K+S | Butterfield Canyon UT

HELLO AGAIN!

i’m back. i’ve been kicking myself in the arse telling myself to get back to what i love doing but the holidays caught me like i catch my little human pulling cookies from the cookie jar.red handed. i have been flying around in a mad frenzy trying to prepare for Thanksgiving and now Christmas! i cannot even believe it is almost 2017!

utah is rad. some of the most beautiful places are right in our backyard! i love watching the seasons change and being able to take in the most amazing scenery around us!

i had such an amazing time shooting this beautiful couple in Butterfield Canyon. nothing but laughs and smiles the whole time.

thanks guys for such a good time and i hope you enjoy them as much as i do! dsc_3069editdsc_3098editdsc_3125editdsc_3147editdsc_3159editdsc_3160editdsc_3165editdsc_3184editdsc_3195editdsc_3213edit

30 fall fun activities!

fall is here! so get out there and enjoy that crisp, cool air and all the beautiful colors!

i love fall and i love to make lists, so i thought i would share my to-do list for others to use! i make a new one for every season. it helps me keep track of all the fun things i want to do with Jax. we hang it on our refrigerator or somewhere we will always see it, that way it motivates us to do them! we have completed a few things from our list already, but we still have many more to check off. we hope you enjoy! be sure to check out my Pinterest for even more great fall DIY ideas!

leave a comment and tell us what some of your favorite fall activities are!

 

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  1. visit the state fair  
  2. make caramel apples
  3. pumpkin patch 
  4. make homemade chili
  5. go apple picking
  6. friendsgiving
  7. take family photos
  8. go to a corn maze
  9. drive alpine loop
  10. go on a hayride
  11. eat pumpkin pie
  12. watch football 
  13. go trick or treating!
  14. make s’mores
  15. oktoberfest
  16. bake chocolate chip pumpkin cookies
  17. carve pumpkins!
  18. have a bonfire
  19. drink pumpkin spiced lattes
  20. throw a halloween party
  21. drink apple cider
  22. make pumpkin spice krispie treats
  23. apple art with Jax!
  24. go to wheeler farm
  25. Boo at the Zoo
  26. gingerbread haunted houses
  27. witchfest at gardner village
  28. go to the farmer’s market
  29. park silly 
  30. make a thankful list

Birth Story: BrynLee

birth is very raw and unedited.

today was such a humbling experience, being able to share the birth of my niece BrynLee.

being able to witness two amazing people become parents was amazing. and yes, i cried!

being a mother to my own little, i had a deep heartfelt emotion for the birthing mother. it brought back all the feels i had when bringing Jaxson into the world 3 years ago.

i cannot thank them enough for allowing me to be apart of their special day.

it was beautiful. it was perfect. it was nothing short of amazing. Xo

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Somewhere In A Desert

there is something about being in the desert that drives my soul wild.

when life gives you desert, you have a mini photo sesh.

scroll down to see the full video of us Making Memories..

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“Desert sunsets. The sun and earth always seem larger. Wilder. Brighter. More demanding. More silent. Somehow more certain.”- Victoria Erickson

 

 

 

 

Microblading

Microblading.

i am here to tell you all about Microblading and my recent experience with it. i am already absolutely obsessed with mine and they aren’t even healed yet. Kahli is an eyebrow god. I swear. She definitely knows what she is doing! if you have instagram, look her up! @kahli5150

if you are like me, you too do not understand how to “fill” in your eyebrows using a feathering technique. WHAT??  i don’t even know what that means. i was TERRIBLE at eyebrows.

i put together a little Q&A for anyone that, like me, is a first timer and not so sure about microblading. now that i have done it, i would definitely recommend it to anyone!

 

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Q. Does microblading hurt?

A. i truly think this depends on the person. to me, it felt like scraping. Kahli also put numbing cream on throughout the procedure that helped take the pain away too.

Q. How long does the process to take?

A. the whole process took about an hour and a half from start to finish.

Q. How long does it take to recover or heal?

A. on the first day, my eyebrows were darker than normal. she directed me to use Aquaphor to help heal. avoid sunlight and saunas or other steam. the eyebrows will scab up a little bit and then peel. They will go lighter, and then the pigment I chose will surface. the total process should be healed in just a couple weeks.

Q. Will my eyebrows look fake?

A. NO! to me, the lines were so fine that they look the same as normal hair would. it looks like i just went to a really, really good brow artist.

Q. How long does microblading last?

A. Kahli set me up for a touch up a month from my original procedure date. once i do the touch up, my brows can last up to 12 months.

Q. How do you pick a shape or color?

A. she started by placing a sticky ruler on my head. yes, ladies and gentlemen. she doesn’t just go for it. its calculated to fit the shape of your face and be even. she asked me if i wanted a more natural look or more defined. she took me to the mirror to see the shape she drew out and determine if that was what i wanted. she also picked four different shades of color for me to choose from. we discussed and she gave her input to make sure i completely understood what i was choosing.

Q. Will they fade?

A. when i first walked out, i swear i had the angriest eyebrows on the planet. it definitely made me nervous. she said that may last for up to a week. then they will fade and become really light once the scabs peel. once the scabs come off, the natural pigment will surface and it will be the color i chose.

Q. What if I don’t like it?

A. i didn’t really ask Kahli this question, because i really do love mine. BUT in the event that you might not like yours, this is semi permanent makeup. it will fade over time.

 

if you are considering microblading, all i can say is DO YOUR RESEARCH! look at previous work, read up on it, and ask questions! i think you will fall in love with it just like i did! Xo

 

 

Her Day

there is nothing i love more than capturing photos (other than my little human, of course). i find so much inspo from other photographers. i swear, i envy every photography out there. they each have their own unique twist that makes them amazing! i am always ready to try new things in each session i have.

outdoor sessions are always a favorite of mine. because we live in the great city of Salt, there are endless mountains and surroundings for me to choose from. but, when Utah weather doesn’t want to work in my favor, then we have to move indoors!

Utah hated us on the day of Shelbie’s bridal session. it had some of the darkest and most gloomy clouds i have ever seen! the lightning was bright and the thunder was loud. there was no way we were going to take her beautiful dress outside. not happening.

so i searched high and low until i finally found a studio that i absolutely loved! pure white rooms are my favorite and i am so pleased with how her bridals turned out.

i can’t wait to capture photos on her big day! Xo

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How gorgeous is Shelbie’s dress from David’s Bridal?!

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how did he propose to you?- Robby proposed to me on a Moab trail called “Steel Bender” over Black Friday in November. i had no idea it was coming but he made it perfect! he took me on a hike up above all of our friends and got down on one knee while he told me to look at the sunset. i turned around and there he was! he made it a day to remember, that is for sure! i cried and was in shock!!DSC_1013EDITDSC_1027EDIT

what advice do you have for new bride’s planning their wedding? – my advice: get all the BIG things done right at first and the small stuff going as the months go on! then the weeks leading up to the day can actually be enjoyable and you can be excited for them! also remember, it’s YOUR wedding and your ideas as a couple are the only ones that matter! don’t let other people’s ideas persuade you from making your own decisions. JUST HAVE FUN WITH IT! DON’T STRESS!DSC_1032EDITDSC_1041EDITDSC_1149EDITDSC_1158EDIT
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Braxton, Senior 2016

meet Braxton.

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high school senior. class of 2016.

he had me laughing throughout the entire session. he was such a great sport, had an amazing smile, and stuck through it all, even when I took just a few more after I promised that ‘these’ were the last ones… JUST ONE MORE.

it was such a pleasure getting to know him and his mom. i don’t think it is possible to not instantly fall in love with this family. i know i did!

enjoy! Xo

 

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