Coming up with an idea for a personal project is one thing. Finding the time to shoot it is an entirely different task (especially because it’s supposed to be for my fun and enjoyment…) And I know it’s about to look like I only shoot ballerinas for Yesterday’s Thread, but that’s not the case either. It’s just how it’s worked out so far, though I am in no way complaining. You may recognize this talented woman. I photographed her wedding earlier this year and during her bridal session found out she was a classically trained ballerina. When I added her dancing skills to the tiny waist I knew I had to find to fit this dress, I knew Alexis was THE one to bring this beautiful garment to life. I debated about where to shoot this session for a long time and finally decided to try a studio setting so the entire focus would be on the posing/dancing and the dress. I love how classic yet fresh these images feel. It’s all about the light…and being able to dance on your toes like it’s no big deal. Alexis, you are my hero. I SO SO glad we shot these together. And a huge shout out to Tony with Versa Artistry for Alexis’s perfect ballerina look (we took her hair out at the end to play with more motion but we’re obviously not hair artists…so disregard those shots from Tony’s portfolio. Had he come on location with us her “down do” would’ve been fabulous as well).
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried getting a house ready to sell with 4 little ones at home but it basically consumes your life. I thought I’d share the consumption. Home for sale! We love the area so much so that we’re moving two blocks down the street to a house with a little more room for my munchkins. Won’t you be my neighbor!?
“1354 sq ft natural light filled home just West of downtown Salt Lake on large, fully fenced 1/4 acre lot with 3 bed/1 bath features 10 foot ceilings throughout, original hardwood floors in living room and bedrooms, tall windows, open-circular floor plan with separate kitchen and dining areas, lots of cabinet and counter top space, walk-in pantry, plus laundry & mudrooms that lead to the private backyard with cement pad to park vehicles, a two story wooden playhouse and a large garden area. Built in 1912, home is full of life and character driven details, including bay window with original stained glass art piece, faux fire place, two chandeliers, and a front porch to welcome loved ones home! FOR SALE $144,000″
MLS #: 1252815
Thursday, August 14, 2014
I photographed this lovely wedding last Saturday afternoon. With our attempting to move and sell at the same time things were a bit crazy and stressful at my house, so slipping away to photograph the creation of a new family was exactly what I needed. Of course all weddings signal the beginning for a couple, but these two (though you’d never guess it from looking at them) each have two teenagers. So they literally created a new family right there on the spot and it was amazing. I loved the emotions, the happiness, the focus on what really matters. The venue was perfect, the food yummy, and the cake table brought it all together. Besides the bigger “couples” cake, each child got to pick their favorite flavor and cut into their own cake. Such a fun idea. This wedding was also dear to me because Jessica is the third sibling I’ve photographed from her family so I’ve definitely become attached. One of my favorite shots from the day is of Jessica with her siblings all kissing their significant others. I’m the oldest of 7, and my youngest sibling is only 11, so a shot like this is still a ways out for my family, but I love the idea of our family not being complete until we’ve all found our better halfs. It’s definitely something to look forward to and celebrate. With that said, I happily share with you Justin & Jessica’s wedding at Wadley Farms (still one of my favorite venues!).
Monday, August 11, 2014
Last week was a big week for me personally and professionally. Monday, we put an offer on a house and Thursday wrapped up judging of the International Photographic Competition where I had all four of my images merit, with three of them being selected for the highest level, Loan Collection and one image accepted into the into the General Collection. This left me just one loan image short of the highest award possible on the International Level, Diamond Photographer of the Year. But I’m not complaining. It’s only my second year entering so to be recognized as a Platinum medalist is amazing for me! When all your prints merit, which in and of itself is a huge accomplishment, you’re a bronze medalists. Then with each Loan image you move up the rank, silver, gold, platinum, and then the highest level, diamond.
I’ll receive my medal at the Imaging Awards ceremony next February where my Loan images will also be in the running for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards in each category. I would love to win one of those trophies but I’m totally tickled with the platinum medal and 7 merits towards my Masters (you get 1 point per merit, and an additional point for each image that goes loan).
I know you’ve seen all but one of these before, but I thought I’d share my final national case. Going back to my original case at the local level, the only difference is I swapped out Peircy on the pumpkin for my sister on the stairs and then tweaked the images a touch to improve them from the feedback I got through out competition.
Many photographers “shoot” for competition, meaning they set up an entire session for the purpose of getting that one perfect shot to enter. My entire print case was compromised of my every day client work, shot under time constraints and limiting situations, which to me means so much more so I owe a huge thanks to my amazing clients for letting me fly during our sessions. Now if we could just close on this house I’ll be over the moon…
“Her Red Carpet Day” 2014 IPC Loan Collection
“Winter’s Heart” 2014 IPC Loan Collection
“On Cloud 9” 2014 IPC Loan Collection
“A Wedding Celebration” 2014 IPC Loan Collection