Category: Portraits

Braden’s Graduating!! How could that be?!

So in 1989 my family moved from Tucson, Arizona to Clearfield, Utah.  Right next door was a girl my age and we became instant friends.  I remember Carrie and I watching Jazz games together, scary movies (like The Changling! Ahhh!), cartoons like Animaniacs,  sewing the same pants, going to district science fairs together, high school dances, choir concerts, weddings, game nights… we’ve been in each other’s lives forever.  She’s one of my very best friends.  Still we are there for each other.  We always get together at the beginning of the year for our birthday celebration at Zupas, lately we’ve been having a summer BBQ on the lake with tubes and paddleboards, at Christmastime Carrie hosts our annual Fondue dinner and dessert. We’ve had wonderful times.

I’ve also been able to watch her 4 beautiful children grow up.  Braden’s one of the oldest of my friend’s kids.  He was born more then 6 years before my oldest so I’ve looked at him, and the way Carrie and Jared have raised him, as an example for my kids.  I’ve been able to watch a small boy who would color all over basement walls with permanent marker and worried his parents to pieces in elementary school to a young man ready to graduate from high school and go on a mission.  He is such a fun, loving, respectful young man.  Carrie and Jared you have such a remarkable boy!  You’ve done such a great job!  Thank you for letting me take his portraits today.  I think he loved it!! lol  I love you Both!

 

 

 

Standing Family 2019

I met a wonderful family the other day, and had the privilege of spending the evening with them and capturing a very special time of their lives. Edward, one of their awesome sons was leaving on a mission a few days later and they wanted to make sure they captured the special time before he left.

What a wonderful family they are! Loving, sweetly sarcastic, respectful and encouraging of one another. It’s because of families like the Standing family that I spend time away from mine during this busy time of year. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to spend an evening with you! What wonderful people you are!

Another Year Down!!

We did it again!!  I took my families photographs…. again!!  Every year I do this I am soooo very relieved when it’s over!  Yes, I get worried about clothing, and location and hair, and getting there on time… like every other family getting photographed (including my clients;).  However, taking photographs of your own children adds a whole other dynamic…. are they going to listen/ smile/ runaway from mom and play a game like “hide and go seek!?”  Ah!!  Yes to all of that.  We bribe, and bribe, and bribe… and plead!  In the end they usually turn our OK!  (It helps I have beautiful little fellas to photograph!)  Well here goes!  Dasek Family 2019!

Headshots

So about 3 o’clock this afternoon I got a call while I was standing in my husband’s favorite fountain pen shop, in his favorite mall (Trolley Square.) We had just gone out for a lunch together, and were taking a little time before he had to get back.  The lovely mother on the phone I answered needed headshots for her kids.  She was hoping around 4.  I told her I was certain it would be fine and I’d call her back as soon as I got back home because I didn’t have my planner.  She sounded confused, but said OK and we hung up.  A second later I looked at my watch, it was now after three and I realized why she was so confused! lol.  I had an hour to get my husband back to work, get through traffic from Salt Lake, (which doesn’t seem to ever be clear anymore.)  I still had to grab my gear, get to the park, and set-up for the photo session!  By 4:30 we were done and by 6 they were all printed and going off to the judges for their auditions!  Such fun beautiful, talented kids.  I’m so grateful it was as clear as it was today so I could meet them!  So excited to meet the rest of your famliy very soon! !

Memory Lane

A couple weeks ago I went down to Murray Park in Salt Lake City and photographed the extended family of one of my dearest friends, Carrie Jensen Sawyer.  I love the Sawyers! … and the Jensen’s! and the Clarke’s! and the rest of the gang!  We grew up next to each other, played together, went to church activities together, and went to dates together.  However it’s been awhile since I’ve seen the whole family… and all of their beautiful kids!  I was so excited I was invited to come and photograph such an amazing family!  Thank you so much!  So good to see you all!

 

Zach is going on a Mission!

What a pleasure it has been in the past year and a half to photograph and get to know (as much as you can through photography sessions) this handsome young man!  It all started with Zach’s Senior portraits at the end of last school year, then we took his family portraits, and then we photographed the Wayment family (his mother’s side, and then the large England family. (his father’s side).. and now we’ve come full circle back to Zach and his missionary portraits!  What I have learned about him is that he is kind to others, honors his parents, courteous, considerate, shy, humble, driven, and obediant, and because of those traits will be a wonderful missionary!  Zach also loves being in front of the camera!  Ok that last part is not true… but obviously he is good at it, because they look awesome!  Zach our prayers will be with you, have a wonderful mission!

 

 

 

 

Our Thorne boys are Lookin’ Sharp!

Valentine’s day was awesome for me!  I went with my buddies Bryce and Aiden, (and their mom Trina, who is my friend:) to the Ogden temple.  Bryce is turning 8 soon and getting baptized, and Aiden is turning 12!  Such wonderful accomplishments!  I’ve watch these two grow up… literally.  I moved into my house almost a year before Aiden was born.  For about the first year and a half of Aiden’s life I sat by him in church and rubbed is fuzzy head for luck… his hair was so soft!  And my boys love Bryce!  They could play with him forever.  We love their family and especially these sweet boys!!  Congratulations on your choices fellas!  We are very proud of you!

 

Senior Portrait Time

Welcome!!  If you are visiting because you are interested in a Senior photo session click on the Contact Me link at the top of my website pages, and fill out the form.  I will get back to you as soon as possible.  I hope to meet you soon!  Have a wonderful day!

Practice With the Hubby

After a class on lighting with Chris and Deanna Duncun at the Texas School of Professional Photography, and most recently Dave Newman’s Night School for Photography, I made the decision that a strobe for location shoots would be a great tool in my photography “tool belt”.  I’ve been a location “natural light” shooter for awhile now, and though I love the look of soft natural light, sometimes days are overcast and gray, and at sometimes it’s just too dark for a good clean portrait with a respectable ISO.  Sometimes a nice, soft strobe is just what your subject needs to give them a pop, so I bought one!  Of course, I needed to test it out, so I took my handsome husband out and took a few shots of him in the Layton Park by our home.  You can give me your opinion, but I think they look great!

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