Styled Elopement Photography Session | Orange County Wedding Photographer

So I realized I never blogged this styled elopement photography session and and I'm kicking myself because this shoot was EVERYTHING! My sister-in-law and fellow rockstar photographer Christy Miller and I started putting the details for this shoot together before I even got to CA (a Christmas vacay trip to Orange County). When we were hashing out details for this elopement inspired session, one of my favorite OC models Peyton Elroy came to mind. I'm so glad she could be apart of this shoot! We asked if she had a man and if he'd come along... hahaha well she does! His name is Tyler and as you'll see he has an INSANE head of hair! When Christy, our HMUA Heather and I saw his mane for the first time we FREAKED. Like I would KILL for hair like that. I'm only a little jealous. All of the details for this shoot fell together perfectly. Heather Nitta rocked hair and makeup for Peyton and Tyler (KILLER man bun though), Christy not only shot alongside me for this shoot but she put florals together and totally nailed it. And of course Peyton and Tyler were their good looking and totally in love selves. We all met up at Bolsa Chica State Beach and bore the chilly weather for this shoot and it was SO worth it. The gorgeous golden hour light and ocean breeze added the movement and relaxed feel we had envisioned. It couldn't have been more perfect. Scroll through the gallery to see my fave snaps from this shoot!

Provo City Center Temple Wedding | Krystal + Eduardo

 

You guys... I'm a horrible blogger! I literally haven't blogged since I blogged this sweet couple's engagement session. But, what's a better way than to come back with their wedding! My sweet couple Krystal and Eduardo are married! They sealed the deal for time and all eternity in the Provo City Center Temple. I feel so blessed that I got to be a part of their special day. We started with their first look. Eduardo's reaction to seeing Krystal in her dress for the first time was priceless. It was SO hard to hold back tears while capturing this on camera. One of the sweetest things I've ever witnessed throughout my career. We took some time before their sealing to get some bridal shots around temple grounds so they could relax and have fun before the craziness! Then, I waited with their family and friends for them to exit the temple as husband and wife for the first time. Their families are just as kind and welcoming as they are. Also, Krystal and Eduardo met on their mission, so their mission president and his wife, and lots of their companions were their to show their love and support, how special is that?? After they came out of the temple, we took photos of all of their family and friends. Everyone was so excited for them. This sweet couple is loved and cared for by so many amazing people, it was so great to see. After group photos, we took a few moments to get some last of the staple temple ground photos. The Provo City Center Temple is such a beautiful symbol of the commitment Krystal and Eduardo have made to each other for eternity, so you really can't get enough photos of it :) I feel so lucky I got to capture this amazing day for Krystal and Eduardo! Congratulations guys <3

Provo City Temple Wedding | Provo City Center Temple Wedding Photographer | Utah Valley Wedding Photographer

Great Salt Lake Engagement Session | Utah Wedding Photographer

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to share this amazing session! I continue to be so amazed by God's creations, especially in Utah! This Great Salt Lake Engagement session is definitely one of my faaaaaves. Technically, this was two sessions because we came back another day because some people decided they wanted to party at Saltair.... hahaha, but I'm not mad. More time with this fun couple! I had so much fun getting to know Krystal and Eduardo. Krystal is one of the sweetest human beings I ever met. She immediately greeted me with the biggest hug and I just love people that like that that are so kind and loving, and Eduardo is the perfect kind, sweet and funny match to Krystal. When I was around them, I didn't feel like I was taking pictures, it totally felt like we were just hanging out! Their energy and lovebird vibes made these photos even more awesome. You can see how in love they are in these pictures for sure :) So excited for these two to tie the knot next year! ♥

Great Salt Lake Engagement Session | Saltair Engagement Session | Utah Engagement Session

Brigham Young University | Couples Session

Hi everyone, back again with another blog post with another cute couple! I met up with my new friends Kaitlyn and Ben on Brigham Young University campus for their session... I had no idea a university campus could be this gorgeous! Like are you for real?? That light and fall colors are killing meeeee. 

Kaitlyn and Ben were some of the first people we met when we moved to Utah, once Kaitlyn and I found out we were both photographers, we clicked! They are such a fun couple and they are such great friends! I had soooo much fun taking these pictures for them, thanks Kaitlyn and Ben for being so insanely perfect in front of my camera! ♥

 

Brigham Young University Session | Utah Couples Photographer

Salt Flats Engagements | Utah Wedding Photographer

Hi friends! I need to tell you about this salt flats engagements session... it was an adventure and one to remember! I'm seriously so in love with these images... I could NOT wait to share them!

Cecy is one of my friends and former coworkers back in California! She and her fiance Andrew were visiting Utah, so it worked out perfectly for me to take their engagement pictures! We decided on the Bonneville Salt Flats for their engagements! So I met up with them in Salt Lake City where they were staying and we started our road trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats!

It was about a 2 hour drive from SLC to the salt flats. Along the way, we saw gorgeous mountains, tons of other salt patches, and even the Morton salt plant! So in case you were wondering, that's where your salt comes from haha. 

We arrived at the rest stop and walked onto the Bonneville Salt Flats... what a gorgeous sight to see! I didn't realize how bright it was going to be when we got there, so we took a few pics, and then planned to snag some dinner and then come back closer to sunset.

We drove to the border and snagged some Subway sandwiches and then were on our way back to the salt flats. So here's where it gets crazy. Driving back to the flats, I accidentally missed the exit... No big deal, right? Wrong. The next exit wasn't for THIRTY MILES! So I started freaking out at this point. I was scared we weren't going to make it back in time for sunset, and we'd driven all this way and we might not even get to shoot at the salt flats? I was apologizing non-stop and on the verge of tears. 

But I decided we were going to make it work. I drove at not legal MPH to get to this exit, and I rushed to the other side of the freeway. As I sped back towards the Bonneville Salt Flats, I realized the sad truth that we would not make it in time for sunset. On the way to the salt flats are other patches of salt though, so I drove and drove until I found another patch of salt that was perfect. We pulled to the side of the road and rushed to start our session. 

As soon as I stepped out of the car I knew this was going to be an AMAZING session. The light was absolute perfection, the view of the mountains was to die for and the salt was perfect and white. Basically a winter wonderland. As I kept sinking my feet into the salt, I kept snapping shots of these love birds and I'm honestly so grateful for how this situation turned out. I love these pictures so much and I'm so thankful to Cecy and Andrew for coming on this journey with me!

So some pictures are at the Bonneville Salt Flats, but the sunset images where on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere! This was absolutely crazy, but I got some EPIC shots and an awesome story to tell! Thank you Cecy and Andrew for letting me capture this special time in your lives! Congratulations to you both ♥

 

Salt Flats Engagements | Utah Wedding Photographer | Utah Couples Photographer

Beginner's Camera Gear | BHP Education Series

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Hi friends! Welcome to the BHP Education Series! I've had a few people express interest in getting started in photography, and I want to help! I've been wanting to do a series like this for a while and I'm so excited to be writing this first post!

In this post, I'm going to be talking about:

The best and most affordable gear to get you started and the BEST way to edit your photos.

In future posts I plan to cover:

Shooting in manual mode
Lighting
Composition
Posing
and more!

Soooo.... Let's get started!

A Beginner's Camera Gear Checklist:

A DSLR camera body (the point and shoot you took MySpace selfies on in 2007 isn't going to get you the results you're looking for)
A DSLR camera lens(es)
Memory cards (you can't take pictures and get them on your computer without them)
A camera strap (the one that comes with your camera will be just fine when you're starting out)
A total kick-butt editing program so your pictures look awesomeeee

OK! So let's go into more detail about all the things you will need!

The camera body: 

You will need a DSLR camera body. When I say body, I mean the camera without the lens. All DSLR cameras use interchangeable lenses. A DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera is going to give you those high quality, high resolution images that you're looking for. When you're shopping for a DSLR camera, you're going to find two different kinds: crop sensor and full frame cameras. I'll talk about the difference between the two in another post, but when you're just starting out, a crop sensor is going to be more affordable and will be just perfect to learn on!

Now, you've probably heard the big debate... Canon or Nikon? Totally up to YOU! 
 Whether you invest in Canon or Nikon gear is completely personal preference. One is not better than the other. I'd recommend renting both and seeing which you like better and is easier for you to operate.

The two cameras below are both under $500 with a kit lens (a beginner's lens) on Amazon. But if you're looking to save a little cash money, you can always buy used, refurbished, or on Greentoe, a website where you can name your own price on camera gear! Both of these cameras, or older models in the same series are all perfect for learning on.

Canon Rebel T6

Canon Rebel T6

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

The lens:

Most starter DSLRs will come with an 18-55mm lens (also called a kit lens), and while it's ok, there are a few better options that will give your images that extra somethin' somethin'. The lenses I'm about to tell you about are called prime lenses. Prime means that they do not zoom and are one focal length. This makes the lens sharper, and the background behind the subject will be blurrier, which is always dreamy. When I started out, I bought a camera body that didn't come with a lens and I bought a prime lens, this made a HUGE difference. Even then, I believe getting a lens besides the one the camera comes with is worth the couple extra hundred dollars. Here are my recommendations:

 

Canon 50mm 1.8

Canon 50mm 1.8

Nikon 50mm 1.8

Nikon 50mm 1.8

The memory cards:

Before I get into anything else... Do NOT skimp on your memory cards!! These babies hold precious cargo... If a cheap cards craps out on you... Bye bye beautiful images... and what if that happened with someone's wedding images? That's every photographers worst nightmare.

Do stick with high quality brands! The top two are Lexar and SanDisk. I don't have personal experience with Lexar but the reviews are mixed... so I personally stick with SanDisk and I would recommend you do the same.

So there are 2 kinds of memory cards. SD and CF cards.
Some cameras take one, some take the other, some take both (these cameras are ideal for weddings, because you have 2 copies of the images in case one of the cards corrupts.)

Whatever cards your camera takes, get good ones! You will see on your memory cards something along the lines of "100 mb/s". This is the card's reading speed. This basically determines how fast you can take your pictures. The faster your reading speed is, the more pictures you can take in a row without your camera stopping to load. I personally wouldn't go below 80 mb/s, for weddings especially when you have to capture quick moments.
Check out these cards, these are my favorite and have never given me any trouble.
 

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Last but certainly not least, editing software:

All you will ever need in life is LIGHTROOM (and Photoshop here and there). I would marry Lightroom if I could (fingers crossed my hubs doesn't read this post) but Lightroom will change your life. It's made by Adobe, the same peeps who make Photoshop. 

How is Lightroom different than Photoshop?
Photoshop is meant to fix skin, images in the background, and other little details.
Lightroom changes your exposure, colors, tones and so much more. The best part is, you can edit a photo how you want, save that edit as a preset and then copy and paste it to all of your images at ONCE! Huge time saver and makes all your images consistent. Plus, if you shoot your images in raw file format, it can change an image like this:

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You MIGHT be able to do all of this in Photoshop.. but that would take you a MILLION times longer and you'd have to do it over and over to each image... Ain't nobody got time for that!

I HIGHLY recommend the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan, you get Lightroom and Photoshop for 9.99/month! It's a sick deal, and I swear by these programs, especially Lightroom.

That's it for this first blog post! I hope you learned something, and if you have any questions, PLEASE shoot me an email! I'd LOVE to help you! Happy shooting friends! 

Provo City Center Temple | Styled Bridal Session

You guys... Can I just say I'm having the BEST time in Utah?? So many beautiful places and beautiful people to shoot! Speaking of beautiful people, let me tell you a little bit about the people in today's blog post!

These are my dear friends Carie and Zac. They are the first friends I made here in Utah! When I was looking for an apartment for Christian and I earlier this year, Carie reached out to me and told me they'd be moving out of their apartment around the same time we'd be moving to Utah. We kept in touch over the months and just a few weeks ago we moved into their old apartment! In just the last few weeks we've known them they've become really close and amazing friends of ours! They are honestly just the best ♥ 

So Carie had the idea of doing a styled bridal shoot and I was SOOO excited! Carie got her hands on a GORGEOUS Elizabeth Cooper gown and she's actually wearing the headpiece I wore on my wedding day, handcrafted by my mother ♥ These two got all dolled up and we headed to Provo City Center Temple, my new FAVORITE temple! I'm a little obsessed. While we were on temple grounds, multiple people kept telling Carie and Zac "Congratulations!" (In case you haven't caught on, Carie and Zac are already married) so we got a big kick out of this! Haha! 

As time got closer to sunset, we headed to Provo Canyon and let me just tell you, I fall in love with the Utah mountains more and more everyday! Sunset was incredible and it really added to the images!

We shot all the way to sunset, and then all of us went and got In N Out... What? Shooting makes me hungry! Hehe. 

 

Provo City Center Temple | Styled Bridal Session | Utah Wedding Photographer

Young Living Lavender Farm Session | Utah Couples Photographer

Hi friends! The blog is back! I've recently moved to Provo, Utah! Before arriving here from Cali, I was soooo excited to shoot in the beautiful scenery Utah has to offer. Young Living Lavender Farm is gorgeous. I'm obsessed! Pretty lavender, gorgeous skies and a cute couple are all I need. Speaking of cute couples, this is Sam and Connor. Sam and Connor were in my stake back home in California. They moved to Utah a while before we did, and when I found out we'd be moving close by, we had to make a session happen! And boy, I'm glad we did! Sam picked out the perfect location. On our drive to Mona where the lavender farm is, we saw storm and thunder ahead of us and got scared our session wasn't going to happen, but the closer we got to the farm, the clearer the skies got! We lucked out and this session is perrrrrf. Sam and Connor are just naturally so loving, silly and cute, and needed little direction, I just let them do their thing and it was perfect. My first Utah session couldn't have been any more amazing! I miss California, but Utah is slowly growing on me ♥

Young Living Lavender Farm Session | Utah Couples Photographer | Utah Wedding Photographer