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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.
We went down to California to shoot for Albion Fit and decided to go ahead and do a creative model test shoot while we were there. Vivian Make Up Artist agreed to come on the shoot with me. She did so much more than make up that trip! I wouldn’t have been able to pull this shoot off without her help between driving us all over, making sure I didn’t fall over a cliff seeing as I was super pregnant on the top of a very scary cliff over the ocean.
So I always have a vision in my head of what I want a shoot to look like including the clothing. I first wanted to do a bridal feel and then a more fashion feel. I brought some clothing with me but when I arrived this amazingly beautiful model Naomi from Newmark Model Mgnt was so petite none of the clothes I brought fit! After a few seconds of panic I rushed over to a local store and bought some clothes off their clearance racks that I made into some cool outfits.
After the hair and makeup was finished we headed off to the beaches, which were way farther away than we thought and we already didn’t have as much time in the sun as we wanted. Add to that the crazy clothing search and we were in danger of not having the sunset that I wanted. We had a few minutes of sunset then it was gone over the horizon. As seems to happen so often the potential disaster turned into something beautiful. With the sun down the light was really unique and pink which was gorgeous with the sequins and the color of the water.. I was pretty happy with the end result
hair and makeup cred- http://www.vivianmakeupartist.com/
We are so excited to announce a new photographer to our team, Whitney Kofford!
She has been shooting for almost 10 years, the past few years in California working with Mi Belle Photographers.
She has such a natural eye and is a master with post processing.
Whitney specializes in Family, newborn and wedding photography!
In honor of Whitney’s first week here we want to give anyone who books with us this week $100 off a family or newborn shoot and $300 off any wedding package!! Mention this post about Whitney when you email us!
check out a few of my faves from her portfolio!
Is it pathetic to admit that high school was one of my favorite times of my life? Well, regardless if its lame to admit that or not-it was. My senior year especially. I was involved in choir, theater, stage crew…all the nerdy, socially awkward things a girl can do in high school (that and being an avid member of the Nintendo64 club. Don’t ever challenge me at Mario Kart unless you want to lose). One of the biggest things I regret about my senior year however, is not taking senior pictures. I mean, my mom took me down the street in my Madrigal jacket and snapped a few against a rock wall-but I’ve always wished I had actual photos of me during that time of my life. Now that I’m almost 24, have a one year old and work full time, it would be nice to look back at cute pictures of me when I was 18 with long, pretty hair, cute new clothes and didn’t have a care in the world. I think that’s the reason why I love taking senior pictures so much. It’s so fun for me to see all these cute kids getting ready to transition out of high school into all the exciting things ahead of them. It’s even more fun when I have seniors as cute as Jordan. Pretty in pink and the easiest person to shoot. You would never guess we had absolutely terrible wind and rain the day we shot these-because this girl absolutely rocked it.