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Amy & Derek’s Wedding


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Amy & Derek celebrated with friends and family at the Hidden Valley Country Club TWICE, the night before their wedding with a huge party/reception and then after their temple ceremony with their closest friends and family. Both times the food was delicious. Both times guests were treated to such a fun program, including a surprise family song & dance (which I will one day share when their talented videographer, Nathan Pickett, finishes his work). At their reception they had a wheel which guests were able to spin and then do the actions as follows. The wheel spinning, combined with Laughing Gravy Entertainment, made for such a delightful event, though the real entertainment value came by way of Derek’s teenage sons. They tossed out laugh worthy moments both evenings, but the joke that took the cake happened on Amy & Derek’s wedding day, as they said goodbye. Unknown to the happy couple, one of Derek’s sons was hiding in the back seat of their car as they pulled away ready for honeymoon bliss. Many of the guests were in on the prank, so we all stood watching them leave, wondering how long it would take until they returned. I can’t wait to see the video footage of their exit/return/and final exit. It was definitely one of the most memorable wedding send offs I’ll probably ever get to enjoy. So with that said, I hope you enjoy many of the moments that made this wedding truly special. Cheers to Amy & Derek, 2014′s power couple of the year. Truly Amy found her match!

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Amy & Derek’s Blacktie


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Amy & Derek opted to shoot their blacktie session at the Draper Temple knowing it would likely be freezing up there on their wedding day (and they were right!). We caught the last of fall at this session and some beautiful golden light which matched this classy couple perfectly. Amy found her gorgeous gown at one of my favorite bridal shots, Alta Moda Bridal Boutique. If you’re a bride-to-be on the hunt for something exquisite (yes, even though you’ve found “the one” there’s still plenty of hunting to do when it comes to planning a wedding), Alta Moda should be your first stop.

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the year things got tricky


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Do you know what I love about kids? When they’re happy they’re happy? When they’re sad they’re sad. When they’re mad, watch out. Every emotion they feel you experience with them. They make sure of it. And they don’t limit their emotions to one or two a day. Nope. Any given moment they can change how they’re feeling. They don’t justify their reasons. They just feel what they feel.

Is this real life for adults? No. But it probably should be…

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I cried a lot yesterday. Nothing really life changing happened, but this year I’ve found sometimes I just need a good cry. That and chocolate. But thanks to a dear friend, I think that’s on its way. So today I’m back to work. I’m finishing up my editing for the year. I have sessions and weddings to blog, but I just felt like today was a “let’s be real” kind of blogging day, more words, less pictures.

This year I’ve experienced all sorts of emotions, situations and changes. It’s been a tricky year for me. I say tricky rather than hard or happy or sad because each change has had ups and downs. Our year started with Jordan looking for a job after finishing up his schooling in December. The job search was much harder and longer than we expected, and then when he did find employment, it was only a temporary contract. Luckily that temporary situation turned into a permanent one, so looking back it was a small bump in the road, but at the time it was stressful.

Just after he found his job, we had another baby, Sienna. Though she is a fantastic baby as far as they’re concerned, she’s been the tipping point for me on the “my ability to get things done with children scale.” I’m sure this is because I already had a baby, Peirce. He hasn’t seemed like a baby for so long since he was already a big brother in my mind at 6-months old, but the reality is, he’s a baby. Babies don’t listen, they don’t mind, and they don’t care. He’s adorable but busy. He does everything naughty I thought kids were supposed to do that my girls never did. So at least I’m having the full motherhood experience as planned (writing on walls, escaping from the house, climbing, throwing, hitting, dumping anything that can be dumped, etc.) but that hasn’t made it easier to deal with.

In August a random series of events led us to looking for a new house/finding house/buying house all in one weekend. At the time we thought it would be easy to sell our old house so we went ahead with buying the new one and didn’t think twice. Silly us. We’re still working on selling the old house. Saturday we signed papers to put it under contract (this being the second time around for that) and then yesterday found out that once again things had gone amiss and we still don’t have a buyer (hence the main reason for my tears).

Beside the buying/selling process, moving itself has been stressful with a house full of little ones and a business to run. But despite the stress, our new house is perfect for us and has given me a separate office space to work out of which I love. Since Sisi tipped the scale, I’ve been wanting to hire someone to help me with the kids/house on the days when I need to edit, but in our old house I was basically working out of the dining room in the center of the chaos so I knew that wouldn’t really work. Now that I can shut and lock a door and do my thing, I’ve found the help I need and it’s awesome. I’ve found, the more I admit I can’t do it all and delegate, the happier I am. I think it’s so easy in today’s world to feel like you have to do everything well and all by yourself. That simply isn’t true. You don’t have to feel happy all the time either. Promise. Next time someone asks you how you’re doing, branch out from the “I’m good, I’m fine, I’m great” and tell them the truth. Today was hard. They’ll probably feel awkward for a second not knowing how to respond, but then they’ll realize they can admit their day was hard too and boom, human connection…but that’s a soap box for another day. Anyway, back to asking for help when it’s needed (like when you can’t open the door to get inside after you’ve been playing)…

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It’s now December and I’m wrapping up a successful year business wise, but starring at 2015 and wondering what comes next? I’m thinking I’d like to change my marketing structure around, or to just do more online in general social media wise. I hear Instagram is the place to be but I just don’t think I have it within me to add another social media outlet to my schedule.

So I thought I’d put it out into the universe that I’d love to find someone who wants to run a business Instagram account for me and also maybe help with other marketing online/ideas, etc. in exchange for photography. My cold hard cash budget is currently maxed out with two mortgages, four kids, and a babysitter/housekeeper but if you’re good at social media and are already following my photography world, then you might be perfect for the job. I haven’t the slightest idea exactly how you’ll do what you’ll do, so I’m looking for someone who’s self-motivated and can tell me what your job will be and exactly how it’ll help build my business. In general, I like people who can just say it like it is, so feel free to do so! Email me, liz@etfphotography.com if you’re interested.

Well…I’m long winded today, but feeling better already. Sometimes you just need to get stuff out of your head into the great big world so you can make sense of it. Next week I’ll be featuring The LDS Matchmakers wedding so stay tuned for that. It was a wedding that was all about the people and less about the stuff and I LOVED that. I hope your holidays are feeling Merry. I admit I’ve been lacking in Christmas spirit, but I think it’s because I just need to get stuff done. So back to work for me. One more wedding to edit and then I’m home free for 2014!
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Michelle & Jake’s Wedding Day


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I love working with fun, animated, loving families and of course the bride & grooms they are there to support. I couldn’t have asked for a more easy going wedding day to photograph. It was filled with smiles, sunshine & ice cream. Can I get an amen to that?!

Congratulations Michelle & Jake.

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