Strickland Family at Memory Grove

This is my beautiful cousin’s family.  Sadly they have moved far, far way and I don’t get to see them as much as I would like to.  I love my cousins.  I have a huge, happy, noisy, wonderful family and I love that I have a boatload of cousins and that my kids have that too.  April and her family were only in town for a short visit and there was really only one day that worked for them to have their family pictures taken.  I knew April liked a classic outdoor green look so I suggested Memory Grove in Salt Lake City UT.  My style of shooting for families is natural light and I like to start about  a half hour before sunset but due to scheduling conflicts of mine we had to start earlier.  I knew that Memory Grove had this lovely pathway that is in open shade earlier in the afternoon.  I love to shoot in open shade!  We had the lighting that I wanted and the outside green that April likes.  I also love how the color of the wall breaks up all the green and adds a note of warmth.  I love the curved lines of the wall and sidewalk for my composition.

Sidenote:  Speaking of family, as I am typing this post I have been making banana muffins from my Grandma Wood’s recipe.  Man, that woman was an amazing cook.  I am in heaven… I’m going to eat three!


Bountiful Temple with a touch of blue.

I don’t take as many pictures of the Bountiful Temple as I should.  It’s one of my favorites, I was married there, but for some reason I don’t photograph it often.  Perhaps it’s one of those grass is greener elsewhere kind of things.  Maybe I should do a year with photographing it every month…perhaps.

I actually took this image while photographing a wedding.  This is my favorite view of the temple.  It seems so grand.  The coloring was a complete accident but I’ve ended up loving it.  I tend to not like blue.  I’ve been thinking why this morning as I blow-dried my hair (which takes forever so I had a lot of time to ponder).  I think it’s because blue to me is sad and cold.  I like warm and passionate colors.  Red is my favorite.  While I was editing the wedding from this day I think I hit auto color in Photoshop which I do every once in a blue moon just to see what will happen and at first I was like “ick”  but then I looked again and was intrigued.  I played with the blues even more then added, I think, three different textures (all with bluish casts) on top.  Messed with levels, masking, opacity, and voila!

I really like it.

As always here is the link to my Bountiful Temple images on my boutique where they are available for purchase.  Have a lovely and artistic day!


I feel like I start all my posts about sessions with “this was the best session EVER!!”  which I understand could get really annoying.  The truth is though, that they usually are.  I have so much fun on a great photo shoot.  It doesn’t matter how stressed or strung out I am.  When I get my camera in my hands and the ideas start flowing and I hear that shutter click (I love that sound) I just get giddy.  My husband says he likes to watch me shoot because I have a huge grin on my face the whole time…I’ll take his word on it.

So fast forward to the engagement shoot that I got to do last week.  They had contacted me about ideas and mentioned go-carts.  I was so excited.  I immediately pictured racing, and kissing between the cars, and confetti at the end like they had just won.  When Annie asked me if I had any other ideas because that was a suggestion I was like “NO!! Don’t take my go-carts away from me!!”  Luckily they had no intention of doing so (whew) and we headed down to Boondocks in Kaysville to play on the go-carts AND the arcade.  I was in heaven!  Even better, they told me that Boondock’s was where they went for their first date!  I LOVE stuff like that (hint, hint future brides).  I love that we shot at a location that was meaningful and told a story.

I laughed through the entire session and when I was editing, and even now I can’t stop.  Whack-a-mole (gilmore girl reference on that one)  and the storm-trooper hahahahahaha….my cheeks hurt.  I am so excited for their wedding.  they have some fantastic ideas which I will not tell ’cause that would ruin the surprise but fair warning, you won’t want to miss those images!

p.s. Special thanks to all the Boondock’s employees that helped us out.  You were all so nice. Super special thanks to Adam and Jake, masters of the go-carts for being so patient and letting us throw confetti all over.  You were wonderful!

Extravaganza with a BYU theme!

My friend’s parents have birthdays within a week of each other.  They were both celebrating their 60th birthdays and are huge BYU fans so what better way to party than with a BYU themed extravaganza?!  My friend organized the whole shebang (along with a lot of help) and it was a fantastic evening.  I was so proud of him and you’d better believe I told him so.  When I got there to set up I couldn’t believe the decorations.  Everything was BYU!  There were BYU shirts and hats all over the walls (such a great idea).  Tents were set up for the food to look like a tailgate party and that was the food theme.  Hot dogs, nachos, home made root beer, oh my!  I loved the glowing Y on the wall and the Cosmo cut out that Jonathon had had express shipped to have all the guests take their pictures with.

There were family and friends there from all over and boy were his parents surprised!  After dinner the “candles”  were blown out (no open flames in the church) and the yummiest cake and ice cream were served while a few family members shared funny memories of the guests of honor.  The evening ended with my friend singing For Good for his parents.  He told me that he knew his Mom would want him to and so my favorite image of the night is the one of him singing while his Mom watches in the background.  I’ve heard him sing a lot and I tell you truly that that was the best I’ve ever heard him.