This was one of my first sessions since being back in Idaho and it doesn't disappoint! I can't wait to see some of these pictures on Kyra and Chases walls! We drove up Cub River near Franklin, Idaho for these family pictures. We wanted nature and mountain scenery. It was so beautiful! The field now has sun flowers in it. I am so excited to go back there and shoot again!
My favorite part about this family session was Summitt, the little girl. She was in such a good mood and loved the camera. She said hilarious things and was worried about a twig getting in her shoe. I also loved seeing little Barretts smiles! He is the sweetest baby.
Kyra has been my friend for lots and lots of years. I went on some of my best adventures with her. I always love chatting with her and I especially love getting to take her family pictures! I am so excited to take more family pictures now that we are about to move to Logan, Utah! If you'd like gorgeous, happy family photos like these, send me an email! I would love to photograph your family.
I want to share a little history behind my photography career. I’ve been taking pictures for friends since I was in junior high! We would get our hair and make up all done and then go out and take pictures of each other! I took my sisters senior pictures when I was a sophomore in high school and I think she’ll never forgive me! She actually sent them to me the other day and said, "Look how much you've improved!" I would sometimes use a point and shoot camera and sometimes borrow the school yearbook camera. My parents bought me my first dslr camera when I was a senior in high school. Thanks parents for all of your support! I will be forever grateful and indebted to everyone who I took pictures of in those early days. Some of those edits.. yikes haha. In 2011/2012 I saw an ad for an internship position while I was attending BYUI. I instantly messaged the photographer, @jon.leask. In those next couple years, that’s when I learned the most and upped my photography game! I am grateful for such a wonderful photography community in Idaho, Utah and AZ! So many kind women and men have helped me learn and grow. My latest photography education experience was at the Kylee Ann destination sleepover! @kyleeannstudios @hiliary.kastudios I can’t even put into words how amazing it was connecting with other photographers and learning more about something I love so much! I actually took these pictures below at the styled shoot! It was fun being with Idaho and Utah photographers in a location that I was more familiar with. We all could have used more protective shoes haha. Those cactus are no joke! They are born to spike you.
These family pictures were almost a year ago! This family has now added a baby boy! I met the Hatch family in Arizona and got to take family pictures for many of their special moments. We both happened to be visiting Logan, Utah, so we got to take their family pictures in the beautiful mountains at Tony Grove. When we got to the mountain up Logan Canyon and saw how beautiful they all looked, I told Natalie that these were going to be my new favorite family pictures and they totally are! Those little girls were so precious! Their outfits coordinated so well and the scenery at Tony Grove was like nothing I had ever seen before! There are wild flowers, all kinds of trees, and mountain views in every direction. I highly recommend taking a Sunday drive and going to see this beautiful place… Or have me take your family pictures there! These are the kinds of photos that look amazing on your walls! I am so excited to take their family portraits again this summer in Utah!
Lots has changed around here! WE MOVED! We first moved to Arizona from Rexburg in June of 2014 when Blake got a job at General Motors. General Motors was a great company for Blake to work for and he enjoyed his time there! In January of 2019, Blake got offered a job in Logan, Utah. He started work in February and we were all moved in with my parents on March 1. We put our things in storage while we tried to sell our house that we had just bought haha. We are so grateful to my parents for taking us in. Our house is now sold in Arizona. Closing will be in June and we will move to our new home in Smithfield around that time! We are excited for our new adventures there. I was pretty sad to leave Arizona, but we have enjoyed being in Idaho with family. Arizona will always be special to me, but you just can't beat the country and mountain views in Idaho. Right now, everything is green. June is my favorite month in Grace.
I sure do love all of the people we left behind in Arizona. I had made lots of great friends in both of the wards we lived in. I had met new friends through my photography business. I was thinking yesterday how many amazing people found me through this very website who I now think of all the time and consider friends. I feel rich with great friends, great family, and great love in my life! Thanks to all of you!
We took these pictures in October. I still haven't printed them. Don't be like me! The two years before we took these pictures, Linden screamed the whole session. Somehow we got darling pictures those years too, but it was a nice change for Linden to not be screaming!
Something I enjoy doing before every session is coming up with poses! Everyone has different heights in their family, so different poses work well with different families. Families with all adult children, and families with little children will have different poses that are better for them.
Here are some pose ideas for families with young children!
Mom squatting with a baby on her lap is one of my favorite things! I also love to have both parents squatting so they are down at the children's levels.
You bet I will always ask mom to grab dad's bicep!
When the toddler is basically a model, no posing is necessary!
Sometimes the little children aren't willing to stand on the ground, but it always makes for a cute picture when they are! I love precious photos with little children holding mom and dad's hands.
As the photographer at sessions with little children, I often can't focus as much on how the mom and dad are standing because I am trying to get the babies to smile and look at the camera. This is a flattering pose for women. If you feel like you aren't standing cute, try popping your front leg.
I love getting family photos of you and your cute family interacting together!
If I try to make my life sound pretty, this is what I do on a daily basis ;)
Just kidding, there is no way to make it sound pretty.
I set my alarm for 7:20 but don't get out of bed til 7:30... I scold my 6 year old because he's not dressed yet... I do this three more times until we are almost late for school. I feed him an ego waffle, bowl of cereal or granola bars. Now you are getting to know all the little details of my life!
I get home and try to get myself and daughter dressed for either preschool, dance lessons or for her to just come to the gym with me. I try to work out every day, although that doesn't always happen. My days are spent having play dates, cleaning, editing pictures, or doing other photography responsibilities.
I pick up the kids from school, feed them, and then we start the bed time routine! By this time I am pooped! I love crawling into bed when my kids go to bed! I either scroll on my phone, work on the computer, sleep, or watch tv! I love watching tv. Ive also recently been reading personal development books. Do you have any book recommendations for me?
On the weekends we like to work on house projects, go on family outings or dates, and go to church. Blake works 2 jobs and is in a masters program so we are really busy around here.
Change and transformation is a huge part of life. I have changed in negative and positive ways over the years. I’ve spent days, months, weeks and years dealing with depression and anxiety. I would think, “Why am I so sad when I have so much joy surrounding me?” That’s one of the most frustrating things about depression and anxiety disorders. You feel numb, and sick and broken when you “should” feel joy, blessings and happiness. I spent years being unhealthy mentally and physically; both of those things played off of each other.
Over the past year I have been able to drastically transform my life. I exercise almost daily, I eat food that nourishes my body, I meditate and try to get myself back to positive thinking when I am in a negative place. I rest and relax with out feeling guilty about it. I find joy in my family and in my life. I don’t have it all figured out, but I am in such a better place than before. I’m so grateful for modern medicine and all of the resources to help us through these situations. I’m so grateful for my patient, charitable husband.
I am not ashamed to admit that I have done mental health counseling and I take antidepressants. Talking about such a raw subject does make me nervous and afraid.
My appearance has changed a lot physically, but I don’t feel more beautiful than I used to be. I know I’ve always been beautiful and I’ve always been loved even though I complain about my physical features. I can now live a happier, healthier, more joyous life because of the changes I’ve made to improve my physical and mental health.
One thing I know is that I didn’t have my experiences because I wasn’t good enough, or because I was being punished or because I wasn’t trying hard enough at life even though that wasn’t always clear to me. I’ve learned so much from my trials. I can relate to others who are going through similar things. I have a greater love and sympathy for people who are struggling. I know my mental health journey isn’t over. I’m grateful for the hard things I had to endure because that’s how I get closer to being who God wants me to be.
I wanted to write this when I started seeing people post pictures of how aging has affected . All of the posts I have seen are full of beauty 10 years ago and today. We are all beautiful children of God on a Divine journey.
Below I have shared pictures of me from 10 years ago, 1 year ago, and today! I was thinking how I’ve changed so much in a year and if I would have done this a year ago I would have negative aging results... but that isn’t true! I was beautiful even when I wasn’t as healthy as I am today. I hope you know you’re beautiful as well no matter what condition your physical appearance is in.
These two have grown so much in the past year! I wanted to write an update about each of them for memories sake! I always go back and watch old videos and it surprises me how much I have forgotten in just a few short years.
Dawson! This boy impresses me every single day. He is so kind and sweet. He makes ME feel special. He loved playing T-ball earlier this year. He was all excited about getting a medal. He and Linden often play games where there is a trophy involved. He graduated from preschool in May and started Kindergarten in August. He has done really well academically and achieved the Honor Roll the first quarter. He loves loves loves legos. We have an insane amount of legos at our house. He is still obsessed with sea life and I swear he knows of every sea creature ever. He also loves dinosaurs and is very knowledgable about those too! He is a smart little guy! He loves working in the garage with Blake. He got a real tool kit for Christmas and has built a few things. He is a pretty fast runner and loves riding his bike. He sounds like a typical little boy, but there is just something super special about him. He has a kind heart like his daddy.
Linden is our little princess. Like she is really a princess! Haha. She pops her foot when you hug her, is ALWAYS singing and wearing a pretty dress, and always wants to have princess make up. Her most favorite thing to do is go to preschool! She loves all of her little friends. She is also doing dance lessons and that's adorable! Linden gets kind of bored at home with me all day. She is much better behaved when she has Dawson to play with or other children. She has a darling little voice and communicates like she is a grown up.
We just loves these kids so much! They're the sweetest little best friends. They always request to have sleep overs in the living room on weekends. They have their moments, but they also love being around each other.
Happy Halloween! Angela makes a remarkable halloween costume every year. She enjoys sewing and creating unique costumes! Check out Angela's instagram page to see more of her costumes, This year her costume was inspired by the movie Coco! She did such a beautiful job on her make up, headpiece and dress!
Angela and I went to high school together and now we both live in Arizona. We haven't been very good about getting together, but we always have a great time when we do! Angela is so easy to talk to, funny and easy to relate with. I was so happy Angela asked me to take photographs of her in her costume! It was inspiring seeing her costume and the amazing piece of art she has created!
I love the Bradford Family! Sherri posts on Facebook the funny things that Araya says and I crack up at every post! I met them a few years ago when Blake and I moved to Arizona. I got to visit Sherri and Bryten often and get to know them better. Sherri is a great listener and I love chatting with her.
We had a very memorable family photo session at Coon Bluff! The light and landscape was beautiful and we had ourselves some good laughs. John had a spider crawl down his shirt but didn't believe his dad that there was a spider in his shirt! It was pretty hilarious and everyone was laughing as he shook out his shirt and got the tiny spider out of it.
NEXT there was a rattle snake! I don't believe I have seen a snake at a session in Arizona so this was my first. I stayed far away but Scott got up close and personal and discovered it was six years old.
I am so happy we got to capture these beautiful family photos of the Bradford family! Thanks Sherri for being an amazing friend and always telling people about my photography!
This session was my first time exploring Phon D Sutton. I can always count on Stacey to come up with a great location idea, great outfits, and great attitudes for their family pictures! I am so happy they have me take their pictures several times a year because I love seeing them. I also love that documenting their family and little Dylan is so important to them.
I will be honest, I don't get my family pictures taken nearly enough! I always love my images when I get them done, but preparing can often be a struggle. The act of getting them taken can also be total chaos! Last year, my daughter screamed for the ENTIRE session!!
I have some tips for a smooth family session with children for you; however you usually need to be prepared for something to go wrong and try to remain calm. First, Try not to let the kids fall asleep in the car. This makes for grouchy smiles and like in my case, a screaming child! When choosing your location, pick somewhere that you don't have to do much off-roading. It's a pain when you're yelling at the kids to get out of the cactus or mud. Make sure the kids are fed before the session and bring a drink and snack to your session just incase. Sometimes we all get hangry! Explain to your children weeks in advance what they will be doing at their session and what you expect of them. Lastly, PRAY! haha. I am not even kidding. I usually pray before every session for a smooth running session and happy memories to be made. I hope those tips are helpful for your family pictures this fall!
I met Lacy a few years ago when we lived in the same community! Lacy was just a young girl, and an excellent babysitter! She is full of talent and creativity. I was very excited when she asked me to photograph her wedding day!
Lacy and Cody got married earlier this year in the Gilbert, Arizona temple. Photographing the two of them, their families and friends was a dream! They are such kind and genuine people. Lacy and Cody's wedding reception in Queen Creek, Arizona was darling. Lots of family and friends were their celebrating. If I am being honest, one of my favorite things about wedding receptions is the cake. @kris10_bloom made Lacy and Cody's beautiful cake.
At Lacy and Cody's wedding in particular, I LOVED the flowers. @bushel_and_peck_co designed the wedding flowers. The colors were beautiful. If I had a do over for my wedding, I would choose these flowers! The darling cupcakes were made by @monicac12707.
The decorations were so unique and something I have never seen before! I loved that they had a unique theme. There were cute maps, globes, planes, and suit cases all around the reception. It was very well done by @fancyloudesigns.
Something I do at most all weddings is CRY during the father and daughter and son and mother dance! This wedding reception was no exception for me. It was so cute watching Lacy and her mom watch Cody and his mom dance. Lacy and her mom were both crying. It was definitely a very special day and I felt blessed to be apart of it capturing all of the special memories.
Yay! You booked me as your wedding photographer. Now what?
Wedding Consultations are a great way to get to know each other and to give me the information I will need to know about your wedding day. We will sign your contract and get your retainer fee paid. These are usually lots of fun and we will get to gush about all of your wedding details and your relationship!
If you are just to busy and would like to do things things over email, that is completely fine!
Planning your Engagement Photo Session
After you have signed your wedding contract it is time to start planning your engagement session. Now is the time to think of what kind of location you would like and what you want to wear. Most couples bring a dressier outfit and a more casual outfit. Feel free to bring several options. I have a list of location ides if you are just drawing a blank. We can pick out a spot together that will work perfectly for you. If you have a place that is special to the two of you, it would be awesome to consider doing some of your photos there.
If you didn't book a package with an engagement session, then I won't need anything from you until you have the wedding day timeline and specifics all ready to go.
Your Wedding Day
As a wedding photographer, I have been to a few weddings. :) Generally, they all have a similar flow. If you have any questions about the timeline of you wedding feel free to ask! It is very important that there is enough time to take all of the photos you want to document your day.
Some couples choose to do a "First Look" before the ceremony. This allows for us to get more photos of the bride and groom than you would have if you didn't do a first look. Either way is great. It is totally up to you as a couple. Each moment is special. Seeing each other as the bride walks down the aisle and seeing each other before the ceremony both have their own special feelings.
On your wedding day we will usually start with the "Getting ready" photos of the bride and her bridesmaids and then the grooms and groomsman. After that we either do a first look and pictures of the almost married couple or formal photos of the bridesmaids and bride and groomsman and groom.
Then it is time for your ceremony! I'll be up and around capturing the special memories on your wedding day. After your ceremony we will take family photos and bridal party photos and then photos of the newly married couple.
Depending on the type of wedding, the reception is next! All weddings are different but it his helpful to have an idea of shots that are most important to you. I will be capturing every little detail and every special moment on your wedding day up until the minute you leave the wedding as a newly married couple.
After the Wedding
You're all married! Now what!
I just can't help it, so I will be emailing you some of my favorite photos for you to enjoy or to post to share with your family and friends. A week or two after the wedding, your images will be done and ready for you to have forever! I will send them over an online gallery which you will have access to for ten years. You can download the full resolution images right off the gallery onto your computer.
I will start working on your wedding album if you ordered one! (highly recommend) Wedding albums are one of my favorite ways to print wedding pictures. After I get it created, I will send over the first draft to you via email and you will let me know of any changes you want made. After everything is finalized, I will send it to the printer and you will have it in 2-5 business days.
I love all of my brides and grooms and they all become cherished friends. It is so special photographing weddings and being apart of such a special occasion. I love seeing families being created.
One of the hardest parts about planning your family photo shoot is figuring out what to wear! It is definitely not a strong point for me when planning my own family photos because I am not good at fashion at all! My clients always seem to have the outfits figured out and looking the best possible! Here are a few suggestions of what to wear that photograph well.
I always recommend accessorising with headbands, bows, and jewelry for the little girls. This adds character to the children and helps show off their cute personalities. Accessories are great for moms as well. Layers photograph really well as well as some darling shoes and jewelry.
This may not be popular opinion, but I actually really like photographing people in prints! I thought that Natalies shirt looked really great especially at this location. It brought all of the colors together, was feminine and beautiful. I like it when one person is wearing a more busy print and the other outfits are solid. I also like coordinating prints which I will talk about later on in this blog post!
It is usually recommended to wear a solid color outfit, but adding textures or layers. I like that too! Either way, I think it photographs great. If everyone were wearing different prints that didn't coordinate well, thats where I would say to stay away from prints.
It looks really nice when men wear colored pants, trousers or slacks. Jeans look nice when you are going for a more casual look as well.
Dresses or Skirts
I love when women choose to wear a dress or a skirt. If you choose the right dress, it can be really flattering to any body type.
I love that Lisa is wearing a skirt and also has on a sweater. The layers photograph really well as well as her skirt with a print. I also love when men wear sweaters. It changes things up from the usual button up shirt or t-shirt. I definitely recommend avoiding t-shirts with logos on them.
Adding a Pop of Color
I love a good pop of color! That is a fun way to change up your family pictures from year to year. We took these photos in San Tan Valley and the pop of pink looks really good in this setting. I also love the tonal look with the boys and baby in different shades of blue. Blue is always a good choice!
I definitely couldn't have put together these outfits below and pulled it off! The mama of this family has a way with perfect family picture outfits. I love the different textures, colors, and patterns and also accessories. The girls have on dainty little headbands that aren't to distracting but still add a feminine and pretty touch. The boys have on ties that are different prints and different patterned shirts. I think this is a great idea if you can come up with the right combinations.
Light Colors and Jeans
I love light colors in photos! Creams and Whites photograph really well and look good good on most everyone. I also think wearing jeans in family photos can be really cute! I love how Molly accessorized with a darling belt and dainty necklace. She also tucked her shirt only in the front and it looks really flattering. I also love the simple prints on both of their shirts. Neither of them are distracting.
It's fun to change things up sometimes and dress more formal! This long dress is really flattering on Jera who is pregnant in this photo. Her daughter looks darling in a long lace dress with fancy sleeves. Wearing formal clothes can photograph really well. The men and boys can wear suits or shirts and ties. I love taking fancy family photos!
These are just some of the options for your next family photo shoot! Most importantly, wear something that makes you feel great. If you are a cowboy and feel great in a hat and wrangles, than wear that! If you feel good in jeans and a cute top, wear that! Be unique to your own family and tell the story of YOU.
I got to serve in the Young Women's program in my church and that is where I met beautiful Camilla. Camilla is heading off to Utah for College really soon! I was so happy I got to see her and chat with her the other day. She has a beautiful, tender soul and she loves her Savior so much. She is wise beyond her years and she is going to touch so many people through out her life. Something I like about the schools around here is that you can graduate from high school with a technical certificate. Camilla is a really good massage therapist! I can't wait to see where her journey takes her. Good luck at college Camilla!
Hi there. I'm Nicole. I'm a small town girl from Idaho who loves photography, my Savior and my family. You'll find me in the mountains with my camera around my neck begging my husband, "lets just take one more picture of your S'more." I love to blog about my photography sessions, family life and much more! Come read along.