Newborn Photos | Tessa Fonseca

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I am so in love with this newborn session I recently did with little Tessa. As I mentioned in my post last week I would be posting Tessa’s newborn photos today. I can’t get over how perfectly they came out. She was such a dream. She was just two weeks old when we did these photos & I realized why they say you should do your newborn photos within the first ten days… after the ten days they don’t squish up & mold as easily. It seems little newborns quickly realize that they can stretch out & have all the space in the world.

Even though I couldn’t form her into little Tessa balls the photos still came out so nicely. I used my living room with all natural lighting for these photos. One other thing I learned through this shoot was the way to face the little babe. I should have faced her toward the window so all the light was falling directly on her instead of the side of her. Even still, she’s a total dream & I am insanely happy with how they all came out.
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Isn’t she the cutest thing in the world? I can’t thank Lisa & Tony enough for all of the photos they let me take of their little family this year. I can’t wait for all the photo adventures to come & to watch little Tessa grow into the beautiful little girl I know she’ll be.

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What are some of your favorite newborn poses? Drop a comment bellow & let’s chat!

xoxo//a

Bridals: Little Sister

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I can truly thank my sister for the journey I am currently on… Matt & I got a DSLR camera in May & I shot her engagements the same month. After that I fell in love with the art of photography. I have always been a creative person & photography has been a great mix of creativity as well as customer service. Two things that I am very passionate about.

My sister was generous enough to put her trust in me for her engagements as well as her bridals. Both were very big learning experiences for me. I had this big dream of heading out to some lavender fields for her bridals. So… my best friend/assistant for the night, little sister & I packed up & drove out to Mona, Utah to take lavender field photos. Lesson number one; the lavender fields are owned by Young Living & there is a $50.00 per hour fee to use them & they get cut down the end of July. Somehow I had no idea the fields were owned… you’d think the perfect lines in the lavender would have given it away. Lesson two; the sun goes away. Fast. I already knew this… but I got a firm reminder while we were driving around like crazy people trying to find a different spot to shoot. The light was fading quickly & the overcast skies were not helping my situation. Lesson number three; it’s either the sky or your subject. Because it was overcast I tried to really capture the beauty in the sky which made my sister too dark. I was bummed I didn’t realize this as we were shooting but what’s done is done & I did get amazing shots of her with the sky looking incredible.

We ended up stopping at a field that had a barbwire fence around it with one part fallen down & decided that was our spot. It was really hilarious seeing all three of us try to get over the fence, carry the dress over &  try not to die or get shot (Mel told us that there was a chance the people that owned the property might shoot us for trespassing). Luckily we all made it in & out safe.

We had so much fun on our little road trip to take these. Things didn’t go as planned but we made the most out of the situation & I learned an insane amount about photography & the style that I am striving for.

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In the photo above Mel was totally sitting behind my sister & throwing her veil. It was hilarious & my sister was trying so hard not to laugh as I’m standing behind my camera busting up. I seriously love these girls so much & am so glad they’re apart of my life. Now, enjoy some wonderful selfies we took at the end of our adventure!


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Sometimes things don’t work out but you make the best of what you have. Is there a situation you’ve experienced that you had to make it work regardless of the challenges you were facing?

xoxo//a

Family Photos: Nikki, Brady & Rowan

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These two high school sweet hearts killed me with their adorableness a few weeks ago. We had limited time to shoot because the sun was moving away quickly & baby Rowan wasn’t super stoked on pictures. But my goodness. They are seriously the cutest family.

Nikki & I went through Junior High & High School together. I remember meeting Brady a few times throughout the years. They always seemed so comfortable with one another. Like everything was perfectly aligned when together. It has been about ten years since I have seen these two together & it was still the same. Their true love for one another shined so bright. I loved seeing that their connection has grown so much stronger as the years have passed. Plus, they added little baby Rowan… who seriously is such a little babe. Look at his little face!
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We ended up standing around chatting more than anything & I am truly thankful for that. I already adore this little family so much & can’t wait for future adventures with them.

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I am surprised I got as many smiling photos as I did out of  little Rowan. Little babes truly have their own agenda. What are some tricks that you have as photographers/parents to get little ones to laugh or smile?

xoxo//a

Maternity Photoshoot: Lisa Fonseca

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Lisa & I were best friends in early high school & some of my silliest memories come from hanging out with her. One of my fondest is chilling in her front yard for close to two hours acting like we were Stewart from MADtv. We would make ourselves laugh so hard & honestly… if other people saw us or heard what we were laughing at they’d think we were two complete idiots. Because of our silly history I was so excited to go out & capture some of her silliness with her & her adorable baby tummy!

Lisa & Tony have been together for awhile now & I knew a little babe was soon to come for them. Lisa makes one beautiful pregnant momma & Tony seems to be the most supportive, loving & amazing husband. He made her laugh with his little remarks. He held her hand & opened the door for her. Their love for one another shined so much throughout my short time with them. I am truly excited for their future as a mom & dad. I know that they’ll make amazing parents.

We went to a little park in American Fork for our photos. There was little trail, a lot of trees & some tall wheat. All of that plus the cutest pregnant girl made for perfect photos.

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As I’m growing into my photography style I am learning that I LOVE close up shots. I want to get cozy with my client & get all the little details. I also love capturing the pure love between two people. The random moments where they’re doing something cute that I just snap. I truly am loving the direction I am going & loving all the amazing people I get to work with.

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When working with people I find it hard to get them to relax sometimes. What are some of your tips to get real smiles or laughs out of people?

xoxo//a

Photoshoot: Evan’s Family Photos

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I am so excited to share these family photos with you all. Everything about them turned out perfectly. The lighting is magical, they are a gorgeous family & little Rykan is seriously the cutest kid ever. He is four years old & like most four year old kids there was a bit of bribing that went on to get those smile… but goodness, isn’t it the cutest smile ever?

The photos I got of just Amber are by far my favorite. The way the sun shines through her lace dress & her cute belly. In these photos she’s 38 weeks along, can you believe that? She looks amazing! I could tell baby Thea was sitting really low (They’re having a little girl & naming her Thea. Too cute, I know.) & I for sure thought I might throw her into labor by making her hike up little hills & track through bushes & tall weeds.

This shoot made me fall even further in love with photography. I have truly found my calling. 26 years later but I found it. I love working with people & engaging in a special moment with them. I love chatting with the little kids & capturing their silly sides. I am passionate about good customer service & love using my creativity as much as I can. As a photographer I get to use both of those. I can’t wait for my future & I can’t wait to share it all with you!
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This little family is about to become my extended family. Zach is the brother of my future brother-in-law. So in just a few short weeks we will all be family. I can’t wait & I definitely can’t wait to meet, hold & snuggle that little baby Thea. I’ll leave you with the two most magical maternity photos you’ve ever seen!

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I wish I could bottle this lighting up & keep it forever. What are your tips in finding the perfect lighting? Tell me in a comment bellow!

xoxo//a

Wedding Reception: Marlowe & Kroneberger

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One thing most of you don’t know about me is that I work at Snowbird Summer & Ski Resort part time. I have worked there for eight years. They have been an amazing company to work for that has taught me so much & have done everything they can to work with when I became a momma. While working there I have made many amazing friends. Riley is one of those friends I have been lucky enough to meet. I was so excited for him when he said he was getting married & he was nice enough to let me come & take photos of his reception.

I knew the reception was going to be at Little America in downtown Salt Lake City & I was really hoping the reception would be outdoors. I am definitely a natural light photographer so when I got to the reception location I was faced with a challenge of different lighting than I have ever worked with. I was working without a flash which made it a bit difficult. I had to find the right angles & spots to shoot that gave me enough light for my shots.

Even with the challenge of lighting I think I got some amazing photos. I got to really capture the fun of their wedding. Their friends & family are so silly & a blast to photograph. Riley & Kandy are surrounded by amazing people who all truly love them. Their wedding wasn’t a huge wedding with hundreds of people it was full of the people that they love & care for. Through the night I watched Riley & Kandy interact with every single one of their guests for toasts, hugs & dances. The love surrounding them in that room is what I hope every bride & groom can experience.
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I walked with Riley’s dad outside to wait for the firetruck. His dad is a firefighter & they were leaving the night on a firetruck. The excitement he had about doing this for his son & new daughter was radiating through him. He was so proud & happy to be able to share something so special to him with two very special people.

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Wedding photography is a whole new experience that I am so excited to be apart of. Any wedding photographers out there?What are some tips you have on working with challenging lighting?

xoxo//a

Heimueller Family Photos

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I haven’t done much of an introduction on here so here it is!  I’m Ali but go by Alexandria on all my social media accounts. It’s my birth name & never have much of a chance to use it so I use it there. I am a photographer, DIYer & so many other things things in between. I love to love & seriously have the most incredible family.

My husband is Matt. He’s the tall handsome one. We have been married three years & have many more to go. If you read our text messages you’d think we are a newly dating couple. We say every single one of these phrases to one another daily… “I love you.” “I miss you.” “You’re amazing.” & “How did I get so lucky to be with you?”. Our love for one another is constantly growing. I truly found my soul mate.

Adalie is our oldest. She is obsessed with princesses, talking on her “phone” with nana & telling all of us what to do… I have no idea where she got her bossiness from. Stella is my youngest. She loves to give kisses, be tickled, pull the dogs hair & play in the dog bowls. Adalie & Stella have just started to really interact with one another. Which is so fun to watch. They play, hold hands & laugh together. I remember dreaming of that day & it is finally here. How do they grow so quickly?

For our family photos I dragged Matt & the kids up to Alta. It was overcast, rainy & the wind was decently bad. When we found a spot to shoot the wind & rain went away for a good thirty minutes just enough time for us to get some great photos!

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Everyday when I wake up I wake up to these three. How did I get so lucky? I seriously feel so blessed to have all of them in my life. To call all of them my own.

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I love taking family pictures. It’s such a fun way to remember your family right at that time. When is your favorite time of year for family photos?

xoxo//a