Secrets to Photographing Kids

The silent activity on my blog is a result of being busier than normal.

I have so much to share.  I’m not sure where to begin . . .

Until I collect my thoughts, and organize my images, how about if I share two recent shoots of my kids?  You can also check out some of my recent shoots: the Salt Flats, new head shots, and some cool composite imagery over on my photo blog.

I rarely photograph my kids.  Well, I take that back.  I photograph them all the time on the iPhone, so that counts, right?  What I meant to say is that I rarely have an actual “photo session” with my kids.

These are two different sessions.  I photographed Hannah during the peak of the fall leaves, and then I photographed Dallin two weeks later. (I absolutely needed an assistant to photograph him, so it was a matter of coordinating with David on a warmish afternoon.)  Dallin’s session lasted about seven minutes.  Hannah on the other hand, let me work with her in two different locations for about 45 minutes.

I have a few secrets to share when it comes to photographing kids . . .

Secret #1 when photographing kids:  tell lame knock knock jokes.  The more they don’t make sense, the better.  (I told a silly knock knock joke to Hannah which allowed me to capture this expression.)

Secret #2: Play Simon Says or Follow the Leader.  Make it a game and they will play with you and give you darling expressions!

Secret #3:  Tell them to perform.  (I told Hannah to perform for all the passing cars and pedestrians.  She played a killer version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star  Look at her stance!  She acts like she’s been playing for years!)

Secret #4: Role Play.  Kids LOVE to role play!  Tell them what is happening in the invisible world and they will get into character!

Composite Photography

I recently learned how to make composite imagery in my Photoshop class at AAU.  I have been having WAY too much fun with it!  You could have a twin, a triplet, you name it!  With the help of my camera and Photoshop CS5, I can create almost anything my mind can think of!  My only limitation is my knowledge in Photoshop, but I’m getting there!  My mind has been going a mile a minute since I learned this technique.  (Too see these images bigger and better, check them out on my photo blog.)

My next big plan for composite photography is to create a really great family portrait of MY FAMILY!  I never photograph us anymore!  It’s crazy to do family self portraits, and little people make it really tricky.  Now, I can photograph each of us individually, and MAKE a great family portrait!  Can’t wait to get a 30×40 of my new family portrait which has yet to be created!

Coming To A Costco Near You!

See this soup?  It is coming to a Costco near you!  That is, of course, if you live in the Midwest!  This Cheddar Potato Soup Mix is one of the newest soups by Inn On The Creek.  I photographed this soup last month, and this is the image you will see on the box when you purchase it!

Here is the final image with all the info for the box:

This is exciting!  I sort of wish I was back in Kansas so I could pick this up at my local Costco!

Provo Bridal Show 2011

You may have heard, but I am activity advertising my photography skills to brides!  I had to photograph a few weddings to see if I really liked them, and I do!  Remember how David and I used to own a wedding gown store in Dallas, Texas?  You do?  Oh good.  Then you will remember how I had a love hate relationship with it.  🙂  I really had to photograph several weddings to make sure I really wanted to jump into the industry as a wedding photographer before advertising my work.  The good news is, photographing a wedding is VERY fun, exciting, challenging, and full of love!  All great things I look for in a job!

Fortunately, David and I have done several bridal shows with different companies in the past, so we were not new to the trade show business.  I did a little research online to get some ideas of how to display my booth, and we went to work.

I got large prints made.  David made a wall.  I got a new logo, marketing pieces, business cards, etc!

This was my workshop in the garage.

This is the final set up!  Please note the wood floor that we put together, piece by piece.  It looks nice, so It was worth it, right?

Here I am working the both . . .

And now here I am taking a picture of my DAD who came to see my booth!

My dad never goes anywhere.  I’m still shocked that he flew all the way to Saba four years ago to visit us.  That was the equivalent of going to the moon.

It is official, I am his favorite child!  (Why else would he go to the moon?)

We made several good contacts and booked a wedding in Saint George!  I’m looking forward to the warm weather in St. George in December!

Look for my advertisement in Utah Valley Bride Magazine in January!  The magazine will run my ad all year!  Also, I will be doing another bridal show at the Grand America Hotel in SLC in January, so tell your engaged friends!

Biting Off More Than I Can Chew?

What have I gotten myself into?

Last week I mentioned to David that I wanted to have a booth in the January bridal shows in 2012.   After calling the bridal shows, we were surprised to hear there was room for us to participate in the show in September.  AS IN THREE WEEKS AWAY from the the time we paid for our booth.

Oh boy.

Luckily for us, we’ve done several bridal shows (remember how we used to own a wedding gown store in Dallas?) and we know how lucrative they can be (being placed in front of your target market with thousands of potential clients is awesome) so we decided to jump on it.

My time is completely tied up in preparing for this show with super short notice.  I’ve been designing albums, getting large prints made, putting together promo marketing pieces, updating my website,  and oh yeah . . . putting together a new LOGO.  (I have new business cards coming now!)

You see, my logo has never sat right with me.  Not sure what bugged me about it, but I never took the time to make it “mine” until now.  Doing this bridal show, I knew I had to brand myself and NEVER change the brand look, so David and I came up with something I was happy with.  (That meant breaking down and buying a font!)  Want to see it?  Check out my website and/or my photo blog.

Also worth mentioning:

Hannah started Ballet again this week.

She starts violin today.

Did I mention art classes?  Yeah, she starts those today too.

David started his classes this week (he is getting his MBA right now as well).

I start classes at AAU tomorrow.

And now we’re doing a bridal show.

It may be a few days before I’m back on this blog.  🙂


Wall Displays With YOUR Images!

I really do try to keep my professional work separate from my personal work, but this is just so exciting!!!

My brilliant friend (Okay, so I haven’t actually met her yet, but I know we’d be fast friends!) Ariana over at Photographer’s Wall Display Guides created some templates that can show you what your images would like on your wall BEFORE you actually buy them!

BRILLIANT!  I KNOW!  (Why didn’t I come up with this incredible idea?!)

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at a loss when clients ask me what they should order.  Without seeing the wall, or the space, I have no idea what images look good grouped together without actually laying them out.  Now, I’m a photographer, and if I don’t know what looks good grouped together, how I can I expect my clients to know what sizes work well together?

There is no more guess work anymore!  You don’t need to hear me say that an 8×10 print will be practically invisible over your fireplace . . . you can just see for yourself!

I can also show you that a 20×30 framed image would look fabulous!

And that a 30×40 canvas would really look fabulous:

You can also see how a grouping would look over your fireplace (this is a 16×20 & 4 5×7’s):

Want to see them in your office, bedroom, kitchen, over a couch, dining room, nursery, in a hallway, or on a stairway?  NO PROBLEM!!!

I decided to take this idea one step further, and I now create a personalized video clip for each client, showing them how their particular images would look in various rooms in their home.  This helps us all get an idea of what size images work together and how to group them.


It has been a bit busy around here . . .

We just celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary.

We had an early birthday party for Hannah.  (Which was entirely too much work to throw.)

David’s birthday was yesterday.  (The big 36!)

Next year, I say we go to Disneyland for a week to celebrate everything: our anniversary, David’s birthday, Hannah’s birthday, and Dallin’s birthday.

David just left for the High Adventure trip with the Scouts this morning.  I’m sure he’ll have a great time canyoneering in Zions.  (The other leaders refer to him as “Spiderman.”)  This means the kids and I will have to find our own “high adventure” without him over the next few days.

I’ve had some really beautiful shoots lately.  I have several sessions to post on my photo blog, so be sure to check out my photo blog if you’d like to see what I’ve been up to.  Be sure to look at the engagement shoot I did with the former Miss Utah 2010 and the current Student Body President at UVU!  A match made in heaven I tell you!

Window Seat on the PCH

On our drive from San Francisco to Southern California, we decided to take the scenic route.


Saba friends, the view from my seat was like driving on Saba, minus the all the quick and crazy turns and and we were able to drive at freeway speeds.  🙂

Beautiful views outside . . .

We had adorable views inside as well.

Look at this!  This was on the side of the FREEWAY!


Is it any wonder so many millions of people live in California?  The whole state is BEAUTIFUL and it has DISNEYLAND!  Not to mention the great weather . . .  oh boy, we need to move there.

This is Morro Bay.  We stopped there to see a friend of David’s from when he lived in San Jose.  They hadn’t seen each other in . . .

Drum roll please . . .

20 years!  HOLY CRAP!  I remember when my dad used to say, “Oh, 20 years ago!” and I was like, “Man, you are as old as a fossil!”

20 years people.  20!

They had a little catching up to do.  🙂  And want to know where I dropped the ball on my picture taking habit?

When these two were chatting. I didn’t take one picture of them together.

Lame wife-photographer skills there.

I did however, get a great picture of Morror Bay through their living room window.

See, I’m not 100% lame, just a little bit lame.