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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer Bloom Schedule (Utah Professional Portrait Photography)

Summer is here!! FINALLY!! I thought I'd post a little about some of Utah's exclusive bloom locations, and when are the prime times to create portraits. This week I'm having a "Last Minute Location Alert" in a poppy grove in Alpine. If anyone is interested in scheduling a session for this location, it needs to be within the next 10 days before they are all gone. I will waive all travel fees to the first person who books a session here. As with most locations, the best time for a session will be about 1 hour before sunset, but this stunning grove would also be spectacular EARLY morning (like before 9:00). Towards the last week of June, and first week of July (varies every year) the Lavender fields in Mona, UT bloom, and are absolutely stunning. This location is a bit of a drive for Wasatch Front folk, and has a $50 usage fee and a $50 travel fee - but I promise it will be well worth every minute and penny! It really is one of the most unique and tremendous portrait locations in the state. I will be calling them every week to figure out the prime bloom dates, as the lavender is only in bloom for about 10 days before they harvest. Sessions have to be at sunset for best lighting (there is very little shade) and it takes about 1 hour 15 minutes to get there from my home in West Jordan.
The middle of August usually sees Albion Basin in bloom: spectacular wildflowers in primary colors, and rugged mountain vistas make this one Utah residences' favorite family portrait locations. The bloom season was only about 3 weeks last year because of the late spring, but I'm hoping it will extend a bit this year (who knows, though, with how dry it's been.) Again, sunset is best, but early morning could be equally pretty if timed right.
And ALL season long, I have the private KD Portraits Garden available. This 1/2 acre meticulously landscaped garden is so easy and convenient for me to create in that I will be doing sessions there at extreme discounts July and August weekday evenings all summer. Watch for a post soon about the Garden event.
If you want to schedule a session, I implore you to do it right away for these prime locations. The bloom seasons are very limited, and tend to slip away without much warning if you don't plan carefully in advance. Also, I am starting to get a pretty stuffed calendar about 4-6 weeks out, so sooner is definitely better than later. Call if you have any questions, or to reserve your custom portrait session: 801-556-1661.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

En Pointe School of Ballet (Utah Dance Photography)

One of the reasons I am a dance photographer is because of the whole complete artistic package. There is just something about art of dance combined with the art of costume design, set design, and photography that I love to see all combined to create something really beautiful. One thing I really strive for in my dance photography is to make it as artistic as possible in the tight constraints of budget and time. Below are images from En Pointe School of Ballet. Their ballet, "Through the Fairy Ring" will be performed on Saturday the 2nd of June, and I had the privilege of creating their formal portraits this year. The vision and artistic eye of the director really impressed me especially considering the small size of the company. The dancers and parents were all so patience and kind to me and my staff. It was a great pleasure to be able to meet you all this year, and I wish you much luck in the coming performance!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mon Petit Ami (Professional Child Photography)

...and finally, a very huge thank you to S&T who are our hosts here in Switzerland. S was the reason I was able to come to Switzerland in the first place 4 years ago, and the reason I was able to return to work here this year. I am deeply grateful for her service and hospitality, and her unfailing loyalty. Thank you so much for everything! Here are a few images of their little boy who is absolutely the most beautiful baby in Europe!

 

This is what I want to do when I grow up (Professional Child photography)

What can I say about this session except that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life - creating portraits of children doing what they love, everywhere in the world! These kids have completely made my year with their awesomeness. N&N, you are so amazing, and I will miss you so much when I go home! Hugs and kisses to you both.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Importance of Documenting Loved Ones

Of all the sessions I've done in the last little while, this one has had the most impact on me. This kind, loving, fun couple are the parents of my dear friend (who is the president of my Fan Club - Switzerland Chapter.) She hired me to do a session of just her parents, which made me stop and think that I have NEVER done a compete portrait session of just my two parents or my husband's parents. My husband's dad is very ill after a 3-year battle with terminal cancer, and he just doesn't look like himself anymore. I wish SO badly that I had created a portrait of he and Mom Doman before he became this ill. I suggested it - but I never followed through, and now it may be too late. I am determined not to make the same mistake with my parents, and will be photographing them whether they like it or not in their own garden this summer.

These two are so comfortable with each other - you can tell how close the years together have made them just by the way they look at each other. I am grateful beyond measure for their friendship and willingness to let me use their gorgeous Swiss orchard and farm as a backdrop for our portrait sessions last week. They are the absolute ideal of hospitality and kindness. Merci, JD & L, for giving this gift to your children!
 

Swiss Family Portraits part 2

I've been sitting here processing and finishing images while munching on hazelnut cookies and marzipan with Swiss chocolate... Life is sweet! This is another sweet little family that I was blessed to photograph in Switzerland. What adorable children!! I love that their parents wanted a photograph with their little stuffed animals - usually we try to sneak the toys out of the photo, but I think it speaks volumes of their current age and personalities. It was TOUGH to photograph kids in a different language, but with the help of my fantastic 3 assistants, and lots of animal noises, we managed it! Merci, merci!

Swiss Family Portraits

I have the unusual and incredible experience of being able to travel to Switzerland this year to do some family and wedding photography. This is the first family I was honored to photograph just up the hill from  their home. I am always so impressed with how friendly and gracious the Swiss people are when it comes to inviting complete strangers into their homes and lives. I was deeply grateful for the opportunity to create a family heirloom for the C family and their "other" family members - I love how much they love their horses!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Photographs from The Childrens' Ballet Theatre production of Cinderella are now available HERE. I am hoping to post more images here soon. Check back!