Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Utah Family Session

Just finished a batch of family photos for this beautiful family. When I first met this entire family, I was smitten with their genuine love they had for each other. The interaction they had with one another was unique and so intriguing. It was a really fun for me to take photos of them and try and catch each of their personalities. _MG_2343-favbw _mg_2085-fav_02 Watersfamily-95 Watersfamily-94 Watersfamily-91 Watersfamily-87 Watersfamily-90 Watersfamily-81 _MG_2312-favbw Watersfamily-71 Watersfamily-62 Watersfamily-53 Watersfamily-13 Watersfamily-35 Watersfamily-56 Watersfamily-42 Watersfamily-33 _mg_2179-fav_06bw

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rainy Days

We've had a lot of rainy days the past few weeks, it fact its been quite a bit for living in a desert. We've been joking that we brought the Boston weather (aka rain) with us. But since we've been indoors a lot we've been reading a bunch. Its been lot of fun, especially since we've recently inhereted a couple of daddy's childhood books that he use to read with his grandparents. The boys can't stop reading them so we'll read them over and over again.

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This maternity shirt and the leggings is another gem that I found at Pink Blush Maternity. I live in these leggings they are unreal soft. I really just love the selection of maternity clothes in their shop, especially this shirt :)
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And speaking of books, we recently purchased this book for our boys. Birds of Ashmae is a friend from Brandon's high school days. She is an artist and her artwork is unique and just gorgeous.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Swim Summer Sendoff

Finally getting around to editing some photos from a swim party we had a couple weeks ago. Brandon and I wanted to send off summer with a goodbye, and it really was a perfect day for a swim summer party. It had been so rainy the past couple of weeks, except for the day we held the party and it truly was a good, hot summer day. We invited a couple of friends, had a crepe dessert bar and everything was just so sweet that night. 
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^^Chocolate crepes I found the recipe online and they are to die for! ^^
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Most of our friends that came (missing a few!) but it looks like it was a girl party but really the husbands were there! haha. But these girls are such good friends and I'm lucky to know them.

Friday, September 5, 2014

KSL Studio 5 + 5 tips on creating video

I was super excited AND quite nervous to be on KSL studio 5.  But I have a strong love and passion for creating video that I really thought it would be a fun thing to talk about and share some tips that my husband and I have learned. 

Video is such a beautiful thing, it can create strong emotions than photography or the written word, but that is just my opinion. We see and hear a lot about photography and many people use only that to document their family's life. We miss out on the personalities, and even facial expressions when we lean too heavily on photography. Because of technology today, it's so easy to create edited and composed videos to document family life. And it's not just for big occasions but for the small every day life. 

So to help overcome that intimidating task of starting a video I will go over the tips I talked about on Studio 5.



This film is a collaboration with THEIT camera bags. Their bags are simply gorgeous and incredible quality. I have really loved my Black Bossi Bag!

1. Create a story and stick to a theme. 
So many times we don't video our children because we forget to, or we tend to think our lives are too boring (and believe me, I know, I have that tendency to think my life is boring too) However, if you specifically think of something you want to remember about your life you are more likely to get it done. ALSO, if a story doesn't come to mind with the day to day life, create an event! Create a picnic tell a story that you will want to have documented. You don't need a Hollywood- storyboard to  created a film, but if you have a theme. Stick to it and it will make editing and the storyline that much easier. 
In this video we wanted to announce our third pregnancy. We knew we wanted to create that emotion and that theme of a tiny newborn. So we really focused in on the little extremities (little fingers, arms, toes, legs) to create that emotion of what it feels like to have little children in the home. And the excitement we feel as potential parents was a constant focus throughout the video. 

2. Edit. Edit. Edit! 
Because of technological advances it's so easy to edit your videos. And you don't have to go out and buy a bunch of editing software. A lot of times it's already installed in your computer. For a little bit me and my husband used iMovie the free software on our Apple computer and it works just great! We have now updated to Adobe Premiere which was a learning curve but does a whole lot more in-depth editing. It's not so much what you use for editing but what you edit.

3. Cut the fluff. 
It's easy to want everything in your video (which is fine), but if you're wanting a more professional feel to your videos then the action needs to be present. The video become better as you start to leave out the 'dead' stuff and just keep the real gems. 

Video: Give Thanks
In this film our boys were at such a fun stage and said silly things, or did those melt your heart moves. Because I thought everything they said and did was cute I wanted to put every thing in the video, but I tried to get the most action based stuff.

4. The more the better. 
The more you video the more candids you get. And whats nice about editing, you can cut out the dead stuff till the candid moments start to happen. And just like photography you shoot the details of the of the scene, in video this is called B-roll. Details such as feet running, the scenery around the story, details of a face, clothes, etc. So get the B-roll just as much as you get the master shots. 

We wanted to tell a story about our family apple picking together, so we filmed the candid as well as the atmosphere around us. The trees, the apples, the ladders,walking up a ladder, filming between trees to show the dense amount of trees. 

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We filmed our Apple picking outing together as a family. It was that time of year when the air was crisp and a new season was arriving. We did a lot of B-roll of the gorgeous orchard we were in and more candid/B-roll of each of trying to get the yummy apples.

5. Don't put it off.
It doesn't matter the camera you have, just start shooting. You can have a smart phone and you could apply all these point into your video and the finished product will be that much better. But if your interested people are now buying DSLR camera's without knowing anything about the capabilities and guess what... all the new one's have video capabilities

Now get out there and tell your story!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

A little bit of walking + Pink Blush Maternity

Going on walks was one thing I really learned to love while we spent time out in Boston. We use to walk every where, to the grocery store, post office, library, church, park and just around town. Here you don't see people walking as much, probably because things aren't as close. But I really try my best to keep up walking, it brings such a joy to me and the boys as we get fresh air and see the world around us. We walked to costco the other day and try to walk to a nearby splash pad every once in awhile, but again things aren't as close so we will just try to find fun places to walk.
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PinkBlushMaternity-3copy On another note, one of the things that I don't love about pregnancy is finding things I have to wear! It can be such a pain; either its too short, too unflattering or simply too expensive to spend on a short 9 months. BUT  I just came across such a gorgeous shop online, Pink Blush Maternity that has darling pregnancy clothes that are an affordable price. And score- Happy Labor Day! They are having a sale today on all their clothes!

And I am simply dying over this new coat they received, its perfect for fall. I'm also loving this shirt and this and this dress!

The red shirt in the pictures is one of the shirts from Pink Blush Maternity, and I practically live in it (and the other outfits- aka more to come :) )

 But if you are pregnant or thinking of it in the future check them out! You will be happy you did.