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!).
Thursday, August 14, 2014
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
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
You can complain about rain or you can embrace the gorgeous skies that come after a storm like we did. Ya, we stated way late. Sure it was stressful. Nothing’s been easy for these two. But has it all been worth it? Absolutely! So happy for Jenny & Jack to finally started their forever this Friday. Enjoy their classy blacktie session at the Utah State Capitol, a building that is near and dear to Jenny’s heart.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Sometimes you just have to go up into the mountains and shoot happy in love surrounded by wildflowers and pretty light. I know. It’s rough. I’m a serious trooper. Lol. But in all seriousness, I do so appreciate the job I have and that I get to hang out with people like Beka & Will. I’m shooting their wedding and blacktie session in October and their blacktie location is on my bucketlist to shoot at so I’m am totally stoked! And though I’ve never met any of their friends and family, I can already tell their wedding will be full of emotion and people who truly love them. It doesn’t get better than that. I can’t wait!