Photography ~ Matthew & Evelyn ~ Wedding Sneak Peek

Two days before I went on vacation I had the honor of joining Matthew and Evelyn to help them celebrate their wedding day.

Matthew and Evelyn, here’s a small sneak peek of your very special day!

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Photography ~ {P} Kids Session

You may remember my previus post on this session… if not, the link to it is below. These kids were so much fun… even the little one who was not happy with me laying him down on the grass. He was very vocal in his protests, lol. And never forget how difficult it can sometimes be to get everyone looking at the same spot at the same time… no matter how much noise you make, lol. But all in all, this shoot with these rambunctious kids has been one of my favorite to date. I’m so glad I got to spend an hour or so with my friend and her daughters and grandbabies. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I did. 😀

Photography ~ {C} Family Sneak Peek

When this family contacted me for a large family session, including their kids and grandchild, I couldn’t resist.

We met up at Lake Las Vegas and had so much fun wandering all over picking spots for full family shots, couple shots, smaller family and individual shots. We took so many pictures it’s really hard to pick just a few for their Sneak Peek. But, I gave it a try.

Thanks for letting me goof off with y’all that day!

Photography ~ {P} Kids & Grandkids Sneak Peek

Recently I had the blessing of getting to work with some amazing kids. A very dear friend of mine, Kim, asked if I would be willing to take some pictures of her youngest daughter and her grandkids. Since her daughter is one of my favorite people in the whole world there was no way I was going to say no!

We met up at the Las Vegas LDS Temple and had some fun.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that these kids were HAMS!

Thanks so much, Kim, for letting me spend the day with your kiddos! Enjoy your Sneak Peek!

Photography ~ Super Moon 2013

This year’s Super Moon (or the day when the moon is the closest to the Earth and brightest it will be) was June 23, and I made sure I took the opportunity to try my hand at photographing it! Not too bad for my first time ever. I know what I want to do and what I don’t want to do next time. I have a whole year to get it figured out. 😀

Monday Mishaps – Tripped Up

Once again, I bring before you… some mishap that has befallen me. Because if you can’t laugh at yourself, what CAN you laugh at?

My family is very fond of telling me that aside from dancing on a stage, I’m just not all that graceful. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ALWAYS clumsy, and I HAVE been told by others that I do have a “graceful way about” me… but there are times my family wonders how I ever managed to twirl and spin across a stage when I can’t walk across a room some days without tripping over my own feet. I have always maintained that dancers are taught their entire lives to never look down: “You look like you don’t know the step (or- where you’re going – etc.)! Look up!” So, we don’t look down very often… therefore, we trip much easier! That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!

Never before has this become more apparent than as I start to do more and more things behind the camera… instead of in front of it.

Case in point – the photo below:

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This blurry picture is of my younger sister and her hubby in the middle of a family shoot in January in Utah. We were all being silly, because that’s just my family, and the snow decided that it needed to get my attention. No really, that’s what happened. Anyone who truly knows me, and even some random strangers, know that I am not really fond of snow. In fact, it has become a goal in life for my father-in-law to get me to do a Snow Angel and to get it on film. Twelve years with my hubby and it has yet to happen.

During this shoot, I was standing in a cleared area of about shin high snow, taking the photos of my and my sister’s families. I took a step, thinking I’d cleared that area of snow enough to do so… oh, how wrong I was! I stepped down right into a spot that had NOT been cleared, and found I couldn’t move my foot and hang on to my camera at the same time. Needless to say, I’m not throwing my camera… so down I went! I proceeded to need help up, because I still wouldn’t put my camera down (really, would you?), and needed a bit of help extricating myself. I’ve been assured by my family and hubby that they’re so proud of me! I managed to keep taking pictures as I fell into the snow drift. All in all… the only thing hurt was my pride. 😀

My guilty pleasure? I LOVE WEDDINGS!!!!

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I love weddings! No, really, I’m serious as a heart attack! I tell my darling hubby all the time that I want to renew our vows every year… because I love weddings. I guess it’s a good thing I’m doing photography of weddings so I can slake that thirst for all the big and little and tiny wedding details without having to spend all the money and energy on doing it again for myself.

Usually, I have a camera on hand… the above photo is from my own little sister’s destination wedding! I couldn’t help myself! The only reason I don’t have pictures of the ceremony of my other married sister? I was in the bridal party… somehow my big ole camera just doesn’t seem to go with a bridesmaid dress. No matter how much I accessorize it!

More often than not, I have to stop myself from getting involved beyond what I’ve been asked to do… I really love helping with flowers… favors… decorations… I especially love when I’m contacted by a bride to make her wedding jewelry for her… so if I’m not behind the camera, I’m usually helping in some other way. I love to see the look on the bride’s face when she sees all the little things just come together (okay and the groom too, but let’s face it, they’re not always as detail oriented as the brides… sometimes, but not always…). I love the joy when they dance for the first time as husband and wife. I love the laughter as they run from the venue to leave for their new life together. I love everything about them! I’d totally be a wedding crasher if I had the time!

So here’s my guiltiest little secret of all… ready? Okay… here goes… :::whispering::: I love weddings so much I’ve been known to haunt wedding boards on Pinterest, and wedding planning blogs. Luckily, I can get away with it more now, because I do, in fact, use the excuse of research for photo ops and ideas… But honestly? I did this long before I ever started doing photos at weddings… and I’m sure I’ll do it long after I stop taking photos (if I ever do!). So, now you know one of my guilty pleasures… what’s one of yours?

Yup… that’s me…

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While not the most flattering picture of me… I’ve got to love the fact that my hubby doesn’t care. To him, this is me doing what I love! While I’m usually much more put together than this, some days I’m better off with more durable clothing for wading through nature (even if it’s nature where least expected). Last night was no exception as I wandered through Lake Las Vegas finding new spots for sessions.

I think of all my endeavors, the photography tickles my family the most as I’m an incredibly girly girl who isn’t too fond of dirt, getting dirty, or hiking of any kind… give me a dance studio any day and I’m ecstatic. But my sensibilities don’t really matter when it comes to this. Hopefully, that means great moments on film. 😀

What do you do that may be outside what would be considered “normal” for you?

Summer

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As we “slide” into the Summer of 2013, I find that my days have more in them. Namely, my children. While I have more sessions booked for engagements and family photos, I find I’m looking forward more to pictures I’ll be taking of my own children as we enjoy their time off and our increased family time together. I don’t know how many “other” projects I’ll get done (i.e. jewelry, crochet, etc.) but I know my memory cards will constantly be full.

What are you looking forward to this summer? What would you like to see here?