This shoot was the first time I'd been to Rush Valley, and now I'm plotting a way to buy 30 acres here and start my homestead. I honestly loved meeting the Elton family and hearing about their little farm and getting to know their boys. My favorite thing about the session - besides the beautiful scenery, of course - was how Jodi let each of her boys bring something that showed what they were passionate about, from super heroes, to rodeo, to professional wrestling and video games. I loved seeing each of their personalities come out. And I loved that they included some of their animals in their family photo. Even with 4 boys, a horse, and 2 dogs, I couldn't believe how well-behaved everyone was and how quickly we got the most beautiful photos!
Sarah and Ken have the most adorable family. Poor Ainsley is the oldest, with 4 brothers - but she can definitely handle them all. I loved photographing her with her mom - 2 beauties. Hogan was the best helper, herding kids and running back to the car to get bug spray when the mosquitos came out. I dubbed Greyson, Ashton, and Pierce the "boy band" because they were the cutest! It was the first time I'd photographed a family at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah, and the mountains and rolling green made for the most beautiful backdrop. Ken scouted out the perfect spot for us and we had so much fun taking pictures till the sun went down.
Tomorrow marks 3 weeks since this amazing couple was married! I loved getting to know them during their engagements at Silverlake up Big Cottonwood Canyon and these bridals at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve in Layton are some of my favorites! Jacob's suit was 100% custom, from the detailed stitching along the seams to the pocket handkerchief and embroidered cuffs. Maria's dress was so HER - sweet, a little old-fashioned, but so classy. The sleeves were my favorite, and the flower crown and bouquet added so much to the overall look. The Layton bird refuge was the perfect place for bridals - we caught the most stunning sunset and loved exploring the structures, boardwalk, and meadows.
This was a very special session for this sweet family I love. Christopher, or "Chip," as most of us call him, just passed his one year mark since his heart transplant. I first met his parents, Nicki and Jordan, when we were all young, college-attending newlyweds at an apartment complex in Provo. Jordan was our home teacher - and he was so diligent about coming by each month and more often in between to check in on us. Nicki was the organizer of fun events and a dinner-sharing group that saved our evening meal plans more than once. They are now the amazing parents to 4 energetic boys.
We've been so blessed to keep in contact with them over the years and I remember the day Nicki told me she was pregnant, because I was so excited we'd be having babies about the same time. However, she quickly told me there were concerns with his heart and we cried a bit together, still happy for the joy a baby brings, but worried about his health. I still remember getting "THE CALL" from her last summer when they found out a donor heart was available. Today, as I edited these photos, I said a little prayer for that donor family and another prayer of gratitude that Chip's family has been able to have this time with him.