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Miss A. | Utah County Child Photographer

Thursday, June 25, 2015
My sweet big girl turned 5! My lucky kids, they get yearly photoshoots. And I couldn't have gotten better troopers. She wanted to bring two different dresses- you know, to get a variety and all. 

She had so much fun swinging and twirling and smiling for mommy. As I type this post and she looks at her pictures she says, "going on that swing on your tummy is not a good idea." Ya, she kinda fell in the dirt. 

I eventually ran out of space on my SD card, not planning to snap so many pictures- but crazy girl wanted more. I'm not sure where I got such a girly girl but I sure love it. These photos captured my beautiful girl's spunky, happy, innocent personality. 

Treasured photos are the goal. They are the best.




and because I'm in love with her in black and white. Her face just shines!


* My daughter and I made her flower crown from a carnation her grandma gave her a week prior at her preschool graduation. Keeping it special. Prop DIY coming soon!
*Location: A golden spot in Orem by the lake. The swing was placed next to a public path. Though it's swarmed by masses of gnats, it's one of my top favorite places now.

Outdoor Swing Re-do | Utah County Photographer

Thursday, June 18, 2015
One of the best neighbors of all time gave my kids this hand-me-down swing when we lived in Tooele. It had been very loved and well used. It didn't take long for my kids to stand on the back bar and bend it, and tear through one of the seats. They used it so much that despite it's shape I couldn't bring myself to give it up. So I tried to get creative. Since I'd love to use this as a prop for child portraits (it already has plans to participate in a 2-year-old's session!), I thought I'd share my how-to here on the blog.

Torn, rusted, and faded. It did have buckles which was nice when my little boy was smaller, but I had to ditch them for my new so-called "design". 


My cute little handy-man helped me take it apart. He organized my screws in a nice pile- you're welcome to follow his lead if you'd like. ;)

Since it was rusted, I took steel wool and gave it a good rubbing. It kinda made the swing shine again. But it needed the upgrade, so on we went. 

I guess I'm a spray can hoarder because I didn't even need to purchase any for this! I used Dark Walnut Satin with primer. 





I've done projects with wood in the past, and have always used pine- it's perty and it's smooth. But I went a cheaper route this time and bought cedar wood posts. It was about half the price. I had to do lots of sanding, including the sides and corners. After all, this is a child swing, no splinters wanted!

I measured the width and cut my wood accordingly. Slapped on my favorite stain and I'm good to go.


My awesome husband had to use his big muscles to screw the wood to the metal swing. My muscles just wouldn't do it. I used self-taping screws (for metal). I only had to pre-drill the wood (again, because I'm made of muscle), and my hubby did the rest from there.

Since I rock at this whole DIY thing, I forgot to take pictures of the canopy process. I used the old canopy as my pattern, purchased a yard and a half of outdoor fabric, pinned the old to the new, and cut! I used double sided bias tape to finish off the edges. Really not complicated at all if you've ever done any sort-of sewing.

And here's the final product!



My goofball kids enjoying the swing before it was even finished. We're very happy with it! 




The Lamberts | Utah County Family Photographer

Friday, June 12, 2015
I love this family. They are so real. They have such a sweet bond. And I'm always a sucker for a goofball family. They love to have fun! Mom wanted that to show in their photos- they are always moving. Always happy. My daughter is great friends with their daughter from school and church. She has the most personality I've ever seen in such a little person! Thanks for being so fun guys, I enjoyed our hour together!











Brandon and Breanna | Utah County Engagement Photographer

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
 My lovely brother and his (now) new wife came down from Idaho a couple month ago for their engagement pictures. I'm just now sharing on the blog, woops! 

The weather was perfect and beautiful! I'll admit it's a nice break to photograph subjects who stay where you pose them and don't require goofy faces from your's truly. Ok, maybe Brandon made some photos goofy, but luckily I expected that, what with growing up with him and all. This kid never took a serious photo. So thanks Bree for making my little bro into a man. I see how much he cherishes you, I'm so grateful you 2 are my siblings!












The Petersons | Utah County Family Photographer

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
My dear friend Sarah brought her cute family out from Tooele for a quick family shoot! Four happy, energetic girls and they did perfect! They had too much fun twirling in their pretty dresses, and even got to introduce themselves to a real bride who was getting her photos taken! Sarah is one of my Tooele friends whom I miss so much. Thanks for bringing your family out here so I could spend time with you!

(Go check out Sarah's awesome blog full of one-of-a-kind tutorials at www.lifeshouldcostless.com!)








Jacob | Salt Lake County Utah Senior Photographer

Thursday, May 7, 2015
This kid (ok he's not a kid) has grown up in front of our eyes. My husband met this awesome family while on his mission, and I'm so glad we've stayed in touch. He's been a star on the football field for as long as I can remember. Good luck with graduation and your future, Jacob! Love you Miles Family!