Yes I’m editing pictures on a Saturday night…

It’s that time of year again, the leaves are changing color, the air is getting crisper, and I spend many a late night/early morning with my best friend the computer. In all fairness I have had a great weekend. My DH took me to the Zermatt Resort in Midway for a little overnight get-a-way. Fall is both of our favorite times of year and we had a wonderful time rambling through the mountains and strolling the bustling metropolis of Park City, Utah. BUT, I have SO much work to do. So here goes.

September’s photo project was a Trash-The-Dress shoot. I’ve been wanting to do one for ages but it’s hard to mess with someone’s dress so when I found one for $20 at Ross I was super-jazzed. I got help from the beautiful Kenzi Andersen who has been kind enough to let me photograph her for her Senior pictures. She is great to work with so I knew she would be perfect for this shoot. I think this is the fourth time we’ve worked together. Thanks Kenzi!!

I knew I needed help with hair and make-up and was delighted to get the chance to work with the brilliantly talented Aspen McKenna of Aspen McKenna Make Up Artistry. She is AMAZING!!

I can’t forget to mention my Mom. I had an idea for a shot with a really long veil and though I was stalwart enough to brave the horrifying environs of the local fabric store *theatrical shudder*, she was kind enough to assist me in making my vision come true by helping to make the veil. By help I mean she actually made it while I watched and marveled, my Mom is the best!!

Ironically enough the dress sisn’t end up trashed. In fact, it’s cleaner now then when I bought it. I rinsed it out when we finished thinking the lake water would leave gross residue but I could probably dye it and use it again. Nope, perfectly clean, go figure. Quick dash of Febreeze to get it to stop smelling like dead fish and we’re good! I’m not sure what to do with it now. Perhaps I will use it repeatedly and it can be a joke. Where in the world is the bionic non-trashed dress now? Good times!! =)

A funny thing happened on the way to the Salt Flats, and at the Salt Falts, and on the way home from the Salt Flats.

As all of you who are kind enough to read my blog know, I love adventures, the more random the better. Saturday September 18th found me leaving my house at 1:30 p.m. to meet up with the ProvoCreative Models/Photographers group for a shoot out on the Salt Flats. I have never shot or even been out there so I was extremely excited. We met at the Valley Fair Mall, hopped into each others cars for carpooling and headed out. A good ways out one of our vehicles started billowing smoke so we all came to a stop on the side of the freeway and we were shortly joined by a Sherriff who informed us that we needed to get off the road a.s.a.p. I should add that we had RV’s pulling trailers, models in costumes, all sorts of fun stuff. I’m sure we made an interesting sight.

Someone was kind enough to stay with Pete while he waited for a tow truck and he instructed us to keep going for safety and the fact that we had other people waiting for us at the gas station by the Salt Flats exit. Yes, ironically the man in charge who knew what was going on and had everyone’s numbers was the one in vehicular distress.

We met up with the group and headed out to the actual flats but were told we couldn’t shoot there as there was racing going on the next day and apparently we would be in their way…okay. We settled for a fun spot and proceeded to have a blast shooting. There were photographers and models everywhere as well as about every prop in the whole world that you could imagine. Chairs, couches, balloons, motorcycle, family dressed as circus performers, a mini gas station set, you name it. Unfortunately where we were the ground wasn’t as hard packed as the regular flats and a car got stuck. Another car (the one I rode in) went to the rescue and it got stuck. Finally to get them out we had to deflate the tires but no problem, there’s a gas station with air at the exit, right?? Nope. No air.

So that’s how I ended up in Wendover and home at 1 a.m.

It was a great night, I got some fun shots, and had the opportunity to meet more amazingly talented people. =)

Sidenote: I also got to be a Vegas Showgirl this week, but that’s another story… 😀

The Swain Family

I love this family. Every fall the temperature changes, the leaves turn colors, and I get to photograph the Swain Family. I love my job. These are dear friends of mine from when my family used to live in Kaysville. I feel so blessed that I get to see them at least once a year. It’s so fun to catch up as well as watch their children grow. Funny thing is, it never seems like a whole year when I see them again, maybe just a couple of months. Thank you so, so much for letting me be a part of your lives!

I love pictures of kids just playing and doing their own thing.

He’s doing a bird call, I wish I could remember what bird. I do remember that we talked about owls so maybe that’s the one. =)

This shot is a tradition. They have pictures like this from everywhere they’ve traveled together, ones I’ve taken, and I’m sure many more!