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Senior Session

This is Jamie, a high school senior.  I tagged along on this senior session with Marnee Marriott.  I will be second shooting a couple of weddings with Marnee this month, so we used this session as a chance to get to know each other.  Aka-to ensure that neither of us are crazy and that we could spend 8-10 hours at a wedding together!  The good news is I think we are both sane:)

I’ve never shot a senior session, so this was pretty fun!

Jamie was so sweet and soft spoken.  This outfit seemed to totally match her personality of fun and light hearted.

Then there was an outfit change and WOZA!!!  I almost fell over.

Yes, I feel old saying this.  OMG!!!!  My parents would have died if I looked like this in high school.


Jenny + Adrian {Mesa Temple Engagement}

Meet Jenny and Adrian!

Jenny and Adrian are getting married later this year in Utah, but wanted to have a few engagement pictures at the Mormon Temple in Mesa.  It was easy to see from the start of our session that Jenny is completely, 100% head over heels in LOVE with Adrian.  Adrian is a little more quiet and reserved at first, but as we walked around the Temple and chatted it was clear that he was just as smitten with Jenny.

The Temple grounds are SO beautiful.  I loved all of the flower.

Oh Jenny…you are so stinking cute on the inside and out!

Jenny and Adrian it was SO much fun to meet you both and I wish you all the best for your wedding later this year!!

Tips for Photographers {Check Your Junk Mail}

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Jasmine Star thFix.  You can read my review of it here.  While there I met the sweetest husband wife photography team and snapped a picture of them with Jasmine’s husband JD.  A couple of days later I emailed the picture to them and never heard back.  Another couple of days goes by and I mention on FB that I emailed them the picture.  Amy says she never received the email and asked if I could email it again.  I re-send the email and again I hear nothing back.  Amy and I run into each other at another workshop and she still doesn’t have the image.

And then it happens…she finds it in her junk mail.  No big deal right?  Guess what else is in her junk mail…4 wedding inquiries and a couple of portrait inquiries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HUGE deal now!!

I had the exact same thing happen to me last November.  4 inquires went directly to my junk mail and I didn’t realize it until it was too late.  It was like a giant sucker punch in the gut!  Since then, I keep a close eye on my junk mail.  Most of the time it’s just offers to help certain body parts “grow” (wink-wink),  but I still check it EVERY day.

Jasmine Star theFix-Phoenix, AZ

Last week I attended Jasmine Star’s theFix.  This was the first stop on her 12 city tour to speak to other photographers about….

Well, that’s an interesting question.  theFix website describes the event as a conversation with Jasmine Star.  Jasmine describes it as, “prom, but with better hair”.  I had pretty awesome hair at prom, so I signed-up.  Actually, I signed-up because I knew that whatever Jasmine had to say I wanted to hear.

Jasmine spoke about a new movement in the industry right now.  The idea of photographers working together to help each other grow their business.  Networking is HUGE in this industry, but historically it has only gone so far.  Get together for lunch…yes.  Tell me where you shot your last engagement session with that really cool background…no, actually hell no.  Tell you how much I charge?  I’m more likely to tell you how much I weigh.

It’s as if we invite everyone over to our house, but don’t let anyone inside and instead mingle on the front lawn.  There is an internal struggle of wanting to be open, but fearful of giving out what makes us successful.  What makes the client choose me over you.

Jasmine’s theme throughout the night was to let these fears and hesitations go.  The idea that you will be stronger as an individual by being part of a community.

It could have just been the atmosphere (or the champagne), but it feels like change is coming to the photography community.  It’s time to let each other past the front door and…gasp! let them walk on the good carpet.

And now proof that I had awesome hair at prom!







Norton Family Portraits

I met Karyne at the Melissa Jill 2 Day workshop in January.  We instantly bonded over our lack of sleep due to new babies!  Karyne and her husband, John, have two beautiful boys Silas and Garrison.  We decided to trade portrait sessions since both of our babies are around 6 months old.  Since Garrison just turned 6 months we shot their session first.

It can be extremely nerve wracking shooting portraits for another photographer.  I really appreciated Karyne and John’s easy going nature.

Silas is the big brother and SO curious about checking out his surroundings.

Garrison is such a happy baby!  For these pictures John stood behind me and made Garrison laugh…like full belly giggle non-stop laugh.  I can’t wait for Andrew to laugh like that!

John with his boys.

For some reason this next picture totally cracks me up.  Everyone was sitting on the bench and we asked Silas if he could give Garrison a hug and this was the result….real life people!

One last favorite…taking advantage of the setting sun.