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Jessica: Fitness

Jessica: Fitness

Jessica has come a LONG way.  I’m so inspired by and in awe of her.  We’re gearing up for our 3rd shoot together tomorrow, and I feel like we’re great friends at this point.  Our friendship started here.

I borrowed this side-by-side comparison from her Facebook community, Full Length Mirror, so you can see just how far she has come.

What a ROCK STAR!  I love one of her posts:

“Everybody has their turning point; I thought I would share mine:
Spring, 2008, my grandfather, whom had battled heart problems most of my life got word that one of his valves would have to be either repaired or replaced and that he would have to have to have heart surgery… again. Unsure of what the potential outcome would be, my family and I all rushed to his side to spend time with him in thecase that he may not make it. He was stubborn and a fighter so we were very hopeful only of a positive outcome. The day of the surgery, we all reflected on the life he led and that he was such a happy man with no regrets and a very loving wife and family by his side. He made it through the surgery… as his will to live and fight to make it through conquered the brutal surgery.

That day, he told me that I needed to take care of my heart because it was something I too might battle if I’m not careful. I listened to him but didn’t really hear him. By the fall of that year, he began to have many more issues with what had now become congestive heart failure. His diet and daily routine had gone from eating mostly whatever he wanted to eating a zero sodium diet with very very strict vegetables as the salt and various nutrients in the veggies, would make the fluid around his heart literally start to drown him. I was grateful to have spent that Thanksgiving with him and to see him make it through Christmas. March 2009, his heart finally gave up and he lost that battle.

I finally heard his pleas to me to be healthy. I knew that getting my heart strong and having a healthy lifestyle was imperative to my future. He had no regrets… I didn’t want to look back on my life when I am in my golden years and regret not being able to live the life he wanted for me… that I wanted for me. He couldn’t change the fate he was handed, but he fought it tooth and nail…. I might not be able to change my fate either; but I’ll fight it to the bitter end, because I have that ability and I have made that choice… and if I can change it, you better believe I’ll try. I miss him terribly, but I know that he would be proud of me and happy that I finally heard his plea.

Everyday you are handed a new chance at life. A new chance to fight or change your fate and have no regrets. All you can do is take control and try. No excuses.”

The below fitness pictures were taken back in October.

Next up, the burlesque themed boudoir shoot!

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Jaden, Brighton Class of 2012 | Salt Lake City Senior Photographer

Jaden, Brighton Class of 2012 | Salt Lake City Senior Photographer

Jaden has to be one of the most amazing Seniors I’ve ever photographed.  I happen to be biased, because she babysits my children and they love her more than they love me.  Even so, I wish I would have been half as focused and mature as she is at that age.

She is moving to Hawaii today, and I wish her all the happiness and luck in the world.

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Kat – Headshots | Salt Lake City Senior Photographer

Kat – Headshots | Salt Lake City Senior Photographer

Kat is applying to acting schools.  I had the pleasure of watching Kat perform a monologue one morning during a Parent Association Meeting at our school and was blown away by the talent of these young ladies.  I’m continually impressed by their confidence and talent.  I wish her all the luck in the world as she applies.  She’s going to blow their socks off.

I’m absolutely over the moon over the below 3 shots and think that Kat should always and forever wear that color. RWAAAR.  School uniforms be damned.  This is your color, Kat.

I can just picture our conversation during the below shots:

Me: Hold on, let me check the exposure, I think I screwed up my settings.  Click.

Her thoughts: This woman is a nut job!  Does she know what she’s doing?

Me: Let’s try unbuttoning your cardigan.

Her thoughts: Alright, lady.  But I think you’re kind of silly.

Kat.  Come on!  You are so amazingly beautiful.

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Film.

Film.

Yep.  I’m headed back in time to where it all began for me.

Film.

I had my dad dig out one of his many old medium format cameras (and yes, he shook his head in wonder, I mean, he hasn’t shot them in at least 9 years) and shot my first roll of film since college.

I have some issues to work out.  Apparently, I’ve forgotten how to focus manually.  But other than than, I think I might be in love.  I will for sure be a hybrid shooter from now on, but I might even see myself becoming a film-only shooter very soon.

Here are a few shots from my first roll.  Well, how about I tell the truth.  Here are the ONLY 4 shots that were in focus on my first roll back.

Straight scans from the lab.  No Photoshopping WHAT SO EVER!  How awesome is that?!?!  Amazing.

Shot with my dad’s old Mamyia 645 Pro. 110mm 2.8. Portra 400.

And yes, I may be guilty of bribing my daughter with pony toys if she poses for me.  Works every time.

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Laughter

Laughter

The most wasted of all days is that in which we have not laughed.

~Nicolas Chamfort

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Chandler, Waterford Class of 2012 | Salt Lake City Senior Photographer

Chandler, Waterford Class of 2012 | Salt Lake City Senior Photographer

Have I ever mentioned how much I love taking Senior Portraits?  If you have forgotten or are new to the blog, I’ll just say it again.  I love Senior Portraits.  So, come hang out with me.  I’d love to drag you all over town to find great light and fun locations.

This is Chandler.  She’s a darling senior at Waterford.  I dragged her all over downtown.


Chandler, I love these pictures below.  You have a little fierceness going on.
Then I dragged her out to the lake, only to be blasted by the biggest wind storm I’ve ever experienced out there.  I’m still cleaning sand out of random crevices in my camera bag.
Next, I dragged her up the canyon into the turning leaves.
We always have a great time during Senior Portraits.  I make a fool of myself.  You get to laugh at my expense.  We might even giggle at the crazy windstorms that blow you over.  Chandler, you are the best.  Thanks for letting me drag you all over the valley and up into the mountains.

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Summertime Yoga in the Fall

Summertime Yoga in the Fall

Because I’ve been slammed, I’m posting summertime pictures as the fall leaves are popping.  And I have to say, I do love fall, but man alive!  Summertime in the Utah mountains is BREATHTAKING.

This is the beautiful and amazing Kristin with Fluid Heart Yoga.  She was gracious enough to let me shoot her in the wildflowers in the canyon.

We started just before sunset and got some amazing light.  The sky was cloudy with thunderstorms threatening.

I love the moment right before starting your practice.  Focusing your mind, heart and body.  It’s always beautiful.

This one below currently resides in my studio as a 20×30 standout print.  It. Is. Beautiful.

Sun salutations….

Moon salutations…

And a special thanks to my friend, David.  Who came along to help.  It was so great to have him shoot from perspectives I wasn’t.  This is beautiful, David.  Nice going.  🙂

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Hanna, Waterford Class of 2012 | Salt Lake City Senior Photographer

Hanna, Waterford Class of 2012 | Salt Lake City Senior Photographer

Hanna is graduating this year from Waterford.  Go Ravens!  I got to sped the evening with her laughing, making sudden stops along the side of the road to scope locations, talking about her future and taking pictures of her gorgeous smile.

Hanna rides horses.  English style horseback riding, that is.  Complete with the jumping over hedges and gates.  I’m a little jealous, if I’m being completely honest.  And I suckered her into spending another night with me so we can photograph her with her horse.  So, stay tuned for that.  Eeek!

It was during the below images that I found out Hanna’s parents own a printing company.  If you know me, you know that I spent 10 years in the paper/packaging industry as a fine paper specialist.  Printers, I know.  Printers, I can speak their language.  Printers, I LOVE. Hanna, it was meant to be!  🙂

Hanna!  Look how beautiful you are!

I’m a little in love with the below 2 pictures.  Hanna, you are so adorable in that dress.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!  And I can’t wait to do it again.  With you all dressed up in your full English Style Riding clothes, boots and hat riding your horse.

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Andrews Family

Andrews Family

My friend, Angie, and I are swapping family portraits this year.  I’m so excited!  I adore her work and feel like I definitely got the good end of this stick.  🙂

We shot her family first, and she always has the best ideas.  You might remember this awesome shoot when she was expecting her fourth baby.  She’s full of creativity, this one.

This year, she was inspired by a shoot she found on Pintrest.  You see, Angie is an artist.  She’s an AMAZING designer and photographer.  Her husband is a photographer right along side her, and her kids are little artists as well.  This shot fit her perfectly.

But first, we shot a regular family portrait by an old family bike Angie found in a garage.  What a find!

Here’s the awesomeness.  She was smart and painted all of their clothes at home the night before.  Then, we got to fling paint all over their faces and arms.  🙂

Edits by: Angie, Sweet Memory Garden.

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Seven Minutes With Kim

Seven Minutes With Kim

Kim and I have met a few times through mutual friends that we both adore.  At the last party, she mentioned that she needed a head shot for her blog and wondered if I’d be interested in wine and the shortest photo shoot possible on the day and time of my choice.  Uh.  How could I refuse?!

We met in a parking lot across the street from my house, she brought the said wine and her gorgeous, bubbling personality.  We had a quick drink and some laughs and then shot for seven minutes.  Then we wrapped with another glass.  I love her.

She’s an amazing mother and wife.  She oozes of self confidence and kindness.  Every morning, she rises before the sun and practices Bikram Yoga.  I half admire her and half envy her for this.  That’s some serious dedication and I need some of that in my own practice.

Her husband and daughter are two lucky people.

You can learn more about Kim here.

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