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Lukas {Salt Lake City Newborn Photographer}

Kase and Mary had plans for the Saturday before Easter not unlike the plans of most people on this day.   They had family in town and were going to color Easter eggs.    One week later, the eggs remained colorless.

They were blessed with so much more than colorful eggs this Easter Sunday.

On Saturday, I received a message from Kase and Mary to let me know that they were about to have their first baby.    Our plan was that I would hop on a plane as fast as I could and make it in time to photograph the birth of their baby boy.    My heart sank when I listened to my friend’s message, read her text, checked the time and realized that she had called 6 hours earlier!   I figured there was no way that I would make it in time, especially after determining that the earliest flight I could get was the next morning, Easter Sunday morning.     I booked the flight and was so excited… and then it occurred to me that I would miss Easter Sunday morning with my boys.

I battled with myself all night long, knowing that I would probably miss the birth even if I did get on that plane but then would also miss Easter with my family.   I was bound and determined to have both.   I woke at 4:30 am, showered and packed my things.   I woke the boys early and tried to enjoy Easter baskets and eggs with them but I was rushing them, rushing the moments, rushing everything.    And then I talked to Kase who told me that Mary was still in labor, HOURS later, but he didn’t think there was any I would make it.   When he estimated that she would have the baby in an hour or two, I made the decision not to go.   I hung up the phone, retreated to our office and cried.   I had wanted to be there so badly.

I relaxed a bit and enjoyed Easter, while waiting for the call…Lukas Diego was born at 9:42 am, on Easter Sunday. My plane would have landed at 9:55 am.    And while I felt some relief in the fact that I wouldn’t have made it anyway, I had a terrible feeling of regret all week.   I had selfish regret because I wanted so badly to photograph his birth, but also regret that I wouldn’t be able to capture those once in a lifetime moments for my dear friends.

It wasn’t until I arrived, almost one week later and got to hold that precious baby boy in the comfort of his home, that I started to feel better.    I was blessed to be able to photograph other firsts… his first bath, his first Saturday, his first restaurant outing, and life as it has changed at home for my friends.

Changes such as reading material for my literary friends.    These types of books are scattered amongst their collection now:

They’ve added a new bookcase and a new collection:

And this beautiful little guy is the reason:  (I know, I know… get to the baby pictures already! ;))

His first bath was a success, even though he wasn’t too happy at the end!

He was an angel on his first Saturday outing:

One week old:

I loved capturing moments like these throughout the weekend:

And for all the time that I was there, you would think we would have gotten a lot of pictures of Lukas sound asleep.   This is the only one:

But you can’t really blame him, when you have a view like this outside of your window:

I got a kick out of their dogs.    I’m sure they’re pretty confused about what is going on in their house!

And one last one for the K State fans… he’s gotta be one of the cutest babies I’ve ever seen!

Everything about this little trip was perfect.    The company, the food, the peacefulness, the baby and all of the new experiences …. I loved being a part of it all and especially loved capturing some of these beautiful moments.

Thank you, Kase and Mary, for a perfect weekend and welcome to the world, Lukas!

Love,

Karen Shipp - Love the pictures! I’m Mary’s Aunt Karen, and live in Kansas, and totally enjoyed your story and the pictures! Thank you so much!

Heather Bird - Karen, You are very welcome, it is my pleasure. Thanks for stopping by! Congratulations on a new great-nephew. He’s perfect.

Mary Johnstun - Thanks for the amazing photos and sweet words, Heather! I’m so glad you got an Easter with your boys and that we got a weekend with you! Great photos, great friend!

Angelina - Love your commentary..and of course the beautiful photos! Congratulations to the Johnstun family!

debbie shaw - Congratulations Kase and Mary! What an awesome baby! A reproduction of love and devotion. Words can’t describe it….. You’re in for some great fun. And Mary, Happy Mother’s Day!

Love to all, Deb and Tom

Tara Travis - Beautiful pictures Heather! I love them. Kase and Mary are just too cute together and Lukas is just the best little addition. We’ve been waiting for him for years!

Erin Schumaker - Nice photo shoot Heather! Lucas is absolutely beautiful, congrats!

Tonight, we say goodbye

Tonight is a sad night in our house.     Tonight is the night that we said goodbye to the binki, pacifier, nuk, etc.   At almost 21 months old, the time has come.   Nolan loves it and is becoming more attached to it by the day.  The beloved binki, that was once banned to the crib is starting to make it’s way into more and more daily activities.

Tonight, Nolan is very sad and at 9:42 p.m. is still not asleep.

Tonight, I am sad to have to be the bad guy.   I am sad to mark yet another change of graduation from “baby.”   I am sad because Nolan is so sad.

Ricky is sad and a little mad at me, as he told me, “He is NOT too big, he IS A BABY.”

As I type this, after having gone into the room to rock my sad boy four times, I can still hear him occasionally call for me through the monitor, occasionally call for the “budty” (binki) and occasionally cry a sad, sad cry.   I sit staring at the binki wondering if I am doing the right thing, wondering if I should toss it outside in the garbage so I don’t give in or wondering if I should give it back to Nolan and wait a few more weeks.

Right now, I’m heading back up to hopefully rock my baby to sleep without the binki in hand (for now).

Love and g’night!

Alison L - I feel your pain. My littlest had her binky till she was 3.My mom and mother in law use to aske me why we didn’t get rid of it, then we were all on vacation in Disneyland when it got lost. After 4 hours of her whining they were the one’s to go buy a new one. My mom was also the one who got her to give it up for good a few months later at a sleep over. Hang in there. It should only be bad for a few nights and he’ll forget it.

Cathy - Hang in there Heather. No matter when you take it, there will be a few nights when you will think, “Is this the right time?”. You don’t want him going to school still needing a binki and he will calm down and forget it very soon. You are doing great with them and I have no doubt all of you will survive this also!

Heather Bird - Thanks for the encouragement ladies. Four nights down, now. He has pretty much stopped asking for it, but he does take FOREVER to fall asleep. Figuring out how to climb out of the crib recently hasn’t helped our process much either. :) But it’s great to know that I’m not alone.

Trent. Class of 2011 – {Salt Lake City High School Senior Photographer}

I met Trent last Thursday evening for his Senior portraits and within minutes of meeting him knew that he was an awesome young man.   He is polite, likes to have fun and loves his family.   This is what I witnessed in the short time I spent with him.     Before the shoot was over I had already asked his parents “what do you have to do to raise a kid like this?”    And I was honestly hoping they had a simple secret to share, the secret of successful parenting.    Anyway, he’s honestly a sweetheart… and a good looking sweetheart at that.  Girls, I think you might have to get in line for this one. :)

Trent, I am sure the future holds amazing things for you!   Congratulations on your upcoming Graduation and best of luck in all of your future endeavors!  It was a pleasure spending a couple of hours with you despite ruining a pair of shoes and bruising my ego.:)  (Too enthralled with getting the perfect shot I stepped backwards into a quick-sandish type mud area and totally sank and then slipped and then proceeded to fall!  Thank goodness I used my free hand to catch my fall and not the camera!)

Duane - Thanks Heather! the pictures turned out great!!!

Heather Bird - Thank YOU, Duane. Loved being able to capture such fun pics of him.

Time’s a changin’

Yep, times are a changin’ at our house.    The twins had a surprise for me on Easter night!  A wonderful surprise.    They decided that Easter Sunday was the night to show mommy that they could both climb out of their cribs.  Great.  What an awesome new trick.   And it’s an extra fun trick because not only can they now climb out, but they have have also been opening doors for months, which means they can run down the hall and stairs after they climb out of their cribs.

Saying that I was exhausted on the evening of Easter was an understatement.   I hadn’t slept much at all the night before, woke up extra early and had all kinds of fun all day long .  Once I had finally gotten the boys into bed I grabbed a blanket and cuddled up on the couch.   “Ahhhh,” was all I could think – “relaxation, finally!”   That was until a mere seconds later when I heard a giggle and little feet scampering across the floor.

Ricky thought it was as hilarious and the twins were ecstatic.  We all laughed.  Then I took them back upstairs to bed.

And then the real fun began.  For three hours I wrangled my wild, overly sugared-up boys into bed.   I stood behind a closed door and waited for them, I stood outside a cracked door and let them know that I was watching every time they stood up, I stood inside the room, I rocked and rocked and sang every lullaby in the book and those boys still climbed out of their beds the second I laid them down.    And they loved every minute of this game – laughing hysterically every time I would put them back or say “you lay down!”

Finally around 10:00 pm they crashed.    When I walked away from the door utterly defeated even though they were now asleep, Ken said, “We have the best family.  Aren’t they great?  It’s just so funny.”   “Um, yeah honey, hilarious….the first 25 times.”   And when they woke up not a minute late on Monday morning, I called my mom for some sympathy and she laughed too!

I had hoped the novelty would wear off and things would be back to normal, but that was wishful thinking.  This has been going on at every bedtime and naptime since.  Nolan even climbed the safety gate at the babysitter’s house after climbing out of the pack n play during naptime there.

Nolan spotting me and cracking up.  It’s still a game to him.

Benny spotting me and cracking up – also loving the game of it all.

Time for some new beds at our house.

The reality is that is was funny.   And Ken is right, we do have the best family and they are great.   I will miss being able to lay them down and have them stay put but more than being frustrated by any of this, I’m sad.  I’m not ready to get rid of the baby cribs.  Clearly, I’m not ready to get rid of Nolan’s binki (which used to be banned to the crib for most of the time, but now that he gets himself out he also decides when to get his binki).  I’m not ready for my babies to not be babies anymore.   But the are definitely on their way, quickly.

Love,

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday was quite the day for me.   I’ll have more posts on this blessed day soon, but it was a day of new life, of giving thanks for my many blessings and rejoicing in The Resurrection.   My day started early – the only holiday in my history where I have awaken, showered and dressed before the kids (again, more to come on this later) … but I was ready for an amazing day!   Ken was shocked to hear I wanted to wake the boys before they awoke on their own, but I did just that.

Nolan and Ricky waited patiently while I persuaded Benny out of deep sleep.

Ricky quickly found his basket, the baby’s baskets and most of the eggs.   He examined the items in his basket one by one, but was most thrilled with the quarters, not the dollars or five dollar bill – but the quarters, in his eggs.

Nolan dug into the candy right away.

And then opted for his “binki” and some cuddle time with mommy.

My attempt to get a picture of all of the boys together, which really didn’t go very well at all.

My next attempt to get a picture of all of the boys.  Again, didn’t work out so well as Ricky didn’t want to be a part of it, and Benny clearly wasn’t having any of it:

So I tried again before church.   Ugh – I give up.

My nephew, Gabe, on the other-hand was all about getting his picture taken:

The church put on a great Easter egg hunt (maybe it should have been called a “dash” because not much “hunting” was required), that the boys loved!

Ricky and Benny Papa with their loot:

It was good that Papa helped Benny gather his eggs because Benny was much more interested in the caution tape dividing up the age groups:

Gabe knew exactly what to do with the eggs and dug right into the candy too!

We spent the rest of the day at my parent’s house where the boys received more Easter goodies, where we all ate too much wonderful food and candy, and the boys completed their holiday with yet another Easter egg hunt.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday also.

Love,