Tag: Outdoor Photography

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!

 

 

 

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!

 

Boys, Boys, Boys!!

  I have all boys, so I feel a special bond with other moms of lego loving, soccer playing boys!!  I had a great time taking their photographs!  Stephanie’s boys are so kind, polite, and helpful.  It was a pleasure to photograph them!  It’s always a little different to me to photograph families of kids 8 and older.  I am so used to making images of families with 1 year olds and 2 year olds…  having kids that were looking at the camera without me having to sing and dance was really quite different, lol:)  and fun!!

So wonderful to spent my evening with you Lindstrom family!!  Looking forward to when we can do it again!

Rainey Stop Growing Up!!!

I’ve been photographing this family for a number of years… I believe this is the fourth, and I just can’t handle how fast these kids are growing, especially Rainey.  She is long and so adorable, I just can’t handle it!  Slow down!

Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of system… they are all adorable!!  The Petersen’s are such great friends!  We appreciate their family so much, and I’m so grateful I’ve been able to be a part of capturing these precious moments of their growing adorable children!  I am excited for what the future will bring Beautiful Petersen family!

Such Beautiful Children

Look at these beautiful kids!  Such sweethearts!  I had so much fun a few weeks ago taking portraits of these cute little siblings and there cousin.  Photographing children is always full of singing, coaxing, a bit of bribery, and… sometimes crying.  However, if you wait for the right moment you often strike gold.  Aren’t these beautiful children!

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

Shakespear’s at the Gardens

It’s so fun to create images for my family.  My sister Kaydee’s family is gorgeous! I love being with them, my kids love playing with them, and they make beautiful images!  Last year I learned about the Ogden Botanical gardens.  There is a row of trees that is perfect for beautiful directional light, and most photographers photograph there because of the many types of beautiful flowers.  For Kaydee and Paul’s family we got to give them a little of both areas for variety in there images!  I hope you love them because I love them all!:)

 

Just around the river bend… with the Bowlers!

Years ago I met a little man in nursery at church.  His dad had to stay with him often because he had a hard time adjusting, like most 18 month little ones do.  One day I brought out the letter mats that locked together like puzzle pieces, and made them into a trail. He watched what I was doing pretty intently, and then smiled and laughed as I started skipping along them.  After that my little friend Cameron was hooked.  He followed right behind me (because it was so fun of course;) and he had a great time in nursery everyday after… well, mostly from what I remember;)!

I love this Bowler family!  We’ve taken Cameron’s pictures, maternity pictures, Lincoln’s baby pictures, and more studio family pictures.  Now Cameron is 4 and Lincoln is 1 year old!  I really am in denial about it, but it was time for family pictures again!  I hunted for an awesome place to take pictures in early spring and Brittany loved the path below Nichol’s park in Kaysville.  I’ve shot there before in the summer and in the fall, but never the spring… and never with a river.  It is all dried up by the summer.  So fun to be able to get some beautiful environmental portraits of the awesome family with the winding river!  I’ve loved photographing you guys.  Can’t wait to do it again!

 

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!

 

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