Let me put this out there, these two have an adorable story that was 13 years in the making. But first lets talk about the incredible Draper Utah Temple. Does it ever stop being windy up there? I mean I have shot several weddings there and it always makes for beautiful windy, romantic photos but it is always windy. Not like breezy, I mean windy and hard to see where you are going, kind of wind. Regardless it is one of the most beautiful temples around. You can’t beat the views and the decor inside is likely my favorite of any I have ever been in.
Lets get to the good stuff, the story. Erica and Quinn met in college while attending USU. Erica always liked Quinn and admired him. They became friends and spent time hanging in the same circles. Erica and Quinn both moved and a few years later they finally went on a date. They enjoyed each others company but left things at that. Erica moved to California and Quinn traveled the world with his work. They kept in touch over the years. Erica got married and had her beautiful daughter. Several years went by and her marriage ended. She wanted to build her friendships again after this hard time and she immediately remembered Quinn. They always had great conversation and he made her laugh. They kept things light and that is what she wanted know. But as they reconnected, things were different. Life changed both of them for the better. After a short time they knew that they wanted to be married.
Quinn lived in Utah and Erica lived in Washington. So they decided any time Quinn would fly for work and he could route through Washington they would try to see each other or when he had enough sky miles Erica and her daughter would fly to Quinn. Erica moved back to Utah and then they were married.
I have known Erica for 15 years and I have never known her more settled. They are great together. Life throws you curve balls and sometimes you never know whats around the corner. For these two this romance was 13 years in the making.
Fun fact about Quinn is that he has goats! You should check out his account and follow their goat family at Goatstigram. Lets be honest, Kevin is my favorite!
Girls just want to have fun! Kylee is a beautiful 14 year old. She loves dance, fashion and her friends. For Kylee’s 14th birthday her mom surprised her and her friends with a birthday photo shoot. This is the coolest idea ever. As a parent I am always so shocked about how much parties are and how my children never remember what the previous years party was about. This gift is a gift I promise your kids will remember. Birthday Portrait Photography is totally going to be a thing when this post gets out.
These girls are incredibly sweet. You can tell they treat each other with respect and kindness. They helped each other pick the best outfit combinations. Every time I turned around trying to prep the next set up they were switching clothes from one girl to the next. it was adorable. I miss being young. I also miss having the kind of body that would let me and all my friends trade clothes back and forth. I loved all the balloons Kylee’s mom brought. They were perfect for adding a whimsy and lightness to this shoot. I also love how the colors of the balloons are the same that are in the adorable old fashioned suckers.
Blank Space Studios was the perfect location for this shoot. I loved the white walls and the rich brick wall. The white was amazing to use as a reflector and the brick added the depth and variety this shoot needed. This studio also allows you to use it’s wide variety of props and stools. There is an entire room of goodies for any type of shoot. I also loved how convenient it was to get there. Blank Space Studio’s is located in downtown Kaysville. It is awesome to have such a versatile studio in Davis county so close by.
Lets work together and make Birthday Portrait Photography a thing? Shall we? I had such a blast shooting with each of these girls. It was so fun and I can’t wait till the next shoot like this.
Utah Bridal Photography is a dying art. Unlike many states where brides and grooms wait to see each other till the alter many couples in Utah choose to have a formal session or a groomal session before the wedding day. This type of session is where the bride and groom come in their gown and tux and we go to a fantastic location and shoot to put a little less stress on the big day. Utah Bridal Photography is still alive but happens much less frequently than in other states. So when I have the opportunity to shoot just a beautiful bride I leap at the chance.
Erica and I go way back and have been friends since college. Erica and her husband to be decided on a simple ceremony with no reception. When Erica told me she was having an more intimate wedding I literally begged her to model for me and let me stylize a beautiful bridal session for her. I could not be happier with how these turned out. Her make up was done by the fantastic Kait Parkinson. Erica Did her own hair and Kait helped her with the styling. This fantastic gown is from Stevie Hender and when I first saw it I fell in love. I love that it could be a modest gown with a simple top under or a elegant lace gown with sheer panels on the top and waist.
I contacted Fox florals to create a beautiful timeless piece for this shoot. When I say timeless I mean timeless. These florals are 100% not real flowers, I love how this artist creates such amazing works of art with an unconventional medium.
The day of the shoot was touch and go on the weather front. It was pouring all day so I moved our location from potato hill to Cactus and Tropical’s in Draper Utah. I love this store. It has such a diverse type of plants and the staff is incredibly knowledgeable. Did I also mention it is a dream to shoot in? It is fantastic. Right when we showed up at Cactus and Tropical’s the sun came out of the clouds and I was so energized. After shooting for about an hour we popped over to Potato hill. The wind came in and the clouds rolled back in and we had the most incredible sky. I literally wanted to cry. My fiend is one of the most beautiful people in the world. This image has to be one of my favorite works of art ever.
Ring: Brilliant Earth
Gown: Shop Stevie
Jewlery: J Crew
Makeup: Kait Parkinson
Flowers: Fox Floral
Location: Cactus and Tropical’s Draper/ Potato Hill
Utah Bridal Photography-Brianna Siddoway Photography
For Maddie’s Senior Photos we headed to Antelope Island. Believe it or not this was my first session on the island and I literally live 3 miles from there. I think I could shoot there all day everyday. PSA-Don’t shoot at Saltaire or Antelope Island May-August the gnats like to burrow and swarm and bite. They are the worst. This particular day they were not as bad as they have been and they sort of left us alone. The light breeze was so helpful in that.
Maddies’s first look was from Shop Stevie. This is the most adorable dress ever. Seriously it is stunning. I love the bell sleeve and the button up neck. It looks adorable with the forever 21 necklace she paired with it.
This shot below is my favorite. Maddie is a stunning girl. She is so driven. I enjoyed speaking with her driving around the island. She shared with me that she will be attending college this coming year and then go on a mission for her church. Her family means everything to her. There are 6 kids in her family and she is the oldest. She plans to stay with her family this next year while she attends college, When I asked her about why she said didn’t want to be without her siblings. Then she went on to tell me a reason why she would miss each of her siblings. It is pretty rare to see a senior at her senior photos talk so lovingly about her family. She is one of a kind for sure. Congrats Maddie! Your future will be bright for sure.
Have you ever just met someone who immediately lights up the room. Well let me tell you if you haven;t yet you will now. Meet Aubrey. She is a senior at Northridge High School and a truly fantastic human being. Aubrey loves theater and was very involved in the arts at Northridge.
We scheduled our shoot about 3 months out and when the day finally came out of nowhere came a crazy storm. I honestly was a bit excited because I love wind. Crazy weather=amazing for photographers. It allows so much fun and drama into an image. Thought I will say I LOVE golden hour and beautiful back light. This wind was MAGIC though and Aubrey was all in and up for anything. This girl is AMAZING and so fun to have for a shoot.
When she talked with me in our consultation about what she wanted in the shoot she said she didn’t want the usual high school senior photo shoot. She wanted to play. I LOVE that. Seriously I love when my clients tell me what they want in a shoot. Another thing I love specifically in senior shoots is when seniors want to be their age. They are young! Be young. Be fun and dont take yourself so seriously.
Aubrey’s final outfit was what she wore for her Northridge High School Prom. Right when she first put on her Prom dress we found this incredible field of wild flowers. The problem with the wild flowers was there were swarms of biting gnats. PSA-Don’t shoot at Saltaire or Antelope Island May-August the gnats like to burrow and swarm and bite. They are the worst. This particular day they were not as bad as they have been and they sort of left us alone. I think I only had about 20 bites and Aubrey got swarmed a bit but she is a trooper and kept a smile on her face.