Monday, May 21, 2012

Real Families | Utah Lifestyle Photography

I love to document real life. I enjoy nothing more then being invited into someone's home and being able to capture the real them.

I also love families who trust me to come back year after year to photograph their babies, their children, their growing family.

I love capturing the here and now. The moments that won't last for always. The tiny house, the neighborhood, all the little things that, with time, will eventually change.

This session was no different.

Thank you for trusting me Wendy. 
I hope you enjoy.

View entire session and order prints here.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Choose to be Happy

The last two nights have kept me awake into the wee hours of the morning. This insomnia makes waking up the next morning extremely difficult. However, my mind does not turn off and it reels and reels and reels until somehow I get it to quiet down.

These past two nights I have blogged. In my mind. Too tired to get up and wake up my body even more by blasting my eyes and mind with a computer, I lay there and I write. In my heart, and in my mind, and somehow in the still of the night it quiets my heart. This meditation of sorts helps me to realize all that I am working toward to be better.

Last night my dialogue had a lot to do with how things are going in my "Choose to be Happy" mantra. Sometimes in life we have these enormous epiphanies, and it can be easy to let them go and forget how utterly life changing they were for us. We so easily can become bogged down by the every single day, and the worries that we forget that we are choosing something different. Our focus is not going to be on the difficult times, the times that stretch us to our very limits, but rather that there can be happiness during those times. 

I am happy to say that for the last month, I have been doing well. I have been trying to remind myself that if I am happy, the rest doesn't matter. Happiness is better for my physical, psychological and emotional bodies. I have felt it, I have worked for nothing less. The problem? We have a million other things trying to tear us down. We have hard trials, struggles, and people who want nothing more than for us to fail and wallow in our misery.

Last night was hard. It was dark. I was sad. I was lonely, I was depressed and it was so hard for me to see any sort of light or happiness. Then I remembered that I just had to. I had to take deep breaths until I found some sort of light and happiness and hope in my life. Eventually, after the fourth hour I found it. That, along with the help of some Xanax, I eventually found peace, and rest, and sleep.

I was able to wake this morning refreshed and ready to take on a new day.

Even when life is hard, it continues to be good, especially when I choose to be happy.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Breathing Space | A Blogger Retreat

I am STOKED. The Breathing Space Blogger Retreat is this Friday and Saturday. I get giddy just thinking about it. I am so excited to meet new blogging friends and renew my love for all things blog.

I love Daybreak, it is one of my favorite places to photograph families. The lake is serene, the beach absolute fun, I long to live along it's banks. The bridges and concrete call to my photographer heart. I can't wait to walk along the shores and field by myself and just soak it all in.




I feel pretty lucky to have such a lovely event happening in Utah in our own backyard. It is going to be amazing. Friday can't come soon enough.
A special thank you to some of the sponsors of this event:

**Disclaimer: While I have been given a ticket to The Breathing Space Blogger Retreat. I have been asked to tell you all about these wonderful sponsors, I am in no way obligated to do so, however, I love each of these products and believe in supporting local whenever possible. I am genuinely excited for my adventures this weekend and am undeniably in love with Daybreak and this event, which would have been worth the ticket price times one hundred.**