icona wedding

Ever since I started doing photography I have been asked over and over again, "Do you do weddings?" My answer has always been a quick and determined, "No!" Weddings, I thought, were too much pressure for me. You have one chance to get it right; the day is one of the most special days of the happy couple's entire life. I didn't know if I was cut out for the stress of documenting such an important day. But recently I have begun to realize that by staying away from weddings I have been keeping myself from the beauty and the love that surrounds such a special occasion--that same beauty and love that I search for and strive to capture in all of my sessions. Perhaps it is time to change my answer.

My good friend, Jennifer, agreed to help me test the wedding waters. She allowed me to follow her around as she photographed Breann and Joseph on their special day. When I first met the happy couple, they had already tied the knot in the Washington DC Mormon Temple, and they were just beaming!
Many of their friends and family were there to share in the special day with them.
The sky had been a bit overcast for most of the day, but the rain did not start falling...until about two seconds after Breann and Joseph stepped outside.
Breann took it all in stride. She said that she would have rather had it rain than be hot and sticky like a typical summer day in Northern Virginia.

We tried to find covered areas to shoot in.

We waited out the rain and/or shot through it.

And they both looked gorgeous the entire time (unlike me, who looked like something the cat drug in)

I have to say, I didn't feel stressed at all. Breann and Joseph and their families were so great to work with. The day was filled with laughter and love...just the way I like it! I think there may be some more weddings in my future!


iconMy friend Tia and her gang

Editing these pictures took me on a trip down memory lane. Growing up I lived just around the corner from Tia. I remember hopping over the wall near her house on my way home from school. Her mom taught me dance, and I participated in many dance recitals with Tia. When we got a bit older, Tia would sometimes fill in as the dance instructor when her mom needed a substitute. On one occasion Tia asked me to help her out in the studio. We didn't have much time or money for dinner, so we stopped by the local grocery store where we found that they were having a huge sale on Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I must have eaten about 10 full size cups that night, and I was really paying for it. I felt awful by the time the night was over!! In fact, I didn't eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups again for several years because just the thought of them brought back memories of my awful stomach ache from that evening. (Do you remember that, Tia?)

I haven't seen Tia or anyone from her family for probably 15 years, but I ran into her last month on my very last day in Utah. She wanted some updated pictures of her adorable family, so we pulled together a last minute photo shoot. She has some of the cutest kids ever! It was so much fun to be able to spend a bit of time with her family and get back in touch with an old friend.


iconi heart faces--beautiful eyes

It's official! I am addicted to the weekly photo challenges at I Heart Faces! It is just too much fun!

This week's theme is "beautiful eyes." I shot a session full of beautiful eyes recently (more coming very, very soon), and I couldn't resist sharing this shot of the baby of the family. He was such a happy little guy, and when I look at this picture I can't help but smile.

Click on the camera above to see some more beautiful eyes.


iconi heart faces--friendship

This week's theme is friendship; you could never have friends better than these gals.


iconjade~6 months

I am pretty sure Jade is the world's easiest baby. Seriously. When she is hungry she sings "la-la-la." When she is tired she lets out a high pitched squeak or two. She falls asleep anywhere, and she doesn't mind too much if she misses a nap here and there. And, of course, she lights up when you pay attention to her. I don't mean to be a bragging aunt (okay, I do)...she loves me! She would always greet me with a big smile when I came around. Unfortunately, she is not quite as fond of the big, black camera that blocks my face. As soon as she saw it the expression on her face went from joy or contentment to bewilderment. And it happened lightning fast. I can't tell you how many times I tried to capture her cute habit of sucking on her toes. (I love it when babies do that!) She would be happily munching on her toes, not paying any attention to me whatsoever; I would slowly and inconspicuously as possible position myself for a shot--with my camera behind my back, of course. The second I started reaching for my camera the toes whipped out of her mouth and the bewilderment was back. I never even had a chance. Oh well, I think bewilderment is cute--at least if it is on this face.