They met in Kentucky. He moved to Provo to go to school. She followed him out. That’s the kind of thing that’s going to make or break a relationship. This one has a happy ending. Emily and William are getting married. So they called me to make some engagement pictures for them.
Here’s Todd Hansen, photographed at my studio for BYU TV’s show Story Trek. I love my job as a photographer, but it’s possible Todd has the best job in the world. He just travels the country, asking people their story, and then filming the whole darn thing. It sounds pretty sweet, if you ask me.
Fun fact: Todd and I were in Indiana at the same time on Mormon missions. I remembered him, but he didn’t remember me. I guess what I’m saying is that I’m better than him. Ha ha ha ha ha. Just kidding about that. But the portrait session lasted a little longer than normal because we ended up telling old mission stories and laughing pretty hard. That was great fun. Some of those stories I haven’t thought about or told in years.
I’m teaching a business photography class at Utah Valley University this semester. It’s my fourth year teaching it and I’m having a good time. I invited one of my students to come along to this shoot. Thanks to Jenna Evans for accompanying me.
I’ve always loved photographing families when it’s snowing. But it’s just so darn hard to schedule. Because how do you know if the day you’ve planned for family pictures will be a snowy day. And it’s hard to get something going at the drop of a hat, right at the first sign of a drop of a snowflake. So, I guess what I’m saying, is I think we lucked out a couple weeks ago when we drove to Provo Canyon for these family pictures. Add a little snow, a super cute kid, me behind the camera, and this is what you get.
A big thank you to Gabby Blair for creating such an amazing conference. Alt Summit is the most supportive community imaginable, a passionate group of dreamers and doers, and it comes straight from the source: Gabby. Loved by everyone that meets her (and want to meet her) she is the kind of person that makes everyone feel important. She listens, she asks about your life, she cares, and then when you’re done telling her your hopes and dreams, she asks, genuinely, “how can I help?” Here she is (picture above), photographed by one of Alt’s keynote speakers this year, Sarah Michelle Gellar.
One of my favorite weddings of 2015 was by far the wedding of Lauren and Taylor at the Sun Palace in Cancun, Mexico. Oh, sure, the location was just about as good as you can get, but Lauren and Taylor were so much fun to be around and we were fast friends from the moment we met.
If you’re planning a destination wedding, I have two recommendations for you. First, the Sun Palace in Cancun. Second, me as your photographer.
For the fifth year in a row, now, I have spent my birthday making self portraits. The number of self portraits I make, depends on the age I am that day. Today I turned 48. Here are this year’s self portraits. Forty-eight of them.
Just woke up.
Can’t seem to shake this cold.
New birthday socks!
My brother Jordan gave me this cool Robert Frank book for my birthday.