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Salt Lake City- #ClickAway2014

Wow.   That’s all I can muster right now.  Admittedly, I rolled my eyes at the thought of thousands of moms and women coming together to do our thing- photography.   But the truth was shocking.  These women were not only kind,  but fun, and so willing to help and collaborate.  What a wonderful, refreshing, authentic conference.  I can’t even get into the speakers right now, it is too overwhelming to start.   Pieces.  I will do this in pieces.

I will most definitely try to go again next fall, especially if it is a cool city like Salt Lake City.   I have so many images I need to go through- I mean soooo many.   Highlight of the conference for me was to see Meg Bitton work.   I also loved chatting with Sue Bryce (who looks amazing) and to see how incredibly human and humble these women are.   I didn’t once feel like “I wasn’t good enough” or “that I needed to be making X amount in photography” in order to be there.   It was such a wonderful way to grow, individually but with people by your side.  But soon the great plague set in.  The plague of change.   The plague of stripping down the old and starting new.  I found myself wanting to immediately strip down my website, logo, and pricing and start from scratch.  I kept thinking of what a speaker said, “What you put out there is what comes back to you.”  Darn it.  While I love the images I have taken in the past, it is not necessarily who I am as a photographer and what I want to be shooting.   Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one suffering from this epidemic.    I quickly learned others felt the same way, so I am holding off, going very slow and approaching new gigs with a new eye.  I have turned down a bit of work lately, because quite frankly, I want to define my own style and I don’t want to be just another photographer taking pics of babies with cute props.  I definitely want to learn to be good at many things, but with that said, I don’t want to studio shoot as often- instead I want to shoot outdoors in all seasons.    The conference also reinforced, I am just not a landscape photographer.  That’s ok with me.  I don’t find interest in much of my images of fountains and buildings and landscape- it’s the ones of the people I am so intensely drawn to.   But my gosh, the pictures others took of the beauty around me was astonishing.  Clearly that isn’t my forte, and that is ok.   Everyone needs to do their thing.  My thing is people.

Here is just a few shots with two sweet and beautiful girls that I shot with Sarah Vasquez’s class in natural light.  I have so many more that I don’t know where to start.    For now, I will leave you with these.



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October 12, 2014 - 4:07 am

Natalie S - LOVE LOVE LOVE! Obviously adore the pix, but your blog entry is so heartfelt! You are an amazing person and I hope we get to work with you again one day soon xo

Sweet Aybree

I finally finished baby Aybree’s photos.  The other day after this shoot, Owen asked me why I only photographed “new” babies.  I told him that I photograph lots of people, but the newborns are the ones that come to the studio that he sometimes gets to see.  He wanted to know why new Mama’s want to capture their babies so young.  Here’s why!  Click on the first photo to get to the next.   Thanks Paige for letting me capture sweet Aybree in her first week here with us.   I look forward to seeing her in the studio again soon.


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Aybree @ 5 days old – Sneak Peek

My husband’s cousin Leslie and her husband John just had their first grand-baby.   Paige is the lucky Mama and she brought Aybree in for her newborn pics (pronounced like Avery but Abe instead of Ave).  I promised a sneak peek before I left for the weekend.   This baby is just gorgeous.   She has that beautiful olive skin and gorgeous silky jet black hair.  She is going to be stunning.  I can’t wait to watch her grow. Welcome to the family baby Aybree.  I look forward to your sixth month session!


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Cassidy & Jessie

One of the greatest gifts in life is friendship.   A friendship so deep it is like a sisterly bond.   Fortunately, I have a few of those ladies in my life myself.   Cassidy had her best friend Jessie in town for a short time and they wanted to do something girly and fun on her Tennessee farm- and this photo shoot was fabulous.  Going back through the pictures, I love how the story finds itself in three different spots on the farm, with three different themes, and the sun’s glow was gorgeous as this was unfolding.  My favorite moment- impromptu dance parties along the way!   I will start with the first “farm girl” theme.

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Summer Special Runs Until Aug 31

I am running a summer special for $99 – Approximately 1 hour photo shoot, and comes with your choice of 2 digital files with print release OR  the following prints:  2 5x7s and 1 8 x10 from a custom print lab.    Anything else is additional, but sharply discounted!

You may purchase ANY additional prints or digital files.  BONUS:  Additional prints and digitals are reduced——>   Prints will be 50% off, and digitals will also be 50% off my normal prices!

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*Excludes newborn photography

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Julia’s sweet family

I have been a bit behind on blogging, but I wanted to share a few from a sweet family session a few weeks ago.   This family was absolutely the kindest and so laid back.    Their two children are not only beautiful but they had that special sparkle that the camera just loves.  They were all so photogenic, it made my job so easy.   Thanks Julia for letting me be a tiny part of your day with your family.  By the way, this day also happened to be the couple’s anniversary!





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