Category Archives: Landscape

I’ve Been Mugged!

I don’t love the humidity.  Yes a little is good for my dry skin but when I feel like I could cut the air it’s a little much.  I feel the need to jump in a pool, beach, or take cover in air conditioning.  I currently have access to two of these options.  That is going to change in about 2 weeks.  I can’t wait to sit on a beach, read a fluff novel, and enjoy time with my family.

I can’t wait to be here…


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What would you do?

I recently drove up Big Cottonwood Canyon to do a little location scouting.  I am always looking for new spots to photograph and it keeps my eye sharp.  Looking for places to photograph people makes me look at the world around me.  I consistently ask myself what type of photo could I get here?  I think it makes me better and more creative.

As my brother and I drove up the canyon I would occasionally yell, “STOP! this place is perfect.”  He would then pull the car over and I would get out and start snapping away.  (side note: I love digital, I can take as many images as my SD cards can hold.  It’s great!)  At a couple of spots I wondered to myself what would I do to get the shot I really wanted?  Was I willing to walk through freezing snow melt?  Would I risk life and limb climbing a rock in tennis shoes, a camera around my neck, and no safety ropes?  What if I was having my picture taken, would I trust my photographer and do whatever it took to get the shot?

I came to the conclusion that the solid answer was yes.  I was willing to make a fool of myself, risk my health, and even my nerves for that “one shot”.  It was a confidence boosting thought, I was willing to do anything I would ask potential clients to do.  I have laid in parking lots, climbed trees, rocks, and cement walls, ripped clothing (back pockets specifically), and gotten dirty all for the “shot”.  I can honestly say it has always been worth it.

One final shot because people are important too.  This is the brother who was kind enough to come with me on this little excursion.  Thanks Austin!


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Scouting Locations-Wheeler Farm

As the school year came to an end I wondered what I could do to keep my shooting eye sharp.  While watching a live show of a fellow photographer I had the idea to location scout.  I would pick a location every week and take pictures in that location.  Last Thursday was a beautiful sunny day and since we haven’t had many of those this spring I thought I would take advantage.  I grabbed my camera and headed to Historic Wheeler Farm in Midvale.  It is such a fun location with lots of walking trails and places to snap photos.  I came away with lots of ideas and pictures that will be printed and hung in my office.

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Raindrops Keep Falling…

Yes it is the middle of April and I keep wishing for a sun filled warm day but, we have had back to back rain/snow storms.  When this happened in March I was bitter and angry (read here).  Somehow in April it seems to fit, it seems right.  In elementary school didn’t you always signify April with an umbrella? 

While winter rain looks sad and depressing a spring rain just makes everything more vibrant and alive.  Some of my favorite pictures came from rain storms and while I love them, I am still secretly wishing warmer weather will come, and soon.

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Spring has Sprung

Today was the first day of Spring.  I love this day.  I feel like the storm of winter may actually be passing and warm weather is right around the corner.  I always look forward to spring.  I love the idea of picnics and flying kites.  Most of all, I love the colors of spring.  After six months of browns and grays I look forward to green and pink and orange.  The whole world seems to be waking up from a deep sleep and I am waiting and willing to say “Good Morning!”

Happy 1st Day of Spring!

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