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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy First Day of Spring!

There were 3 inches of snow on the ground this morning, but despite that, I know it will be a blink of an eye before the world looks like this:

My spring calendar is already pretty crazy, but I would love to fit in some more blossom and tulip portraits. I'm offering portrait sessions in my private garden for only $35 all season. I will keep you updated as to when the best blooms are prime. If you want to get on the calendar, though, I recommend you call ASAP because space is already very limited.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Marching On for Abigail!

Here's one of my favorite images we created this month during the March for Abigail:

I just want to say thanks so much to this little lady's family for coming in today and supporting our sweet Abigail! I still have a couple March for Abigail sessions available on March 30. For a donation of only $35 to Abigail's family, we can create something truly unique and beautiful for you! Give me a call right away before the appointments are all filled: (801) 556-1661

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Better and Better each Year

I have been thinking a lot about what to post about our Girls' Night Out portrait session we did last night. The problem is everything that I can think of is either extremely cheesy or totally inappropriate for the blog-o-sphere. In case you don't know, these images are of me and two best friends. We not only grew up together but we keep growing up (or not growing up) together every year. I really wanted a portrait of us together at this age in our lives, because I truly believe we will look back at this age and ourselves with much awe and amazement. Love you guys - and I'll never forget what we were laughing at...

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I Believe in the IPPA

When I was learning photography way back in 2001 (why does that not seem like a long time ago?) I joined our local IPPA - The Intermountain Professional Photographers Association. It is our local affiliate of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America). In a nutshell, it is a group of professional photographers who meet to learn, share, and bounce ideas off of each other while striving to understand such intimidating phenomenon as lighting, posing, marketing, social media, etc.

This past week I had the honorable opportunity of co-teaching a workshop for the IPPA with Laura Bruschke and Miyo Strong from Busath Photography. It was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done. Not only did I have to come up with something to teach (and teaching alone is something at which I've never felt very adept) but I had to stand up there with two of the best photographers in the state and give something unique and hopefully useful to those in attendance. I was so nervous and physically affected by it that I couldn't even point my nifty new laser pointer right because my hand was shaking so badly.

It got easier, though, as the day progressed. Pretty soon I could see that most everyone in the audience were people that I already know, and with whom I have built trusting relationships. These fine photographers are people I have called in desperate times of need and they have answered with no hesitation. They are friends and colleagues who totally geek out with me when we start talking sweet light and gear. It's these same people who sit in print competition with me - holding our breath while the judges call one of our prints back - and silently high-five after the final score has gone out... After realizing all this, it was quite a bit easier, and I was so grateful for those relationships, and for those fantastic people who were there in support of the three of us. I had an incredible sense of belonging and family unlike any class I've ever attended in the past.

And then there were my kids. When I was trying to come up with an ideal set of models for our demo, I thought, "I need a couple of kids that are brother and sister, between the ages of 8-12, who's mom won't care if I take them out of school for a day to model for me...." And then I realized that I actually HAVE that in my own kids, so I decided to try it. I was really really nervous to be teacher, photographer, and mom all at the same time because I have not had much success with multiple roles in the past. Turns out my fears were totally unwarranted, and with a little help from Allison (life saver!) they were the best-behaved and most amazing models I could have ever hoped for. I seriously was swelling with pride and love for them, and was just grateful that I am lucky enough to be their mom. Here are some of the images I created at the class - when I look at these, I will always remember how unexpectedly wonderful the whole day turned out for me. It was a truly wonderful day.