Friday, December 12, 2008

The Broadhead Family

I love capturing families as they really are...who gets the most distracted by the
babies, who gets the most zany in the images, who poses for the camera...
ALL of it! I love it!
This is such a photogenic family! I was sooo excited with
the number of images that turned out amazing! Great smiles and great style!
I'm so glad I got to share this evening with them!
Happy Birthday Janet!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Olson's 2008

I have such great friends!
Anna is one of those friends that when I see her after long periods of time we pick up right where we left off. I consider myself a lucky person for knowing her and learning from her!
I remember during college that she had this amazing ability to love and enjoy everyone around her. One of the quotes that was on her wall went something like this: "There are two kinds of people in this world...the ones I like and the ones I haven't met yet." I'm sure I butchered the actual quote, but the idea of it says something profound about Anna's character. She has always been a great friend and is an amazing mother and wife. I love how she has followed her dreams. We used to talk about how when we grew up we were gonna be neighbors and own a scrapbook store together. Well, we have yet to be neighbors, but Anna followed her passion and established a scrapbook company called Paper Posies, with her husband Mike. She is awesome and I'm so glad she shares her family with me!

I'm lucky enough that I've been able to photograph her family as they've grown. I got to be there when Sara Jayne was blessed and hold Jarom and Elena soon after they were born. I can't wait to see who baby number four looks like!

The last time I photographed their beautiful family was in March of 2007:
It's so fun watching them grow!

Monday, October 20, 2008


Warning: This entry contains some of my personal thoughts.

Change is inevitable. It's always been something that I wanted to deal with well, but the older I've gotten and the more things I've gone through, I've realized that I don't let go of yesterday all that well. I think if I were a tree I'd be the last one to lose my leaves. I think the reason wouldn't be because I feared the seasonal adventure that awaits me with encroaching winter, but that I'm afraid of what I'll miss if I really let go of every last leaf. (and maybe those leaves are the people in my life that come and go...) As I drove up the canyon with Sara and Betty for our "leaf" shoot I found myself reflecting on the reality of how everything around us is in a state of constant change. I was thinking about how the trees must miss their leaves as they become bare for the winter...and how somehow that teaches us something a little more about a Heavenly Father who loves us. Those trees that lose their leaves every year also give life to new leaves after the duration of a difficult winter. Where there is something lost there is something gained after a proper time. There is something amazing that awaits us with the changing seasons, AND something that the duration of the seasons teaches us as well. It makes me think of Ecclesiastes 3:1 "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"

It's interesting to look back at my life and consider all the plans I've made and to contemplate the changing of goals and dreams due to circumstance and the agency of those around me. The truth is we all affect each other. Possibly in just small ways, but I honestly think that everyone that comes into our life has a purpose there and that somehow we actually decide by our own choices how that purpose is fulfilled.

As I've reflected on past memories and all that I've learned from fellow friends and photographers, I've realized that I love to be inspired. I love to be listened to and I love finding new ways to look at this beautiful world we live in. While at WPPI last March I had the chance to be in a seminar by Jesh DeRox. He is an amazing artist who connects with everyone he comes into contact with. I don't think there was a dry eye in the class when he was finished. There was this huge group of people in line waiting to talk to him as well. I definitely left that class a better person because of my experience there. I hope and pray that I can one day have that same affect on those that choose me as their photographer and friend. I love finding the beauty I see in the world through my lens and capturing it forever!

Thanks friends for being the leaves on my tree...I hope I get more than one season with you!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sara and Betty

I've been dying to take pictures of the fall leaves so I asked my friend Sara if she wanted to go and of course it turned into a portrait session which I LOVE! We had such a fine time hiking around at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. I'm amazed at how nice the weather has been and I'm so glad I'm still getting to enjoy it with good friends and my camera. Thanks for the fun shoot ladies! You look Marvelous...simply marvelous! :0)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fire in the Sky: The 4th of July 2008

I know, I know...these images are really old...well, there are more to come! For the 4th some of my friends came up to Riverton and went with me to Riverton Towne Days! I spent the whole firework show shooting into the night sky. I love what I was able to capture! I've also decided that one of my favorite objects to shoot is a ferris wheel. There is just something so magical about them. I also practiced a bit of panning and I love the shot of the kid roller coaster! What a great evening!

Self Portrait


...and the rockets red glare,
the bombs bursting in air gave proof thru the night that our flag was still there...

Friday, October 03, 2008

Taylor and Natalie: Wedding

Hello friends!
Sorry it has taken me such a long time to get these posted! This was such a perfect day! Natalie looked gorgeous and we had so much fun shooting. Natalie and Taylor wanted something a little different to be captured on their wedding day so instead of spending all of our time on temple square we headed out into the city. We got some awesome shots! I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them. :0)