Friday, May 28, 2010

Gorgeous Maternity

Again, sorry I missed What 2 Wear this week. I was busy editing this pretty ladies session!

This is my gorgeous sister and niece. She has baby girl #2 on the way, and if she's got the looks of her sister or mommy, she's sure to be a beauty too.

I'm so excited that my daugher Nora is going to have a girl cousin so close in age to her. They'll even be in the same grade. I'm sure they'll be best little buddies.

Quite honestly, I can't believe we're all grown up and having kids. It seems like just yesterday I was watching my sister out the window as she headed for the bus in her pajamas (that was the cool thing to do then) wishing that I could be just like her some day.

Growing up we had our fights and battles but as the years go by our relationship and friendship grows stronger and I'm grateful to have such a wonderful person in my life.

She's a great mother who would do just about anything for her daughter and  she's an extremely hard and dedicated worker who has built an amazing career for herself.

Now she's moving onto this phase in her life. The two kids phase.

And whether she decides to stay home or continue at her job, it will be the right choice for her. She can make it work either way. She's superwoman like that.

Alyssa loves my Nora more than words can say. She loves to hold her, talk to her while she's riding in the car, play with her. Most seven year olds couldn't be bothered with a little baby. They can't play or talk back, after all, but that doesn't matter to Lyss.

That's how I know she's going to be the best big sister around.

I'm so excited for this new addition to our family. I can't wait to meet her and hold her and cuddle her.

But most of all, I can't wait to hear Alyssa say, "Mom, she's SO CUTE!"

Love you girls.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Permanent Subject

My husband bought me my first DSLR the Christmas of 2008. At that time I wanted to start learning more about photography but wasn't sure where to start. After learning a little about my camera I practiced on a few friends children and my love for photography continued to grow from there. But I didn't have a steady stream of clients (because I wasn't that good yet) and I got pretty tired of taking pictures of my dog.

When I found out I was pregnant in April of 2009 I was pretty excited that I would soon have a permanent subject to take pictures of. I obviously love taking pictures of other people but there is nothing more satisfying to me than being able to beautifully document my family. To know that I can look back at wonderful images of my children, my family, my life, is truly a blessing.

I can't believe my girl is 6 months now. She's the perfect age for pictures. She can sit up for a few minutes at a time but can't crawl yet to get away....

I hope everyone is having a great week! I always love to hear your comments and thank YOU for stopping by to take a peek.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

W2W Wednesday Maternity Edition!

Happy midweek to everyone! I hope your week is going great. This week on W2W I want to feature a local maternity boutique. Expected. I'm all about promoting local businesses and this boutiques stuff is JUST gorgeous.

So cute in fact, that it almost makes me wish I were still pregnant.


I'm in love with their ruffle tanks and tees. Anything with a ruffle makes me swoon right now.

And how beautiful is this mustard colored top? In love!

No maternity shoot is complete without a maxi dress in my opinion.

And as always, ACCESSORIZE ACCESSORIZE ACCESSORIZE! Old Navy has some really great jewelry that's super cheap and super chic.

Expected is located at 7694 South Union Park Avenue.

Thanks for looking~

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

F~U~N - Salt Lake City Engagement Photography

There's something to say for having humor in your life. Dan could NOT pull a serious face. I'd tell him to whisper something into his honey's ear and all of the sudden tongues were flying and funny faces were being pulled. It made things so much fun for me.

Just because they couldn't seriously whisper sweet nothings into each others ears does not mean that I couldn't see the love they had for each other.

Because after the funny faces were pulled they'd look into each other's eyes with enough love to make you know they weren't foolin' around.

And can I just say these people's skin was flawless? Especially Wendy's. Almost zero processing was needed for their smooth blemish free faces.

Dan also brought his daughter and she didn't disappoint in the humor department either. She made sure to let me know upon meeting that she used to do pageants.

Can you tell?

She was pretty good at posing. Too good.

I got to see more than just her pageant side though. In the bushes.....

Thanks Dan and Wendy, for sharing Saturday with me. Congratulations on your engagement and good luck on your wedding.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Warm - Utah Engagement Couple Photographer

What a B-E-A utiful Monday morning! I'm looking forward to the good weather this week and spending some time outside. Check back soon for more of these silly love birds!


Friday, May 14, 2010

Fix it Friday - I ♥ Faces

I love taking a bad picture and making it look good. This little fellow sure is cute, but he's underexposed and void of color. The right side of his face is badly blown out, past the point of recovery in my opinion.

I increased the exposure in ACR and cropped the image so I didn't have to worry about dealing with that blown spot. I fixed the owies on his face and corrected skin tone using curves. I increased the saturation in the grass to make it look more green and burned the background to add some dimension. Gave a little eye pop and sharpening and Voila!

Head over to I ♥ Faces to check out more great fixes!