Monday, August 25, 2008

A change of pace

Lately I've felt an extreme need to shoot something just for me. It's been a long time since I've picked up my camera for fun instead of work. Don't get me wrong, I love my job. I just needed to shoot and play around with no worries of how it would turn out. I nominated my older sister Ellery to be my model and I'm so glad I did. It was fun to have someone I could totally mess around with (she was worried I was playing a trick on her because I wouldn't let her look in the mirror until all of her makeup was finished). Luckily for her I was not being my mischievous self that day :)

Model: Ellery
Hair & Makeup: Me
Child Care Assistant: Gregory (El's kind husband)


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More shoots just like this one coming to a blog near you...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Jessie & Danny

BEAUTIFUL couple, beautiful day... This shoot just fell into place. If you can get passed the tradition of seeing each other all dressed up for the first time on the wedding day, then bride and groom portrait sessions (aka groomals) are for you. It eases the stress on the wedding day and allows you to focus on one another instead of getting the perfect shot. Usually resulting in great candid photography. Don't worry, I'm not knocking tradition, there is something very fun and special in keeping your hotness a surprise for the big day.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Thank Heavens For Music

Editing can become a little overwhelming at times and so can sitting for hours on end (I'm praying I don't get a secretary butt). I've realized that the only thing that keeps me sane while I edit for long periods of time is music. Music has always been a huge part of my life so it's really no surprise that it's my secret weapon. I thought it would be fun to share some of the songs that move me, rock me, get me... Just kidding. Here ya go...

Adele - Cold Shoulder - "You shower me with words made of knives..." Harsh sentence, great song.

Cake - Comfort Eagle - I could see how other people might not enjoy this song, but I LOVE it.

Keren Ann - Lay Your Head Down - (3:24-end) makes me very happy.

Landon Pigg - Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop - I love sweet boys and he seems to be one.

Kings of Leon - On Call - Thanks Emily for introducing me to this band via your blog.

Sia - Lentil - (3:20-end) I would do anything to have the power she has. This girl can SING. And if you're in need of a good laugh go to itunes and look at her album cover. It's... colorful.

Kate Nash - Merry Happy - Anything that says, "Don't tell me that you didn't try and check out my bum..." in the first 30 seconds is bound to be a favorite of mine. Plus, the beat of the song is so cute and different.

Damien Rice - 9 Crimes - Sad, but beautiful. Strangely this is my favorite type of music.

A Fine Frenzy - Almost Lover - One of my all-time favorite songs. And her voice is insanely beautiful.

Angels & Airwaves - Everything's Magic - Roll your windows down, let the wind blow in your hair kind of song.

She & Him - I Just Love You - This is Zoey Deschanel. I fell in love with her voice on Elf.

Rachael Yamagata - Be Be Your Love - Oh how I love your voice, Rachael. So rich with a little bit of scratchiness.

Fort Minor - Red to Black (edited) - Heard this on a trip to Lake Powell and I just love it. Cool beat.

Imogen Heap - The Moment I Said It - (2:55-end) I can't help but stop whatever I'm doing to hear this section of the song. Her voice is hypnotizing. I saw her at a small venue in SLC a couple years ago and she is so very talented and kinda quirky. I LOVE HER.

Cold Play - See You Soon (Live) - I want to learn this song on the guitar even though I don't play.

Cat Power - Could We - Crazy cool voice.

Katy Perry - I'm Still Breathing - Can't stand her song they're playing on all the radio stations, but this one I can handle.

John Mayer - Man on the Side (Live) - Not a well-known song of his. It might be my favorite. It's about a boy humble enough to wait for a girl.

Mute Math - You Are Mine - "Everyone has their obsession, consuming thoughts, consuming time. They hold high their prized possession that defines the meaning of their lives... You are mine." SUCH a cool song. Not a popular band, but I bet they will be soon.

That was fun for me... I might make it a common post subject from here on out. I have way too many favorites that one post won't even touch the surface. I'll have to spread them out over a period of time.

Here's a shot to leave you with. I plan on posting the rest on Thursday, so come on back ya'll!


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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

If you can't get a hold of me tomorrow or Friday it's because I'll be in heaven. I get to assist one of my favorite people in the whole world, Jon Moe. Jon is hilarious and easy to work with. And he is so talented that it drips off his shoes when he walks. My job is to clean it up afterward (and hopefully take some home with me). When I was 19 I moved to NYC for an internship with him. It's a coveted spot and I definitely had luck on my side when I met him at a photo shoot for NuSkin where he offered it to me. He and I have stayed friends through email and on occasion I get to be his shadow at his shoots for Wilhelmina Urban when he comes in town. I'm a lucky girl...


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Monday, August 11, 2008

The editing process is so interesting to me. It's fun to sit down and figure out where I want an image to go, and what mood or feeling I want the photograph to have. I've realized that there are a lot variables that help me choose which direction I decide to go. I've also realized that the same photograph- on different days- is very likely be edited completely different. Cropping, lightening, saturating, burning, dodging, blurring and sharpening are just the tip of the iceburg in the editing world and it's amazing how the tiniest change can effect the whole look of a picture.

Here is a good example of how small changes make a huge difference:

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Left: Original cropping, cool colors
Right: Cropped, warm colors

Friday, August 8, 2008

08.08.08

Today is a joyous day my friends! Today this ridiculously beautiful couple will be married! After six years of dating these two have finally decided to make the giant leap from me to we. Rachael has been a good friend of mine ever since we had the same home-ec class in Jr. high. I still remember the day she came into class and nearly blinded everyone with her newly brace-less teeth. And eleven years later I'm still envious of those pearly whites! We've had a lot of fun together throughout the years and I'm happy to say I know we'll stay close friends even when we're wrinkled and half-crazy...

LOVE YOU RAE RAE!

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p.s. Stay tuned for her bridal session. I'm not shooting her wedding because I want to relax and enjoy the day, but I am shooting some post-wedding bridals and you just wait till you see her dress! It's oh-so-lovely.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I love this family. We have had plenty of fun nights filled with good food and lots of laughter. This was our second session together and we could not have picked a better day to shoot. It was overcast and not too hot. The little lady did make me work extra hard to photograph that cute face of hers though! But I don't mind... I just count it as gym time :)

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