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…

Karissa + Weston Wedding day // Salt Lake Temple Wedding // Utah Wedding Photographer

He couldn't wipe the smile off his face. He said it's the greatest day - which is his standard answer to everyday. He says everyday he is alive is a great day. After being in a bad accident and in a coma for 10 days, he takes every moment of life and lives it with happiness and energy. She was content to be by his side and hold his hand and lay her head against him.

Halie + Spencer Bridals// Tony Grove // Utah Wedding Photographer

I’ve been so far behind on my blogging. It got to busy season, and every spare moment I’ve spent with family, soaking up what little time we have with those we love. When you are losing someone you love, priorities really change. But I’ve photographed some wonderful beautiful couples this year, and I don’t want to not share them, so better late then never!

Cheyenne + Alec// Mountain Engagements // Utah Wedding Photographer

They met through a mutual friend, and they knew each other for two years before they started dating. On their wedding day it marked two years since they started dating. It took them a little while to finally kiss even though their friends kept telling them to just do it! She went on a vacation and while gone she thought about it and decided she wanted to kiss him after all, so when she got back, she kissed him and the rest is history! They were so much fun to photograph for their engagement session and it couldn’t have been a more beautiful day.

Dani + Nick Wedding // Le Jardin // Garden Wedding

The sweetest part of the wedding is when they played “Somewhere over the rainbow” during the first dances, for Dani’s brother who passed away, and Nicks uncle who also passed away that year. There was such a tender feeling in the room. What a beautiful day it was.

Dan Wedding 2018

Absolutely loved this shoot and how stunning the bride looked with her beautiful flower crown! Did you know that in some countries flowers are thought to be a symbol of love, good luck, and prosperity? Some cultures even believe that when a bride wears flowers in her hair she will be blessed with happiness in her home. How perfectly fitting! So happy for this beautiful couple! Wishing you many days filled with the happiest memories!

Nikki + Ethan Bridals // Utah Wedding Photographer // Mountain Bridals

We waited and waited but still they didn't show up and we had no cell coverage.  After 40 minutes of waiting, I could see that Ethan was getting really nervous.  He was a little fidgity and kept looking around everywhere.  The easy going smile he always has, had been replaced by a look of concern.  At one point he crouched down and put his head in his hands.  I asked if he wanted me to say a prayer with him.  I heard an audible sigh from his mouth as he shook his head yes….

Karissa + Weston // Mountain Bridals // Utah Wedding Photographer

Weston was in a bad accident that almost took his life.  He was in a coma for 10 days, lost eyesight in one eye, the sense of smell, and walked away learning never to take life for granted….

Kristin Ackerman Lifestyle Session

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

Austin and Brooke Bridals // Red Rocks // Little Sahara

The love between these two is what story books are made of.  They write to each other so romantically and enjoy the heck out of one another.  It's the love you always want to see.  Long standing.  Long lasting.  And perfect!

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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Rachel + Jon Bridals // Antelope Island // Utah Wedding Photographer

When a Niece or Nephew get married you start feeling old.  Where have the years gone?  I'm not ready to be the aunt!  When we were younger my siblings and I would look at the Aunts and Uncles and say "Someday we are going to be them" and sure enough here we are.  

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.)

 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. 


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! 

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!

Salt Lake City Wedding // Salt Lake Temple // Salt Lake wedding photographer

It was a rainy wedding day, but that did not stop this cute couple from keeping smiles on their faces.  They weren't going to let a little rain get them down.  They had a sweet intimate wedding at the Salt Lake City LDS Temple, it was a perfect setting for their love story.  Amy and I went to Photo school together at USU, she was always a fun person to be around, and I enjoyed our journey through photography together.  She is amazingly talented, and sees things in such a beautiful way.  I was excited that she asked me to photograph such an important day for her.


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!


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!!!??  


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.