Kevin + Savanna — Salt Lake Temple and Wadley Farms

It was a frigid December day when Kevin and Savanna were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple, but the weather was a very different story when they met each other one summer day in Texas. Kevin met Savanna through his roommate during a summer job. Their friendship grew as the months went on, but the summer job ended and Kevin moved back to Provo, Utah. Luckily for both of them, Savanna ended up attending school in the same area. Friendship continued into courtship, leading all of us to join them on their happy day in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, and the historic Salt Lake Temple.

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That evening, Kevin and Savanna welcomed their families and friends to a Texas themed reception at Wadley Farms in Lindon, Utah. After being greeted by the bride and groom, the guests enjoyed hot cocoa, a popcorn buffet, and other goodies. The evening finished up with an awesome dance party (Kevin’s mom informed me that Kevin and his six siblings have been having weekly dance parties for ages) before Kevin and Savanna drove off into the night! All in all, it was a fabulous evening full of fun, happiness, and memories to last a lifetime!

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Locations: Salt Lake LDS Temple, Wadley Farms, Lindon Utah

Bride’s makeup by Whitney Eyre of Eyre Blush http://www.eyreblush.com


Announcing announcements! The Graduating Senior Event is here!

salt_lake_provo_senior_photographer_2Psst! Hey you! Yes, you…the high school senior with a backpack full of heavy textbooks and AP notes. Or you, the high school senior with sports gear that seems to have taken up permanent residence in the trunk of the family car. Or you, the parent of a high school senior with calendars and to-do lists coming out of your ears. Are you aware that graduation is a mere 2 1/2 months away?

How would you like to take care of senior graduation portraits and have a customized announcement that is ready to print, all in one package? Yes? I thought so…let’s talk.

During the month of March and April, all senior portraits sessions will include a customized graduation announcement!

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I have a variety of styles to choose from and they are all customizable…I can change the colors, fonts, and text easily. So what are you waiting for? The clock’s a tickin’! Let’s get your senior portraits taken care of!

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Crunching numbers? Session details are below:

Mini Session: $100 = 30 minute session, 5-10 edited images printable up to 8×12 and a mobile photo album. One location, one clothing ensemble.

Classic Session: $225 = 1 hour session, 20-30 edited images printable up to 8×12, 5 full size images of your choice, and a mobile photo album. Up to three locations and clothing ensembles.

Call Alicia at 801-503-5024 to book your senior portrait session today! Sessions are limited, so leave the procrastinating to the juniors and jump on this great offer!

 

 

 

 

 


BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Are you a Black Friday shopper? Do you get an adrenaline rush from waking up early and running out to compete for door buster deals at 3 am?

I have to admit that I don’t. Don’t get me wrong…I love getting a good deal, but I love sleep more. You’re not here to hear about my love of sleep though…you are here for this:

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Yes, you read that right. From this Friday, November 28 until next Friday, December 5, you can purchase a gift certificate for an hour long portrait session for just $100. That’s 50% off the value of these babies!

Here’s what the gift certificate includes:
1 hour Portrait Session
20-30 full resolution edited images on a flash drive
Wardrobe consultation (via email, skype, in person, even texting works!)
Mobile Photo Album app for smart phones and tablets

How do you get in on this deal? It’s super easy. Email me at alicia@graywren.com to let me know you want in on this amazing offer and how many gift certificates you want to purchase. I will send you an invoice via PayPal. You will have 24 hours from the time I send the invoice to pay up. As soon as I receive notification that the payment has cleared, I will send you the gift certificates. Easy peasy. I’ll even use cute packaging so you can gift them. Perfect for parents, yourself, grandparents, yourself, expectant parents, siblings, yourself…the list is endless. You can even use them toward weddings (as in one gift certificate covers one hour of shooting time).

There are a few little tiny restrictions that I will put here, though. There is a limit of 3 per customer. They may not be resold or redeemed for cash. Travel and/or location fees are not included. And all sales are final.

If you have questions about this amazing deal, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email. I’d love to answer them. Also, I can guarantee that my gift certificates will never be such an incredible price again, so feel free to spread the word (after you’ve snatched up your share, of course!)

Happy Black Friday shopping…and for this deal, you don’t even have to wake up at 3 am.


That’s My Jam…

A few weeks ago I was sitting next to my husband on the subway in New York City. We were on our way out of Midtown Manhattan to meet some friends of ours in Brooklyn so I could take some family portraits of them while I was in town. Suddenly my husband asked, “So when you go on photo shoots, do you psych yourself up by listening to the theme from “Rocky” or anything?” The question made me laugh, because I actually do listen to a certain type of music as I drive to my portrait sessions…not the “Rocky” theme, but music that boosts my energy and puts me in a good mood. Here are my top 5 energy boost songs (in no particular order):

1. “Love Runs Out” by OneRepublic. I love the driving beat from the drum and the piano. This song also gives me the overwhelming urge to play the tambourine. Do you think a person needs lessons to learn how to play the tambourine? Just curious.

2. “Elevation” by U2. Confession: I have several remixes of this, but my favorite is the Influx Remix. This song gives me the urge to run, take a kickboxing class, and then do yoga, all in about 4 minutes. Now if I really could accomplish all of that in 4 minutes, I would do that workout several times every day. Talk about an energy boosting song!

3. “Gospel” by MarchFourth Marching Band. My husband dug around to find this song after we heard it in “Monsters University”. Let’s face it…marching band music is meant to get your cheering section on, and this song gets me going every time! There’s also an awesome section in the middle with a gospel choir that makes my heart happy…happy heart=happy face=happy photographer=happy portraits.

4. “Love You Madly” by Cake. I remember the first time I heard this song. I heard it on another photographer’s website and immediately fell in love with it, so I ran off to purchase the mp3. I was so excited to have my husband listen to it, only to learn that not only had he already heard the song, but we already owned the mp3. At least it wasn’t an expensive purchase, right? Anyway, I love the bass line on this song…it’s so groovy!

5. “I Like to Move It” by Will.I.Am. I know this is a pretty drastic departure from my other top 5, but the truth is that this song does make me want to move it move it. Another awesome bass line, quick tempo, high energy song. Admit it, you are singing it in your head right now (and maybe even grooving out, too).

 

I admit it was hard to narrow this down to 5…there are other songs that fit well into my psych-up category, but these were the first to come to mind. What about you? Do you use music to give yourself an energy boost before an important meeting or activity? If so, what are your favorites? Feel free to put them in the comments…I’d love to try them out!

From one of my favorite family shoots this summer:

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Newborn Interlude

I am what I call a light chaser…I chase good light, especially when I have my camera in hand. My husband has gotten used to me commenting on how nice the light is when we are driving somewhere in the evening. And the light while we were wandering around my friend’s property in Colorado just about made me start looking for a new job for my husband (not really though, because he really, REALLY likes his job). In fact, I liked that light SO much, I had to quickly find a couple photos, just so you could see it!

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If anyone in Colorado wants me to come take portraits, I will come just so I can wander around my friend’s yard again. And take your portraits. But I digress…you are probably wondering what all this has to do with newborns.

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Earlier this year, my brother-in-law and his wife welcomed a new baby girl to their family. I immediately called dibs on doing a newborn portrait session, mostly because I love them and am so excited to have a new niece, but also because I L.O.V.E. the light they get in their house. I have wanted to take portraits there ever since they moved in.

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Of course, I had to take some portraits of this little lady’s adorable big sister, too!

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Ahhhhh…I love beautiful light!

 

p.s. If you are looking for the Autumn mini session info, click here. If you are hoping for the mini session giveaway, hang in there…it’s coming, I promise!

 


Let’s Roll Out September!

Hi there! How was your Labor Day Weekend? In all honesty, I could use another weekend to recover from my weekend. We were busy with family events, birthday parties, cousin sleepovers, and various other stuff. It was a doozy of a weekend. But it ended with pumpkin bread, so it can’t have been that crazy.

And speaking of crazy…it’s September now.

The leaves are changing up the canyon and it’s been cool enough to open the windows in the mornings and evenings. Fall is coming, and it’s coming fast! Are you ready? Well, here’s a little something to help you out…

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Let’s get that Autumn family portrait session scheduled, shall we? Here are the full details on mini sessions: Mini sessions will be held on Saturday, September 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in a mountain location and on Saturday, September 27 from 8-10 am in an urban location. Location details will be given to you when you book, but please be aware that they are both in Utah county. Mini sessions are perfect for groups of 6 or smaller…if your group is larger than 6 and you are interested in a mini session, please call me. I’d love to chat with you about your goal for your portrait session and if a mini session would be the best fit for you.

Last of all, how would you like to earn a reward for referring people? I’d love to meet your friends and make awesome portraits for them, too! For each new client I book from a referral given by you, I will take $15 off either a mini or regular session just for you! Just tell your friends to tell me who sent them…I’ll keep track of the statistics!

Later this week I will be giving away a free mini session slot, so stay tuned! I’m excited for everything I have going on and am itching to share it all with you!

 

 

 

 


First Day of School Photo Tips

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Summer break is winding down in my neck of the woods. Family vacations, summer camps, and lazy mornings are over and tomorrow is the first day of school. This is met with much jubilation at my house, and I am not being sarcastic. My girls are ready to have some space away from each other (though I have to say that this summer has been one of the better ones as far as spontaneous sib spats go) and I am ready to get back to a more structured routine. In fact, school begins tomorrow, and first day of school photos have been on my mind as I’ve watched some of my friends’ kids hop on the school bus via Instagram and Facebook over the past few weeks. As a result, I am sharing 3 tips for better first day photos here on the blog today.

Tip #1: Plan Ahead!

I’ll be honest: the first school morning is usually a little chaotic at my house. I have high hopes for an organized morning tomorrow, which includes making plenty of time for first day photos with the big camera. Whether you are using a point and shoot, phone, or DSLR, plan ahead for the best results. Make sure everyone knows what they are going to wear (and where it all is) beforehand. You might also want to make your kids aware of the morning plan. For example, I make sure my kids know that I am planning on taking a photo (or 2 or 7) before school. They like to know what to expect. I plan to take their photos before we leave, but after they’ve eaten breakfast and brushed teeth. This isn’t a full blown portrait session, so I just carve out 10 to 15 minutes to take a few photos of my kids before they start to get impatient.

Tip #2: Location, Location, Location!

Where are you planning to take your first day photos? At home? At the bus stop? At the school itself? Wherever your location, be aware of where the sun is located and how it affects your photo. I’ll never forget the photo I took of my daughter on her first day of kindergarten. I was in a hurry to take her picture before school, so I grabbed my camera and snapped her photo without paying any attention to the lighting and how it hit her face. Imagine my disappointment when I looked at the photo a little later…the light was so harsh and she was completely washed out. Some of the details were forever lost. I’ve scouted around my yard since then, finding locations with more flattering light. If you are planning to take your photo at the school, keep in mind that there will be other parents trying to do the same thing and many things vying for your child’s attention…be prepared to work quickly, thus preserving the sanity of both you and your child!

Tip #3: Add a little creativity…2013 Back to School 3rd grade

There are so many fun ways to represent the occasion of the first day photo. The simplest way is to have your child hold up the same number of fingers as their grade. This takes zero prep time and looks great. It’s also easy to maintain consistency of style if you have multiple kids returning to school. If you prepare ahead of time, there are tons of free printables online with nice lettering and charming graphics. Make sure the printable you choose is for the appropriate school year before you print. I love the idea of using a basic spiral notebook with the grade and year written in bright marker on one of the pages. Using sidewalk chalk and some concrete or pavement is another fun way to get creative and supply some details about this big day. And, of course, there’s always the option of adding text to your photo later using a photo editing program. Have fun with it! I started a board over on Pinterest…head here to see some fun ideas and maybe come up with some awesome creativity of your own.

Happy back to school!

 

 

 


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