family

Bear Lake Family Reunion // Bear Lake // Bear Lake Photographer

I get a lot of requests for family reunion photography and I absolutely love these sessions! I love seeing a whole family come together, being able to laugh and enjoy each others company. Being from a large family (baby of 11 here :) ) I know how hard it can be to get everyone together, and how rewarding it is when it actually happens. If I can ever get my WHOLE family together and do a professional photoshoot that will be a dream come true for me. Make it happen when you can. Life is full of unexpected turns, and every moment together counts.

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Family Lauren

From a favorite engagement session, a touching birth story, to a fun family session! I hope to photograph this family for years to come. The love they have for this little man is abundant. He is their world. And look at that little face! Can you blame them!?

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Mini Family sessions // Utah Family photographer // Family photos

When you have littles that don’t have much of an attention span, a mini session (15-20 min session) is absolutely perfect. Most of the best photos are going to happen in that 15-20 minutes anyhow, since that is when your little ones are the most engaged. After that they are ready to get down and run around. So if you just want a quick session with a few fantastic photos, and have little ones who melt down quickly, this is the option you will want to choose. We will have fun, get smiles, and they won’t hate photos the next time around! I love this family, they are always so shy, but so much fun to photograph and so so beautiful!

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Utah Family Session // Logan Canyon // Utah Family photographer

I’ve known this family for quite some time now. Some families you photograph over and over again start feeling like family. Such is the case with this sweet girl. And I fell in love with her mama too. She was always so kind to me, would come to many of photoshoots for her grand babies, and would always give me heartfelt thanks and hugs. I was so sad when I heard she had passed away. Having lost a parent myself, I knew the grief this little family would be going through. It is never easy to lose someone you love so dearly. I know they have missed her so much. Especially these sweet little kiddos!

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Extended Family 2018// Salt Lake City // Utah Family photographer

I might be pretty biased because I love this family so much, but they are all gorgeous people!! And so much fun! This is my sister in law Angies family and they are all so fun, I think I’ve about photographed them all. They love to travel all over, and Angies mom bought the girls all hats while they were in England, it was so fun to incorporate them into the photos! And this was right before my nephew left on his mission. It was fun to all be together.

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Jessica Family 2018// Utah Family photographer // Utah Canyons

I was waiting to share this cute families session until she announced her pregnancy!! They are such a gorgeous little family and they were so tough about hiking to this location to shoot. Sweet Jessica hiked pregnant without any complaints and we got the best views! Thank you for letting me take your darling families photos! And a huge congratulations on your new one! Can’t wait to see that baby!

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Newswander Family 2018// Logan Canyon Photoshoot // Utah Family photographer

This family has been my friends for years now. I love Khristen! She has such a big amazing heart! She is always reaching out and always so good at keeping in contact and checking up on me to see how I am. She is a tough mama who has been through so much in her life. She lives for her little family and loves being a mama. Its always so much fun to do photos for her family. They are so good at bringing out the silly and the laughs :)

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Family// Jack and ShaMayne // Till we meet again…

I never knew a time without Jack being part of my life.  He was there before I was even born.  It was always Jack and ShaMayne. He blessed me as a baby.  He and ShaMayne took me in every summer and off my parents hands so they could work with their 9 other children who were still home, and my grandparents who lived with them, my grandmother needing much care with her alzheimers. 

I loved to visit ShaMayne and Jack because they had babies for me to play with and spend time with, and I loved the babies.  I also very much loved every moment I could spend with Jack in the yard working, or singing songs with him while he played the guitar. Or watching Star Wars or Pride and Prejudice. John Denver became one of my very favorite singers from spending so much time singing the songs with Jack.  Jack knew how to listen, and he knew how to give gentle guidance and correction.  He was always so inspired in what to say and how to say it. He didn’t rush the process and would sit with you until you understood what you needed to.

I always knew he loved me.  He was always like a second father.  I've never really considered him an "in-law" because he has been in the family longer then me.  He's just always been there. Always and forever has been brother to me. Imaging life without him is very difficult. The future family get togethers where we won’t hear his guitar playing or hear his gentle voice singing. The tickles he gave to everyone. (It was a tender mercy that the last day I got to see him, was his last good day, and even though he was on Morphine, he was in a good mood, and he knew who I was, and he even reached over and tickled me when I hugged him goodbye.) We will miss the wisdom he shared with us and the time he’d put aside when we needed someone to talk to. I texted him more then once with things that were bothering me, and he’s always get back to me and explain and talk until I could feel better and understand. I loved how much he loved my sister and how good he was to her. He was so gentle with her, you could always see how much he adored her. He loved to give her gifts and surprises, and he was the most respectful, loving husband to her.

I will miss him so much. My life has been blessed to have known him my WHOLE life. My life was blessed because he was in it. He left a wonderful legacy behind.

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Till we meet again…

Letters to Dad...11 years

Dad,

I thought about you today, and for a moment looked at the phone to call you.  I wanted to tell you what I was struggling with right now.  I knew you'd have the right words to say.  And that you'd end them with "but do whatever you want, you are going to anyway."  But at least I wanted to hear what you had to say.  I was mad for a minute dad.  When I realized there would be no answer on the other side of the phone I felt mad.  I'm mad you are gone.  But mostly behind that mad is really really sad.  And missing.  Because sometimes dad.  I'm lonely.  And sometimes dad, I feel really lost.  And you always made me feel like I was home.  It's been a long time since I felt that. 

I wonder if you are playing music. Playing your violin, viola, or the flute.  If you watch me make mistake after mistake.  I make so many. If you see when I succeed.  I wonder if you are happy, or if you miss us.  Do you feel frustrated for us?  Sad for us? Do you ever wish you were here? In the quiet moments of our struggles here are you behind us, supporting us, lifting us? I look up at the sky and I wonder when I will feel whole again.

Today is 11 years since you left this world behind. 11 years of missing you. It feels more like a lifetime. If I knew the short years I would get to spend with you, there are some things I would have done differently. A lot differently.

I would have stayed home and not moved out as soon as I could when I turned 18. I would have understood that my time with you was short, and that I would have plenty time away from home later. I would have skipped out on all the time I spent away from home thinking friends and boyfriends were more important.

I would have listened to you more when you talked instead of thinking I knew better. I would have asked you more questions about YOU. And cared what your life looked like through your eyes.

I would have given up time with my friends to go on more trips and date nights with you. I would have spent soooo many more days singing with you.

I would have worked harder to make you more proud of me.

I would have taken naps with you under trees and gone on more Sunday drives with you.

I wouldn’t have fought with you that one time. You know when. I would have just stopped my words from coming out. I would have loved you more.

I would have held you longer that last time I hugged you goodbye.

But with all the things I wish had done different dad, there are so many things I’d never change. All those church girls basketball games you came to watch me play. All my dance competitions you hated coming to but still did, and cheered the loudest even if it embarrassed me in a proud way a little bit. All the times you let me dance on your feet and sang “I was waltzing with my darlin”. That time you told me I couldn’t go to that one party. The only time you told me no. Thanks dad. You knew. The time you told me you told the whole office how proud I made you. The times you took me to the university with you after I begged and begged even though I never let you get your work done. All the bags of skittles you bought me and would bring me home from work. All the rides on the lawn mower while you sang me songs. I’m sure I slowed down the work for you. You never said anything about it. The Sunday walks and every time you told me you loved me.

Dad, it’s going to be ok. We will be ok. But we will never stop missing you. Every day.

Utah family photographer // Extended Family photographer // Reunion Photographer

The older I get the more I realize just how important family is.  The more I want the "younger generation" to realize how important family is.  And the more I realize that as the "younger generation, I never listened much to what the "older generation" had to say.  I thought I knew best.  Now what I wouldn't give back to GO back.  To be young again, and spend so much more time with my loved ones.  With my dad.  With my siblings.  And eat up every moment and memory I can.  It's a blink of the eye and it's gone.  Replaced with time.  And it only gets busier and busier as the years go by.  At the end, family is what matters most.

Kristin Ackerman Lifestyle Session

To say I adore her is an understatement.  I wish there were more people like her in the world. 

Ches and Elizabeth Family 2018 // Providence Utah // Family Photographer

When you have a lot of little kiddos who don't like to hold still very long, or participate very long, a mini family shoot is the way to go.  The session is 35-40 mins long, and we get all the photos we can in the time the kiddos are in the mood to play and be happy.  They are cheaper shoots and still give you a lot of photos without the kids melting down from the shoot being too long.  No one wants to walk away from a shoot feeling like it was exhausting.  It's my goal to just have you have a fun time and enjoy every minute of the shoot.  So let's set up your shoot and just have some fun!

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Family Photos // Utah Family photographer

The cute little girl in this family is one of my daughters best friends.  They are two peas in a pod and it reminds me of my days hanging out everyday with my best friends.  I love seeing my children make relationships that mean so much to them.  This location was perfect, and I loved every shot I got from this session, it was so much fun hanging out with this family. 

Celsey Family 2018// Utah Photographer // Logan Canyon

The world needs strong women who can raise strong women.  I'm a huge supporter of women taking control of their lives, living brave, and embracing the best that life has to offer them.  This lady is definitely a part of that.  Living brave.  Tia did an amazing job on her hair!  Check out that braid!!

Sally Family Bear Lake 2018

It's been full on family reunion time, and I love it!  Coming from a big family myself, I enjoy seeing big family groups together.  What you don't realize when you are young, is how limited your time with your siblings really is.  Eventually you see each other less and less.  You go on to have your own families and getting together gets harder, and before you know it, you are only seeing your siblings a couple times a year if you are lucky.  It's always hard for me to see families who don't appreciate the time they could spend together and don't show up for it, because having lost a nephew, and a dad, and seeing my brother in law dying from Stage 4 cancer...I know how fleeting this time on this Earth is.  Next time you are thinking of not going to that family reunion...think again.  That time is so important, and don't wait until it's too late!

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Mattie Williamson Birth Story // Brigham City Hospital // Cache Valley Birth Photographer

Mattie texted me at almost midnight. I headed to the hospital in Brigham City and slept in my car until abt 2 when she was at a 7. Then I went in to join the fun and wait to meet the little guy!  

Mattie was such a trooper through it all, laughing and happy, with just a little nerves around the delivery time. She has an infectious personality. Her husband was coming in from working in vernal and we were all hoping he would make it before the baby came.  She kept checking her phone to see where he was.  He got there right in time to shower then help her push. He was a little worried about everything going on as more Dr.'s came in the room to check her progress but handled it all beautifully. 

The baby was face up so her Dr. had another Dr. come double check and see if they needed to do a C- Section, he thought for a little bit they would have to so he had them prep the OR. But her Dr. was amazing and patient -working her through the birth slowly and safely. After a few good pushes she was able to get the cervix up over his forehead and deliver him without a C- Section. He was all swollen from the pressure and his little swollen lips were the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Her husband said they’d have to call him bubba because his lips were so swollen and big (I thought they were absolutely adorable.)

WELCOME BABY!
 James Dale Williamsom  ( JD ) 

A whopping 9lbs 15 oz... 

22 inches long

A bit of the story from Mattie herself:

He gave us a bit of a scare. Being born "face presentation" (face first instead of crown first.)

Really dangerous and really scary. I don't suggest you google it unless you want to have nightmares. They called the O.R. and respiratory team to be on standby. Somehow they did this and still maintained an extremely calm atmosphere. But by the grace of god and amazing doctors they were able tuck his chin just enough to have him come with minimal damage and no c-section or respiratory team. His voice was almost non-existent, but is slowly healing. He is still horse but sounds so much better. His face was severely swollen, (last 2 pictures) but quickly went down to normal by the end of the day with Hardly any bruising. We came out with literally the best possible outcome for the situation we were in. Face presentation is really rare only happening 1 in every 25,000 births. 

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Khristen + Brady Newswander Birth Story// Utah Birth Story photographer // Birth Stories

We struggled for over 4 years with Secondary Infertility to get Emmett, our third, here. So when we knew it was time for another, we started trying just before he turned one. Fully expecting it to take time again we were surprised when 5 months later, I was pregnant! We were so excited and a little shocked. Unfortunately, 2 weeks later, I started bleeding. After an emotional roller coaster of a week with multiple appointments and tests, it was in fact confirmed a miscarriage. It was a very difficult experience for us, including our older 2 children. It was difficult to explain to them, to help them process, just as difficult as it was for Brady and I. After the D&C, taking some time to grieve and physically heal, and getting the "Ok" from my Doctor, we started trying again…. read more of this sweet story on the blog!

Brenda Birth Story // Cache Valley Birth Photographer // Logan Regional Hospital

Why would you want to hire a birth photographer for such a private thing?  Birth happens so quickly, and everything leading up to it is such a bustle of excitement and adrenaline.  Often times this makes it hard to remember all that happened during the birth.  And believe me - you will want to be able to go back and remember those special moments.  The moments your husband reached over and kissed your forehead when you were getting nervous.  The way he held your hand as you suffered through contraction after contraction.  The look on both your faces when the Dr. held up your baby.  The first time you touch your babies cheek and toes and count their fingers. These are moments I want you to have and be able to look back on and cherish.  Those memories and moments are so important.  I want to preserve how precious and raw that moment was for you.  

 

Questions I've been asked about birth photography:

What photos will you be taking? 

I know most people get really nervous that the photos are going to be all these private area photos. I promise to first respect you and your comfort level.  We discuss before hand what you would and would not like photographed. Some want every moment and detail recorded, while others are happy to have me stand at their head and capture all I can of the baby when it is delivered.  Your photographs will be shot documentary style, real moments, not posed, emotional details, and I promise to tell the story with each shot I take.  

What if I have to have a C-section?

You will need to clear whether or not you can have a photographer in the OR during the C-section with your Doctor/OBGYN.  Some will say yes and some will say no.  Your story can still be recorded with photos before going in, and after mom comes out of recovery.  I will be able to follow baby around after he/she is delivered and capture photos for mom to later see.  I often think having a photographer for a C-section (having had 3 myself) is so very important because you don't get the chance when having a c-section to follow baby after or to record those memories yourself.

What if you don't make it in time?

I have not missed a birth yet.  If you let me know the moment you are going into the hospital to have the baby, I will be there in time.  The rate is set because I am on call 24/7 for two weeks around the babies birth time. If I do miss the birth because of something on my end, I will refund 100%. If I miss it because I am not told in time to make it, there is no refund. I always have a back up photographer on hand in case something comes up and I am not close enough to make it.

When do I call you to come?

The week of your due date I like updates on how you are every other day.  When you go into labor I like a text and phone call to make sure I am aware of you heading in.  If the Dr. says it looks like things are progressing quickly I will head in when you are at a 6.  I stay until the baby is delivered and I get photos of mom and dad both holding baby.

Do you take payments?

Yes, over the course of 3 mths you can make payments, so long as the final payment is paid within 3 mths of the babies birth.  Images will not be delivered until final payment is made.

 Do you share images on social media?

This is discussed when you first book your birth story session.  I do not post any photos on any social media outlets unless I have your signature saying you are ok with it. I will not post anything I do not have permission to post.

What kind of light is used?

I use natural light.  Because of how intimate and tender a birthing experience is, I find a flash is very distracting. I am experienced in shooting in low light.  If it is very dark, there may be times I will use a constant light source to light up an area so your images are good quality.


How many images can I expect?

Anywhere from 80-300 images.  I shoot as much of your story as I can capture. The length of your labor determines how many images we end up with.  

Do I receive images in black and white or color?

I do a combination.  Some photos (the more graphic ones) usually look better in black and white.  But I love color photos and leave most of mine in color unless you request black and white.

Do I receive a DVD with my images?

I no longer offer DVD's. I will send you a Gallery link to download all your images.  You will have access to this gallery for up to 2 years.  You will be able to access your images from any computer and download them whenever you would like.  I encourage you to go through me to have professional images printed - I love and value professional quality printed images in frames.

How soon will I receive my images?

I try to send a couple images to you within 24 hours after I leave the hospital so you can share them with family and friends.  The rest of the images will be finished within 2 weeks of the birth.  

"This is one choice you will not regret.  It will be one of the best decisions you make, to record such an amazing time in yours and your child's life. The memories are priceless."

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Singleton Nix Boise Wedding // Idaho Wedding Photographer

This is one of those weddings where I just haven't had the right words to put down to get the blog posted. I think I never felt it was quite the right time, and now it feels like the right time.  I got this wedding by accident. It was during the bad storm in Texas - she had hired a photographer from there, but she was unable to make it out of Texas in time….read more on the blog

Sky Maternity Session// Newborn // Birth Session

I love maternity sessions, the sweetness in each session.  The longing of each pregnant mama to hold her little one soon.  The tenderness that each partner has for her when she's pregnant.  It's such a beautiful time and even though 9 mths seems like a long time with the morning sickness, and the tired body, it's also such a magical time. The tiny butterfly kicks you get to feel, and the heartbeat you get to hear at the ultrasounds, not feeling bad for eating and eating and eating all the chocolate cake you want (is that just me??) and the changes you get to experience each Trimester.  It's all just a beautiful experience. 

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