You all know Lorin from a lot of my posts this summer. Her & I have been best friends for almost 10 years & still going strong. Our friendship has transformed into so much more over the past year. She has been there for me & the things I’ve gone through. She’s pushed me & motivated me while building my photography business. She truly has been an amazing friend & while she has been there for me through it all she has had her own challenges.
This last year for her hasn’t been easy. Really, it’s been far from that. But her strength through all she’s dealt with astonishes me. It’s amazing how far you’ll go to protect your child & she has done just that. She has gone to the end of the earth to do all she can. She has lived her life day by day trying not to fear the outcome of the future. She wipes away her tears & loves Koiya with all the love she has.
Watching her this last year has proven to me anything is possible. Although I can’t compare her situation to me starting my own business, I can say that her constant positive attitude & outlook on life has really proved to me that what I am doing is possible… if I remain positive & remember that I can do it. She has helped me become a stronger person in so many ways because she is the strongest person I know.
I finally got to do some family photos of them. We did them up at Silver Lake which is a spot I’d been wanting to venture to. They came out perfectly. I seriously love these two so much!
I have this ongoing joke that she is my Anne & I am her Leslie. If you’ve watched Parks & Rec you’ll understand the personalities of the characters I speak of. If you haven’t watched it (like Lorin… I know)… well… you should. Lorin, like Anne is the reasonable one. She always is there to calm me down & make me think realistically. I’m a dreamer full of big ideas & plans…. I already have our summer 2016 planned out, don’t judge! We should basically play Anne & Leslie for real. But I guess all I can have is the names… Lorin will be my Anne & I’ll be her Leslie. Forever.
I love best friends & friendships in general. Drop a comment below & tell me what makes your best friend perfect for you!
I’ve throw together my first ever mini session. I’m officially in love with them. I get to use all my creativity & create something super fun & take pictures adorable kids. The adorable kids in the photos bellow are my kids… they make the perfect models.
As much as I love offering my services & wonderful experience that I provide when working with my clients I also love sharing my tips, tricks & the way I create what I love (& what I hope you love too). As you follow me & my photography career I will always be more than willing to share my experiences, secrets & ides with you that way you can learn from me, my mistakes & my accomplishments. With all that being said I’ll dive in & share how I created my Spooky Mini Session.
It was simple to put together. My house has nice natural lighting & beautiful flooring so all my studio setting photos are in my house. I hung up multiple layers of cobweb on my wall & cut out black bats using this template. I let Adalie pick out a few pumpkins from Trader Joe’s & set them in the background. I grabbed little bottles & the chest from Hobby Lobby & the hand bowl is from Target. Add some dry ice & you have the perfect Halloween setting. I got the template for my advertising on Etsy. I am no graphic designer so I always head to Etsy for anything that is beyond my skill level!
I’ve had countless photoshoots with kids this summer & have come to discover that they are happiest when they are doing something fun. You’ll get real & authentic moments from them if you give them something to do & capture all of the fun they’re having. What’s more fun than getting photos of your children being children?
I can’t wait to share all of the mini session photos with you all later on & I can promise you that this is just the beginning. Mini sessions are going to be a regular for me! For now enjoy my adorable little models making some magical potion that they probably hoped would turn me into a frog.
How cute are my models? They always do a great job with my constant photography needs. If you haven’t booked a session yet shoot me an email at email@example.com & we’ll lock it down! If you feel like creating your own little photoshoot with your babes it’s easier than you think. Do it & hashtag your photos with #craftfoodlove so I can see all the adorableness!
Have you ever done a mini session? If so, what are some tips you’ve learned from doing them?
I love summer but usually I am ready for fall & winter to roll in once September comes around. This year was different. I truly would have been delighted if summer lasted forever. We got to spend so many of our summer days with our best friends. It was truly the best.
Over Labor Day we finished up our summer with our final trip to Flaming Gorge. We had such a blast taking the kids out on the boat & enjoying our last moments of summer 2015. We watched fire works & their annual boat parade. We swam. We fished. We took it all in before we had to admit to ourselves that summer was truly over.
I didn’t get many photos on our trip but I got enough to show how much fun we had. I am already preparing the agenda for summer 2016. I hope Lorin & Matt are ready for another epic summer!
I know I say it all the time but I truly feel lucky to have all these amazing people in my life. My summers, weekends & days wouldn’t be complete without all of them. Our adventures our grand & there are so many more to come.
Drop a comment below & tell me how you finish off your summer!
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.
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!
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?
I don’t know about you but I’m the kind of girl that has an outfit of the month. One outfit that I tend to love for a whole month. So I decided that I would give you one outfit each month that’s been my favorite. My outfits will also tie into my photography as well. The outfits you see each month will be my favorite to wear casually but also my favorite outfits to do shoots in.
This outfit is simple… & I’ll be honest it’s more my outfit of the summer than the month. I have loved it for shoots because the top is simple & airy, my pants & boots give me good protection when wondering through weeds & plants searching for the right spot to shoot from. I got the boots at the beginning of this summer & promised my husband I would wear them all the time. I held strong to that promise & have worn them so much that I’ll probably need a new pair for next summer… someone find my husband & convince him of that!
I usually pair this outfit with a purplish lip which I think contrasts nicely with the teal top. My hair is curled all the time because it’s easy & cute. I ALWAYS bring a hair tie with me on shoots… not just on shoots but everywhere I go. If you can’t tell I have so much hair & it can get warm underneath all of that so I always make sure I have something to throw it up in.
Here is the outfit of the month… simple, fun & cute.
I’m lucky enough to have a photographer as a husband so finding someone to drag around & take photos of me is easy. He is always so willing to help me out & keep pushing me along. I truly am lucky to have such a great man in my life. Plus, look at the adorable boots he got me… that makes him a keeper for sure!
Button Down | Boots | Jeans | Hair Tie
Are you an outfit of the month kind of person? Or do you constantly change up your outfits? Drop a comment bellow & tell me!
WARNING: If fake male parts are not your thing you might want to skip this post!
I wanted to throw the best party I could for the best sister ever & I think I successfully accomplished that with the help of my best friend. In one of my previous posts I talked about Manila, Utah & our favorite lake, Flaming George. We ventured out that way again for my sister’s party. Lorin & I were having our first girls weekend away from the babies for the first time so we all knew we were in for a good time.
We told the girls we weren’t going to be able to take the boat out & surprised them in the morning with it. It worked out perfectly & was hilarious. We had a boat slip for the weekend & told the girls we were just going to head to the dock to drink a mimosa before going to the beach on the for the day. As we were walking down the dock Lorin stopped at our boat & said “Hey!!! This boat looks cool… Let’s see what’s in it.” She starts unsnapping the cover & all the girls were baffled my sister said something like “Lorin, I know you’re crazy… but not this crazy.” A minute later we told them it was our boat for the weekend & they were so excited. I think all three of them were about to leave Lorin & I on the dock to have their own party before we told them the truth.
Our day started out just us five boating around, wakeboarding & swimming. We beached the boat when we saw a storm blowing & hangout until it passed by. We had lunch & played a couple of our bachelorette party games we got. The storm blew in decently heavy so we made ourselves a little shelter in the boat & hung out, sang rap song & danced for a good two hours. When the storm passed & we were safe to move on we boated around for a bit & headed back to the dock.
I made us all pink kimonos & my sister a white floral one. I wanted it to be very obvious that something awesome was going on. It worked. When we got back to the docks people were yelling “HEY! THERE’S THE PINK LADIES!” We were a hit. Suddenly we were playing our bachelorette party games with 60 people, getting free drinks & made our way onto a yacht for an epic dance party & a swim at the rope swing.
I wish I would have gotten a little more photos than I did. But I was far too taken in by all the fun to pull my camera out. Anyway! Enjoy the photos & I will have the links to all of the games & fun things we got at the bottom of the post.
I am so glad my sister is surrounded by so many loving people & has some of the best friends ever. The weekend really was perfect & so much fun. I think we need a yearly girls trip! Minus all the fake penises. I also made awesome Swag Bags for the girls. I will have a post with all the details on that later on this month. So watch for it!
I am a huge girls girl & that’s my favorite part about going to a bachelorette party. A bunch of fun & wild girls getting crazy together. Drop a comment bellow & tell me what your favorite thing about bachelorette parties is!
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