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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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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. 

Leishman Family // Fall Photoshoot // Utah Family Photographer

I love the fall colors from this session, Fall always makes for beautiful photos.  My fall is booking out very quickly, so if you are wanting family photos this fall, now is the time to get on my calendar.  Be sure to message me and let's see when we can get you in for photos in time to send out cards for the holidays… See more of this session on the blog! 

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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Utah Family Photographer//Sherice Family// Family Photos

Sherice found me on Instagram.  She is an incredible writer and an incredible story teller.  I always enjoy reading what she writes on her blog.  Check it out here: http://smalltownsquirrel.blogspot.com/ She is honest, open, candid, and funny.  She is definitely the kind of person I love to be around. And here is a post she wrote about our shoot together: http://smalltownsquirrel.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-importance-of-family-pictures.html

She asked me to take her families photos because they hadn't had one together in years. She said they had never been photographed professionally!  We met up the canyon in Salt Lake at Storm mountain and had a little hike around.  They kept me laughing.  They are such a hilarious family full of life and fun.  The love and care they have for each other showed in every moment they were together.  I know there are imperfect moments in every family too, but flaws in family is what makes it FAMILY!

Every time I do photos for a family it feels like they become my family for a moment.  And being a part of this family would be so much fun and full of laughs.  Thank you for trusting me with such special parts of your life and memories together. 

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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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