September 28, 2010

Aren't clouds so magical?

I am absolutely loving this Indian Summer. It's almost October here in SLC and it's 90 degrees today!  Don't worry though, it'll most likely snow in like 2 weeks.  Our in-between seasons are so finnicky!
In the meantime, there's nothing like laying around and enjoying the clouds.  They are so peaceful!

September 27, 2010

Charlene: Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek of Charlene's Senior Portraits.
Isn't her smile so infectious?
More to come soon!!!

September 23, 2010

Thursday's Thoughts...

The first official day of fall was yesterday, and I have got the Holidays on my mind.  Our family has more than your average family's holiday disaster catastrophes. Today I will share with you one of the biggest Holiday disaster catastrophe's ever!!!

It was Christmas Day 2005.  This particular year Christmas fell on a Sunday. It was also mine and Brant's first Christmas together married.  We drove to Logan Utah that morning to spend Christmas with all my in-laws.  When we got there, everyone was in the mayhem of getting ready for church.  My mother in law was in charge of the music program that day and had a lot on her mind.  When everyone was ready, we went to church.

(Us Christmastime 2005 in our teeny apartment with our kitty "Rico Suave")

Since it was Christmas, church was only an hour that day. It was a beautiful clear, brisk, and sunny day.  As we were driving up the street to come home and have Christmas dinner, we noticed a thin cloud of smoke billowing in the air.  Those of us in the car (me, Brant, my father in law, and my brother in law) noticed it and said, "What is that?"  Stupid, silly, immature me exclaimed "Wouldn't it be funny if the house was on fire?"  As we got closer we noticed......the house was on fire!

My father in law jumped out of his car, and ran to the house.  There weren't any visible flames yet, just smoke coming out of the top.  My sister in law Holly ran inside to get all the Christmas presents and any personal belongings.  My brother in law Shawn was hurling Christmas presents out the front door trying to salvage anything he could.  A neighbor informed us that 911 had been called and the fire department was on it's way.

It was quite traumatic.  We were most concerned about the family chihuahua who burrowed herself in a pile of laundry which saved her life.  The whole house didn't burn down, but the place was uninhabitable.  The whole top floor and attack was pretty much destroyed.  A kind neighbor who was vacationing with his family in Hawaii heard the news and offered his home for us to stay.  All the neighbors brought Christmas dinner, and the young men came to the house to move out any furniture from the downstairs that could be saved.  It was truly an outpouring of Christmas spirit and service and love.

Here's what went wrong: In the hustle and bustle of getting ready for church, my sweet father in law decided to heat up the oil in the turkey fryer before we left so it wouldn't take as long to heat when we got back from church.  Well, he forgot to turn it off when we left....and it was on a wood deck.  The scorching oil splattered on the wood deck which caught fire and the fire spread up the side of the house to the attic and upper floor.  THANK GOODNESS for Home Insurance because my in-laws were able to do a lovely re-model to the home.

Here are the morals of the story:
-Don't ever use a turkey fryer. PERIOD!!! I swear the news does a story every single Christmas season on how risky they are and show a demonstration with firemen on how they catch fire SO easily.
-If you do decide to take a risk and use a turkey fryer, don't put it on a wood deck!
-Christmas is about love, service, and caring just like the service given to us that day.
-The number one thing everyone was concerned about not getting burned was the family dog.
-Guess what the number two most important thing that didn't get burned was? The family photos!  Family photos are precious irreplaceable memories, heirlooms, and keepsakes.  Who gives a crap about the big screen when the house is burning right? They'll come out with a new model in 2 months anyway.

So, even if you have an unforseen holiday catastrophe this year, at least you have the opportunity to have a stellar Family photo with adorable Christmas cards right? (25 free holiday cards when you book a family session between now and November 15!)

Hopefully we're off the hook as far as holiday catastrophes go for the next few years. :)

This photo is completely unrelated.  I just love it when Claire points that teeny little finger at all the things she sees on our drives together!

September 22, 2010


"You're everything I need and more.  It's written all over your face.  Claire bear I can see you Halo. You know you're my saving grace." :)
Evidence she truly is an angel baby. She even has a halo.
Yes, I know she's not a baby anymore, but she's still my baby. :)

September 21, 2010

It's Fall Y'all!

Can you believe this?  This is the glorious sight I saw when I went up the canyon this past weekend.  Do you know what is so great about Utah?  The fall seems to last a little longer.  It starts at the top of the canyons, then makes it's way down to the valley through October.  Guess what that means?  More ample time for beautiful family photos
I don't know if you heard, but if you book a session (whether it be family, kid, newborn, individual) between now and November 15 you get 25 free Christmas cards ready to address and mail to you by December 1.
These are the views from my backyard.  Isn't it beautiful?

September 20, 2010

At the State Fair we....

Listened to live music.
He was playing the Beatles which made me love it even more!
Rode the "Wiggle Worm"

Admired the Animal Print
were merry on the merry go round
Took a pig portrait
And capped off the night on the "fun slide" first Claire wasn't so sure....
But in the end she loved it!
And begged "again! again!" But this time with Daddy
What a way to end the day!
The End.

September 17, 2010

It's Fall Family Photo Time!

Fall is the perfect time for Family Photos.  The temperature is lovely, the leaves are vibrant, and it makes for stunning portraits.

Special Promotion! 
Schedule a photo session between now and November 15 and you will receive 25 free Christmas Cards. (Photo session + cards is normally a $155 dollar value)  Pick your favorite photos from our session, and your favorite card design, and I will have the cards and envelopes to you by December 1st.  All you have to do is address them and throw them in the mail. How easy and great is that???

The Family photo session promotional rate is $95

You will have the cutest card on the block with exceptional professional photography (by moi), and exceptional quality photo cards (unlike some...ahem...big box stores that shall not be named. *wink*)

Here are some examples of photo cards.  Can't you just image your beautiful family having a card like this for free included in your photo session?

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This is a 5x7 accordion folded card

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*actual names have not been used for samples

Email me at to schedule your fall family photo session!

September 16, 2010

Thursday's thoughts

Do you know what sets me apart from everyone else? Me. So here in Thursdays thoughts land, you get to learn a little more about me as a person and a little less about photography.

- I always keep my nails super duper short. I hate having longer nails and having stuff get under them.

- I got in the habit of having short nails because I am a licensed (non practicing right now) massage therapist. I went to utah college of massage therapy, and then went to their master program. I just love making people happy whether through photography, or helping them feel better with their aches and pains. :)

- I'm not gonna lie, I love watching the bachelor. My sweet husbands knows it's my guilty pleasure "me" time and will put Claire to bed while it's on. Don't judge. Haha

- One of my biggest pet peeves ever that I am totally 100% guilty of sometimes is when people go on and on about how busy they are. Thankfully, I haven't annoyed myself by doing it in a few weeks cause the summer is over and the summer was beyond insane! But seriously, there are some folks who just go on and on and on, I just want to say "WE GET IT! You're busy!" please stop me if I ever do it. Capeesh?

- I have claustrophobia issues. Brant always wants to go explore caves or hike the narrows and I'm like "puhscuze me? No way!"

- People are always shocked to hear that I have lived in ut for a long time, and I've never been to lake powell. (audible gasp)

- I remind myself a little bit of the dog Doug in the movie UP in that I care deeply for people right off the bat. "My name is Doug, and I love you!"

- Personal space bubbles beware! I'm a hugger too!

- I don't care what else is going on but mullets, kick ass mustaches, and bathroom humor make me laugh every time without fail.

There's me for this week. The holidays are coming up so stay tuned for a personal holiday catastrophe story!

September 15, 2010

Tessie Quinn

Isn't that one of the cutest names you've ever heard?  She is the most expressive 13 month old I know. She is so easy going too.  She always just goes with the flow as to whatever her mom and older sister are doing.  She is such a sweetie and I just couldn't get enough of her sweet faces she kept making.

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September 14, 2010


Isn't it just so surreal when you are age 12 and you meet this girl who is outside helping her Dad clean the car while you rollerblade by and say Hello, to later become friends, to later grow up and have children of our own?  This is the case with little Bentley.  He is son to my friend Jessica who was my very first friend when my family moved to St George, Utah way back in the day.  To me, Bentley looks so much like Jessica.  And, he's currently the cutest 8 month old I know!

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September 13, 2010

Baby Patti

Baby Patti is little sister to three older sisters.  She has the sweetest disposition of any six week old I have ever met!  Here are some of her newborn photos.

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