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Friday, February 20, 2009


Thanks alot, "ME" for your comment on the post below... you got me all thinking about where was I nine years ago? What was I photographing? The answer is weddings. I was actually thrilled that I had 4 weddings that summer. Here was my business card:

I had to edit the address and phone number because I was living with my in-laws back then, and I don't want anyone bugging them. ;-) If a business card says anything about you, then this says I was spending all my money on tuition, and not on graphic design. I love that the font is "Times New Roman" in italics - you know, so it looks fancy!

I was using my Hasselblad 501c with mainly the 150mm lens, and getting ready to graduate from the U of U. I did my first studio bridal portrait of one of my good friends who had suffered through the photography program and dark-room fumes with me (who remains a photographer today, and is one of the only friends from the U that I'm still in contact with - shout out to A!) Despite the fact that I had much to learn, I still like these images. I love that sassy attitude!

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane. Don't be bored with my ramblings - go look at J&J again... they're hip and modern and fun and all that.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Gorgeous People (Utah Wedding Photography)

Here are some more of the yummy engagement images of J&J. It was early, it was freezin' cold, it was a grey, cloudy day, but do you think these two cared at all? Oh, no - they were PLENTY warm, folks! Stay tuned for J's bridal session. I won't give too much away, but I will say that we're headin on up to the ranch.... (giddy photographer!!) Hey, by the way, I know there are a ton of J&J's friends checking out this sneak peek - so give them some blog love and leave a comment! I'd love to hear what you all think.

Young Love (Utah Wedding Photography)

It's been way too long since I've had the distinct joy that is an engagement session. I don't know why that is the case, but I was very grateful to be given the chance to spend a morning with J&J. It was just what I needed! We started on location, (and I have some really fantastic location images to post later) but I just had to post these quickly to show off how my studio is coming. Yes, I am STILL remodeling it... no, it's not done yet. A lot of photographers that I talk to are surprised when I tell them my studio is in my front room in my home. It's not a very big space, but the light I get in there is fantastic! I love how these images show it off naked with no backdrop or strobes! A 'Natural, baby! Thanks, guys for letting me go kind of funky - I think these images are really unique.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Passion (Utah Portrait Photography)

I wanted to post this session for Valentine's Day, but I didn't have time before I went out of town. This is one of the most beautiful couples I've ever had the privilege to photograph. They are so in love, too! They are the perfect symbol of cupid's busy-work. Thank you both for this fun evening, and all the camera shop talk!

I also want to post my new blog title with these images. I decided to go with "A passion for people." I really wanted something to describe why I continue to divide my time between my children and this profession. The fact is that as much as I am addicted to really beautiful images, I am more addicted to the relationships with my clients that emerge from photographing them. Taking a person's portrait is a very intimate thing, I think, and most people feel very vulnerable sitting in front of a camera. I am always honored to be given the responsibility of capturing the souls of my subjects for their loved ones, and (even though I can get goofy during most sessions, just because I'm usually having a lot of fun!) I try not to take the opportunity too lightly. Many many thanks to everyone who gave suggestions, and the $50 portrait credit will go to Teralee for getting my brain on the right track with "passion." Congrats, Shugah!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Juicy Pirate Bling and Little Daisy's

I just have to post how awesome the Boutique was tonight! I went with the intent to network, and met some very creative and wonderful people. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the cabbage rolls were better than the chocolate-dipped strawberries. I think I will crave them for a long time. Thanks to everyone who signed up to be on the mailing list. I will complete the drawing for the complimentary session this weekend when I post the winner of my blog-renaming contest (it's not too late to get your suggestions in!) I have to say I did my part to stimulate the economy tonight. I bought another hat by Little Daisy. I am so addicted to these things - I can't resist them because when I think about a tiny human head fitting into one of these delicate little things, I get all mooshy inside.

I also got myself some sweet deals. Anyone who knows me well knows that I LOVE pirates, and when I saw this hat, and it was only $19, I had to buy it! What a steal! I'm so wearing this to Disneyland next month... And these earrings were only $3! I felt a little giddy all night bargain-shopping. I got several gifts that I may have a hard time giving up...

I may be connecting with some of the vendors I met tonight in a future boutique. Give me some feedback, everyone - what kinds of products would you be interested in? What would make an event perfect and irresistible for you? I'll see if I can round up some of those cabbage rolls.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Little Daisy Hats

So you know those great hats that my awesome little friends made in a previous post? Well, they are having a boutique this Thursday (February 12) from 5:00-8:00 pm to showcase and sell their wares. The address is 12340 South 450 East in Draper, UT. Trust me - you want to be there. Not only are these amazing hats excellently crafted, but I believe supporting local business (especially local business by young people) is SO important to our economy. I have already purchased 6 of them for use in my studio, and plan on ordering several more. My daughter won't let anyone else in our house touch hers (the pink one in my blog header.) There are going to be all sorts of other reasons to attend this boutique: chocolate being one of the best ones. Also available will be hand-crafted jewelry, clothing, and handbags; as well as some very inexpensive spa and beauty treatments. It will be a fabulous Girl's night out, and I will also be hosting a drawing for a complimentary portrait session as well as finished products. Come party with us on Thursday!! Here are the two flyers that are going out with all the information (mine and theirs.) Call me if you have any questions! 801-556-1661.