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Sienna’s newborn album


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I’m thrilled to share with you some of Sienna’s newborn album that I designed with images from her amazing newborn session photographed by Carrie Ryan! Of course I photograph my own children, but when it comes to their newborn pictures, I’ve learned it’s best to leave that to a professional specializing in newborns (aka. NOT ME). You wouldn’t think shooting a sleeping baby would be all that difficult, but getting them to sleep is just one item on a long list of tricks that I don’t know. There are so many incredible photographers in Utah, but I had a specific vision for Sienna’s album that I knew only a few photographers could pull off exactly right. Enter Carrie Ryan.

Besides shooting for Busath Photography, Carrie also has a home studio where she specializes in newborn and children’s portraits. Her style is completely classic and timeless which is what I wanted for Sienna. There are so many cute newborn props out there, but sometimes I feel like you notice the props before the baby. I wanted photographs that had a more natural, feminine feel. Carrie has a beautiful collection of fabrics and lace that was perfect. I loved that even though she knew I’m a photographer, she just treated me like a regular client. When she called me she went over all the things I’d need to bring never assuming I’d already know. She reminded me to bring snacks for the girls to keep them happy (which ended up bring a lifesaver). You’d think that’s a given, but I totally wouldn’t have remembered if she hadn’t suggested it.

Today’s photography market is flooded with all types and skill levels of photographers. It can be hard to know where to turn, but I just had to put in a plug for Carrie because she is the real deal. And with that said, I present to you my beautiful new daughter (and her two big sisters)!

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I don’t photograph newborns anymore because it’s not something I’m passionate about. Instead, I now happily refer out clients to those who know babies best. If you’d like to get in touch with Carrie give her a call at 801-779-1621 or email her at cdryan801@icloud.com.

April 15, 2014 - 4:07 am Sarah - I LOVE the sister pictures, especially the last one!

Sienna Le Frandsen


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So excited that this little girl finally made her debut! I’m glad I let her cook as long as she wanted because she’s my smallest newborn yet and I almost don’t know what to do with her. Her birth was well documented, so when I get those images and video back I’ll share more about her birthstory. I’m also hoping to have her photographed by an actual newborn photographer (let’s be honest, newborns aren’t my forte), but I do love, love this image I created of her and am excited to share it with you now. In my home, spring has blossomed and her name is Sienna Le.


April 4, 2014 - 2:17 am Sarah - Congratulations--she's beautiful!

Liz


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Today I get to offically start my maternity break from work. I’m 100% caught up on ALL of my sessions, weddings, albums, blogging, etc. DONE. In the past I’ve tried to keep blog posts coming while I take time “off”, but this time I’ve decided I deserve a true break. I mean seriously, next weekend (fingers crossed) I’ll have a 15-month old son AND a newborn daughter to keep up with (not to mention their 3 & 6 year old sisters). SO it’s certain my mom job isn’t slowing down. But until the end of April, my photography job gets to. My fingers are crossed that my delivery goes well as I have a packed shooting schedule less than a month after I give birth but I’m confident things will fall into place and I’ll be so ready to get back to work when that time gets here. Until then, this blog is going to become rather quiet (minus the blog post where I first share Sienna with you because you know I HAVE to offically announce her arrival when that time comes).

But before I offically start this break, I thought it only appropriate to wrap up last year’s personal project, my RED sessions. I was going to continue on with them through the end of this year, but I think I’m ready for something new. I have some ideas as to what that will be, but haven’t committed to anything yet so we’ll both stay tuned for details on that announcement. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the always gorgeous Liz and her stunning sidekick Shasta. Because our location for this session was somewhat lacking due to Shasta’s participation (turns out you can’t just strap a horse into the backseat and take her where you want), I focused on playing with the light and then further enhanced that vision with my post processing. I veered off my “normal” editing path mostly because I could, and I just felt this session called for it. Liz is an amazing model, and I mean that literally. So you’ll have to forgive the both of us for the repeated serious “model” face throughout these, but I was eating it up (and the fact that Shasta joined in was almost too much). I do love Liz’s smile and it crept into a few of these, but we were going for more of a “dark beauty” look so we kept the smiles under wrap for the most part.

I’ve already had such a great year and am so excited for the upcoming weddings/clients I’ll be working with. My schedule is not yet fully booked up (but it’s getting closer), so if you’re looking for a wedding photographer, please do email me right away! Break or not, I will still be communicating with the world via email and facebook, so keep me posted on your wedding plans and we’ll make sure to get your date reserved and your pre-wedding sessions on my calendar.

Also, feel free to send me any happy-you-can-do-this (and by this I mean that part about actually brining the child into this world) vibes that you may have floating around. Yes it’s my fourth time, but they still call it labor for a reason. I can’t wait to meet my new daughter and it’s now offically time to make that happen. Let my March madness begin!

(take it away Liz & Shasta…)

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P.S. If you’ve missed any of my previous RED sessions, now is the perfect time to catch up HERE. Let them get you excited. Maybe you’ll be the perfect fit for my next project and casting call!


Jon & Sarah Wedding Day


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Planning for a baby is always difficult because of couse you never know “when” they’ll appear. In the past I’ve given myself at least a month prior to my due date to have a clean schedule, no weddings or sessions booked just in case that baby came early. But so far I’m 3/3 on kids coming late. So this pregnancy I decided to live a little on the edge and wadger that Sienna wouln’t be making her debut early either. I’m offically due March 22, so when I booked Sarah & Jon’s March 1 wedding, I knew that was the absolute latest I could push it. I checked in with a few other photographers I trusted to make sure they could cover for me if need be and that was that. I’m SO glad I didn’t turn this wedding away because I absolutely have loved working with these two. Sarah knew exactly what she wanted photography wise and did a great job communicating that to me. I definitley feel like I have a style of my own, but I also feel like my technical abilities allow me to cater to many different brides. For the most part I just like well-lit images. Beyond that, I’m happy if they’re super creative and artsy or more traditional and posed. I’ve learned over the years there’s a place for both of those, especially on a wedding day.

Sarah & Jon decided to take all of their bride & groom images at the temple ahead of time at their blacktie session. Then on their wedding day we just grabbed some candids of them exiting the temple and headed indoors. Sarah wanted some beautiful shots of the two of them on the mezzanine level of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and I couldn’t blame her. The setting is gorgeous. She also wanted some really great family formal pictures. And since she’d wisely planned time in her day for all of this, we were able to photograph almost everything she wanted! I normally don’t post many family formal shots on my blog, but I thought I’d include the bulk of the ones we took so my future planning brides can get a taste of exactly what their own wedding day coverage can include if they desire.

When I first started photographing weddings I hated shooting the family formals. I’ll be honest in saying that it’s still not my favorite part of the day. I don’t think it’s anyone’s. BUT I now recognize the value that these portraits hold. Of the hundreds of images I deliver to my clients, I absolutely think these shots are some of the most important. Sarah also requested that we spend some time getting some great shots of her bridal party, including a few more fun and artistic ones that I normally shoot. Again, because she planned this into her wedding timeline we were able to have some fun with the group.

After we finished with all of the days portraits, it was time to enjoy the wedding celebration! Jon, Sarah & their families treated their guests to a beautiful and yummy dinner in the Wasatch Room. Her flowers were done by her aunt and they made the room breathtaking. While guests dined, they were treated to a harp/piano duet, a vocal solo that brought tears to the grooms eyes (sorry to tell on you Jon, but it was so sweet watching you hold Sarah and listen to that song) as well as fun/touching toasts from their families. I love hearing about my bride & grooms at their wedding. It’s such a perfect ending to my experience with them.

I so appreciate these two for trusting me with their wedding day and humoring my 37 weeks belly bump. They kept me well fed and smiling all day long and I wasn’t even as sore as I expected the day after. So cheers all around!

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March 18, 2014 - 9:20 pm Tessa - So pretty! I'm only a teenager, so I'm nowhere near to getting married, but I hope that one day I'll be lucky enough to have you as my wedding photographer!

March 10, 2014 - 1:43 pm Sarah - Some of the best family formals I've seen! Well done--incredible lighting! I'm sure they will be pleased. And cheers to you for shooting at 37 weeks pregnant! :-)