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Monday, December 26, 2011

Solid Gold

Christmas gift idea: go through your mom's closet, pull out some awesome vintage dress that she loved way back when, and create a portrait of yourself wearing said dress. If it's a 1971 number complete with gold shoes, belt and purse, EVEN better! Then frame the portrait and present it on Christmas morning - instant winner! I had so much fun making this Christmas wish come true. Seriously, my job is way too much fun sometimes.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Halloween fun at Christmas

Here are a couple images from fun little Halloween mini sessions. I love how both of these gals were totally confident and totally into their characters. I love people in character.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Unveiling

Now that the Christmas Cards are out, I can FINALLY post my family portraits created by Allison of English Photography last September. This portrait was about 4 years in the planning, when I decided that I wanted to redecorate my 1994 forest green front room. I love the color blue, and wanted to design my color scheme in the room around my logo colors of black, white, and blue. I knew the Salt Flats would be a perfect location to use for that specific combo. Then I decided that I wanted to go very 1950's Father-Knows-Best with our outfits, and this miracle happened: my husband was totally all gung-ho about getting his portraits done (which he has previously been less obliged to do than go to the dentist.) I can't even tell you how much I love these portraits! Allison - thank you so much for catching the vision completely, and buying those chairs, and having the band-aids, and everything else! Your technical prowess is matched only by your extreme generosity and creative genius.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Long Overdue (Utah Child Photography)

These are my daughter's baptism portraits. We created them in two sessions: one a year ago, and one last spring. I have been wanting to post them for a while, but just haven't had a break to work on them. Took the day off with the flu today, and did something for myself. I am absolutely floored by this girl's good heart, her willingness to serve, and the kindness with which she treats others. She is my best helper at home, and even cleans bathrooms cheerfully. No, you can't have her. We have gotten really close in the past couple years with photography as a common interest. I hope she always carries the confidence she does now. There is nothing this girl doesn't think she can't do - and she's right. I don't care if you are on team evil, I love you, K, so much!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

St George Portrait Event (Utah Professional Photography)

I've finally got images for you from my St George Portrait event. We photographed two families on one very cold windy day. Both families were such troopers despite the cold. I don't know when, but I will definitely be going back to Washington County and specifically Snow Canyon for another portrait event in the future. If you are interested, please let me know!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

What is a Professional Photographer and Why should I hire one?

I just stumbled upon an amazing website: Take Off Your Mommy Goggles. I am a member of many professional organizations that exist to instruct and educate photographers on how to be better at their art and business. This is the first site that I've found that is dedicated to educating consumers about what is (and isn't) good photography, and how to navigate the incredibly saturated field of people who accept money for photos. I strongly suggest you visit and read all of the "for consumer" pages on this site, whether you are looking to purchase photographic art, or you produce it yourself. The best parts are her "Lulu" and "Moondoggie" tutorials. I love those two plastic models! :-}

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Nice toasty warm studio (Utah Family Photography)

The weather outside might be frightful, but inside the studio is so delightful! I really love having a studio in which to work this winter. Not that I don't enjoy photographing on location - or that I wouldn't love to do some snowy fun portraits, but sometimes it's just COLD out there at this time of year. And I'm not a cold-weather-loving person. I'm plowing through the work in my inbox, so if you are waiting for images or previews, please be patient while they are finished. Thanks to both of these families for sharing a couple hours in my new favorite place! :-)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Channeling Soderberg (Utah Family Photography)

There are probably only 5 or 6 people who will understand this post. Maybe it was the wicker chair, or the blue and brown backdrops, or the humongous softbox, but this session made me totally nostalgic for my adopted family from Soderberg Photography. I was incredibly lucky to have such an amazing experience to start my career. The five years I worked as a sales associate in that little studio did more ground-tilling and seed-planting for my current station than anything before or since. I feel extremely fortunate to still be BFF's with the women (and Kent!) with whom I worked. Missing you guys (especially you, Scott) this holiday season. May your pot roast not burn... and if it does, just don't tell anyone.

To the H family, thank you so much for your trust in creating your first "official" family portrait. Your little one is an absolute delight. I hope you enjoyed your pancakes! :-) I will have your online gallery ready to view your previews in about a day.