N.W. Fitness Branding Shoot

I love helping out new businesses! It is a new thing I have started to offer, and I can't tell you how fun it is to help them get off the ground and get their name out there. 

I thrive off of being an entrepreneur and the satisfaction it brings me. The satisfaction I get from helping others is just as strong! Check out my adorable sister in law and her new instagram account for her fitness tips. She has a degree in Exercise Science and is an ACE certified group fitness instructor. Check her out here

Kings Caramels Branding Shoot

Last weekend was so fun working with Kings Caramels on a branding shoot! These photos were so fun to capture. I LOVE working with small businesses and helping them promote their brand. I know how hard it is to start a business and would love to keep helping businesses get started! If you own or know someone who owns a business send them my way! I would love to help capture every detail of their business and show their clients what they have to offer. 

I know you probably think I have to say this, but seriously these caramels are to die for! They just melt in your mouth. I can't get enough of the salted caramel, but the black licorice might take it for the win for me:) 

Head over to Kings Caramel instagram account, @kingscaramels to make your life a little bit sweeter! Just click on the link in their bio. You will not regret it, I promise! Mention this blog post and get 10% off your first order. Run run run!!

6 Tips to Guarentee A Successful Photo Shoot!

Hey hey! So we all want that dreamy perfect photo shoot right? Of course! Thats why you are reading this blog post, so let me tell you my secrets to a picture perfect photo shoot;)

Utah Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
  • For my newborn clients-

    • Mama, wear a dress! After having a baby we don't always feel our best, and we also usually have some unwanted baby chub that we don't want to remember, am I right? haha. So wearing a dress will hide those things we don't want to remember and flatter your beautiful body! Dresses also help add to that sweet pretty vibe we try to create with your newborn photos. 

 

  • Pose like a chicken. Yup, you heard me!

    • Ok, so this applies to all my clients, especially my newborn clients. You can't take your eyes off your sweet little newborn and I don't want you to! When I pose you looking down at your baby (or any client looking down), we naturally get a double chin. It happens to all of us, it's totally normal. But it doesn't look so flattering in your photos, so heres how to fix it. 
    1. Step One: pull your neck up
    2. Step Two: stick your chin forward (without pulling your whole head forward, so you don't look like a hunchback) 
    3. Step Tree: tilt your chin down. 
    • Magic! Your double chin is gone, and you look stunning. You can thank the chicken for this tip!
  • No Stressing Allowed! 

    • I hate to call out you mamas again....but lets be honest. We are the ones who stress out the most over photos because your husband is annoyed at the fact that he has to be in the pictures, the kids are not cooperating at all, and you haven't even had time to get yourself ready! It's hard being a mom, especially on picture day. haha BUT, I can't tell you how much your stress effects your pictures. My photography style is more candid and natural and fun. We will pose here and there, but for the most part my goal is to have you interacting with each other and playing and having fun making memories while I sit in the back capturing you. Thats my goal. It's hard to achieve that goal when we are stress and upset. Newborn and kids especially can sense our stress and anxiety, so mom, it's OK that your kids are messing up their hair and that baby is crying. It's ok! You don't see those things in the pictures when its all said and done. I can't tell you how many clients have told me that they thought their session was a complete fail and that they didn't get any good photos, and then after seeing their photos they would have never known that their child was not cooperating. It's going to be just fine, and down the road you will enjoy those less than perfect pictures. It's the memories that we are trying to capture:)
  • Take Off Your Shoes and Socks!

    • Yes, I know your feet are ugly, but so are your shoes and socks lol. It just doesn't look natural for in home photo shoots. Ok, I won't be so harsh on the socks because I know their are some cute trendy socks out there that can be the perfect touch to your outfit. But i'm speaking to the men and kids mostly. In home sessions are supposed to be as natural as possible, and those bare feet just complete the look:) 
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  • Trendy AND Classic Outfit

    • High school seniors, for your senior photos it's always fun to go with a more trendy outfit that matches the trends of that year, and then also a more classic outfit that you won't look back on and die laughing at what you were wearing haha. 

 

  • Accessorize Seniors!

    • For your high school senior photos, don't forget to complete your outfit with some fun statement piece accessories! It adds interest to your photos and helps to show off your unique personality!

Well there you have it. A recipe to the perfect photo shoot! If you ever have questions or would like some pointers on something LET ME KNOW! I would love to help give more tips to put your mind at ease and make your session go smoother. Don't hesitate to ask! Follow me on Instagram because ever Tuesday is Tip Tuesday:)

Exciting News for You High School Seniors! Come see what it is!!

I have been over here biting my tongue like a little kid who can't keep a secret to save their life! I have some super exciting news for you high school seniors! 

Working with K.Allyse Films on this video was so much fun! If you need a product video done or any kind of video for that matter, contact her. She is incredibly talented!!

It has always been my dream since I started my photography business to be able to provide a wardrobe for my clients to use during their photo shoot. I know how stressful putting together outfits can be, and I want to eliminate as much stress on you as possible so that you can have a great experience. I actually came across my senior photos the other day, and yikes! (I will have to share them with you sometime if I can brave the embarrassment...) But I wish so bad that I would have had help choosing what colors would be best and styles for my senior photos. I wore a coat for heck sakes! Like what was I thinking?? 

I owe a huge thanks to My Sisters Closet Boutique for making my dream a reality for YOU! Every month the clothing items are switched out for new items so that no one ends up with the same outfit. We have anything from tops to dresses, and even accessories. Mix their items with your own items to create your unique style that is all about you!

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To top off your senior photo experience, I have teamed up with a professional hair and makeup artist to give you a discounted (exclusive to wbp seniors) hair and makeup package! Who doesn't love to be pampered?? (This is another thing that should have been a priority when I did my senior photos, haha!) Sadie knows why type of makeup and colors to use to make your makeup standout and look flawless in your photos. She is incredibly talented, so bring your ideas to her and she will create some magic! 

Are you dreaming of your senior photos yet? What do you want your session to look like? What do you want to tell the world? I love working with high school seniors! You make me want to get out and do something big, or make a difference in the world. You guys are in such an exciting stage of life trying to figure out what you want to do with your life and who you want to be. You inspire me! 

The weather is starting to warm up and it's going to start blooming all around us, so lets get out and create some magic! Contact me today and we will work side by side to create the senior photo experience your dreaming of. 

Miss Peytons Fresh 48

Oh it felt good to do a fresh 48 session! I haven't done any for a while, and it made me REALLY miss doing birth stories! With having a baby of my own and not living close to family anymore makes it hard to be able to drop everything and find a sitter last min for my boys, but I promise you guys i'll get back into birth stories...hopefully soon! I have been thinking hard about doing them again:) 

I always say I love how "raw" fresh48 and birth photos are. There is something special about those grainy, lowlight, ugly hospital rooms that just get me every time! The feelings in that room are something I never want to forget. Life is such a beautiful, miraculous thing. I just love my "job" (if I can even call it that) and being able to capture moments like this for you guys to cherish for decades. It makes me feel good to know that when this sweet little girl grows up she will be able to look back on these photos and hopefully feel the love just bursting from them!

Photo Native Lifestyle Newborn Shoot

In January I was able to attend a photography conference from Photo Native that was 3 days long. Wow. What an incredible uplifting experience it was. I am so grateful my cute hubby stayed home with the kids for three days so that I could learn and grow. 

The first day we got to do an actual photo shoot with a professional photographer. I chose to do the lifestyle newborn photo shoot...of course! It was with Tracy Layne. She is a Utah photographer that is incredibly talented. She taught us so much not only about posing, but also a lot about lighting. 

As you already know, my style is bright and airy photos, almost like the film look. I drool over soft shadows and pastel colors! Although most of our shoot was taken place in an all white studio with gorgeous natural light, she wanted to challenge us and teach us something new. She took us into a back room in the studio where the walls were soooo dark I think they were a super dark blue almost looking black, and all light the room had was a TINY little window in the very top of the wall in the corner. My first thought was when she took us in there to shoot was; I'll just pretend like I know what I'm doing. This isn't my style or what I want to do, so i'll just humor her and pretend;) ....well, after seeing what stunning shots others were getting I decided to step in a try to create a stunning image as well. I snapped a photo and SHOCKED myself. I almost fell over dead looking at the image I had just taken on the back of my camera. 

Needless to say, I couldn't stop shooting this beautiful mama and baby in this tiny dark little room that scared the crap out of me. I would never had thought to even give the room a try on my own. I would have avoided it at all cost. Now, because of this experience I am not afraid of low light situations and have full confidence in it! I can't choose a favorite photo. I'm still in love with the bright and airy photos we took and just as much in love with the dark moody photos as well. 

Decide for yourself which you like better! 

The other two days were full of all day classes from different incredible photographers. They taught business basics, and also some really inspirational things as to why they do what they do. I have thought about why I do what I do, and in the back of my mind I always knew the "why" to why I started photography, but Photo Native helped me remember that again. I will share in a later blog post my "why." 

In the meantime, take a look at this cute family. Which style is your favorite? Comment below and let me know, I would love to see your opinions! 

Derik + Alecia

Ending my Valentine Mini sessions with this one was just perfect! I love seeing how in love husband and wives are after so many year still. Nothing beets capturing their love in their natural enviornment. 

Thank you to all who booked Valentine Minis with me! It was too much fun:)

Oliver + Amelia | Couples Photographer | Valentine Minis | Utah Photographer

Time is ticking! Don't wait to get your husband or wife the perfect Valentines day gift this year. I only have two more dates I will be doing couples Valentines day mini session. January 27th, and February 3rd. 

Don't let your love go undocumented. Years from now you and your kids are going to cherish these photos. What a perfect way to show off your first home together, your favorite activity to do together, or just the love that you have for each other. 

Contact me today to schedule your spot. AND...the best part is, you don't have to leave your home! I will come to you and photograph you in your home:) Win win for you guys!!

Sean + Daisy | Couples Valentines Day Mini Session | Utah Photographer

Valentines day is just around the corner! Do you know what you are going to get that special someone? How about a unique couples in home session that they will cherish for a lifetime. 

I don't know about you, but I have the WORST time thinking of a Valentines Day gift for my husband. Guys are hard to shop for as it is, but especially on Valentines Day. Who's with me?? 

For those of you women who aren't into the boudoir photos, do an in home session with your spouse to capture your love in a unique way. I promise they will love the photos and look back on them throughout your whole marriage. 

Let me help you give that special someone the best Valentines Day gift this year!

Valentines Day mini In Home sessions will take place January 13th, 27, and February 3rd. Sessions will be 30 min. long, with 10 edited images. 

In Home Session Ideas:

  • Flirty baking 
  • Snuggly cuddles
  • Playful pillow fight
  • First home
  • Something unique to you and your spouse

 

Mis Sydnee | High School Senior Photos | Utah Photographer

This cute girl won my senior photo giveaway and it was so much fun to collaborate with so many talented ladies. I know you are all wondering where in the world her stunning flower crown came from, well let me tell you! Janae from Diamond Tip Design did an incredible job on her flower crown. I can't tell you guys how incredibly talented she is, so just go take a look at her work here or here and see for yourself! 

Isn't her hair the cutest?! Well another talented lady did an amazing job on her hair. You can go take a look at her work as well here

And that makeup! Yes Miss Sydnee got a full day of pampering, and i'll admit, I was a little bit jealous of her haha. Go take a look at this talented makeup artist here! She also does an amazing job at hair too:) 

Thank you all who were involved in this high school senior giveaway. I think it came together perfectly! 

Mommy & Me | Utah Photographer

Mommy and Me sessions are just the best! They are so fun and so unique. I loved the look/style this mom was going for. She wanted a pretty bohemian style and her and her girls rocked it! I couldn't be more happy with this session. 

I just can't get over how pretty these girls are. Natural beauty all around. Contact me today to schedule your mommy and me session!