Graduating Senior – Vanessa

Oh, to be a graduating teenage beauty. To have the body, the new found freedom that comes with being 18 & headed off to new adventures. To be unsure of the future & what it holds for you. To hang out for 2 hours with a crazy lady behind a camera who makes rude sounds &  jokes that only she finds funny but you laugh at to be nice. Meet Vanessa.




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Bridals – Jamie


Sometimes when I come home from a photoshoot, I am on a high for days! I guess this means my camera is my drug & baby, I’m addicted. 


 I moved to Davis County in 2010 from Cache County where I had lived for a little over 15 years. I was super nervous about finding new locations for my photography. Jamie contacted me shortly after my move & wanted me to do her wedding photos. She had done her homework & knew that she wanted Elizabethan style photography: classy, clean, simple.

We didn’t know each other before meeting at the Utah State Capitol for her bridal shoot. This is not a super uncommon practice for me, since many of my clients may live out of state or too far away to actually meet in person. The minute Jamie stepped out of the car, I knew it was going to be a good day. Look at her! She’s gorgeous! Making her look good wasn’t going to be work at all! It didn’t take us long to click & start getting these amazing photographs. My only sorrow was when the sun went to bed & photos were no longer possible.




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Event Photography

Let’s discuss event photography, shall we?

Why do we take photos? To remember stuff as they are right now, right? If you don’t have a photo of a specific event in time, don’t you have a hard time remembering it? No? It’s just me? I think you’re lying.

Ok, so I’m of the belief that if you don’t photograph it or write it down in great detail, chances are you won’t remember the event. Poof, it’ll leave your brain. Let’s take a look at 2 very similar events that happened just recently to 2 super awesome & amazingly gorgeous women (Brooke & I) & our 2 equally as cool kids (Owen & Olivia, who btw are destined to be united in marriage one day.)

Brooke: Humble Brooke is a fantastic mom of 5 who plans everything down to the minute detail. She will tell you this isn’t true & when she does, nicely ask her to share her pictures of Halloweens & her kids birthdays. Enough said. Owen had a big event in January. He turned 8 & in our religion this means he will be baptized. Smartly, Brooke handed the camera duties over to me so that she wouldn’t have to worry about getting some awesome pics on this important day. Gold star for Brooke.


















Julie: Julie is me. I am not smart. Olivia turned 8 on leap day (or she turned 2 depending on how you look at it.) Anyway, I did not hand the camera over to someone & thus have but a few photos of said day. I snapped a few shots of my parents & us before leaving for the baptism & have 1 or 2 of the party afterward. Sad…so very sad. 

Lovelies, the lesson to be learned today is, if you are rich & like to throw money into the wind, hire me to come photograph your event. If you are normal (read: money conscientious & smart), ask someone to take pictures for you. Not only will there actually be pictures to look at after the event is over, but you might actually be in some of them. Now wouldn’t that be weird? As a mom to actually to be in some of the photos? A novel thought.

Take the picture taking part of the day off your hands. You’ll be glad you did. Next time we’ll discuss the importance of being IN photos.