Saturday, August 30, 2014

Beckham // Cake Smash

The Beckham festivities continue with a gloriously messy cake smash in honor of this little guy and his first year!

If it looks like he's having too much fun in these photos... it's because he was. So much fun he needed a little break, haha.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Beckham // 1 Year Session

Can you believe it?? Sweet little Beckham boy is already a year old!
I have loved watching him grow into his spunky personality. He's one of the only babies I know that is all smiles all the time. And boy can he run!

I've said this over and over, but I'll say it again. I. Love. This. Family! They are some of the kindest, most gregarious, and genuinely FUN people I know! They make me excited to be a parent someday so that our kids can grow up together and be best friends as kids, just like Alex and I were :)

Beckham's first birthday is two-fold. We did a session on his birthday with him and his cute parents where we aimed for wild, fun photos that showed off his little personality. The next day I had the opportunity to photograph his birthday party and cake smash! So keep an eye out for those photos as well :)


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Something Free

I'm wrapping up my first "Something" series of posts with a free desktop wallpaper!
If you're anything like me you downloaded a sick pic off the interwebs when you first got your phone or computer and it has been the same image since day one.
If you're anything like my 7 year old brother though, you change that baby on the daily.

In either scenario, its time for a fresh update!

Here's some sweet sweet pics I took of my grandpa's Mammillaria Spinosissima.
That's latin for "adorable cactus with a ring of hot pink flowers that your heart just can't even"

I've included several different sizes for your computer or smart phone.
So uh, here's what they look like, and links are below!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Something Wild

I've been spending a lot of time reconnecting with nature the past few months and it has done amazing things for my health. I had no idea the impact that the wild would have on my countenance, my outlook, and my overall well-being. My dear friend Kayleigh has been showing us all sorts of awesome spots throughout the Wasatch and Uintas. Here's a panorama (vertirama) of Hidden Falls.


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Something Pretty

This past month I've been pushing myself to take my camera with me everywhere.
It might seem silly that I don't always have it with me...
It's heavy
It's expensive
It's my primary tool for my job
I don't want anything to happen to it.
And in that statement alone I realized my flawed logic.

I don't want anything to happen to it.
As a photographer I should want ALL THE THINGS to happen to my camera. Or, rather, with my camera.

I take hundreds of photos on my iPhone. Cool shadows, my nieces, my knitting, selfies, landscapes.
So its not that there isn't anything to photograph.

Sometimes I rationalize that I'm so busy with photoshoots that I need to give myself a break from my DSLR so I don't get sick of it.
That's terrible.
I love photography. That's never going to happen.

What's going to happen is,
I'm going to end up with beautiful, high-quality photographs of all the lovely things in my life.
And that's awesome.
So here's what I came up with.
I've been looking for a way I can share my non-business photos.
The photos I take for me.

I'll be sharing Something Pretty, Something Wild, Something Free.
The first post will be something I find to be beautiful. I'll challenge myself to find this something throughout the week to share.
The second will be something Wild. I've taken up hiking, camping, and backpacking this summer and I've invested in a pack that will safely cradle my camera as I adventure on. I've seen so many beautiful and inspiring things on my hikes and trips that I would love to share. I hope you'll find these as delightful as I do.
And lastly, something free. This is where I'll be posting things for you. Whether its a deeply fabulous desktop wallpaper that inspires you, a quote I love (sized and ready to print!), a drawing for a free mini session, or anything I come up with that I'd like to share. This post is a little less specific than the other two so I'm going to let it become what it wants to be as we go along.

So with that: Here goes.
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This is my drop spindle. I use it to make yarn. I've had it for almost 5 years.
This spindle was hand-crafted by my friend Elizabeth who owns Greensleeves Spindles

I've always wanted to photograph it, but I've been too intimidated. This spindle was the whole reason I decided to take up spinning. I was working the Snake River Fiber Fair because my aunt was a vendor. I was unboxing these spindles to display and I was mesmerized by its beautiful, exotic shimmer. The drop spindle was so perfectly turned and I had never seen wood transition between two different colors like that. I felt a sinking in my stomach as I came back to reality and realized it was going on display for sale. I had to have it. I tried spinning once before when I was 8. Surely if I could do it then, I could do it now.

I've spun several mini skeins of yarn with it and it has been such a joy to work with. I thank this little guy all the time for inspiring me to become the fiber artist I am today.
The reason I haven't taken the time to properly photograph it until now is because I never thought that a photograph could do it justice. I was right. However, I think this image comes quite close ;)

I photographed this in my studio. The background is a wall I painted with black chalkboard paint. I love that it gives me a nice, deep slate to work with. I have a medium-sized softbox attached to a strobe lighting it from the right. The softbox allows for smooth wrap-around light. I held a white fill card on the left to help separate the dark wood from the black background. This helps define the edge of the spindle top and shaft. I'm holding the spindle up with my toes ;)

Shot using a Nikon D7000 with a 35mm 1.8 lens.
I was at f 4.0 and 1/200th of a second.
Edited in Lightroom and sized and sharpened in Photoshop.

Thanks for letting me share this with you