And the Tony goes to…

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This is my beautiful, theatre friend Megan. She was in the show 1776 last summer and this dress was made for her so of course she had to buy it and of course she wanted pictures. I was happy to oblige. I love doing any kind of session that is different than the norm. We had such a fun time. It was so nice to get to spend time with a good friend. School keeps me so busy I don’t get to see my friends as often as I would like to. This was the perfect opportunity. As we were finishing the session the most beautiful full moon rose. Perfection!

Dandelions to Zombies – 122 Days of Summer

This summer I decided to document my life with a daily photo project which I titled 122 Days of Summer because well, that’s how many days there were.  I counted. 🙂
Here’s the link to the blog post introducing the project for those who may be curious.

122 Days of Summer

The images were sometimes what I was doing on a particular day, or something that caught my eye, or something I just felt like photographing that resonated with me…  whatever choice, I had fun and I recorded my days rather than let them fade by.  I love going back through the images.  So many memories.

Today, well yesterday by the time I post this, was day 122 and I ended my summer with taking my kids to the 8th annual SLC Zombie Walk benefiting the Utah Food Bank.  It was such a great event and we had a blast.
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For those who may want to see them, here is the link to all 122 images…enjoy! 🙂

122 Days of Summer Album

My Valley

11X14_07I have the great honor of living in one of the most beautiful places in the world.  I won’t cause contention by stating that I think it is the absolute most beautiful place…but I may or may not feel that way.  🙂
I live in a beautiful mountain valley in Utah complete with a lake in the middle.  I live where you play.  We have hiking, biking, running, all sorts of skiing, balloon festivals, farmers markets, animals of all varieties, you name it.
We also have truly great people of which this family is one of the best.  Kind, good, wonderful people.  I just love this family.  I also love that this image was taken in their yard with the valley in the background.  I especially love the barn!  Everything about this just makes me happy!

Disney Pose

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This is Jake.  He is one of the nicest guys I have ever had the privilege of working with, heck, he is one of the nicest guys I have ever had the privilege of meeting.  I would totally let him date my daughter!
I have had the honor of photographing his sister for quite a few years.  I tried to count the sessions but lost track at eight.  I’ve also been lucky enough to work with his dad on several film projects, I adore his family!  So I was beyond thrilled at the chance to take his Senior pictures.  It was such a lovely day.  His mom came and we chatted and laughed, I loved it!  I drove home just thinking “I love my life”!
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Jake loves Disney too (bonding!,) and he had just returned from an epic family vacation to Disney World.  Apparently this is his standard obligatory photo pose. 🙂

Pics in the Snow!

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I love pictures in the snow!  Sadly it’s hard to talk people into them.  I’m not sure why.  Possibly because it’s colder, but possibly because it’s not done as often as standing in a park with flowers.
Sad.
So just in case y’all need some examples to stir the creativity…
Voilà!
This is my cute daughter and her likewise cute friends.  We actually had a couple of snowy days (and by that I mean storms, so it’s nice and fresh and present on the branches) this winter and we were lucky enough to grab one of them.

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In all the myriad classes, tutorials, webinars I partake of to further my various skills, I have been informed that I am not supposed to just post pretty pictures.  I am also supposed to offer tips, ideas, words of wisdom.  So here goes…
1.  The rules of what to wear still apply.  It’s best to stick with color schemes and/or solid colors for the biggest impact.  The girls decided on a base of black/white/grey and then colorful scarves.  they didn’t plan on purple/red/yellow it just happened.  I think it turned out great!
2.  Usually it’s not that cold after/during storms but for some reason it was this day.  I had the girls stay in the vehicle as I photographed one at a time and then they all came out for the end.  You can also have hand/feet warmers.
3.  Wear coats and then take them off just for the pictures.
4.  Wear boots…it’s just smart.
5.  Try to shoot right after a storm so the snow is fresh and clinging to branches.
6.  Don’t eat yellow snow.
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Park City at Christmas!

03BOn December 23rd I got to visit one of my most favoritest places {Park, City Utah}, AND I got to photograph this delightful family.  They are from Texas and were here visiting for the holidays.  We had such a fun time, though they were freezing, {I felt so bad}.
They wanted pictures with snow and the mountain behind them so that was the above shot.  They also liked the fun colorful buildings in Park City {one of my favorite parts} so that is the below shot.
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I made them hike all the way up the hill so we could get a few images in front of the Egyptian Theatre.  It’s one of my favorite Park City landmarks and really gives a sense of place.65BThey were staying in Eden while they were here and I was so glad for their cute little girl’s sake that Christmas morning brought us a perfect white Christmas.  It was the stuff of magic and postcards, I don’t know when I’ve seen a more beautiful day.
Thank you so much Cardwells!!