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Mattie Family // Utah Family Photographer // Wellsville

I love this girl!!!! She is also a photographer. She’s become a friend and I adore her to the bones! She is gracious and so sincerely kind. She loves her kids with such a fierceness, and she is so down to earth and easy to be around. I love getting to document her in her happy place - right along side her family!

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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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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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That shaking feeling you get in your chest before it bursts wide open and tears apart.

I went to post my blog posts today and I just couldn't get it done.  This morning on my family text thread we received a text from Jack my brother in law.  "Met with my oncologist this morning.  Besides the blood clot (in his lung), the CT scan showed growth in the abdominal wall cancer.  Also, new small cancer growth in the lungs and nearby lymph nodes.  I will start chemo next week.  I will also stay on blood thinners indefinitely." Jack has had stage 4 liver cancer he has been fighting for 2 years.   And more bloody noses then I'm sure he ever wanted to deal with in his life. The 5 year life expectancy for Stage 4 liver cancer once it spreads to other areas of the body is not good.  3%

We had thought it had been getting a little better.  We were of course hopeful.  There is no real cure for stage 4 liver cancer.  And the survival rate is not good.  But we tend to be a hopeful people and we believe in miracles.  Even after losing our precious Charlie to cancer a year ago, we are still hopeful and believers in miracles.  Some may call us crazy.  That's ok.  We have seen miracles happen before. Just not always the ones we expect or hope for.

Jack has been in my life - my whole life. He married my sister before I was even born.  He has always been a second father to me.  Someone I could go to with the hard questions, and someone who  always had amazing advice and a huge patient heart.  Oh man could he deal with grace during hard conversations.  I went to him in tears more times then I can count growing up, and always left uplifted and with direction.  He is just a part of me, just like my siblings, just like my mom, just like my dad.  I've known them all the same amount of time, fully immersed in my beginning. 

And I can't start crying because I know once it starts it's just not going to stop.  I feel that shaking in my chest.  The tight constriction, the shakiness that begins...right before it opens wide and everything comes out of you in one loud ground shaking sob.  Watching those you love suffer, and hurt, and go through day after day in pain, is so difficult.  

Look.  Jack is not one to act depressed in the open eye, or show much difficulty.  He lives on a lot of Faith and he works hard on staying upbeat.  But I'm pretty sure all this is taking it's toll on him.  He has constant bloody noses and a lot of pain that keeps him up some nights.  I can't even imagine all he goes through.  His life has been a devotion to his family.  He has worked, and even continued when his health is allowing him, to work to support his family.  It's a struggle most days.  Here is a little more about what he is going through and a way to help this wonderful family if you can.  Every little bit helps.  Cancer is expensive.  It takes it's toll in more then one way. https://www.youcaring.com/jack-mason-523566

Love you Jack.  Hang in there.

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....

Utah Family // Logan Family Shoot // Backyard

I had the privelege of meeting this sweet family when Celsey hired me for her sweet little babies birth story.  See that here

I had such a great experience getting to know some of the family during the birth, and they were all so sweet, I was excited when Celsey's mom Cheryl asked if I could do their extended family photos.  I have a sweet spot for extended families.  And this family has joined that sweet spot in my heart.   

I love when everyone is able to get together, and I think they are so incredibly important.  There is such a short time in life when you really get together with all your siblings and their families and do things together.  Eventually everyone has their own little families, and the times you get together with your siblings families become fewer and farther between. Take advantage of getting those photos and those memories anytime you can!  

Happy Holidays!

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