Monday, February 25, 2013

Yep. Still alive.

Hey friends!
Just popping in to let you know that I'm still alive. Just taking a little break from the blogging while I get things in my life sorted out (ie- new job!).

I'm still shooting and available for you when you're ready to book (just shoot me an email). Hopefully I'll have mastered the art of balancing life (as if that were possible) and will be posting again soon.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Cram Family || Las Vegas Family Photographer

It's not that I love this family; it's that I love them so much I spend hours each day thinking up ways I could get them to adopt me, or in the very least make me a cool aunt or quirky next door neighbor who pops in the back door and says things like "Hidee Ho, neighbors!" Any excuse to infiltrate myself into their lives will do.  Admittedly, I have a penchant for families of 3 girls. 

I'd been looking forward to this family session for weeks because I knew this family would totally bring it. And they did! Those gorgeous faces, their impeccable style. Don't even get me started on how lovely and talented they each are. And did I mention fun? So fun! 

Be sure to pop on over to tollipop where K says the most absolutely perfect things all the time.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sisters || Utah Portrait Photographer

Being the youngest child was the worst! I always got picked on. I was basically Cinderella doing all the chores.

Of course there was that part about me being the golden child and everyone doting on me. Not to mention the fact that I had them all wrapped around my little finger and could (and still can) get them to do anything for me. Okay, so maybe it wasn't terrible.

Any way you spin it the fact remains that I have an awesome family. Just awesome. And I can say with confidence (and with absolutely no bias) that I have the most beautiful sisters that were every born. Like, seriously beautiful. Not to mention the most talented and lovely sisters at that. We Cropper sisters are a force to be reckoned with.

On our last reunion I once again got to boss them around and tell them how to pose and how to smile and to remember to keep their eyes open and to stop laughing, for heavens sake! I think the results were pretty fantastic.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

JB || Utah Portrait Photographer

Y'all, I have found my Muse!

On my last trip to Utah I convinced this gorgeous girl to do a portrait session with me. I've known JB  basically since birth and she has always been one of the most beautiful people I've ever know. Obviously she is beautiful on the outside but her true beauty radiates from the inside. She is such a loving woman and so sassy. Perfect combo!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Going Home

They say, "Home is wherever I'm with you". And, by "they" I mean Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and by "you" I suppose they mean the man of my dreams who I haven't yet met. But, none of this is true.

Home is Utah.

I'm a Utah girl through and through. I lived in the same house my whole life until I left for college. I couldn't have chosen a more aptly names school to attend- Utah State University. From north to south it is the most beautiful state I've ever seen. Even though it's been over a decade since I resided there it still holds the key to my heart.

I just returned from a week at home reconnecting with my upbringing, with my family and friends. It was so fantastic spending time with so many of my dear loved ones; My sisters, my best friend since the age of 6 and her family, my sweet aunts, my best friend from college, childhood friends I haven't seen in over 10 years, my cousins, my childhood neighbors. Being in the mountains and seeing the changing leaves, seeing the lakes and trees and farms, being in my childhood home was balm for the soul. Seeing the people and places who made me who I am today was exactly what I needed to remember where I am headed and what is truly important in my life.

I'm excited to be able to expand my clientele to beautiful Utah! Doing what I love in my favorite state in the union? What a dream come true.

*Stay tuned for a view of some sessions I did during this last trip with some of my favorite people in the universe.

Sunset view from my childhood home.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

30 days

Every good photographer needs to push their limits, needs to experiment, needs to get out of a rut. Lately, I find myself working the business end of things more than anything. Critical, but not the reason I'm passionate about photography. Creating. Art. That is why I am passionate about this.

For months I've been thinking about doing a 30 day photography challenge. What are the rules? Well, there aren't any really, other than just grabbing the camera and shooting. Everyday. Every single day. For 30 days.

I start September 1st. It's a good month. A month for the Virgos. An entire month wherein I will go back to the basics, have fun and remember why I got myself into this field. A month to be free to shoot whatever, wherever and whoever I want. Ooh! I'm excited.

They say "great minds think alike." Well, it must be true because 3 days before I was due to start my 30 days of consecutive shooting my dear heart Ashley Goodwin Woods posted up on facebook that she was planning to do the very same thing.

A challenge! And suddenly, a group was created. More like minds accepted the challenge. Power in numbers, right? Join us, won't you?

a little peak into my office

Monday, August 27, 2012

Jessie & Marcus... engaged || Las Vegas Engagement Photographer

I think it's fair to say that these guys are two of my favorite people in the world. Jessie has been one of my dearest friends for several years and I could never let her marry someone who isn't as fantastic as Marcus is.

Any great couple needs to be well matched and equally yoked and these two fall so perfectly into that category. They make each other so happy, they take great care of each other and I never see them together without a smile on both of their faces.

We took a trip out to Nelson's Landing for this vibrant engagement session and I am so pleased with how they turned out. Jessie & Marcus will be married in a few weeks and I couldn't be more happy for the pair. Congrats guys! Wishing you nothing but happiness!

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Peter Pan Birthday Club

A few weeks ago I had the awesome pleasure of photographing the launch of the Las Vegas chapter of the Peter Pan Birthday Club. This is an amazing organization which helps kids raise money to donate to childhood cancer research and treatment. Five local charities joined together to bring this foundation to Las Vegas.

20 years ago screenwriter Jim Hart and his family went to London to promote the opening of the movie Hook (one of my favorites!). While there they toured the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital on Julia's 10th birthday. In 1929, the author of Peter Pan (also one of my favorites!), JM Barrie, gave the book's copyright to this hospital so that they would receive all royalties from the Peter Pan works. Julia realized how lucky she was to be a healthy child and decided to donate all her birthday money to the hospital. This was the beginning of an amazing foundation which has inspired many young philanthropists to raise money by celebrating a Peter Pan Birthday.

The event was attended by the Hart Family, former Mayor Oscar Goodman and Ronald McDonald himself as well as all those who have worked so hard to bring this foundation to Nevada and fight childhood cancer. To help celebrate Tawney Bubbles created the best ballon animas, dresses, swords and headbands I have ever seen!

I was so inspired by Julia's story as well as the many young people in Las Vegas who have raised so much money to help their friends and family who are suffering through childhood cancer. In a few more months I will be having a Peter Pan Birthday of my own!

You can read more about it here & here. You can see the news stories here & here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Facing Fears and Seeing My Ultimate Potential

Hey guys. I know I've been a bit MIA lately. I owe that to a week and a half full of attending WPPI-u, planning a bridal shower for one of my best friends, training the gal who will take my place at my old job, travelling to beautiful small-town utah and, of course, shooting. How is it possible that life gets busier and busier each week?  Anyway... I'm back. And I've been thinking.

While at wppi-u I felt so inspired, so motivated and so excited. There is nothing like being in a room full of photographers to get you excited about photography! I was there learning from the best in the business, furiously taking notes and creating a vision of all I want to achieve in this business. I, once again, was reminded of the infinite potential we all have if we have the right tools and are determined.

During one of the breaks I sat and chatted with one of my local colleagues about the business end of things. She asked me specific questions about what I am doing with my brand and with a completely non-judgmental spirit asked me why I am selling myself so short. The only answer: I'm scared.

I was suddenly facing fears I didn't even realize I had. Fears that were hindering my progression along the path to greatness, the path toward my vision. Why is change so terrifying, even when we know we need to do it? What am I even afraid of? Having to vocalize to my friend what my fears actually are was the kick in the pants I need to face those fears. Identify the fear and face it. Those are my next steps.

There is something that happens when you decide to face your fears head on... you become less scared. Those fears don't feel so big after all.

What fears are you facing, friends?
Let's do this together.

"The quickest way to acquire self-confidence is to do exactly what you are afraid to do." -Anon

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Bedingfield Family || Utah Family Photographer

I was pretty worried about this family session.

I wasn't worried that they'd actually come dressed in "mossy oak camouflage" as one son suggested. I wasn't worried about the location or the light. I wasn't worried about posing or exposure.

I was worried that I wouldn't be able to see through my view finder because I'd be laughing so hard that I'd be in tears. I knew this was a possibility because every Thanksgiving, Christmas and family event I've ever attended has included fits of laughter to the point of tears caused by these guys.

I'd like you to meet my aunt, uncle and cousins... hands down, the funniest people I've ever met. They can make me laugh like no one else and it is always a guarantee that they will succeed in doing so.

I had the fantastic pleasure of meeting up with this branch of my family at Wasatch State Park for this family session and I was definitely laughing so hard I could barely see through my lens.

Thanks, family for being the greatest!

This is the first time I was laughing to tears.

This was the second time I was laughing to tears.