My entire life has changed in the past 3 months, definitely for the better! I wouldn’t want to imagine my life without him! He consumes nearly every minute of my day and it’s such a different feeling than with my other two. maybe it’s because I’m a more confident mom! But our struggle with infertility has definitely made me soak up every little thing this baby and my other kids do. I find myself purposefully memorizing details of our daily lives, and thanking our Father in Heaven for each one of our little miracles! My memory isn’t so good, that is why I’m extremely grateful I can capture these moments in time to preserve them forever!
I started my photography business in 2008, but it was a while before I started charging, I wanted to get really good first! In September of 2009, I ask a couple in my church family if they would model for me! They had only been married for about a year I believe, so I’m sure they already had plenty of pictures from their wedding, but they were so kind and agreed to meet me in the canyon for a session! It was great! The colors were amazing and they were a blast to be around!
Now there are some images for the past where I look at them and run through my head of what I would have done differently. And honestly, with this set, I don’t do that! I look at them with pride! I still love the way they look, the composition, the posing (which was mostly all them!) I couldn’t decide on just one from the session so I chose three! So here they are with how each image came to be!
Photo taken Sept 2009 on my Canon EOS Rebel XSi ISO 250 18 mm f/3.5 1/25 sec. I brought up the blacks a little but that’s it!
Photo taken Sep 2009 on my Canon EOS Rebel XSi ISO 200 32 mm f/5.6 1/50 sec. I did crop this shot to draw in more on their faces. Brought up the blacks and intensified the saturation levels of the trees, they were brilliant in real life, but the camera toned it down for some reason, so in post I brought some of that brilliance back!
Photo taken Sept 2009 on my Canon EOS Rebel XSi ISO 200 21 mm f/4.0 1/40 sec. This is my most favorite shot from the whole session. I did add some warmth in Lightroom, but not much, it was mostly to bring back the wonderful glow that was actually there!
As I was looking over my site, I realized that I failed to post the pictures from this beautiful reception. It’s not a wonder, my baby’s early arrival threw a lot of things off!
Their theme was based off the Blue Bayou restaurant in Disneyland. It was held at night which definitely presented lighting problems, so I enlisted the help of Braxton Bruce Photography. He and I have worked on weddings and other shoots before and I knew together we would be able to do it justice! Plus, he had all the lighting gear and lighting knowledge we would need to cover this reception!
One of the highlights of the reception was definitely the paper lanterns, but the weather was stormy that entire weekend and it was a big worry that they wouldn’t go up. But the heavens opened for this loving couple and the rains stopped in plenty of time to get the lanterns up! Check out this gorgeous reception!
I’ve been cleaning and purging my computer along with the house, and I’ve ran across some very fun older images that I’d love to share with you all. Every so often – I will really try to hold myself to every week, but no guarantees, because I rarely know what day it is any way! – I will post a favorite older image from my archives!
Today’s image is of my own daughter. She used to be such a poser! Tween-age has hit right now so we’re not so happy to pose for mama anymore! I took this at one of BYU’s Museum of Art’s exhibitions, this was before I knew it was illegal to take pictures of the art…..I’m stating this now so that I don’t get in trouble! Does that count!?! In my defense there was no posted signage to not taking photos and I do regret not being able to give credit to the artist. But I just thought it was such a fun backdrop and my daughter loves to read so I had her pose in front. Knowing, now, that it is illegal, I’ve learned from my faux-pas and always ask if photos can be taken!
Photo taken Aug 2011 on my Canon EOS Rebel XSi ISO 400 50 mm f/1.8 1/50 sec. Some post processing has been done to correct the heavy warmth from the lights in Adobe Lightroom.
Usually, I hold Petite Portrait Sessions (20-30 minute sessions) during the holidays inviting all and giving a discount with a print package. Yet, that’s not the case for this year because I’ve been busy with my new baby. But I’ve really been missing it all! Photography is my passion, and I love creating beautiful portraits for families! So, when the opportunity came to offer up a package for a local auction, I jumped on it! I was excited when one of my friends won it! They have such a cute family! It was cold and windy, but the kids were such troopers!