May 1st, 2017
It's graduation time! I shot Destinie's high school senior photo shoot inside the studio and outside around the studio building. I love all the different outfits and looks we were able to get in a 1 block area.
December 30th, 2016
Julie contacted me for some violin head shot photos for her website. I love the results!
May 24th, 2016
Check out Max's high school senior pictures! We shot these in downtown Salt Lake City. He wanted a hip urban feel to the pictures.
April 22nd, 2016
Check out Madison's beautiful high school senior pictures we did inside the studio's garden. She did professional hair and makeup and brought her prom dress to wear. Stunning!
March 25th, 2016
One of the most eagerly anticipated moments of a high school student’s life is the day of senior pictures. Whether you are more casual than formal, into denim more than glitz, or more geek than chic, you'll want to put some special thought into creating your senior portrait. After all, this picture may end up on your grandparents’ wall. Your classmates will view it in future decades. The look will define you for who knows how many children might come your way.
So, what to wear for High School Senior Pictures? That is the question.
It’s better to have more than enough selections to pull from than to wish you had thought to bring a special piece after you have already arrived at the photo shoot. As you gather items to take to the shoot location, keep the following in mind:
- Bring your best black shirt or dress in case it is the perfect accompaniment one or more of the photographer’s backgrounds. Throw in something with a bit of glitter such as sequins or sparkle.
- Can’t make up your mind whether to go casual or formal? Why not try both and decide later? Dress jeans up or down with scarves or jewelry. Add a pop of color in a dress, a shirt, or top.
- Remember that simplicity and solids work best, making you the focal point rather than busy fabrics and distracting patterns and colors.
- A tight-fitting, layered outfit can highlight the contours of a subject without taking over the photograph. So, too, a fitted leather or jean jacket can capture your personality as few other garment choices can do.
- Bring back that favorite prom dress you paid such attention to finding. With what it cost, it deserves to live another day.
- Finally — the all-important shoes to go with your outfits. A variety of colors can work. So will black, nude, and taupe. To kick it all off, don't forget the boots! They’re good with almost any look.
If you have questions about what to bring for your high school senior session then Contact us to help plan your senior portraits.
March 2nd, 2016
For this week's what to wear Wednesday I created a video with ideas on wearing a spring dress for your High School Senior Pictures. Most High School Senior Portraits are done in the spring months of April and May so it's the perfect time to wear those spring colors. For more ideas on what to wear for your session check out Emily's Senior Pictures. She decided to wear 2 dresses, a skirt, and 2 pants for her session. She pick feminine details like floral prints and lace.
February 5th, 2016
Check out Emily's stunning high school senior photos! We shot these at Wheeler Farm. She had professional hair and makeup and 4 outfits for her shoot.
January 29th, 2016
Check out Elizabeth's cute senior session that we shot all over Salt Lake City. She did professional hair and makeup and 4-6 outfits. She planned ahead and did her session in the summer prior to her senior year.
October 27th, 2015
You've brought your new bundle of joy home. You're excited, ready to capture every milestone. Your camera probably doesn't even get put away anymore. Then it hits you: what you really need are professional photos that will highlight all the important moments in your baby's life. When should you do baby photos? There are several critical moments in your child's development that you'll want to capture so that you'll have those memories for a lifetime.
Newborn pictures should be captured within ten days of birth. At this photo shoot, you'll get all those adorable snuggly baby pictures that you'll cherish for a lifetime. Your baby can be snuggled in a basket, placed on a fuzzy blanket, or dressed in a variety of adorable props, most of which are handled at this age without protest.
Around this age, your baby will be sitting unassisted. Unless you're religious taking pictures every month, wait until baby is able to sit up without wobbling or falling over. Ideally, you'll want to try to schedule the shoot before baby starts crawling, however! A baby who is mobile can be hard to keep up with and harder to pose.
1 Year--The Cake Smash
Cake smash photos are a popular milestone for many babies. Instead of simply setting down a slice of cake in front of your child on their first birthday to see what they'll do, you prepare a cake specifically for your baby, then let them play with it. You'll capture some amazing, colorful pictures that you'll cherish long past the end of your child's first year.
Each Year Around Your Child's Birthday
You will be amazed by how much your child will grow over the course of each year. By capturing a birthday photo each year, you'll develop a tradition that will allow you to keep track of all those amazing milestones. Schedule your photography appointment around your child's birthday to give you an easy reminder each year.
Ready to schedule a photography appointment for your baby? Contact us to see how we can create the perfect pictures for you.
October 19th, 2015
First-time moms and experienced veterans alike have found one of the most exciting moments during pregnancy - maternity photos Many women experience a juxtaposition during their pregnancies; at times, they feel huge, unattractive, and unfeminine. At others, they feel excited and matronly, sexy and desired. A maternity shoot is a perfect time to help capture those moments of feeling beautiful and full of life, and immortalize those emotions in photographs.
But when you've scheduled your maternity photo shoot, you must decide - "what to wear?" Fortunately, regardless of how far along you are or if you're pregnant with singles or multiples, dressing up for your maternity photo shoot is a breeze - and you likely have much of what you'll want already in your closet!
Go Maxi for Maximum Comfort
Maxi dresses tend to look amazing on pregnant bodies. They hug and accentuate your lovely pregnant belly, they drape around your legs and thighs, and they hug in around your torso - what's not to love? They also can be dressed up or down quite easily, giving you a range of looks to go with. Consider pairing one maxi dress with flat sandals and a wide-brimmed floppy hat, then switching to a cozy shawl wrap and bare feet.
Flowy Dress for Feminine Looks
Many women like to exaggerate the womanly, feminine qualities in their maternity photos, and it's a great strategy. Pick out a few sundresses that you really love, and aim for a few wardrobe changes to get as much versatility in your looks. Don't be afraid to really feminize your makeup, either! A pretty pink lip and a smoky gold eye will make you look flush with maternal love. Your hair can also get in on being "over-done" with big bouncing curls, or a loose French braid down your back.
The Sheerer, The Better
If you have a dress with lots of sheer layers, it will be gorgeous during your photo session. These kinds of materials hug a pregnant belly, and in just the right breeze trail out and behind to make a beautiful, wind-swept effect, turning you into a kind of gauzy baby-carrying goddess. If you have some sheer shawls or scarves lying around, they can also make excellent props during the shoot,s o be sure to bring them along!
Get a Little Bit Rural
Along with the dresses,you'd like to wear, bring your favorite pair of maternity jeans, a pair of boots, and a few comfy sweaters or plaid tops. Wherever you're shooting, having a more contemporary look to go along with your classic maternal looks will be a great accompaniment. You can also make the look a little more urban by swapping the boots for your Converse Allstars, and having a fun, laid-back approach.
Don't Neglect the Bling - or Accessories
It's always easy to ask your photographer how much you should take off during a shoot, so bring a bit more than you think you'll need when it comes to props. Do you have several necklaces, bracelets, and rings that you might want to incorporate? Bring them all, and ask your photographer for their keen eye. The same goes for big hats, scarves, and shawls. You can always play around with your props and fashion pieces while on set - the more options you have, the better!
Ready to put together your maternity photo shoot? Contact us for more ideas on getting your session together, or to schedule one today!
October 16th, 2015
Check out these cute maternity family pictures I shot at Wheeler Farm in Salt Lake City. Jessica wanted a rustic style location for her family pictures. She will be having her baby next week. Congrats guys!
by Opie Janzer
June 11th, 2015
Check out Adriana's cut maternity photo shoot we did over at the Salt Lake City Library! She brought 3 cute maternity dresses and we had fun finding modern backgrounds. Her baby is due around the 4th of July and she is having a boy! Congrats Adriana.
- by Opie Janzer
November 9th, 2014
The studio has moved from Sugar House to downtown Salt Lake City.
Our new address is: 357 South 200 East Suite #305 Salt Lake City, UT 84111
September 26th, 2014
August 18th, 2014
If you want to follow the tradition of having something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue included in your bridal attire when you get married, you may find that adding your something blue can be a little bit tricky. Most brides do not incorporate a lot of blue into their wedding dresses, but there are many cute ways to hide a little blue in your accessories.
A popular way to add a little blue is to have a blue garter. Some women decide to spice up the wedding night with blue under garments. A blue bobby pin is a cute way to hide a little blue in your up-do. There are many cute ways to add blue to the soles of your shoes. You can have your bridal party write wedding wishes on the bottom of your shoes with a blue sharpie. Nail polish is a fun understated way to add some blue to your manicure or pedicure. Another popular trend is to embroider the inside of your dress with your wedding date or groom's name in blue thread. Of course blue jewelry is always a popular option as well.
Once you have all your "somethings" added to your attire, be sure to ask your wedding photographer to get some cute shots of your somethings old, new, borrowed and blue.
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by Opie Janzer
July 21st, 2014
We know about wedding traditions but never the origin. We need to understand the history and the reasons why these time-honored traditions occur instead of doing it because everyone else is doing it. One wedding tradition is throwing rice at a couple after kissing the bride. It showers down on them as they exit the area. One answer is the bridesmaids hated the dress. While this rumor seems sensible, it isn't true. Here's the real reason why guests throw rice at the happy couple.
Throwing rice goes back to the ancient Romans who threw wheat. Wheat represents fertility or childbirth. During this time, dried corn and oats were thrown too. The Egyptians, Hebrews and Assyrians continued the wheat/oats/corn tradition because of their belief that the couple will have a bountiful life. The Middle Ages is responsible for replacing wheat with rice, which resembled fruitfulness in childbirth. The Tudor era in England threw shoes at the married couple. Tribal cultures believed rice brought the couple together in matrimony. In addition to these traditions, throwing rice is believed to provide prosperity and keep evil spirits away from the bride and groom.
Today's weddings don't make throwing rice mandatory. It stopped because of the possibility that birds died if they eat the rice. It remains an option for couples to consider because the possibility turned out to be false. Because of slips, falls and painful impact, guests can also throw rose petals, flower petals, birdseed or blow bubbles at the couple instead of rice. Some venues have banned rice because it makes a mess and guests don't clean it up after the ceremony. Noisemakers, streamers and confetti are also acceptable alternatives at weddings. Foreign countries will throw rice, wheat or candy at the couple. Some weddings forgo the tradition. There are no wrong answers.
July 16th, 2014
July 10th, 2014
"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue..." So goes the wedding mantra, and it is a wonderful touch for a bride to wear something that was her mother's or grandmother's, especially if they were particularly close, or had a very happy marriage. A groom may wear something of his father's or grandfather's for the same reason.
Antiques have a very special aura to them. They call forth a time when things were made to last. Rustic barns that have weathered the elements, taking both the good and the bad, are wonderful settings for antiques as they share that much in common; they have withstood the test of time. Likewise, a couple about to embark on the journey of marriage hopes that they, too, will last through the years.
Here are some ideas to incorporate the essence of things that were built to last into your wedding photography:
An antique "Regulator" clock is symbolic of the passing of time. A vintage clock that has faithfully counted off the hours for a hundred years or more is a clear symbol of a love that will last a long, long time.
Do you have your parents', grandparents', or even great-grandparents' wedding photos? Honor their memories and their own special days while commemorating yours as the latest to take that big step.
Antique furniture tends to be very solid, like you want your marriage to be. A sideboard, a bookshelf, even a loveseat all make for excellent props, backgrounds, or (in the case of the loveseat) seating for the newlyweds, calling to mind a quality to last the ages.
Sometimes you don't have vintage photos, furniture, or other, larger items. Perhaps all you have is your grandfather's pipe or your grandmother's shawl. These sentimental items can be used as subtle decorations set on a small table or draped over a chair. Just be sure to keep them as decorations and not as a focal point. It's all about you, after all!
July 3rd, 2014
June 29th, 2014
In order to be camera ready brides need the perfect wedding dress. The dress must not only be beautiful but flatters figure. The dress will be a constant reminder of your wedding day, and it's something you should look forward to every time you open your leather flush mount wedding album. Find the one dress that brings out the best features of your body.
- Pear shaped or triangle figures have hips that are larger than their shoulders. Pear shaped bodies need to choose something that will accentuate the top and hide the bottom half. A-line, empire and ball gowns achieve this very well. The flare part of the gown softens the bottom half to blend in with the narrow piece of the midsection.
- Hourglass bodies have the curvy feature too, but the bottom and top halves are equal in length. You have the option of highlighting the bottom half, the top and bottom halves, or hide it all. Ball gowns highlight the top half by hiding the bottom. Sheath gowns hide all of it, creating a straight line. This allows the curves to fall in place. The mermaid (or trumpet) gown highlights both the bottom and top halves.
- Inverted triangles or apple shapes have shoulders that are wider than their hips. You need to eliminate the commanding top half while emphasizing the bottom half. Ball gowns will do just that. It will bring balance to the body. Sheath dresses have the same effect. Short dresses with flare at the bottom provide balance.
- Boxed bodies like a rectangle have the same sized shoulders and hips. The difference is the waist is not small; it's the same size as the shoulders and hips. Dresses that fit your boyish figure include sheath, empire and a-line gowns. All of them smooth out the rectangle shape and (thanks to the flare) creates a curvy shape for you. Feel free to add a nice belt or string near the waistline to create the curve if it's not built in the dress.
Custom made, store bought, strapless, sleeves, sleeveless, Hollywood glamour, what shade of white to wear - some of the many dress choices you're going to make. Petite or plus sized and tall or short, there is a dress for you. It's all about choosing what you want to parade and what you want hidden. It's a good idea to get it fitted to your body shape. Pick a dress in your current size now and continue to have it fitted until your wedding day. Your size may change between now and then. Loose clothes give an illusion of adding pounds. Additional tips include shopping around, being patient, sticking to a budget, dressing for the location and wearing for style and comfort. Don't shop for gowns after work or with an entourage.
June 20th, 2014
June 18th, 2014
There's a certain charm when it comes to rustic barn weddings. The simple, down-to-earth elegance of these weddings have a way of instantly putting the guests at ease so that they are free to relax and fully enjoy themselves. So when selecting the wedding favors for your guests, why not choose something that truly captures that same rural simplicity? Below are some easy handmade ideas for rustic style wedding favors:
Mason Jar Mementos
For a sweet souvenir, fill mini mason jars with honey. Then, attach a small honeycomb to the jar with a ribbon. For another variation, fill the mason jar with jam or fudge sauce and add a spoon. Couples can also create personalized labels with their names and a cute message for their guests.
Burlap Sachet Pouches
These favors give guests the chance to take a bit of the countryside home with them after the party. Simply, gather or purchase some aromatics such as potpourri or dried flower petals and place them in a small drawstring burlap pouch. If the couple is feeling particularly creative, they can sew some lace for a lovely accent.
As the country cousins to the cake pop, these pint sized pies make a delicious and convenient treat for your guests who have to travel a long way. Begin by preparing the pie filling of your choice and set aside. Follow the standard recipe for the crust's dough. Roll the dough out on a cookie sheet and cut them into bite sized circle with a round cookie cutter. Gently press a wooden popsicle stick on top of the circle so that its aligned with in the center. Secure the stick to the circle by pressing some extra dough over it. Add a small portion of filling unto the center. Place another circle on top of it and close the edges by crimping them with a fork. Brush with some beaten egg whites for a glaze. Bake them at 370 degrees for 15 minutes or until they are golden brown. Let them cool. Lastly, wrap the top with cellophane and a ribbon as though it were a lollipop.
June 11th, 2014
Are you planning a rustic barn wedding in Utah? Take a look at these beautiful venue locations for some inspiration and planning information:
- Wheeler Historic Farm, about 30 minutes from Salt Lake City - This gorgeous farm provides a picturesque setting for a wedding ceremony, reception, or both. Mountain backdrop, historic farming equipment and structures, and flexibility in planning options all make this venue ideal for those who want a beautiful view and choices in catering, decor, and entertainment.
- Green Barn Gardens, about 45 minutes from Salt Lake City - This simple and rustic setting boasts of bountiful gardens in season from May 1 through October 15. There are also many places for guests and the couple to wander along creeks or among forests. One neat offering by this venue is the free use of certain decor, backdrops, tables, and chairs!
- Kelley Creek Farm, Hunstville, Utah - Located about an hour north of Salt Lake City, this scenic and animal-friendly farm presents stunning views and nicely groomed lawns. There is also a pond -- perfect for photos, and of course the barn. Sheep are pastured nearby and may make some friendly ba-ahs for your nuptials or reception.
- High Star Ranch, near Park City - The well-maintained facilities at this rustic location provide guests with convenience and comfort in a farm-like setting. Mountain and lake views are aplenty, and dining options include outdoor seating or indoors in the quaint "Country Store."
- Rendezvous Ranch, near Park City - The gorgeous grounds and buildings make Rendezvous Ranch a nice location for couples who want a luxury setting with a rustic feel. The views overlooking the lake and mountains are breathtaking and majestic, so photo opportunities are abundant. All-inclusive packages are offered, making this an easy to plan location.
June 4th, 2014
So you’ve chosen the dress, the venue and the bridesmaids. You’ve finally managed to finish the seating chart. The flowers have been ordered. Everything is going to be perfect. You just know it. So maybe it’s time to just take a deep breath and have some fun. You can do this with Salt Lake bridal photography. Make this into a stress-free time where you just get to dress up, go somewhere beautiful and have fun. Here are a few tips for wedding photography:
- Keep it simple. Sure, you’ll be wearing your wedding dress and you’ll get your makeup done professionally. However, many brides look back at their wedding pictures and find that their hair and makeup is done in a way that makes them unrecognizable. This doesn’t mean that you have to go with your everyday look but choose a slightly more natural hairstyle and get a natural look with your makeup so that you look and feel like yourself.
- Go somewhere that you love. Many people might be going to a certain park for wedding photos but if your favorite place in the world is that beach right across from your parents house, then that’s where you should go. You can also go to more than one place but remember to make sure that you do visit your favorite spots. You’ll feel happy there and this will show up in your photos.
- Do a retrospective. You could take some wedding photos at the place where you and your spouse-to-be met or where you had some special moments. These might be places where you generally dress casually but the contrast of your wedding clothes with a casual place can be fun and eye-catching.
- Strip a little. We don’t mean this literally! However, you could take wedding photos in your full wedding regalia to begin with but get more casual as the shoot goes on. Kick off those high heels and get on a swing. Let that veil fly off in the breeze. Pick up that skirt and put your feet in the water. These might even turn out to be the photos you like best.
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by Opie Janzer