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Monday, May 30, 2011

A Family of Musicians...sneak peek

The Pehrson family is an abundantly talented group of girls (and dad!).  I love that they wanted to have most of their family session today include the other parts of their family--their instruments!  How beautiful is that?  And after about a week of scheduling and re-scheduling we were finally able to get out and shoot, and we lucked out and managed to schedule in the only tiny pocket of pretty weather we've had in days!  Check out them out:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Brittany and Bryan celebrate with some sparkle

My good friends Brittany and Bryan celebrated their five year wedding anniversary today!  I was so excited that they asked me to do a special anniversary session for them.  Brittany is probably the most unabashed girly girl I've ever known in my life, so it was no surprise that what she wanted for her anniversary was a little bit of the form of sparkly water fountain pics, that is! Happy to oblige.

Thanks for a super fun night, you two!  Happy 5 years! :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Inspire Me Monday--SYTYCD and Ryan Woodward

I haven't done an "Inspire Me Monday" post in months and months, and even though every week I start with the intention of doing one, the days and weeks just always seem to get away from me--and I had pretty much come to the conclusion that it had been long enough, maybe I should just let it go.  But then I was told by my big sister that she missed in turn, I promised I would try to get em going again.  :)

Probably the most inspiring thing I have viewed of late is this video from an amazingly talented artist and animator (and incidentally, a fellow Utahn!) named Ryan Woodward.  You may recognize the style--about a week or two ago Google had him design one of their little google "doodles" for their main page that celebrated a dancer.  I'd seen that and admired it, but the very next day one of my sweet brides (Kristen, who is graceful enough to be a dancer, even though she SWEARS she isn't--I don't believe her) brought this to my attention after her bridal session.  It is absolutely lovely.  It has pretty much everything in the world that moves me: chemistry, a love story, longing, motion and movement, not to mention beautifully composed figure drawing. (I've studied figure drawing back in the day as an art major.  It ain't easy.  And to make it move like that, so fluidly and realistically...its magic.)

Watch...and be amazed:

Then, when I was watching this, I remembered a dance I saw something like 5 or 6 years ago (I think) on So You Think You Can Dance.  I don't watch much in the way of reality shows because they all give me extreme anxiety, but this I did tune it for, and it made enough of an impression that I still go back to it sometimes to bask in the romance.

If you ask me, posing a couple for a photograph isn't really unlike choreography.  The end goal is the same: capture the love and tension and hope and longing and a story and convey it visually, without words or declarations of any sort.

Back in the day one of my roommates had a home video of an ex-boyfriend's college dance company doing a gorgeous ballroom number to the GooGoo Dolls' Iris.  If I could find that video, I'd post it....but since I can't (unless you still happen to have that old VHS 7 or 8 years later Tia?  hmmm?) I will just ask instead:
Are there any dances you've seen on TV or in real life that have moved you?  Leave a comment to share!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Whitney and Lane's groomal sneak peek

So this has been a wonderful, hectic week...and the cherry on top was this session.  Bright blue skies, puffy clouds, gorgeous people!  Does it get better than that? I don't think so!

Kristen and Christopher at the Mt. Timpanogos temple

Today was my first time shooting at the beautiful Mt. Timpanogos temple--Kristen and Christopher got married there today!  (Now the only temple on the wasatch front I haven't had the privilege of shooting at is the Provo temple. The only other Utah temples I haven't yet done are St. George and Vernal...any takers? lol)  We had so much fun at their "pre-ception" (thanks Jamie for sharing that lingo with me!)  last night and this morning they got to sealed.  And on such a beautiful day no less. :)

Congrats you guys!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Micah and Melissa's Groomal Sneak Peek!

The weather this year has been hardly a photographer's dream, yet it seems that every time I've braved the wind and rain we always get some amazing pictures.  Today was no exception...rain all day, and then as soon as we head out to shoot, the skies clear!  Thanks Micah and Melissa (and your luggage carrying moms!) for a great afternoon in the sun! :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Nate and Sierra groomal sneak peek

Nate and Sierra are getting married on Wednesday, but they decided to keep their wedding day simple and focused on the ceremony, to break it into two halves and do the portrait portion of the wedding today!  Now I just have to get them all edited--pronto! :)

Aren't they so in love?  And I am so in love with her veil!  Love that we had just a bit of wind to help it fly...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

An ethereal spring evening...Kristen's Bridal sneak peek

What a beautiful night!  Thanks to Kristen for being such a stunning and graceful bride.  There was something in the air tonight that felt like it belonged in a chapter of Anne of Green Gables.  A day that felt like was lovely, start to finish. <3

Steve and Tipling Groomals+Wedding

Here's another groomal/wedding day combo for you!  Tipling and Steve are lucky charms for weather.  I kid you was pouring on the day of their bridals.  I was driving towards Salt Lake in what felt like a monsoon. But as soon as we got going, the rain stopped and we got some gorgeous end-of-the-day light.  And, a few days later on their wedding, it happened again!  As soon as we were done shooting, it started to drizzle.  With the way the weather has been going lately, I'm thinking of bringing these two on all of my shoots, just to be safe.  Congratulations again to both of you! :)

Now remember this hilarious groomsmen shot? I still laugh every time I look at it...