Too Cool for School…so he’s outta there!

High school graduation is the end of one era and the beginning of another. A time to reflect back and a time to look forward to things to come. A time to wear a goofy cap and gown and not be embarrassed, because, hey, everyone else is doing it and for once your mom isn’t asking the age old question “If everyone else jumped off a cliff would you do it, too?” (Yes, valedictorians and student body presidents, you may use this paragraph in your speech.)

Every once in a while someone asks what my favorite type of portrait session is and I really have to think about all the sessions I do before I answer, because I love them all. However, I do have to admit that high school senior portrait sessions are very fun for me. I love hearing the plans of these young adults. They’re excited, ready for the changes that come with closing one door and entering another. Some of them know exactly what they want to do. Others are less sure, but know that they won’t miss high school (at least not too much).

I’ve worked with this young man before during family portrait sessions, but this was his first solo session. We had a great time and he was very fun to work with. One of his shirts was worn at the request of his younger (and only) sister…can you guess which shirt it is?


Class of 2014

If you are graduating this year and haven’t had senior portraits taken yet, I have a couple of spots open just for seniors.  Just give me a call or shoot me an email and I’ll throw in a Sticky Album as a complimentary gift with any High School Senior portrait session!  If you haven’t seen a Sticky Album yet, trust me — they are super cool and make sharing your portraits sooo easy!

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!



Gingersnaps 101

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!  Be sure to let us know how your gingersnaps turn out!


Hello, November…and a cool announcement!

It’s November already…I feel like time goes faster and faster, especially after Daylight Savings ends.  Now it is light at 7:30 in the morning, but dark by 5:30, the temperature is starting to drop–as in 60 is feeling warm here–and the battle about wearing jackets and coats has begun (my kids think that coats are optional since the temps were in the 70′s last week…never mind that we are hitting the 40′s and 50′s as highs now).  All this aside, fall really is one of my favorite seasons.  The cooler temps are a nice break from the summer heat and I love the smell of someone using their wood burning stove on the chillier mornings.  I can rotate a soup or two into my weekly menus and have the urge to bake fresh bread…although the fresh bread doesn’t get baked quite as often as the urge would like.  I can only do so much, right?  And right now, fall sessions take precedence over baking fresh bread.  To be honest, I don’t mind.  Especially since I have such fun clients to work with.

For example, I met up with this cute family a few weeks ago to shoot some family portraits and they were a joy to work with!  Every one of them had a great attitude and they even brought grandma along to help out (which she did…I put her to work!)  I had such a fun time with them.  Check these out:

L Family 6

L family 5

L Family 4

L Family 3

L Family 2

L family

L family

Now, not only did we take some very fun family portraits, we did a video at this session as well.  Yes, you read that right.  Video.  At the Blue Lily GoPro Reunion in September, one of the presentations was about making videos during portrait sessions.  I wasn’t sure I could do it at first, but after making one video, I was hooked!  What a fun addition to a family update letter at Christmas or as a gift to grandparents who are far away.  Wanna see what I’m talking about?

How fun is that?!?  We had such a great time…and every time I watch the video, I remember that.  Now if I, the photographer who just met this family for the first time on this same day, feel that way, how would you feel about your own video?  How will your kids feel about it?  And since the portraits match, the L family has their own personal gallery of this fun day.

Doesn’t that make you want a video of your own?  Well, guess what?  You can get one–at a special introductory price, no less!  From now until December 31*, you can add a video to your portrait session for only $75**!  Interested?  Call me to schedule…the fall leaves may be faded, but there are still great places to take family portraits!
*Session must be scheduled for a date between Nov 13 and Dec 31, 2013.
**Price does not include tax.

start spreading the news…..

…I’m leavin’ today…I want to be a part of it!  New York!  New York!”


I have had this song stuck in my head for weeks and now finally the day is here!  I am heading out to the Blue Lily GoPro Reunion today and will be spending my first (yes, FIRST) day ever in NYC tomorrow!  I am beyond excited.  A little nervous, but very excited.  I have technically been to New York City before, but it was when I was 16, on my way back from a choir trip to England, late at night and stuffed in a rental car headed from JFK to Newark.  All I remember is falling asleep in my new and not-yet-comfortable Doc Martens.  So I am counting this as my first New York trip.  I will only be there for a day…the reunion itself is in a shore town in New Jersey, but I’m sure this will not be my last trip, so I’m not too stressed about the amount of time I’ll be there.  I’ll be taking lots of photos, too.  I’m excited to get back to the blogging scene with lots of fun stories and photos to share!


In the meantime, it’s starting to feel like fall around here, just a little bit.  I announced this on Facebook last week, but have been swamped and haven’t made it here to post.  I am excited to announce a limited run of mini sessions for the fall!  These are 30 minute sessions that are perfect for updating your kids’ portraits with a little more personality than the traditional school photos or for catching a family portrait for your Christmas card.  Check out the details below:

details about mini sessions from Gray Wren Photography

And guess what is so cool?  You can earn one of these mini sessions for FREE!  For every completed session or mini session that you refer to me, you get $20 off your next session fee.  So if you send 4 friends my way before October 12th, you can have a free mini session for yourself!  Pretty cool, huh?  I know you have 4 (or more) friends who need portraits done this fall, so spread the word and earn yourself a free mini session…or even a regular session…to get your fall portraits done!


Well, I better get rolling…I’ll be back with all kinds of fun next week.  Have a great day!

it’s all in the details…

One of the things I love about doing what I do is the opportunity to meet some really fantastic people.  It’s fun to get to know them, learn about their personalities, see them interact with family or friends (depending on the occasion), and be a part of their lives, even if it’s just for an hour portrait session…or in this case, a whole afternoon and evening for a wedding and reception.

Salt Lake Temple Wedding Portraits, Gray Wren PhotographyI met with Ben and Beccah shortly before their wedding to go over the schedule and details and also just to get to know them better before their big day.  They first met during a superhero movie marathon that a mutual friend was hosting for the benefit of another friend who had never seen a superhero movie in her life.  (Are you following here?  This is important.  And there will be a quiz on this later.  Just kidding.)  As the group of friends continued to get together to watch movies, Ben took advantage of every opportunity he could to get closer to Beccah…think along the lines of “Oh, there’s a lot of people on this couch…I guess I better free up some room by putting my arm around this girls next to…hey, look!  It’s Beccah!  How you doin?”  He was attracted to her sense of humor, her intelligence, and many other qualities, including, he says, that she is a fellow nerd.  I think they are some of the cutest self-proclaimed nerds I have ever had the pleasure of photographing.  Their wedding day was a perfect reflection of their personalities.  I was so glad to be there and loved every minute!

Salt Lake Temple, Gray Wren Photography

Salt Lake Temple, Gray Wren Photography

Salt Lake Temple wedding portraits, reception details, Castle Park Events Center Lindon UT

Wedding Reception details, Castle Park Events Center Lindon UT

Wedding Reception Castle Park Event Center Lindon UT Gray Wren Photography

Wedding Reception, Castle Park Events Center Lindon UT, Groom & Groomsmen

Gray Wren Photography, wedding reception details, Castle Park Events Center, Lindon UT




shades of May

It’s May…I don’t know what that means for other places, but around here May means a couple of key things.  First, we *should* be done with snow until October, at least in the valleys.  No guarantees, but it should be okay to plant your tomato plants.  Just in case you’ve been wondering about that.  Warmer weather = more garden chatter at our house.  Maybe we can plant the bean plants that have been growing by the kitchen sink now?

The other major topic of conversation around our house is the approach of the end of the school year.  For my kids, that just means the beginning of summer vacation…for the high school seniors in our neighborhood it means graduation!  I have been looking forward to sharing these photos with you for a couple weeks.  This session was very fun…car problems and all!



(p.s.  We wouldn’t have gotten this photo without the car problems…)



Are you or is someone you know graduating at the end of the month?  There’s still time for last minute senior portraits!  Call or email me to schedule a session!

2013 Spring Mini Sessions are here!

minisessionadLooking outside today, it doesn’t look like spring just yet.  It’s a little chilly, there’s a snowflake or two, and the sky is gray and foreboding.  Good news, though!  Spring is coming, and that means it is time for spring mini sessions!

Mini sessions are 30 minutes long and will be at an outdoor location.  This is a great time to get a nice family portrait taken and or just to update portraits of the kids.  Details are in the image above, and if you have questions, just let me know!


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