June 23, 2017

Senior Photography | Nicole

You know it's going to be a good session when your client skips out on class early so you can have the best lighting, pulls up to your house with a giant easel sticking out of her car window, executes a perfect wardrobe change IN THE MIDDLE of a public walkway, introduces you to the most perfect artistic location in Salt Lake City, and the very first click of the camera produces an image like this.

Mmmm hmm! Nicole is my new favorite person.

She told me that the woman with glasses and purple face was her bestie. Haha!

Definitely the kind of person I'd hang out with again. Good luck out there, Nicole! And if you're interested in booking a shoot with me, send me an e-mail!


I really need to update that e-mail address...
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June 20, 2017

Chelsea's 5th birthday!

Just one more! This blog is here to share what I learn, to *hopefully* inspire you to try something new, to spread the love of Peach-Rings around the world, and to document my family. The past three posts it's all about Chelsea, so... deal. ;)

Chelsea was really excited about her birthday this year and had her birthday party with friends totally and completely planned out. Unfortunately, her mother wasn't totally on board, so that party didn't exactly happen. But she did have a LOT of fun with friends that day and didn't say a word about not getting her Alicorn birthday party, so I guess the fun with friends that day sufficed!

Breakfast are basically the only photos I got, but I figure as long as we captured the girl and the decorations she set up for her own special day, we're good, right?

when they're being stinkers, I try to remember this picture. #mamaheartmelted

the coolest cats around!

I love having a five-year-old like you, Chels. Love you so much!
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June 18, 2017

Chelsea's 5-year interview

It's a month late, but here it is! Chelsea's 5-year interview! I love doing these interviews because I feel like you really get a feel for Chelsea's personality, and you get some pretty good blackmailing material for the future! ;)

So here's basically what I know about Chelsea: Her favorite parts of anything are everything, but she doesn't like anything. Make sense? No? Welcome to my world. ;)

Chelsea is athletic, competitive, tenacious, smart, energetic, passionate, and spirited through-and-through! She is my little helper, especially when it comes to Barrett. I never have to ask her to help twice when it comes to him. Their relationship is something special.

She likes sandwiches, but not the crusts.
Her favorite act of service is drawing pictures for others
She can write and spell her own name and "Mom"
Keeps us all active and busy
Likes to wear my makeup sometimes, especially the eye-shadow
Pretend play is her usual playtime activity, preferring babies and/or animals
Loves to make us all laugh

There are so many things that make Chelsea who she is, but I think the main things are her ability to forgive, her ability to make connections, her ability to feel emotions deeply, her athleticism, and her giving heart. She is constantly an example to me.

This video is definitely not one of my better creations (I was trying out a new software and I need A LOT more practice), but the main thing is that I get to hear and see her about her life after 5 years of living it!

I love her so much. Like, a hundred MILLION!
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May 28, 2017

Chelsea's 5-year photos!

She chose something other than pink! I think it's Pinterest that did it because when I was deciding what dress to make her this year, we looked on Pinterest for some inspiration and she picked a dress that had ruffles and was green, so there ya go.

Not gonna lie, when I finished it, I swear I could hear jingle bells ringing through the air. Haha! But it looks cute anyway!

And it passes the climbability test, so there's that.

Happy birthday (a month ago!) Chelsea!
P.S. Don't worry. A mushier post is coming! ;)

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May 17, 2017

Photography | My Purpose

A couple of weeks ago, I had the incredible experience of shooting a birth. Han and I first met at the CrEATe Donuts get-together almost two years ago in July and have strengthened our friendship via social media since. When we got together a couple of months before her due date, we decided to do a birth shoot together. I'd never done a birth shoot before but was excited to give it a shot (you see what I did there?)

It ended up being a totally unforgettable experience! Watching a birth is so much different than doing it yourself! When you're in the throws of delivery, you really don't notice who's in there or what they're doing. All you know is that there's a baby coming and you've gotta push. So when Han's MIL pressed the red button and about 7 people came running in, literally running, it was the perfect example of the phrase, "organized chaos."

And then he was here! And I got to capture it ALL! I got to see the transition from laughing between contractions to desperate concentration on staying relaxed and just breathing. I got to see the bond between a brand new mother and father with their child and I got to see the love, support, and amazing teamwork of Hannah and Stephen.

Ever since I started getting more serious about my photography and offering sessions, I struggled with figuring out where I "fit in." I enjoyed photographing newborns and families and had considered doing more with bloggers, but none of it really felt right.

I walked away from this shoot hours later and felt that I was meant to do this, not because I thought I did an amazing job or was super talented or anything, but because so much of what is required of a birth photographer aligns with everything that makes me, me and brings me such joy! I felt a real passion for it. I loved cheering Han on and encouraging her and watching the relationship between her and her husband. I loved capturing those moments and didn't mind at all that a lot of the time I was there was spent just waiting (I've always been good at waiting).

In short, I feel like taking these photos for Han and her family helped me realize my purpose, and it feels good to feel like I know where I belong and who I am and what I love. I am a birth photographer, and I can't wait to do more!

If you're pregnant (or know someone who is) and are interested in booking, please let me know! I'll only be taking 1-2 due dates per month. I'm still deciding what my rates will be, so stay tuned and send me an e-mail or PM on one of my social media interfaces if you'd like to set up a shoot or are just so excited to be pregnant you want to tell someone who will be equally excited!!!

Love you all so much and thanks for your continued love and support! And don't forget to visit Han at Merry Happy Blog and on Instagram to show her some love and say congrats!
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April 24, 2017

Life Lately | Catch up!

What with the online classes I've been taking and trying to get this new house under control (and feed my family on occasion!) it's been hard to give this corner of the internet some love and attention!

But just like the middle child, even though it gets sidelined every now and then, it's never forgotten!

So let's do a little catch up and life lately, shall we?

**Disclaimer! This post is REALLY long and is basically all photos and some captions, so if you're not into that, move along... to the next blog, because, let's be honest, that's pretty much what every post is on here anyway! ;)

A N D E R ' S  B A B Y  B L E S S I N G

March 4-5, 2017 | We decided (sort of last minute!) to make the 7-hour trip to Denver, CO for the blessing of our nephew, Anders. Even though it was a quick trip (hardly even 24 hours!) it was worth every minute to meet such a sweet baby boy and show our love for Lauren and Josh. And with perfect photo ops like what I got all weekend plus some hot dang good hot dogs, how could I complain?

I got the BEST photos of Alexa walking down the sidewalk on this trip. Click here to see!

 C O L O R

March 6, 2017 | The drive back from CO was kind of a terrifying experience! A blizzard decided to hit as we were driving back, and I won't lie. I was pretty scared and was praying my heart out! Thank goodness that prayer was answered, and so was another! I'd been wondering what to do for my "Color" photography assignment and as we drove through that white wall of blizzard, the idea just came to me! As soon as we had service, I texted my good friend Lauren from Hello Whimzy to see if we could get together the next night to pull this off, which we did, and it's my favorite shoot I have EVER done!

Click here to visit Lauren at Hello Whimzy. You'll love her every bit as much as I do! Did I mention she's a mermaid?

B I K E  R I D I N G

March 14, 2017 | We were outside playing and she ran over to a neighbor's house to say hi. There was a bike there and she asked to ride it. The neighbor looked at me and I said it was fine, expecting her to try once or twice, then go back to her balance bike. I ran inside for just a second and came back out to see her zooming down the street like she's been riding a bike all this time! She is one athletically gifted child!


March 10, 2017 | This photo shoot was strictly for fun, and it was! I loved getting to know Courtney better! She is fun and hilarious and just a sweet girl!

P H O T O G R A P H Y  F I N A L

March 26, 2017 | The title of my photography final series was "What are you missing?" My goal was to get people to think about how much time they're spending on their electronic devices and decide if maybe there needs to be some change. The most difficult part of this assignment was definitely getting the focus right since I used a tripod for all of the shots, but with the help of my cute little assistants, I was able to manage, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It was a great way to finish off the class and I feel like I've learned and grown so much! I'm sad it's over, but am really excited about the graphic design class I'm taking now!


April 1, 2017 | It's the Stange family's favorite time of year! SOCCER SEASOOOOOON!!!

B A B Y  J O H N S O N

April 12, 2017 | Lyssi is already a talented photographer herself, but sometimes it's nice to have some photos that YOU'RE in, too! Taking these photos and editing them was an absolute pleasure! Little Spencer is just the SWEETEST! Welcome to motherhood, Lys!

E A S T E R  D R E S S

I wasn't going to make one this year, buuuut... the fabric just called to me! And it was the perfect project to dip my toe back into designing and sewing again! It had been a while and it felt good to be doing it again.

R A I N  P L A Y I N'

While the mamas were talkin', they were jumpin'! Nothing beats a best friend who will jump in the rain with you! My only regret is that Mckenzie and I didn't jump in on the fun, too! We are so grateful for our family's friendship!

We aren't awkward at ALLLLLL... Haha! But you know what they say! Friends who Swig together, stay together! I love you Mckenzie!!!

And that's it! There's our life in a nutshell! Of course, that doesn't include the whining and the screaming (on both ends, unfortunately!) or the chore charts and bribes. Haha! I'll have to tell you about that later. For now, I'm content saying that life lately has been filled ups and downs. Oftentimes I feel like I'm riding a particularly exciting roller coaster that rarely follows a straight track, but no matter how bumpy, the coaster continues onand even though I don't know what's coming next, I look forward with anticipation and hope that whatever loop I'm thrown into next isn't the one that makes me hurl. :)

Have a great week!

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