family time

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.

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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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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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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Emma Neilsen Family

These guys are so adorable!  Having three girls myself, I have a special place in my heart for other moms and dads with three little girls, and look at sweet these three are!  We had a lot of fun playing together on this shoot and playing games for giggles.  I love this sweet mama too!  She is always so kind, and I love her cute French accent!  Thanks for coming to play with me every year!  I love my repeat customers, which is why when I raise prices, I still give my families who have been with me year after year a great deal.  I love them, and I appreciate them.  YOU are who make this dream possible for me...to be able to record family memories for generations to come. 

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Salt Lake City Utah Photographer // Sheldon and Angie Peck Family// Albion Basin

This family holds a super special place in my heart since it's one of my older brothers.  I remember when I was just little Sheldon went on a service mission to France.  I thought it was so cool to have a brother in France.  Being the youngest of 11 children, I was pretty use to my siblings kinda just coming and going....

Logan Birth Photographer//Brielle Maternity//Birth Stories

I met this spunky mama at Bunco night, and she was so sassy and so much fun!  I was excited when she called me to see if I could cover her birth story.  Of course with my Birth stories I always offer a mini maternity shoot too, so I was able to spend some time with her and her husband before sweet little babies birth.  Her birth story was a first time experience with the mama being in a tough spot during delivery, and it had all our emotions coming out.  Can't wait to share that story with you on another blog post! Stay tuned!

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Debi King Family// Utah Family Photographer // Logan Utah

Debi is one of the dance teachers at Cache Valley Civic Ballet, and she's been Audris dance teacher.  She is so cute and fun with the little kiddos! I've had the privilege of photographing her cute daughter dancing for the last couple years, and I love seeing the growth, and the talent this girl has. 

When she called and asked me about doing photos, she knew she wanted them in front of their barn behind their house, and after seeing it, I can't blame her.  I loved getting to meet all Debi's kids, they were so much fun and we had some good laughs. When Dad brought out their "Fat Cat" I could NOT stop laughing, I have NEVER seen a cat this big before.  We just HAD to have photos with it of course.  Thanks for keeping things so fun you guys!

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New Addition // Lifestyle Sessions // Northern Utah

New Addition // Lifestyle Sessions // Northern Utah

New babies bring so much change to the world with them! Late nights, a zillion dirty diapers, spit up for daysss and enough smiles to make your cheeks hurt. This little lady joined the Rayfield family of four just a few months ago

Sisters // Logan, Utah // Family Photography

Sisters // Logan, Utah // Family Photography

Their sweet momma is raising them to be strong, confident women someday while she enjoys the little ladies they are today. I'm sure, like all other moms, she will tell you that it's all going too fast.

Furman Family // Utah Photography // Cache Valley

Furman Family // Utah Photography // Cache Valley

These two kiddos were so cute and sweet with each other and also their parents! It gave me all the heart eyes. Their big, fun personalities were so fun to capture from behind the lens.