April 2012 Lighting Project

This project was a two birds with one stone sort of thing.  Ages ago I had thought of doing images of my children making faces and showing their personalities.  I’m trying to decide what to put over my bed and I thought four large black and white images of my kids would be fun.  Then I had the idea of making these nine-up composites when we had too many ideas for just one image.  I put the idea in the back of my mind to simmer for awhile but I didn’t forget about it.  Then, when I decided to do a headshot special for my friends I was trying to decide how to make the lighting work the way I wanted it to.  I am VERY picky and I have struggled with making strobe fit into my style because I really love the softness of natural light.  When I am doing headshots I don’t want to shoot with a small aperture and have everything sharp.  I want to focus straight to the eyes and have everything else fade into softness.  It’s just what I like.  I spent days upon days moving lights around and my children were so awesome and patient and ready to help, so when I got things where I wanted {and I am SO excited about that}  I pulled this idea back to the front of my brain and we took all of their favorite things and created these images.  We had a blast and from a strictly Mom perspective I love them SO SO much.  These are MY KIDS!!!  This is who these goofy little angel/heathen darlings are right now and these images are treasures to me!

April Photo Challenge

I like to do monthly photo challenges and the theme for April was mixed light.  The example given was a guy in a bar and while I thought that was cool I wanted to go a completely different route just to make it more challenging for myself.  I couldn’t think of anything.  Finally one day I was actually catching up on twitter and a profile pic caught my eye. It was of a, well, an eye, and I was intrigued.  Then I remembered that the geniuses behind the Lord of the Rings films had decided to place white twinkle lights in front of the Lady Galadriel so that the reflection in her eye would look like stars and lend a feeling of otherworldliness.  I know this because I am a huge geek and watched every. single. second. of the behind the scenes extended edition footage.  Yes I did, I even looked at every single concept image.  Anyway, I had my concept.  Twinkle lights with window backlight to create edging and I was off.  This one was really fun!

Headshot Mini-Session Event

Many of my performing {and business minded} friends have asked me about doing quick headshots so this event is a gift for all of you wonderful people in my life to let you know how much I appreciate you.  Call, text, or email me for a time.  I aim to be as flexible as possible.  Thank you so much for all of your support!

The Lone Tree

ImageWe all probably have things that catch our eye and make us look twice and then want to photograph them.  My brother, Benjamin, has an affinity for empty park benches, I like lone trees.  Don’t know why, just always have.  There is one in the Valley where I live that I have been fascinated with ever since I was a child and every time I drive by it I try to figure out how to photograph it…still haven’t worked it out.  It’s far away on a hill in the middle of a field and I don’t know how to show it’s isolation without it being a teeny speck in the picture and thereby losing impact.  Anyway, that’s another story.  The tree in the image above is on Trapper’s Loop in  Mountain Green, Utah and I pass it every time I drive to one of my many rehearsals.  Every time I see it I am fascinated by it.  Finally one day I decided to stop being lazy so I grabbed my camera and my son who is home with me during the day and we went on a mini-adventure to take pictures of the darn thing.  It was cold and the sky wasn’t what I was hoping for and my son ran afoul of the thistles but I’m so glad I finally did it before something happens to it.  My advice for anyone out there delaying something for another day.  Stop it!  Get out and shoot!

Here’s a link to this image at my Fine Art Boutique.

http://www.illuminephotography.com/scenics/e338e5975

Date Night at the Logan Utah LDS Temple

Last Saturday hubby and I drove up to Logan to visit the temple there for our date night.  I went to school at USU and so will always have a soft spot in my heart for Logan.  Strangely enough this was the first time either of us had been through a session there.  I’ve lately become fascinated by the chandeliers in the different temples.  Logan’s celestial room chandelier seems to be about one fourth the size of the room…really big!  My daughter likes the pictures of this temple.  She says it looks like a castle.

This was my favorite shot that I took that night.  I don’t know why, I often don’t.  You just have to listen to your heart and this was the image that my heart chose.

We were lucky enough to be there at just the right time for twilight shots.  I love this time of night.  I think it’s magic.  I probably get it from my mother who is an amazing artist.  She is always talking about twilight when the sky is becoming dark but you can still see and the lights are just coming on.  It’s the magic hour, the best of both worlds.  I can imagine fairies, elves, and all sorts of possibilities at twilight.

Here is the link to all my Logan Utah LDS Temple images at my online Fine Art Boutique.

http://www.illuminephotography.com/logantemple

Swimsuit Disaster Averted!

I have to give a quick recommendation for the wonderful people at Hapari.  I dread swimsuit shopping and now that I have two basically teenage daughters (12 and 14) it’s even more stressful.  My daughters needed new swimsuits this year and it’s important to me that they be modest.  I searched online and purchased suits but when they arrived they weren’t the right size It was my fault entirely, my girls are really hard to fit right now.  Anyway, we found out that they were opening a new store in Kaysville so we stopped there on our way home from LDS General Conference last Saturday.  I was completely confused and frazzled but the girls at the store took care of everything.  Jaden (who usually works at the American Fork store)  was especially fantastic, I couldn’t have done it without her.  My girls talked all the way home about how nice and fun she was.  She helped them pick out what looked best on them.  They are thrilled and I can relax.  Above is the suit my 14 year old chose but she added shorts.

To the right is the suit my 12 year old chose but she went with the skirt that Jaden recommended and it’s perfect!

If you are looking for modest suits that are cute and Girl’s Camp approved I can’t recommend Hapari enough!

LDS General Conference and fun.

Last past Saturday I had the privilege of attending LDS General Conference in person with my two daughters.  This was the first time we have all three been able to go.  We were extra excited because my Aunt and Uncle had been accepted into the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the session we were at was their very first Conference performance.  An historic occasion!  My daughters were fascinated by all of the protestors outside the conference center and we were so excited to find our beloved bagpiper outside on the street playing church songs.  Why does everything sound so much better played by bagpipes?

Later that same evening my husband and I went to see fun. at In The Venue.  It was completely sold out and a total madhouse.  We’ve liked fun. for ages but there were a lot more people there than at their last concert a year and a half ago.  I guess that’s what happens when Glee  covers your favorite band.  They put on an awesome show, which they always do, and I was fascinated by how many people left after We Are Young.  I wasn’t allowed to take my real camera in so this is a crappy cell phone shot but it’s still fun.  {totally accidental pun} 🙂