Amanda Nelson Photography

Bronwen, Judge Memorial High School | Utah Senior Portraits

Bronwen, Judge Memorial High School | Utah Senior Portraits

Meet Bronwen, a senior at Judge Memorial Catholic High School. I first met her when I was a guest lecturer in her AP photo class a few years ago. Imagine how thrilled I was to get her call about her senior portraits.

Judg Memorial Catholic High School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Fall Senior Portraits | Mountains | Aspen trees

Judg Memorial Catholic High School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Fall Senior Portraits | Mountains | Aspen trees

Judg Memorial Catholic High School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Fall Senior Portraits | Mountains | Aspen trees

Judg Memorial Catholic High School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Fall Senior Portraits | Mountains | Aspen trees

Judg Memorial Catholic High School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Fall Senior Portraits | Mountains | Aspen trees

Judg Memorial Catholic High School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Fall Senior Portraits | Mountains | Aspen trees

Judg Memorial Catholic High School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Fall Senior Portraits | Mountains | Aspen trees

Judg Memorial Catholic High School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Fall Senior Portraits | Mountains | Aspen trees

Judg Memorial Catholic High School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Fall Senior Portraits | Mountains | Aspen trees

Judg Memorial Catholic High School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Fall Senior Portraits | Mountains | Aspen trees

Judg Memorial Catholic High School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Fall Senior Portraits | Mountains | Aspen trees

 

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Angelina, The Waterford School | Utah Summer Senior Portraits

Angelina, The Waterford School | Utah Summer Senior Portraits

Ah, Utah mountains in the summertime. Meet Angelina, a Waterford senior and star soccer player.

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Soccer Senior Portraits | Mountains | Summer | Wildflowers | Canyon

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Soccer Senior Portraits | Mountains | Summer | Wildflowers | Canyon

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Soccer Senior Portraits | Mountains | Summer | Wildflowers | Canyon

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Soccer Senior Portraits | Mountains | Summer | Wildflowers | Canyon

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Soccer Senior Portraits | Mountains | Summer | Wildflowers | Canyon

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Soccer Senior Portraits | Mountains | Summer | Wildflowers | Canyon

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Soccer Senior Portraits | Mountains | Summer | Wildflowers | Canyon

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Soccer Senior Portraits | Mountains | Summer | Wildflowers | Canyon

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Soccer Senior Portraits | Mountains | Summer | Wildflowers | Canyon

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Soccer Senior Portraits | Mountains | Summer | Wildflowers | Canyon

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Soccer Senior Portraits | Mountains | Summer | Wildflowers | Canyon

 

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Ty, The Waterford School | Utah Senior Portraits

Ty, The Waterford School | Utah Senior Portraits

Meet Ty, he plays lacrosse and hockey and is a senior at The Waterford School.

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Lacrosse Senior Portraits | Hockey Senior Portraits | Urban | Mountains | Stairs

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Lacrosse Senior Portraits | Hockey Senior Portraits | Urban | Mountains | Stairs

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Lacrosse Senior Portraits | Hockey Senior Portraits | Urban | Mountains

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Lacrosse Senior Portraits | Hockey Senior Portraits | Urban | Mountains

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Lacrosse Senior Portraits | Hockey Senior Portraits | Urban | Mountains | Backlight

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Lacrosse Senior Portraits | Hockey Senior Portraits | Urban | Mountains

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Lacrosse Senior Portraits | Hockey Senior Portraits | Urban | Mountains

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Lacrosse Senior Portraits | Hockey Senior Portraits | Urban | Mountains

The Waterford School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Lacrosse Senior Portraits | Hockey Senior Portraits | Urban | Mountains

 

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Katie, The Waterford School | Utah Summer Senior Portraits

Katie, The Waterford School | Utah Summer Senior Portraits

Late summer in the Utah mountains is unbelievably beautiful, especially for senior portraits. Deep greens, wildflowers, and just a hint of fall color peaking through.

Meet Katie. Scholar. Engineer. Artist. Roboticist.

The Waterford School | Fall Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Stripes

The Waterford School | Fall Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Stripes

The Waterford School | Fall Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Stripes

The Waterford School | Fall Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Stripes

The Waterford School | Fall Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Stripes

The Waterford School | Fall Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Stripes

The Waterford School | Fall Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Stripes

The Waterford School | Fall Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Stripes

The Waterford School | Fall Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Stripes

The Waterford School | Fall Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Stripes

The Waterford School | Fall Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Stripes

The Waterford School | Fall Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Stripes

The Waterford School | Fall Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Stripes

 

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Rising Star Riding Academy | Utah Photographer

Rising Star Riding Academy | Utah Photographer

My daughter has been taking horseback riding lessons since she was in Kindergarten. She is a natural and loves everything about it – the horses, the barn cats, the hard work, the fast speeds, the jumping, and especially her trainer.

This is her trainer, Jenn. She is a dream come true and as a mother, I am so grateful to have her in my daughter’s life. Not only is she a skilled and accomplished rider, she’s an amazing trainer who teaches with love, patience, and passion. Watching her work with my daughter often brings me to tears.

As a parent, I am always on the lookout for those special teachers and leaders who fill the gaps of the inadequacies I possess. Jenn is one of those special people in our village who help fill those gaps. She’s teaching so much more than just how to ride a horse. I will forever be grateful to the life lessons my daughter learns out in the arena with Jenn.

Equitation | Horse | Hunter Jumper | Horse Photography | Barn | Horse Trainers | Salt Lake City Photographer | Utah Photographer | Western | Horseback Riding | Pony

Here are a few other fun images I took of the team this past summer.

Equitation | Horse | Hunter Jumper | Horse Photography | Barn | Horse Trainers | Salt Lake City Photographer | Utah Photographer | Western | Horseback Riding | Pony

Equitation | Horse | Hunter Jumper | Horse Photography | Barn | Horse Trainers | Salt Lake City Photographer | Utah Photographer | Western | Horseback Riding | Pony

Equitation | Horse | Hunter Jumper | Horse Photography | Barn | Horse Trainers | Salt Lake City Photographer | Utah Photographer | Western | Horseback Riding | Pony

Equitation | Horse | Hunter Jumper | Horse Photography | Barn | Horse Trainers | Salt Lake City Photographer | Utah Photographer | Western | Horseback Riding | Pony

Equitation | Horse | Hunter Jumper | Horse Photography | Barn | Horse Trainers | Salt Lake City Photographer | Utah Photographer | Western | Horseback Riding | Pony

 

 

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Image Boxes | Utah Senior Portraits

Image Boxes | Utah Senior Portraits

There are so many gorgeous ways we can show off your senior portraits. Those of you who have been photographed by me know that one of the most important things you can do with your images is get them off the USB drive and onto the walls! One of my favorite ways to display your senior portraits comes with your Digital Collection – the Image Box. Holding a 5×7 of each image in your gallery, this is the perfect keepsake.

You and I will sit down and design yours together at your ordering session – it’s completely customized to your style and gallery. It can be simple and clean or we can spice it up. It’s totally up to you.

 

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It closes with a button closure, so you can stand it upright and display it on a bookshelf or it can act more like a coffee table book.

The Waterford School | Waterford | Juan Diego Catholic High School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Fall Senior Portraits | Products | Image Box | Amanda Nelson Photography

The Waterford School | Waterford | Juan Diego Catholic High School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Fall Senior Portraits | Products | Image Box | Amanda Nelson Photography

Many of my seniors also use it as their senior memory box.

The Waterford School | Waterford | Juan Diego Catholic High School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Fall Senior Portraits | Products | Image Box | Amanda Nelson Photography

The Waterford School | Waterford | Juan Diego Catholic High School | Senior Portraits | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Fall Senior Portraits | Products | Image Box | Amanda Nelson Photography

It can double as a memory box for your senior year.

 

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Lighting Workshop | Utah Senior Portraits

Lighting Workshop | Utah Senior Portraits

Continuing education is VITAL to staying inspired, keeping the creative juices flowing, and developing your voice as a photographer. Whether it’s a week-long conference listening to industry experts, a weekend workshop in another town, or a morning gathering sponsored by your local camera shop. One thing I know to be true is that investing in my craft changes the way I look through my lens. I’ve made it a point to nurture my photography by attending workshops and conferences several times a year. It’s a chance to step back, look at things from another perspective, and take a deep breath. I always walk away with a renewed sense of appreciation and creativity. This last summer, I didn’t have to travel far. Pictureline teamed up with a local wedding photographer, Camilla Binks, for a morning workshop on seeing light.

I have made learning from photographers outside of my senior portrait niche a priority. Wedding, sports, nature, commercial, and even western ranch photographers have all played a part in shaping the way I approach a session. No matter what their genre or what they speak about, I always walk away with several golden nuggets that I can apply to my own work. Or at least make me think.

Studio Lighting | Camilla Banks Photography | Photography Workshops | Pink Dress | Back Light | Fashion Photography | White backdrop | Studio Elevn | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits

Studio Lighting | Camilla Banks Photography | Photography Workshops | Pink Dress | Back Light | Fashion Photography | White backdrop | Studio Elevn | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits

It was so fun to meet other local photographers and photograph these beautiful models. A huge shoutout to everyone who made that morning possible. Love you all!

 

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Julia Bookworm Vol 3 | Utah Senior Portraits

Julia Bookworm Vol 3 | Utah Senior Portraits

The final look of Julia’s Bookworm session was taken at a hidden gem in the city. There’s a cute little corner that has been painted like a bookshelf full of classics. It’s so charming. You can see volume 1 here and volume 2 here.

Juan Diego Catholic High School | Bookstore | Vintage Books | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Glasses | hair buns | used book store | urban | dance company

Juan Diego Catholic High School | Bookstore | Vintage Books | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Glasses | hair buns | used book store | urban | dance company

Juan Diego Catholic High School | Bookstore | Vintage Books | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Glasses | hair buns | used book store | urban | dance company

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Julia Bookworm Vol 2 | Utah Senior Portraits

Julia Bookworm Vol 2 | Utah Senior Portraits

Volume 2 of our Bookworm Project is inside one of my favorite bookstores in the city. I can’t imagine a more perfect setting to bring my vision of this shoot to life. Books spilling out of the shelves and piling on the floor in perfectly imperfect stacks. You can see volume 1 of this shoot here.

Juan Diego Catholic High School | Bookstore | Vintage Books | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Glasses | hair buns | used book store | urban | dance company

Juan Diego Catholic High School | Bookstore | Vintage Books | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Glasses | hair buns | used book store | urban | dance company

Juan Diego Catholic High School | Bookstore | Vintage Books | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Glasses | hair buns | used book store | urban | dance company

Juan Diego Catholic High School | Bookstore | Vintage Books | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Glasses | hair buns | used book store | urban | dance company

 

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Julia Bookworm Vol 1 | Utah Senior Portraits

Julia Bookworm Vol 1 | Utah Senior Portraits

Anyone else here a bookworm? I am! Reading a good book is my favorite past time and source of inspiration. While I enjoy all genres, my favorite is historical fiction.

Julia (Juan Diego Catholic High School) and I visited a landmark bookstore in the valley this summer for a fun session.

Amanda Nelson Photography | Juan Diego Catholic High School | Bookstore | Vintage Books | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Glasses | hair buns | used book store | urban | dance company

Amanda Nelson Photography | Juan Diego Catholic High School | Bookstore | Vintage Books | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Glasses | hair buns | used book store | urban | dance company

Amanda Nelson Photography | Juan Diego Catholic High School | Bookstore | Vintage Books | Utah Senior Portraits | Salt Lake City Senior Portraits | Glasses | hair buns | used book store | urban | dance company

We photographed this first series outside in front of this adorable exposed bookshelf. We were in open shade, which provided a nice, even light source. The sidewalk provided additional light reflection.

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