Happy Birthday Elise!!! :: Tooele Salt Lake City Utah Portrait Photographer

My niece, Elise, turns 22 today. So for her birthday we did a fun photoshoot. She came up and spent the day with me. We went to lunch, she babysat my kids, she put some fake eyelashes on me, we laughed and laughed.  She, like her mother, is always a good time with lots of fun energy.

I have to say, it was sort of painful to get out my camera, dust it off from its months of storage, and start shooting again.  I have a love/anxiety relationship with photography.  I’m sure many people that turn their hobby into a job can relate. But the joy of photography has been waning since I started feeling like I HAD to do it to pay some bills.  Plus my camera has started slowing down a bit, which causes a delay, which causes me a mini heart attack every time I miss a moment.

But it felt good to create a little art this week with Elise.  The last few months I’ve been painting walls, crafting, sewing, doing watercolors, etc. All my creativity has been seeping out of me in other ways. So it felt good to manipulate some light.

Thanks for coming up Elise and helping me get my camera out : ) You look amazing!  LOVE YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Emma Senior Portraits :: Tooele Salt Lake City Utah Senior Phototgraphe

Hello Gorgeous!  Emma, her mom, and I went up middle canyon last night and took some beautiful photos!  I got to know Emma a little and found out she’s crazy smart and is going to be an engineer.  She was also so pretty and sweet.  I usually try to narrow it down a little bit more, but there were so many cute photos.  Thank so much for letting me do your senior photos!  w0541aw0514aw0508a

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White Room Portraits :: Tooele Salt Lake City Utah Photographer

We have a room in the “attic” of our house we turned into the playroom.  I have always wanted an all white room to take photos in.  And I told myself that with small children I’d have to be a masochist to paint a floor white.  Especially the playroom!  They have constantly filthy feet. But I couldn’t make myself wait any longer! It took me two weeks of an hour and an hour there, but I finally got the room finished!!! I had to use cookies as bribery, but my kids let me use them as models to figure out how to best use the light in the room.  The photos of just my daughter are natural light back lit by a window.  The photos of my son and daughter together are using studio light.  Can’t wait to play some more!!!

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Baptism Portraits :: Tooele Salt Lake City Utah Children Photographer

My handsome, oldest son was baptized this summer.  I’m late on posting and playing catch-up.  I can’t believe my little man has turned eight!  He is my responsible, smart little entrepreneur.  His whole purpose in life right now is finding ways to earn money.  He is going to learn how to mow lawns this week so he can start charging the neighbors.  His past businesses have been selling lemon-aide and making balloon animals.  Not only is he business savvy, he is a good kid who always includes younger kids in his games. He’s always organizing activities for whoever is over at our house. He is constantly doing “experiments” with items he finds in the kitchen.  I love his creative, happy little soul and couldn’t be prouder.  Love you!

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Birthdays and Blessings :: Tooele Salt Lake City Utah Children Photographer

I got to babysit my cute nephews a few weeks ago. And while they were here we did a photoshoot.  We took some photos of Baby D in his blessing outfit. It was sewn by his grandma and he looked so sweet it in!  Toddler D turned two and was in a great mood, lucky for me!  Love these sweet boys! We’ve been so blessed to have them live close the last year.

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Happy Birthday! :: Tooele Salt Lake City Utah Child Photographer

I finally got my six year olds birthday photos done. We are only 2 months late. I had a great idea involving pirates… but it wasn’t going to happen.  So today we went outside and took a bunch of books with us.  Since Jens was a year old he has LOVE, LOVED books. More than any of the other kids.  He used to fall asleep on a pile of books when he was a year and a half.  He is in 1st grade reading on a 3rd grade level.  He has been reading Calvin and Hobbes lately. Even though he doesn’t get a lot of the jokes, he still laughs and is completely entertained by it.  I remember reading my last Calvin and Hobbes book, I had them all, and my heart aching that it was over. I loved Calvin and his relationship with Hobbes.  It has been so fun re-discovering them through my kids.

Besides reading, Jens is an avid gamer… of the board game variety. He plays strategy games for adults and knows all the rules. Its amazing.  He also loves helping his dad in the garden.  He’s just a pleasant kid to be around and super smart. We are blessed to have him in our family!  Happy birthday buddy! w6292aw6385aw6411bww6440a

Matt & Lizzy Wedding Photography :: Tooele Salt Lake City Utah Wedding Photographer

Matt and Lizzy got hitched! What a beautiful couple!  This was a sweet, little backyard wedding in Grantsville, UT.  It was just all their intimate family and friends. Lizzy’s mom even became ordained to perform the marriage herself!  I thought Lizzy looked gorgeous and I loved her dress!  And I loved that the guest threw rice at the couple as they left to get in the limo! Such a fairytale.  They looked so happy! Congrats Matt and Lizzy! Thanks for letting me capture your wedding day!

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