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Santa Sessions

It may not be Halloween yet, but if you know me at all you know I’ve been counting down the days til Christmas for months now.  :)   So you shouldn’t be too surprised to learn that I’m partnering to bring Santa to town early this year.   I’m so excited to announce my first ever Mini Session…  SANTA Mini Sessions.

Beat the rush, avoid lines and get your wish lists to Santa early this year with this unique, one of a kind collaboration between 5 amazing Utah portrait photographers.   Let your kids experience personalized attention from Santa, PLUS have gorgeous images!

Space is very limited, as we only have our wonderful Santa-school trained Santa and Mrs. Claus for this one day!
Contact me to book your session or with any questions.  Sessions must be booked and paid for by November 1st.

Santa Sessions

*The real Santa, pictured here, WILL be the Santa photographed in your session.

Love,
Heather

Gina & Family {Salt Lake City Family Photographer}

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking this beautiful family’s photos.

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In my mind, these guys looked exactly the same as the last time I saw them, just a little bigger, but when I went back through looking at old photos, I was shocked at how grown up they’ve all become!

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I had so much fun with you guys.

Love,
Heather

 

Blood Moon

Last night Ricky begged me to set his alarm for 4:30 am.    I debated, knowing how tired he would be at the end of the day but gave in, thinking there was no way he’d actually get up at 4:30 am!   But I was wrong and he came bouncing into our room at 4:32 am to wake us up to see the moon.    Although tricky to photograph, it was very cool to see the Blood Moon this morning.

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Love,
Heather

DeEtta Bird - Ricky,
I wish I had remembered to get up, but I think there will be another one soon. What a good memory for you and with a great picture also.
Love,
Grandma DeDe

Debbie & Ezra {Salt Lake City, McCune Mansion Wedding}

I had the honor of photographing the wedding of Debbie and Ezra at the elegant and impressive McCune Mansion a couple of weeks ago.   Every bit of this wedding from the venue to the tiniest details was nothing short of spectacular.

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Debbie got ready for her big day at the Mansion surrounded by those she loves… including her maid of honor and best friend and her adorable girls.   Her hair and make up were done beautifully by Frank Armstrong from Salon MC.

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Ezra seeing his beautiful bride for the first time.

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While Deb and Ezra had a few moments to themselves before the ceremony, guests continued to arrive, greeted by the grandeur of the mansion and amazing flowers at every turn.   I was in awe of all of the unique details in each floral arrangement, from the tiniest boutonniere to the largest bouquet.   Pamela Olson from The Native Flower Company did a fantastic job everywhere.

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I love that Deb and Ezra included the families of the best man and maid of honor in the ceremony.  Both walked down the aisle with their family.

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And Deb, Ezra and their girls walked down the aisle as a family.

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Hooray!

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Cocktail hour and dinner followed the ceremony.

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The party continued in the grand ballroom with toasts.

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Deb’s father and Ezra’s mother had a short and sweet toast of “Finally!” Along with a big Hooray!

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Their cake was gorgeous (Granite Bakery) and was topped by a cake topper that also topped Deb’s parents wedding cake.  The cake was made complete when they added the Hummel figurine of the two little girls.

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They had Vegan and Gluten free cakes as well (City Cakes), and Debi surprised Ezra with a Groom’s Pie, made by her good friend, Jennifer Dobner.

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And then they danced, sang and partied the night away.

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Ezra surprised Debi with a song.

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The Way Downs, a Portland bank with lots of Utah roots came in to town for the big event!  They were awesome and kept the party going strong all night.

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I’ll end this post with this… I love this one.  :)   Congratulations!

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Heather

Pamela Olson - You did such a fantastic job, Heather! You really captured the sweet personalities of Deb and Ezra. Thank you for getting such great shots of the flowers! :)

Suriya - these are sweet – you did an awesome job, it looks like a beautiful wedding. I love the hummels too!

Back to School 2014

Were back at it. The school year has begun and we’ve got a third grader and two pre-kindergarteners here in the Bird house.

Back to School 2014

 

They are all at a new school this year. A school that we landed on after much debate, thought, comparisons and prayer, yet we were still left wondering if we were making the right decision. Two days in, I think it’s a school we are all going to love.

Stressing over the potential anxiety of starting a new routine in a new place, I was determined to make the transition smooth.  I spent Sunday cleaning and organizing every inch of the boy’s rooms.   I removed every single thing from every drawer, emptied the closets, organized books and toys and made sure everything in their rooms had its place.    Because you know, you’re bound to have a good first day at school if you have all of the same size books on the same shelf in your closet at home. ;)   Don’t mind the crazy lady digging out trash from under the bed at home when the lunches they need to eat AT school still are not made.   I was on a mission and was sure if we had perfect bedrooms all would go well.

Feeling accomplished with clean rooms we started our bedtime routine.  Baths, new jammies, brushing and flossing of teeth, stories and bedtime snuggles under clean sheets all on the agenda. Except during the middle of bathtime I remembered that I should probably iron their clothes for the next day.   Wiping walls with clorox wipes turned out not to be such a good priority over clean and ironed clothes for the first day of school.

Ironing away, I sent the boys to brush their teeth on their own (never a good idea).   The teeth brushing soon became a wrestling match because one boy’s clean pajamas got soaked by another spitting water aimlessly.   The third was almost in tears because he didn’t want to read on the last night of summer.   With one child stomping off and pouting and the other two crying and yelling because someone finally got hurt, my intentions of a calm, perfectly orchestrated night in preparation for a perfect morning on the first day of school went out the window along with my patience. It turned into my own stomping down the hall accompanied by some screaming and ended in me sending everyone to bed.

I stared at Ken with a look of defeat. “This is not how I wanted tonight to go,” I said. Although I thought I had accomplished so much that day, the one thing I was striving for didn’t happen. No smooth transition here… at least not with a yelling, angry mommy.    I turned the ironing over to Ken and one by one got my cuddle time in with each boy assuring them that the first day would be great.   In reality I was assuring myself more than them.

The next morning wasn’t all that smooth either.  I slept late, Ricky’s new shoes hurt his feet, the lunches were not made when we needed to be heading out the door and there was no time for the annual “Pre First Day of School” pictures.  But we made it.   We made it to school on time, with clean ironed clothes, healthy lunches in hand and surprisingly calm and confident attitudes.  However, it wasn’t until I picked my boys up yesterday afternoon, that I knew the transition was just fine. They all greeted me with big smiles like they had been at this school forever.  Note to self: Although nice, it had nothing to do with clean and organized bedrooms and everything to do with my amazing, strong, flexible little men.

We’ll love it here, I just have a feeling.

Hopefully the laughs from our first annual “Post First Day of School” pictures continue all year long.

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Love,
Heather