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Hello everyone! It’s Amanda again. Well. I don’t know if anyone noticed, but I’ve been a little MIA from the blog recently. I promise I have a good excuse.
This is how my day shooting in the mountains began. Yes. Extremely Cold.
On the left, you see the boot I wear every time I shoot from the month of October till about May. The perfect, reliable, durable shooting boot. But on the right-you see a different kind of boot. The clunky, ugly medical kind that has no kind of reliability whatsoever. The kind you wear when you break your foot. Which I did, 3 weeks ago-making it pretty hard to scale mountains and chase families with my camera. Alas-I’m back in the game and these photos were worth scaling hillsides (and possibly getting frostbite) for.
Now, on to the good stuff. When I first met Megan and Greg for their engagements in park city, there were the most down to earth, fun and easy to shoot people I’d probably ever met. Because of that, their engagements ended up being brilliant and extremely popular in their circle of friends and family. They tell me I’m amazing-I tell them it’s just because of how awesome they are. These two love birds have been married for 2 months now and can I just say that shooting their bridals after they were already married was my FAVORITE part of this shoot. Why? It’s simple. Her dress. We could spend our time doing whatever we wanted and not have to be so overly worried about her dress every step we took. I highly recommend this route to my future brides. I don’t think I could have asked for a more perfect photo shoot from these two. The weather was perfect, Sundance is absolutely breath taking and they are just two beautiful people. The perfect recipe for amazing photos.
And by the way- here’s what the end of my shooting day in the mountains looked like. still haven’t figured out how to get all these out.
So I had a first with this shoot. I drove from Bountiful to the mouth of the Parleys canyon and realized I forgot my camera bag. Photographer’s worst night mare ! haha I was FREAKING out. So embarrassed. and really there was nothing to do but to turn around and get it then meet my couple almost 40 min late cuz of course its rush hour. Luckily this couple was way chill so they didn’t mind at all. phew.
We went around some pretty fields in park city, and then to main street. The light was so beautiful and the sky looked so pretty. Walking around with them just doing whatevs and being weird was perfect for their pics.
Although these babies only last about 15 minutes in the hot sun, I still had such a great time photographing the Skeens! Getting two almost 1-year-olds to both look at the camera at the same time is no easy task. With a little bit of baby talk and some key shaking, I was able to catch their glimpses only a few times. Seriously though, how cute are these boy girl twins and how gorgeous are their parents? I’m so happy I was able to photograph this cute family and capture this special time in their babies lives!
When I look back on my short 23 years of life, I tend to feel like I haven’t done much that’s very noteworthy in all that time. The last couple days especially-I’ve had quite the big internal pity-party about a lot in my life. All of that is why I am so grateful that I had the experience that I did this morning.
My mom called me yesterday and told me that her good friend LeeAnn’s husband was coming home from a year long stint in Afghanistan. LeeAnn has been one of my mothers very best friend for a long time, so when she came to me with the idea of surprising them at the airpot by taking pictures of her husband Loren’s homecoming-I was more than happy to do it. I had my morning completely mapped out so that I could be to the airpot right on time-My son was with the babysitter, I had all my equipment packed and ready to go, I was just trying to get out the door when my mom called me and told me Loren’s flight was 20 minutes early. PANIC MODE. I threw myself in my car, (no shoes on and still buttoning up my shirt) and flew down to Salt Lake. I parked and flew out of the garage and started to feel pretty good about the time I made to the airport….till I realized I had no idea what terminal he was coming into. Grabbing the nearest airport employee, I quickly started to ask how to find his flight-and of course, I was in the wrong terminal. I can only imagine what the people around me thought when they saw my 6′ tall self booking it trough the baggage claims, while pulling my camera out of my bag and switching lenses at the same time. When I made it to the second terminal-my heart completely sank. Loren’s flight was at baggage claim, and everyone was already with their friends and families. Upset, I called my mom to tell her that I had missed it. Through all the birth stories, ‘first looks’ at weddings and split seconds of kids behaving for family photos-I have never missed an important moment. Gearing myself up to leave, I had the sudden feeling to look behind me. Weather it was fate, or amazing luck-Loren was one of the very last people off of the airplane and was coming down the escalator smiling at his family. Still on the phone with my mom, I ran over to where LeeAnn was standing and started to shoot. Had I waited one split second longer to turn around-I would have missed it. Through an insane amount of tears, I shot and watched this beautiful family come back together again after a hard year of waiting. After a minute of so, they started to realize that some random girl wearing a backwards hat had a camera in their face for this pretty private moment….then Loren looked at me and smiled, realizing who I was. LeeAnn looked over after a second and said “…Amanda??” telling them to ignore me and continue having their moment, they gave hugs to LeeAnn’s parents, then came over to me for the same. After a quick group shot, I slipped out to let them continue to have their time together.
Coming full circle, when I look back on my short 23 ears of life, I tend to feel like I haven’t done much that’s very noteworthy-a lot…Until I have mornings like this morning. Speeding down freeways, jumping through baggage claims, and looking like a crazy person-just to make sure someone else can have this moment in time forever. To me, that’s the power of photography. If nothing else, I get to be the vessel for those around me to look back and live on through the images I capture. And to me, that’s pretty noteworthy. Enjoy.
Hey guys, Amanda again.
Friends are your chosen family. I’m sure most of us have heard that at one point or another in our lives, and I personally believe that to be true. The same goes for my work family of friends. Think about it. What’s a family made up of? People who love, respect and support one another, who want to kill each other on occasion and spend a huge chunk of time together. Yep. Sounds like our team is a family alright. So when our marketing man Chris and I started to talk about doing this awesome photo shoot of him, I was super excited to get to do it for him. (little does the rest of my team know I will be doing this to the rest of them very soon, willingly or not.)
When Jessica called me almost a year ago and told me she wanted to talk business with me, I honestly had no idea what it would be about. We had always had a working friendship as far as helping out with weddings, taking shoots for one another when something came up, shooting each other when needed, etc. So for her to want to talk the “business” of photography was different for me. Of course I wanted to talk to her, so I showed up to the address she gave me in down town Salt Lake City and was ready to talk, even though I had no clue what about. We sat upstairs in her studio and talked about how jealous I was of her new place for a minute while we waited for her manager to join us. (By the way, this is when I found out Jessica was pregnant with Willa. I was SO excited.) The first thing I noticed about Chris was how ambitious he is and how much of a team player he is. In the short time I sat with him and talked over his and Jessica’s plans to grow and expand their photography business, I could tell how dedicated he was to making this work for her and anyone else that was to be involved. As we talked about where we wanted to grow as photographers and as a company-and as Chris briefly talked to me about his own adventures in photography, company start ups, entrepreneurship and marketing-I knew this guy was legit. That day, I joined the Jessica Janae Photography team.
Fast forward to late February of this year. As a team, we went down to WPPI in Las Vegas together. We all went to grow as photographers, learn more of the business and marketing end, and check out amazing equipment. The funny thing is however we not only left with all of that-but as a closer team and friends. On the way down to Vegas, we talked about TV shows, movies we’d seen, how messed up Game Of Thrones is and music. Chris was just legit till he started to play Eddie Vedder on the way down. Then he became cool. Every time I see Chris now at a team meeting or photo shoot, I ask if he knows any crazy cool band I throw at him-and he does. Like Jessica and I became friends over modeling, shoots and babies, and John with sarcasm and skinny jokes, Chris and I have definitely found our friendship through music. Last week, we were talking about Jon Mayer’s new album and how awesome the photo he used for his album cover was. So, in our attempt to be as cool as John Mayer, we did a shoot of our own-Chris style. Chris Cahoon is a pretty stylish dude. Who else can throw a blanket over their shoulder in a field and make it look this cool? Later, he told me that even though he’s a photographer, videographer, knows amazing people and has awesome connections-this was the first photo shoot of himself he’d ever done. So thanks for letting me shoot you, Chris and for everything else that you do.