Ryan Senior and Missionary Photos

I met Ryan through my brother-in-law. He’s actually his brother! I’m so glad we were able to set up this shoot.

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His family are some of the friendliest and most hilarious people you will ever meet. If I could pick a second set of in-laws, it would be these guys, hands down. His parents and sister were there for the session as well, and I thought it was fun that they came. I can get genuine smiles out of people, but it’s a lot faster and easier when the family is there making faces and jokes.

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Ryan had his mission papers all turned it and was about to graduate high school, so we needed to get some senior pictures done for his announcement and for his upcoming mission! This photo shoot was pre-mission call. Now I know that he’s been called to the Roseville California mission! I’m so excited for him, it will be such an incredible experience. And he’s leaving in the next month or two, it’s sneaking up fast! He seemed to be stoked to go, so I know he’ll have a good time.

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We discussed a few fun locations, and I’m so glad he picked this one. This area of Lehi has such a cool variety of old buildings and textured walls. So, we had plenty of options for different pictures and styles. I love the vintage feel of this area and it’s one of my favorite locations.

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The weather was a little cloudy when we showed up to the location. I was getting a little worried about rain, but we turned out just fine! (Though I’m secretly hoping for a rainstorm toward the end of an engagement shoot because how romantic would that be?!) We got the cool clouds in the blue sky for some of the shots, but it wasn’t too sunny, you know?

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Kellie and Jace Wedding at Red Butte Gardens

When I found out this wedding was being held at the Red Butte Gardens in Salt Lake, I was excited. I mean, who wouldn’t love an outdoor garden wedding? But I hadn’t been there before and guys, I was NOT prepared for how gorgeous it was there! I’m this close to moving to Salt Lake just to get a pass to visit these gardens weekly. Yeah, they’re THAT pretty.

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We got to be fancy and ride around on a golf cart to all the picturesque photo taking spots. There was the beautiful pond, the flowery gardens by the waterfall, and then my favorite: the wisteria. Apparently this stunning wisteria only blooms for about 2 weeks out of the year, so Kellie and Jace made sure to book their wedding during that window. And I have to say that it’s one the of the prettiest places I can imagine getting married. Not much else can top that.

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Let’s talk about her dress! It is the prettiest shade of light blush, and it looked amazing on her! I like that was a little non-traditional in that sense. My wedding dress wasn’t white either!

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I’m lucky enough to be Kellie’s cousin. When I went to her bridal shower, they had asked Jace a bunch of questions beforehand and had Kellie guess what he said. If she got it wrong, she had to put a piece of bubble gum in her mouth. Ha ha! There were a couple of questions that were so cute:

“What do you think is Kellie’s best feature?”

Jace answered, “Her laugh. It’s amazing. Her eyes are a very close second.”

and…

“What first attracted you to Kellie?”

He said, “Her personality. Her looks helped a lot, but she really got me by just being herself.”

Awwww, can you even handle that? I’m so glad they found each other.

Jessica's Senior Photos

I’ve known Jessica’s family for years. We all used to live in the same ward in Alpine. I was so glad when she reached out to me to get her senior photos done! It’s always fun to work with returning clients again, especially such kind, beautiful people like these.

I remember being so nervous for this shoot because it was my first one since finding out I was pregnant! It was probably one of those fear of the unknown kind of situations. But I ended up making a mountain out of a mole hill, because it was smooth sailing for the whole session. That probably would’ve been a different story if I was in the end of the third trimester. That’s a whole different ball game.

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We decided to keep it simple and stay in our gorgeous city of Alpine. We went to some old buildings for some fun texture and captured some of the pretty summer greenery. The weather was absolutely perfect. It was warm, but not so much that you get all sweaty from walking around. And the sun was getting low enough in the sky that we had that perfect golden lighting.

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Can we talk about how gorgeous she is?! It always makes a shoot so fun when you’re basically working with a model! I have red hair too, and I always wished I had the red hair/green eyes combo. Green eyes have always been so dang pretty to me!

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I love how her outfit was the perfect mix of summery, dressy, casual, and neutral. I’ve always kind of avoided white personally because I thought it would wash me out with my pale skin. But after seeing Jessica in her cute outfit, I’ve definitely changed my mind. I need a cute white shirt like this and some high waisted jeans!

What do I wear to my session?

Have you ever wondered what in the world to wear to your engagement or family session? It can be potentially very stressful! Today, I've compiled some tips to help you decide what will make you look and feel your best!

1. Wear what you are most comfortable in.

This is the most important bit of advice. If you don't feel comfortable in what you're wearing when you come to your session, it will show in your pictures. If you keep tugging at your dress to make sure it doesn't show anything, or you're worried it's too tight, then wear something else. If you're comfortable and feel like you when you wear it, that is more important than anything!

 This adorable family LOVES BYU. So they all wore BYU gear and it was so perfect for them!

This adorable family LOVES BYU. So they all wore BYU gear and it was so perfect for them!

2. Wear colors that match your home or the specific place you're going to display the photos.

If you have a lot of neutrals with pops of red in your house, do something similar with your photos! Then when you print them and display them (which you DEFINITELY should), they'll match your house perfectly! If they're being displayed at your reception, try to match your wedding colors or something that coordinates with those!

3. Use a little bit of pattern, or just solid colors, but not too much pattern.

I always love a little pop of something patterned. But I also love the simplicity of solid, simple colors. So which do you prefer? Make it work for you!

Also, don't go too crazy on the pattern. Mix it up with some solids, so it's not too busy. Otherwise, when you look at the photo, your eyes won't know which pattern to look at, and they'll be too distracted to look at your cute faces!

 In this photo, Kimberly used some stripes and cute patterned hoodies (that she sews herself in a cute Etsy shop). But she was also able to break it up a little with her husband and her wearing neutral colors. I also love that the colors in this location are very warm, and she contrasted by choosing cool colored outfits!

In this photo, Kimberly used some stripes and cute patterned hoodies (that she sews herself in a cute Etsy shop). But she was also able to break it up a little with her husband and her wearing neutral colors. I also love that the colors in this location are very warm, and she contrasted by choosing cool colored outfits!

4. Think about your location before choosing your outfits.

If your background is really green, I wouldn't suggest wearing more green. If there is a lot of color in the background of the location, go with some more neutral colors.

 In this photo, I loved how the trees at Tibble Fork are a beautiful jewel-toned green color and Mary decided to wear a jewel-toned purple sweater. Those colors are so gorgeous together. And Carlos' black shirt adds a really nice contrast to the rest of the colors in the photo and is neutral so it isn't distracting.

In this photo, I loved how the trees at Tibble Fork are a beautiful jewel-toned green color and Mary decided to wear a jewel-toned purple sweater. Those colors are so gorgeous together. And Carlos' black shirt adds a really nice contrast to the rest of the colors in the photo and is neutral so it isn't distracting.

 In this location, the colors were pretty neutral, so their shirts made a beautiful POP of color!

In this location, the colors were pretty neutral, so their shirts made a beautiful POP of color!

I hope this post calmed some of your worries. Most importantly, dress in what makes you comfortable. Then, you can worry about locations and colors and patterns. Remember, you're never fully dressed without a smile. :)

 

Linnea and Cade

I’ve been friends with my cute friend Linnea since high school. I don’t even remember how we specifically met, but we’ve been doing crazy, silly things together for years and years. Once, we went to Walmart in our friend’s dress ups and bought popsicles at midnight. Now, almost 10 years later, it makes me shake my head in embarrassment. Another time, we thought it would be cool to buy baguettes (which was handy, because at the time I worked at a bakery) and have a baguette sword fight on a roundabout. I wish there was photo documentation of that… or maybe not. What can I say? We were young.

I’m so happy that my cute friend found her love! Cade is such a fun, nice guy. And he completely gets along with my husband, so I see some game nights in our future.

It was handy to have our history together, because we were both able to be totally silly and joke around to loosen up and get the cute shots. Or maybe I was the one making terrible jokes and they were just being polite. Ha, either way, there was no awkward or stiff posing here!

I also have to say that these photos are a tad outdated because now they have a cute baby boy who is the same age as my little girl! Pretty cute that we had our babies in the same month, huh?

This session was one where the weather was being a little iffy, so we were debating whether or not we should go through with it. It ended up being overcast and lovely for these fall photos, and I’m glad we went for it! These gorgeous mature, golden trees made for a gorgeous background. I know it’s only August, but man, I’m already itching for fall and to take more pictures like this again!

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A Little Introduction!

Hi! I’m Kaycie, a natural redhead born and raised in Utah. You’ll often find me at home in my pajamas with no makeup on dancing to ABBA with my baby girl. I’m a very stubborn perfectionist and lover of junk food and Sodalicious.

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I started my photography journey for selfish reasons (to photograph my life with my new cute husband), but I’m so glad it’s turned into helping others instead. I’ve been professionally photographing families and couples for 4 years.

My style is timeless and true to color. I don’t want your photos to look like they have an outdated Instagram filter on them; I want them to stand the test of time. I’m constantly taking courses and learning new techniques to give you the best photos possible!

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Let me tell you a little story. A couple of years ago, my own family got some professional photos done… in the middle of a rainstorm. “Well, why on earth would you do that, Kaycie?” Well, reader, because it was the only time all 8 of our schedules aligned perfectly, so we just had to suck it up and do it. Every time we look at that photo hanging in our house, we just laugh. Our photographer was able to get some really good shots, but she also gave some hilarious photos of us with rain-soaked dresses and crazy wind-blown hair. To this day, they’re some of my favorite family pictures of all time.

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That’s my goal as a photographer: no, not to have it rain during your session! But to give you beautiful pictures of you and your people, and some of the magical in-between and funny moments. To me, those are the most treasured images.

Want to connect with me? Instagram is my jam and my favorite place to post. Come find me HERE.

Bergren Family | Utah Family Photographer

The Bergren's have been some of our best friends since me and my husband have been married. They are THE funnest couple to hang out with.

So when we heard that there was a super bloom of wildflowers at Death Valley this year, we took a little road trip to see it and take a few family photos! I'm so glad we went. It was gorgeous! And such a fun backdrop for this awesome family. 

Even though I ended up getting sick pretty much immediately after this shoot, the photos turned out better than I could have hoped. And we had a blast!

Thompson Family | Utah Family Photographer

I just realized that I never blogged this session back in October! Whaaa? It's a good one, so I'm glad I'm getting it up today!

I was ecstatic when Brittany contacted me for updated family photos. These are a close-knit bunch and were so fun to photograph. And they were kind enough to let me test out some black and white film, which turned out pretty awesome!


Bethany and Kendall | Utah Engagement Photographer

Bethany and Kendall braved the February cold with me and we got some of the sweetest pictures! They had no trouble warming up to the camera and giggling and snuggling together. What a fun session!

As I was putting this post together, I was listening to the Hamilton soundtrack (anyone else as obsessed as I am?!). And the song Helpless came on. It was so perfect. If you haven't heard it yet, then get listening! I've included it below so you can listen as you look at this cute couple.

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