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Shooting In Full Sun

Shooting In Full Sun

It’s almost spring time! This beauty let me sucker her into taking her picture. Before yesterday, I had never shot in full sunshine in the middle of the day. Not sure how I get so lucky, but every photo shoot I’ve ever done, I get an overcast sky with rain….or snow. I’m not complaining – it makes for really soft light.

But I have to say, I’m a big fan of full sun this week. I might just be a convert.

Happy Sunday.

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Fluid Heart…coming Soon

Fluid Heart…coming Soon

So, here’s the deal. I’m not the most in-shape gal around. I’m just not, and I’m okay with that. I love Dr. Pepper too much – and that battle is another story. But last summer, I decided to quit my full-time job of 10 years. With some of that extra time, a friend and I started going to the gym almost every day. Both of us are very type-A, most comfortable in fast-paced business environments, and very restless (to put it mildly). Doing 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights every day just wasn’t going to keep us interested enough to keep going. We thought it best to switch it up every day and do something new. We had a short stint with racket ball, a longer one with Zumba, and one Tuesday, she dragged me (yes, dragged me) to a Vinyasa Yoga class she had tried the week before.

I had been to yoga before. It was boring. I was only doing this because we didn’t know each other quite well enough for me to protest that early on in the game. I had to act somewhat tough and reasonable if I wanted to keep her as a gym buddy, and better yet, as a friend.

That first class about killed me. I had NEVER worked that hard in my life, and I played soccer in high school. Stick me on a treadmill and make me run for hours, but please don’t make me go to that class again! Sweat was dripping down from my chin onto my mat (which led do a couple of slippery falls), I was shaking, and I was nauseous. I was ready to call that my one and only try. But again, didn’t know my friend well enough yet to be a quitter, so when she suggested it the following Tuesday, I happily (not) complied. And that led to me enduring a few more weeks after that.

One day, it was 4th class, I started noticing that I was actually enjoying the way the asanas (yoga poses) were feeling. And even more – how fun the flows were! Oh man, now I was noticing how great the music track was! That downward dog felt so relaxing! Why did I think I was going to break my wrist in downward dog last week? Wow, did you see that vinyasa I just pulled off? And ahhhhhhhhh, that savasana was HEAVEN – I think I might be able to take on the world today.

All of the sudden, yoga wasn’t that boring class I had once taken. This yoga class was full of movement, strength, soul, and amazing music. This was Krisin’s Vinyasa Yoga class. And I have been going twice a week (showing up early to fight for a spot in that oh-so-full Tuesday morning class) ever since.

You may remember the teaser post (here) about Kristin launching her website soon (oh, and us trying to freeze her out there barefoot and in tank tops, in February, in the desert). I’m so excited for her and the creation of Fluid Heart. I know I said I would wait until the site was up to share the rest of the images, but I just couldn’t wait. I finally got through editing over 130 images out of the 700’ish we took over the course of 2 days, and wanted to share a few of my favorites.

Here she is. One of the most amazing women I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. And I’m honored to now call her a friend.

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Where History Is Made

Where History Is Made

He just graduated law school, took the bar, and is now applying for JAG positions. Neither one of us had ever been inside the state capitol building, so it was kind of an amazing experience.

I always pictured the capitol building bustling with men and women in suits, talking and typing into their Blackberries simultaneously, trailed by frazzled assistants dropping folders of paper. Turns out, we were almost the only people in there. Kind of a let down.

What wasn’t a let down, was the breath-taking beauty of the building. Amazing. They just don’t make them like that anymore. All of the extraordinary little details carved out of granite and wood. Here is a tiny taste.

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That There Is A Male Pelican

That There Is A Male Pelican

If you read my personal blog [private, but holla if you want in on it] you’ve seen the extensive version of last weekend’s festivities. My good friend, Amber, turned 30. We have a little tradition in our circle of friends, to celebrate your 30’s in style. While I chose a more… “rowdy” party in Vegas, Amber chose a serene beach house in Oceanside. It was AMAZING.

Wonderful friends, food, lounging, walks to the pier, yoga on the roof, and amazing sunsets. My goodness, I love the ocean.

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Sunrise, Snow Canyon & Yoga

Sunrise, Snow Canyon & Yoga

I don’t often hear roosters crowing when I wake up. But on this special day, I did. We all woke up before dawn to take in the beauty of the sunrise in Snow Canyon this weekend. You see, our amazing Vinyasa Yoga teacher, Kristin, is about to launch her website. We went in search of *warmer* weather, although I wouldn’t call what we found “warm.” As Amber (Sawaya Consulting) and I sported down coats, Kristin was a warrior in tank tops and bare feet on the cold sandstone.

After her site launch, I will share the rest of the images. But for now, here is some of her awesomeness.

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Finding The Beauty In Winter

Finding The Beauty In Winter

So, really. January and February are BRUTAL months of the year for me. Salt Lake is nestled in a gorgeous valley of majestic mountains, which I’m so grateful for and couldn’t imagine living away from. However, something not-so-majestic happens in January – the inversions come. And when the inversions set in, things get down-right depressing. We are finally getting a few days of sunshine, so I wanted to get out of the winter phunk and find some beauty. More specifically, find the beauty in winter right in my backyard.

This one almost looks like spring…
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I have a thing for an old swing that was here when we bought the house. The paint was peeling back then, 8 years ago, so you can imagine how it looks now. Rob thinks we just need to replace it, but I can’t bring myself to get rid of it.
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Through our backyard and across the street, there is a water reservoir, and some old picnic tables that have completely fallen apart. I really liked the colors.
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Remnants of the summer…
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At the reservoir.
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My daughter picking up stones. Her favorite activity at the reservoir.
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And this, my friends, is a sick joke that nature plays on me every mid-February. Every year, I get excited spring is coming and winter will come to a screeching halt. No such luck. These poor sprouts will have to live through a few snow storms before they finally bloom into daffodils.
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Fuze Network

Fuze Network

My ever-fab friend and her 3 partners in Fuze Network.

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Logo by Sawaya Consulting.

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Sometimes, I love the “outtakes” of photo shoots more than I love the actual head shots. So, here are a few of my favorites.
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How cute are these two?
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Website Launched!

Website Launched!

I’m so excited to announce that my webpage has been published! A HUGE thanks to Amber and Steve at Sawaya Consulting for their help.

Click HERE to visit.
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I Mean, Can You Even Stand This?!

I Mean, Can You Even Stand This?!

This is my little two-year-old. She just started dance classes, and I’m in love. In love with little pink tutus, tights and ballet shoes. In love with little giggles and spreading “pizza dough” down your legs while stretching. In love with being her Mom.

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Those Eyes!

Those Eyes!

This family has the most beautiful eyes. And all I’m saying, is that I think God knew not to give me all boys with those eyes, because there would be absolutely no discipline. All they would have to do is look up at me and smile with those eyes and they could get away with anything. 🙂

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And the amazing mom behind these 3 wonderful boys:
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