a better person and photographer.  I'm so thankful for all my friends, family, and clients for making this dream a reality. 

Here's the top 10 reasons I LOVE photography (in no particular order). 

1. I've gained more confidence in myself. 
2. I can find beauty in anything and notice how beautiful the world is a lot more often now. 
3. Pictures are priceless once the ones you are photographing have left this earth. 
4. I love being around families. They all teach me something new and help me to become a better wife and mother. 
 5. I'm always amazed at the kindness of others who have helped me by supporting, answering questions, and helping me continue to learn.
 6. I LOVE capturing candid moments, they are my favorite. 
 7. My eyes are always on the lookout for a new location and I love how excited I get when I find one. 
8. I love getting feedback on my pictures, so THANK YOU for the likes and sweet comments on my work. 
9. I love having my little Livy randomly say, "Hey mom do you think this would be a good pose?" Or, "Okay mom (grabbing her pretend camera) you need to put your hand here, and make your face like this.....good job baby that's perfect." 
10. And I LOVE buying new lenses and having a passion for learning more!

Here's a quick glimpse of my first year in business (in no particular order).

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Headshots For A Talented Actress

This beautiful talented girl is a Utah State college student. I have a soft spot in my heart for Aggies, since I also went to there. We had a great time taking shots for her portfolio. She's going to go places and one day I'll get to say..."I KNOW HER!" 

Friday, August 17, 2012

When a Picture Becomes Priceless

I've taken a little break from photography, I've needed some time to reflect and rearrange what I want with my business and focus more on my family.  It's interesting to me that what makes you have these reflections in life is due to a trial, or in my instance the death of a loved one. 

Having someone you love pass away is something that is always hard for me to deal with.  When I was younger I lost most of my grandparents and went to a bunch of funerals for distant relatives.  I've been to only a few as an adult.  They never get any easier.  Losing my father-in-law was unexpected, heart breaking, and really made me do a lot of thinking.

I only knew my father-in-law for three years (long story), and those three years that we knew him brought a lot of complications.  I always knew my husband and I made the right choice, but that didn't mean opposition didn't arise.  Now that Grandpa Mike is gone things seem so clear to me now.  Life is about loving those around you.  It's about realizing we all make mistakes and to be forgiving.  It should be much simpler than we all make it out to be.

I was asked to bring pictures of Grandpa Mike for a slideshow for the funeral.  I was saddened to realize I had hardly taken any pics of him in the last three years.  I'm a photographer, how could this happen?  But then I remember feeling burdened by so many pictures and trying to keep up with day to day life, a blog, a business, a church calling, and everything else that comes with four children.  I kind of stopped taking as many pictures.  The ones that I now have are priceless to me.

I oftentimes run into people who think a photographer charges too much, or I'll have clients who get frustrated with their children for not cooperating.  The great thing about a photograph is remembering that person the way they were at that specific moment in time.  Does it really matter if your two year old won't look at the camera?  Or your three year old wants to make some silly faces in some of the pictures no matter how much you beg them not to?  It shouldn't matter.  It's who they are right now.  I'd rather fill my walls with pictures depicting my kids personalities than cheesy grins that look forced.

The things I've learned from my father-in-laws death I will be putting into practice.  I don't want his death to go unnoticed, it needs to change me into a better person.  I will be taking LOTS more pictures of those dearest to me.  I will look for opportunities to play with my children and teach them.  I will let others now I care about them.  I won't worry so much about how clean my house is.  I will love life.  And I know this won't be easy, and that right now it seems all clear and simple.  But the pictures I have of Mike will help me remember to be that person that he taught me to be

Get out there and take pictures of your loved ones.  The price of a photograph becomes priceless once those moments are gone. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rock the Shot Entry

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this photo of my nephew and his daddy. Love is oozing out of this! What do you think? Check out my submission at and thanks for visiting.