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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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Younker Family // Logan Canyon // Utah family photographer

I know I know! You are seeing a million blog posts from me coming through. I’m playing catch up! I hate for any of my beautiful shoots to not be shared. My business had to be put on hold the last few mths for any of the little extras like blogging, facebook and instagram. I took what time I could and spent it visiting my brother in law and spending family time before he died in November. Then it was grieving time, then Christmas, and here we are. Months behind on posting, but it was needed. Thank goodness I work for myself and it allows me to take the time I need to put family first. But now I’m loving going through all my past shoots and getting them out there for the world to see.

First let me start off by telling you how much I love this pretty mama! She is strong, amazing, kind, gracious, talented, and such an amazing mom! She does all the things with her kids that I wish I could muster up the energy to do. Her kids are so kind, and so talented. I had such a wonderful time on this shoot with them all, and it turned out so beautiful thanks to these sweet kiddos participating in the experience so well!

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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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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.

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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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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Mindy Rawlings Family// Extended Family photographer // Utah Family Photographer

I had such a fun time with this family at the Freckle Farm Greenhouse.  I went to school with Mindy Rawlins and she's always been so kind to me.  I love reading her facebook because she's honest and open. It's always so good to see people I went to school with. And her family are all so kind and fun to be around.  Photoshoots in a greenhouse are always a fun idea!

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Stephanie Connor Birth Story//Utah Birth Photographer//Birth Stories

 

They texted me two days earlier to see if I'd be available to photograph their birth story for them.  I had two shoots scheduled already for that day they were having baby but we took the chance anyway that it would work out and I'm so glad we did!

She let me know she was in the hospital at a 4 on January 2nd at 2:30.  I figured I had quite a while to go, so I ate dinner, laid down to get a nap in case, and at 5:30 I texted to see how things were going. They said she had just jumped to a 10.  I jumped up so fast I knocked Vidia off my lap haha.  I ran our the door without letting anyone know where I was going.  Good thing Ashton knew I had a birth to shoot.

I got a text right as I got to the light by the hospital asking how close I was and that the Dr. was going to wait for me to get there.  Dr. Horsley is amazing and I always enjoy being part of a birth story he is in charge of.  He is funny, and always very supportive of the photographer, making sure we get all the great shots. He made sure I got all the needed shots before having her start pushing.  Only a couple pushes and out that sweet baby came.  There was a room full of excited grandmas and grandpas.

Stephanie wasn't feeling too great after and was feeling a little sick.  It was hard for her to hold baby so daddy got a lot of one on one time with the little princess.  Their little boy came in to see his sister and his face broke out into a big grin.  He was so adorable with her and even gave her some little kisses.  

It was so much fun getting to be a part of this day for them.  I never take for granted how amazing it is that these families call me and trust me with such an important day.

Can we just talk about how amazingly beautiful this mama is too!!!??  

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Celsey mommy session//Cache Valley Birth Photographer // Birth Stories

I'm late. On most everything lately. You will have to forgive how behind I am.  If you haven't seen your session on my blog yet, it's coming!  We blog every session :) My amazing marketer that helped me get my blog posts out had to move, and starting over with a new marketer is always a change of pace project, making sure they know how I like my posts to look and waiting on me for stories :)  It's busy season around here and we are now playing catch up.  So hang in there with me, I have a lot to share.

This sweet mama and her girls were so sweet to capture photos of.  This mama has a huge heart for her kiddos, and spends her life doing everything to make them have a better life.  It's been so much fun to get to know her. 

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Sally Family// Logan Canyon // Utah Family Photographer

I love my gal Sal!  She is strong.  She's been through a lot and she just keeps staying a fighter.  She's been supportive of me as a photographer for years.  She is passionate, and she loves her family.  Those girls there are everything to her.  When she talks to me about them she lights up.  They are her life.  And I love these two girls personalities. Fearlessly proud to be themselves, and incredibly beautiful in every way.  I love seeing them grow and change the world.

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Family Reunion Photoshoot //Tony's Grove // Utah Family Photographer

Spring is here with Summer close to follow and it's the BEST TIME to book your Family Reunion photo shoot.  I just heard from a grand daughter of a family I shot for this past summer.  Her sweet grandma booked me, and she and I had talked a lot this past summer setting up the shoot, talking details of what was important to her, printing out some large gorgeous canvases from their shoot, and I just grew to love her so much.  She was so sweet and I remember after the photo shoot she pulled me into her arms and kissed both my cheeks.  Her grand daughter texted that she just passed away.  Not even a year after we did the photos that meant so much to her.  How this touched my heart.  This life goes so swiftly, and recording these memories for the next generation is so incredibly important!  I know they meant so much to her. Don't put it off another year... you never know what the year will bring.  Now is the time to be sure you preserve what is most important in this world...your family. 

I have had the privilege to photograph this family below for the past couple of years and I love them so much!  Every session with them has been so beautiful and such a fun time with an amazing family. 

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Cyna Harris Family

Syna has been my friend for a lot of years now.  I love her spunk.  She is always so fun to spend time with. She's upbeat and funny.  She keeps things in perspective.  She's a talented hair dresser and does the best Eye Lash Extensions. She's also talented with the camera and does beautiful wedding videography.  Meeting all her family was so much fun.  They are so kind and fun to be around.  We had a great time together on our session. 

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Nikki Montgomery Family//Studio Station //Utah Family Photographer

Studio Station is a great little studio for an indoor session when things are not so warm outside!  It made for the perfect spot for this darling families photos.  And let's just stop for a moment and check out how amazingly beautiful this mama is!!  Tia always slays when it comes to making my moms, brides, and commercial clients look smokin!  This family was so much fun, their outfits were on point, and they were sooooo good!  I loved all the natural smiles and interactions they gave me. That little guy cracked me up and melted my heart all at the same time!  Seriously a perfect session!  Thanks for trusting me with your memories!

xo
Shanda

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Don Grove Funeral 2018 // Providence Ut

Everyone at a funeral knows that the person who died wouldn’t want you to be sad for them. Death only seems sad for the living. That’s what I always hear. But I think there is a spark of sadness on the other side for the person who died too. If you believe in a life after death and that they are waiting for you on the other side. I think even though they can be with you in spirit here, they too feel a little sadness for not being here physically for the big things in your life. The first dance with a daughter on her wedding day, a toast with a son, seeing their children graduate, fall in love and have children of their own, seeing their parents grow old together.

Don “butch” Grove was heralded at his funeral. Everyone who got up to speak praised him for his huge heart, for watching out for the little guys, for defending and lifting others up. His sense of humor came through from every story told. His devotion to his wife and children, and his love for his life beamed from every remembrance shared.

They sang country roads at his funeral. And I imagined him singing right along. The smile on his families and extended families faces as they sang along, sharing in joy with him was perfect. But my favorite smile I saw was from his youngest sons face as he sang along.  Touching. Loving.

His Son shared stories about the lessons his father taught in his daily life. Making everyone laugh at the memories, and showing a beautiful glimpse into the man he was as a husband and father.

His daughter danced a beautiful tribute for him to CINDERELLA

"There's a ball at the castle and I've been invited
And I need to practice my dancin'
Oh please, Daddy, please!"
So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
'Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh I will dance with Cinderella , I don't want to miss even one song
'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight And she'll be gone”

The love you felt in that room was tangible. Among the laughter and smiles and tears was hope. Hope that there is a new chapter. Hope to be reunited again. Hope for the pain of goodbye to lessen with time. 

Outside along each side of the road was a parade of people, all the way down each side a stretch of the whole road, people holding flags with photos of Don on them. Those from his place of work at conservice had shown up to show love and support to a wonderful man. 

His legacy is sure to live on. 

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Decaria Family Photos

I really love photographing this family each year!  They are about the most shy family I ever get in front of my lens, and I just love it.  Each year these boys get a little more and a little more comfortable with me, and these adorable parents get more and more use to me making them get all snuggly in front of the camera.  It always makes my heart full to see the changes from year to year as I get to make friends and photograph families over and over.  And I will take cute shy smiles like these any day!  It was freezing cold out and we were all shivering but they were all troopers!

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