Finding Joy In Chaos Retreat - Schmidt Family - In-Home Lifestyle Session

There are two things I’ve developed a huge passion for in 2019, in-home family sessions and teaching. This was my 4th workshop for 2019 and it was definitely one for the books. I’ve been craving to shoot Kara’s family for sometime and once I saw their home they has started building, I knew I needed to make a shoot happen. I even based my retreat in Park City, Utah because it was somewhat close to her home so we could shoot there. Selfish? Nah!

Teaching other creatives how I see and create family imaginary is an honor and it brings me so much joy. When coming up with the name for this workshop, I wanted it to relate to how others see family sessions - chaos. I want others to see the joy in all types of chaos and not run from it. There will be so many more opportunities to attend future workshops but for now, I need to show all the pretty created.

Baby Oliver | Salt Lake City Lifestyle Photographer

Baby Oliver turned one today! Such a special day for these three. I absolutely love this family. When they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah from Columbus, Ohio, I was their first photographer!! We did their anniversary pictures up in the gorgeous Utah mountains. When Morgan and David got pregnant, they reached out about doing a lifestyle, in home session. I was so excited! I don’t normally do newborn type shoots but they gave me full creative control and my soul felt full after this session.

Oliver had a head full of dark brown hair that has now turned blonde like his mamas. He was going through cluster feeding and only wanted to nurse. It was so precious to see these two tag team parenting together! I will love these pictures forever!

Jerilyn + Jason Wedding | Utah Wedding Photographer

Jerilyn is one of my favorite brides!! She actually changed her wedding date so I could photograph her wedding! What?! Seriously made me the happiest person alive.

Jerilyn and Jason met on a blind date and the rest is history! He said I love you first. She loves his not so much jokes and he loves her ability to make everyone feel loved and make friends quickly. They both love lazy Saturday mornings and also hikes, camping, hammocking and visiting with their families.

Jerilyn had a vision for her wedding to be a mix of Boho but still hold elegance. I think she totally accomplished that! She brought so much rich color in with florals and outdoor reception along side a pond.

Their day sadly didn’t go as planned and their catering company was late and their bridal party prepped all of the food served. Even with all the problems with the caterer, Jerilyn handled it like a champ and still had so much fun! Friends and family are so important to them and they greeted and thanked each and every guest that came. They are very loved and they have a very special place in my heart!


Wedding Vendors:

Videographer: Nick Garrett Florist: Over The Top Events Hair & Makeup Artist: Vivian

Bride's Wedding Dress: The Perfect Dress Groom's Attire: Jos. A Bank Wedding Venue: Ogden Temple Reception Venue: Backyard Wedding Cake: Annie Bee Cakery

Cushion Family | San Francisco Family Photographer

Earlier this year, Brooke and her family made plans to head to Utah but things didn’t work out and we pushed the session to next year. However, once I learned I was coming to San Francisco for another session, I reached out to her to see if she’d like them done by them instead! I was so excited when she replied with a yes! The beach and ocean have my heart and all it’s beauty inspires me. Brooke picked the location. I arrived a couple hours early to explore and to soak in some mediating time listening to the waves. It was perfect. Once they arrived, the wind had picked up and we knew it was going to be a little challenging. But to our surprise, the wind was such an amazing added touch!! Brooke’s baby was only 4 weeks old and I couldn’t get over how beautiful her baby was and how good Brooke looked! During her session, we focused on having all this fun movement and capturing the connections they had with each of their children. It is hands down, one of my favorite sessions.