FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST ONLY - $50 Head Shot Session


*************************It's $50 HEAD SHOTS WEEK!!************************* That's right. $50. (That's 80% off the regular price of $250) from NOW until the END OF AUGUST.





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Head shots are great for actors (film, theater, commercials...)

But ALSO for:

-musicians -business people -linked-in profiles -dating profiles -facebook profiles -models -showing off a new hairstyle -because your kids are growing up so fast -fun!



It's $50 for 1.5 hrs, in the studio (in Draper) or outdoors. I will send you a proofs gallery and you get your favorite 5 files, completely retouched.


  *****BONUS!***** If you sign up with a friend and do your sessions at the same time, you get a 6th file - a fun photo of both of you together.

  When you are ready to schedule. or if you have questions, comments, or concerns, then text, email, or call me:




_______________________________ Whitney 801.874.7383 whitneylewisphotography@gmail.com _______________________________



Remember, the $50 deal is only good from now until the end of August. One more week!







San Diego Skyline



I spent the afternoon of Day 2 in San Diego at  a beach, sitting, sleeping, and writing things in the sand.  Oh, how I would love to be on the beach right now!  Jealous seemed like the correct word to write :)  I first tried writing them with my toe, but the water kept beating me to it and washing the words away.  So I walked and walked and walked looking for a big stick.  And I couldn't find one anywhere!  Then Justin suggested a lightstand - turns out camera equipment has multiple purposes!




It was perfect :)





And the working part of the day - corporate photos.  Jeremy's business partner, Nate, flew in that morning so he could join us for photoshoot #2.  Nate has spent the last year or so traveling around the country - a couple weeks here, a couple weeks there (California, Colorado, Utah, Florida and a few other places) and has finally settled back in San Diego with a permanent address.  Most of the work they do is online anyway, or traveling to meet with clients in other states, so being able to move around without interrupting the business is pretty cool.  I love the perspective both of these guys have on life and people, though.  They make a huge effort to understand people and it shows in the relationships they have, even while not staying in one place for very long.  You can still connect with people and make a difference.  Everyone travels for different reasons, and I've loved the experiences I've been able to have traveling recently - new people, new places, new experiences.  I've gone out of the state at least once every month since November, and this will continue for almost a whole year.  I'm excited to see the connections I can make as this continues!



Nate and Jeremy run two businesses together, SpireWave and Mind Breakthrough.  (The SpireWave website is about to be relaunched, but until then, you can read a little bit about it on Jeremy's website here)










I loved the view of this skyline with the water.  For you photographers interested in the specs on this one below, I had one speedlight on my camera, two behind them for backlight, and one from the front right with a soft box. I used pocketwizards to trigger, and shot it at 1/15 sec, f/3.2, ISO 640.  Most importantly, though, I called ahead to make sure they'd turn all the lights on for the office buildings in the background ;)




And I hopped in one at the end - thanks Justin for taking the picture!





San Diego

  ...more from the California trip!  Justin and I arrived in San Diego and had a couple hours to kill before the photo shoot was scheduled, so we went to  Point Loma, some kind of cool historical overlook.  I found a lighthouse, which for some reason is always exciting to me.  I'm never quite sure what I'll do with photos like this, but at least it's pretttty :)



On our way back down, we were trying to find access to a beach somewhere and figured we'd turn left at the next spot since the water was... somewhere over in that direction.  (I discovered I've been really spoiled with Utah's directions... you can always see the mountains and know that that's East.  From there I can figure it out, but in California I was getting really turned around!)  Back to the story though, apparently the next left turn was into some Naval base!  I was "greeted" by a suspicious and heavily armed Navy guard wanting to know exactly why we were turning in there and what we wanted.  I tried to assure him that we were just tourists looking for the beach!  But it took a little while before he was convinced.  Maybe it was all the camera gear that made him nervous, I'm not sure, but I sure was intimidated!  After that, we gave up on trying to find a beach and found a very small park to sit and wait instead.






And then Jeremy showed up, the man that made this trip happen.  I met Jeremy back in December on the cruise with Jasmine.  Just for kicks, here he is wiping out on the simulated surfing back then:




Jeremy had 2 reasons for the photos in California.  The first was head shots of him: personal, approachable, and authentic.  Sure, he wanted a new Facebook profile (who doesn't?) but primarily, he wanted these for his efforts in the cause for childhood cancer.  Jeremy spends a lot of his time working with kids with cancer and I've loved the opportunity to see that perspective of learning about and giving time to a community and a cause.  I get so caught up in my own life, sometimes I forget how many people out there could use some help - or even just a smile.  Thanks Jeremy for that example!  You can read about what this means to him and look through the rest of his website here: http://www.jeremybliler.com/childhood-cancer/  The second reason for the photos was business, and you can see those photos (with the San Diego skyline) tomorrow!  But for now, here's Jeremy.



Jeremy grew up in Denver, but has lived in San Diego for several years.  He chose all the locations for the photos on this trip, and I was impressed!  Today was at Sunset Cliffs.







The photo to the right here is what we call the "Jasmine" pose (named for my older sister).  Because she was there when I met Jeremy, we wanted to give a tribute to her.  She's always been more confident posing for the camera and she just has fun with it!  I would much prefer to be taking the pictures than to be in them, and Jeremy was also learning the art of being himself during the photoshoot.  It's always a challenge!  We often teach kids to smile and say "cheeeeeese" which turns into photos with cheesy smiles and shows very little of their personality, I prefer to see people laugh or find a genuine smile.  I'm glad we could take a que from Jasmine and have some fun with it.


(This is a flashback from 2010 to give you an idea of just how much fun she has...)



And back to Sunset Cliffs-


Jeremy always wears his "sTAY strong" bracelet, and he wrote a blog post about the story behind it here: http://www.jeremybliler.com/2012/02/09/stay-strong/






Denver Adventure: Part 3

  The Denver airport.  This building is a work of art.  It looks like  a whole bunch of tents lit up, but apparently it's made of a Teflon-coated fiberglass material that is as thin as a credit card.  So unique.  Because I drove into Denver, I wasn't reminded of the airport until we went to the parking structure to get photos of Shane in uniform.  I had a flood of memories come back from the last time I saw there.  It was about five years ago, I was traveling for a weekend of swing dancing, called the Denver Lindy Exchange.  There was a group of almost 10 of us flying on that plane because of the incredibly low rates of $30/flight, thank you Southwest Ding fares!  An amazing friend of mine came to pick me up and everyone loaded into her van.  Here's the funny part, though.  She got her wisdom teeth out that morning.  So she was... well, a little loopy.  And probably a lot less safe than most of us thought she was!  But it still makes for a good story and everyone ended up making it home ok.



So this was my second time to the airport, and seeing it right after sunset was absolutely beautiful.



For these shots, we used two speed lights for main and fill, and the car lights as backlight.









These shots were taken in the 10 minutes before pilot Shane actually had to report for his flight.  I didn't know if we were allowed to shoot in the airport because of security reasons.  I was honestly nervous someone would decide there was a law against it, but we didn't take any of the security screenings and one of the guards told us it was ok!  And we had Shane there to look official if anything went  wrong.  I think people are less likely to ask questions when you're in uniform!







Photos of Garden of the Gods from Colorado Springs on the blog tomorrow!








Contest for free photo session!

  Doesn't matter if you are one, two, or 5 people, wearing wedding clothes, street clothes, or halloween costumes, this contest is open to everybody.  Here's the deal though, this is not for traditional portraits, this photo session is a themed shoot.  The challenge: suggest a unique and interested idea.  Based on the outfits, the activity, the location... something's got to be unique, but it's up to you.  Here are some ideas from shoots I've done in the past:


Halloween costumes:



Career photos:



Destroying a cake:








Playing in water:















Cool cars:





Please post your idea as a comment to this blog below. We will choose the best 10 ideas, and then there will be a vote for the winner on our Facebook page.


Here're the deadlines:

Monday Dec 12 at 6am - all comments must be posted on the blog, this is the cut off time for new entries.

Monday Dec 12 at 11pm - the top 10 will be posted on Facebook.  Tell all your friends to vote for your idea (we'll have details on the facebook page on how to do that).

Thursday Dec 15 at 6am - the voting ends, we will review the number of votes for each idea and...

Thursday Dec 15 at noon - We will announce a winner.



We're excited to see what ideas you come up with!




50% Off One Day Special!! Mini Portrait Sessions, Wednesday April 13th

It's SPRING!!! (I'm ignoring the fact it snowed on Sunday.  Didn't happen.  Nope. )  It's warmer, there's green showing up around on the ground and on the trees, and flowers are starting to make an appearance.  However, I fortunately have a break from weddings this month to catch up on all my editing from the last three months.  It was a busy winter!
Since I have a little more spare time, I've decided to have a special, one-day event!  On Wednesday, April 13th, I'll be doing 6 portrait mini shoots from 2-8pm at the Riverwoods Mall in Orem.

What does it mean?

Mini shoots include the following:

  • 45 minutes per session
  • Up to 4 people
  • A disc of 25-30 edited high-resolution images

The mini-shoot can be any kind of outdoor shoot you'd like- kid, family, engagements, bridals, headshots.... you name it!  This is a great opportunity to save more than 50% off what I normally charge for a stand alone portrait session.
To reserve a slot, email me at whitneylewisphotography@gmail.com




Jasmine's off to the Big Apple!

My sister Jasmine is completing her MBA next month, and has accepted a job in NYC with Citigroup.  Thomas and I are super proud of her, and while we're sad that we won't get to hang out with her as often, we are pretty stoked that we have an awesome reason to go to New York now! :D

In preparation for her new job, we took a few minutes to get her company headshot done.


Noteworthy, the female a capella group from BYU, is the group I ended up photographing by proxy at Kelsey and Alec's wedding last November.  Kelsey was a member of the group, and they were due to appear on Sing-Off, the a cappella competition show on ABC the next week.  So they all drove down to Redlands for Kelsey's wedding, performed at her reception, and Kelsey and Alec ended up spending part of their honeymoon at the ABC sound stage.
We headed on out to the Salt Flats for these promotional photos, and had a blast shooting all of the girls.  They are all fantastically talented, and they each had so much personality that it was tons of fun to work with them.