Utah Wedding Photographer – Megan and Andrew Part 1

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These two were finally married last week.  I don’t typically photograph weddings but if they could be as easy as this one was I would definitely do more.  These images were taken in April at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I’ve been anxiously waiting to share them here.  I will be sharing more from the wedding day soon.  -Enjoy

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Logan – High School Senior

 


I’ve known Logan for a few years and was happy when he contacted me to take his high school senior pictures. In fact, I traveled with him and his family for two week in Europe last year and would have loved to taken some time for his senior photos there.  He had an idea of what he wanted and after talking about it for a few minutes we both agreed that the Union Station in Ogden Utah was a good fit. I had a few ideas floating in my head that I thought he’d like and turns out they were his favorite(mine too).  The first two images were taken under an overpass with off camera lighting to add a bit of punch.  Like what you see?  Contact me if your interested in a booking a session.

 

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Courtney – Portraits

 

It was time to update my daughters photos from last year.  I wanted to do something different than what I’ve done in the past so I took the opportunity to make some time when we were visiting my parents in Idaho.  My father no longer farms but still has some land and equipment.  There is an old grain mill on some property of his that I thought would make for some great images.  The first image in this series is my favorite from the building.  It took the longest to setup but is what I had pre-visualized when I picked this place.  I’m using a mix of natural light and light from a speedlight.  I gelled a speedlight (cto) and hid it in the lamp next to the chair and triggered it wirelessly.  The room was pretty dark so I had to bump my ISO quite high to let in the ambient that I wanted and to also allow for an acceptable shutter speed.

The last two images were taken at some nearby sand dunes.  I used a 22′ beauty dish with an AlienBee 1600 and a vagabond mini battery pack.  The battery pack has turned out to be a great investment, especially when paired with the beauty dish.  The battery lasted about 45 minutes and ran out of power just as I had finished with my last image for the night.  I really enjoy off camera flash especially at sunset.  – enjoy

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Friends

 

A few months ago Nate Marx and I got together to do a autumn style photo shoot around a school theme. The image above was one of my favorites from the day. It turns out it was the one that required the most photoshop work in order to get accepted into my iStockphoto portfolio. With a full time day job, family and other responsibilities my time is limited so when I have an image like this one that requires more than average time spent in photoshop it usually gets put on the back burner. I enjoy doing location photo shoots and have quite a backlog of themes that I’m planning on doing this year.

I’m hopeful that it will be a good seller, I’ve had several others from the day that are doing quite well.

Bookworm

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My daughter is reading Fablehaven for school and spends about 40 minutes a day reading.  I’ve been wanting to test how my 50mm f/1.4 lens performs in low-light so I had her put my iPhone in her book to light up her face.  I turned off all ambient light and was pretty impressed with how well the lens performed.  The image was captured hand held at 1/15 second, f/1.4 at ISO 3200.

Project[52] – four

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My theme for this week was to capture something related to the Superbowl.  I wasn’t able capture an image of the actual game on Sunday or the food we devoured but thanks to my family I was able to pull something together Monday evening.  The image isn’t my best work but when you have just a few minutes you work with what you have.  I would have added a bit more fill light on the entertainment center to even out the lighting.

Smith Family 2010

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I’ve heard the saying: “A plumbers toilet is always clogged”, meaning he’s busy taking care of other people plumbing problems that he doesn’t have time to take care of his own toilets.  Not sure where I’m heading with this but it’s been eight years since we’ve had our family portrait taken “professionally”.  Things happen and before you know it winter has arrived and it’s too late so we end up waiting and it never gets done.  We finally were able to do it this fall, I asked my good friend Nate if he would be willing to photograph my family.  I enjoy his photography style and he was able to work his magic and capture some great moments of my family.  It was interesting to be on the other side of the lens and watch Nate work.  I included my favorite of the set that will most likely be made into a canvas to hang in our family room.
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