Bailey and Tanner Engagements

 

 

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I don’t remember the last time I worked with such a happy, playful, beautiful couple.  They say (whoever “they” is) that smiles are contagious.  I wholeheartedly agree – authentic smiles are contagious.  :)  How could you not smile looking at these two?

 

 

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We started at Vivian Park up Provo Canyon, then worked our way past Sundance and through the Alpine Loop.  One of my all-time favorite places during the fall season.   If you have the chance, the Alpine Loop is even better by motorcycle!

 

 

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To cheese or not to cheese?  I spent many years of my life trying to be sophisticated, mature, and avoiding cheesy at all costs.  But the older I get, the more I smile when people embrace the cheesy, sappy, silly, playful, ridiculous part of life and relationships.  It’s fun.  So, with that in mind, we had to throw the leaves in the air.

 

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That’s all, folks!

 

Click here to see more of Bailey and Tanner’s engagements

 

 

 

 

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Another Fall Engagement – Julie and Mike

 

 

I feel like a giddy little girl every time I drive through the fall leaves!  With Julie and Mike, we started at the bottom of Big Cottonwood Canyon with the intention of shooting up at the top, by Brighton.  But, being overwhelmed with the beautiful surroundings, I, pulled the car to the side of the road about a dozen times before finally getting to the top!  Everywhere I turned was stunning.  The colors, the light, the water…  Big Cottonwood was perfect for photos!

 

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Julie and Mike were great also.  (And didn’t call me crazy when I’d stop for a moment and exclaim “Holy crap!  Look at this beautiful place.  This is Utah!  I get to live here.”

 

 

 

 

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There are several stages to a photoshoot:

 

1. The planning.  Choosing a location, a time, a day, etc.

 

2. The preparation.  Being ready for the location, the weather, and any emergencies that might come up.

 

3. Taking the pictures.  This is the first step that I get really excited about.  As soon as I have a camera in hand, and we are walking through our location, laughing, playing, and shooting, I am happy.  There is nowhere I’d rather be.

 

4. Importing and sorting the photos.  I usually pass this job on to my assistant, as it is my least favorite part.  He goes through the 600 or so files, finds the best of the set, and rejects any that are duplicates or out of focus.  That leaves me with about 100 to edit.

 

5. The editing.  This is my Zen place.  I can practically edit while sleeping.  It’s some part of my brain that will work in any situation – even if I’m sick, tired, unhappy, or if I’m double tasking and watching a movie!  Editing takes a long time.  And I enjoy it.

 

6. Social media and blog.  This is when the excitement from step 3 comes back into play.  I’m remembering the moments, the personalities, and the emotions.  I’m sharing the stories, finding the highlights.  As I am writing this blog post I wanted to share the steps and the process with you.  I am exhausted, but as I sit here and relive the experience of Julie and Mike’s shoot, I have a huge smile on my face.  My words may not always be eloquent, but I try to share what is behind the photos too – the heart.

 

 

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And what amazing people these two are!  My favorite part of my job, once again, is getting to meet and have my life influenced by so many different people.

 

 

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A Wedding With a Style of Their Own

Every wedding is different.  I have said this from the beginning and I will say it again in the future.  They are unique people, with a unique relationship, unique style.  Some couples value tradition, and if that represents their relationship, then wonderful!  Sometimes, a couple will be so much pressure to do “what you’re supposed to do” at the wedding that they will have a wedding cake when they don’t even like cake.  I applaud Emily and Cody for bringing in such a unique style, I can’t help but smile looking through these photos.

 

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With their two year old daughter :)

 

 

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Emily sewed the majority of the two dresses, I am beyond impressed!

 

 

 

 

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This is at the Train Station in Ogden – The Union Station, where they will be getting married today!

 

 

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