The next level

Every now and then I have a shoot that I feel is a turning point in my photography. They are shoots that I look back on and in every session afterwards I see a marked difference- a boost in creativity and quality. I feel that this is a shoot that will meet those criteria. I loved doing Erin and Todd's engagement photos at Wheeler Farm. They were a terrifically fun couple, great to both pose and simply react candidly, and they were both quite stylish. I especially liked Erin's style, and felt we got some really good photos for their announcement and their reception sign-in book. So when it came time to do Erin's bridal pictures, I was definitely looking forward to it- she's a gorgeous, stylish person who is fun to work with and I was confident that we would end up with photos to equal the engagement session. This shoot went beyond my expectations, so much so that I ended up with twice as many photos to give Erin as I normally do! Her dress, hair, and makeup were perfect, she brought lots of different shoes (at my encouragement- at the engagement shoot she had expressed a love of shoes), and she was happy and ready to go right from the start. We stuck around the City County Building in Salt Lake City, as well as around the Salt Lake Library.

Like I said, I have a pretty good feeling that this shoot will be one that will mark the beginning of even better things to come. Things just flowed.....

Erin brought this chaise lounge which fit the feel of the setting perfectly.

I was so pleased with this next one that I edited it before I had even processed any of the others and ordered a large metal print. It's now hanging in the entryway to my office.

Sometimes I try to control the spill from a flash; sometimes, though, it's just what you need.

I generally went with a very clean look for the processing for these photos, but there were a few where I had a bit of fun. This is one.

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