Favorite moments from last summer

I was blessed to meet 41 extended family groups over the summer break of 2015.  Yes, I was BUSY!
Here are some of my favorite moments from last summer:

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We met at Ideal Beach on a beautiful sunny morning.  As it was the first week of July, I worried that the beach and lake would be filled with beach goers.  But 9am proved to be a good time to beat the crowds.  We pretty much had the beach to ourselves and I enjoyed spending a beautiful Bear Lake day with this cheery family.
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One of the most unique requests I got last summer was an email asking if I was free to photograph after their elopement in the county court house.
They had come to Bear Lake just for this reason, and I was happy to provide memorable pictures.
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This is the largest family I’ve photographed to date.  63 individuals and every member of the family was there.  I pulled the mom and dad out from the group and took this portrait.  I told the back group to be casual.
When the parents turned around to see their posterity all spread out, tears came to their eyes.
The mom expressed love and gratitude for her family and marveled that they were all together.
I couldn’t help but feel that happiness comes through family life.
This moment was a highlight of their trip and one I know they will always remember.

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The other fun thing about meeting families for pictures are the private locations I get invited to.   This family wanted their pictures done at their friend’s place, Indian Creek Ranch, which is located at a remote spot on Bear Lake.  We had ponds, ducks, trees, barns, hollyhocks and dusty old roads.  A photographer’s dream and I loved it!  I think one of the most charming locations I’ve been to around the lake.

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Another unique thing last summer was photographing some YouTubers, or vloggers if you’re not familiar.
So during our shoot they filmed the fun and put it up on You Tube.  Check it out if you want to see me in action.

Jared and Ellie’s YouTube channel:

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Matt and Emily’s YouTube channel:
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I met the Hight family at The Reserve Beach on Bear Lake.   This was in June and early in the season, no one else was around.
As I was done with our session and walking back to my car, I turned to see this fun group of moms and daughters lingering at the beach even though there was an approaching rain storm.
You can’t help but feel the peace and calmness at the shores of Bear Lake.

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When I can, I love to created these landscape portraits for other clients too.IMG_8172bIMG_7665b

At the end of this session, the parents just let the kids go and play in the water.  I loved it!IMG_2218b

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I will always remember getting a hug and a kiss on the forehead from the dad of this family as we wrapped up our session.  He was so grateful  his family could be together for pictures.
And I walked away feeling grateful for kind and heartfelt clients.

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The mother of this family wanted portraits of her kids playing at the lake.
Why yes!  I would LOVE to do that.  🙂

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Close to my heart is a family where the father had terminal cancer.
He was generous (bought me chocolates) and kind, and I enjoyed meeting his family.
Their trip to Bear Lake with their kids and grandkids was a last celebration of being together.  It was an honor to provide family portraits for them.

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I meet so many wonderful families that give me the privilege to document their families.
I hear of future changes, missions and babies.
Many tell me they haven’t been all together in years.
A lot come from other states to gather at Bear Lake.

I love seeing siblings laugh together.  I love meeting proud grandparents with all their children and grandchildren around.
I leave each session with the deep impression that family love is what makes life so valuable.

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I’m looking forward to meeting my 2016 families.

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