Welcome to the Cherry Tree Photography Blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my home away from home. I hope you find yourself completely captivated! Sit back, look around, and enjoy! Whether you're here as a prospective client, a friend, or just a cyber follower - I hope you'll find something you love! I want this blog to be more than just my work: I want you to feel like you're a part of me and my life! I want to open up and share my stories and my excitement for life with you. And, by all means, feel free to post and contribute your love and stories back with me! Hollie

Wowza!

Posted on May 31, 2012

I don’t have any good excuses for how long I have been MIA.  I sorta put my business life on the back burner to focus on being a mom.  Which, ok I do think is a great excuse.  I had come to a point where I spent so much time doing my “job”, that I realized I was not being the mom I wanted to be.  So I took some time away and invested myself back into my family.

It has been amazing.  I have been able to truly enjoy and eat up those moments with my kids that I realize will be gone all too soon.  The hilarity that is my 3 year old.  The way she tells me her “one time” stories of things that happened 5 minutes ago.  My 6 year losing his first teeth, and the cool things he comes home from kindergarten so excited to tell me about.  My 7 yr olds first kiss from a boy- on her ear “gross!”, but he said it was an accident ;) hee hee.  My little 1 year old learning to walk, and shake his head “no”, and drop his bum the instant he hears a music beat.

Yes, being a mom is all that and so much more.

BUT, I have missed my job! I have done some things here and there.  I want to do SO much more!  So now that the kids are out of school in a week, and life seems pretty smooth, I am ready to jump back in the game!

I am going to share so much with you guys!  From sessions I’ve done over the last year, to some tutorials on how I work, to random things in my everday life.

My goal: to become an addicted blogger!

So, consider this your warning.  Be prepared to bookmark this blog, share this blog, spread the word and become addicted!

Summer is here and so is my mojo!

 



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A Personal Update {It’s about time!}

Posted on October 2, 2011

I seriously can’t believe the last time I posted about myself and my family, my baby boy looked like this:

5 months later, my little chubba lub looks like this!

So much has happened in the last 5 months of this little guy joining our family.  Mostly for the better!

Braddock had a rough start at birth, and again at 6 weeks we were back in the hospital for 3 very long days.  He ended up catching Rotavirus. Which they didn’t figure out until day 3.  He had horribly bloody stools and would not eat.  I have NEVER been so scared in my entire life.  He was lethargic and not very responsive.  He was sent via ambulance from one hospital to a specialty hospital.  There after tests, and lots of blood work, and even a spinal tap it seemed we were never going to figure out what was wrong.  I don’t think I ever stopped praying while there.  But by some miracle, the doctor change we had on day 3 was our answer.  He felt the need to test him one more time, for this specific virus.  And sure enough!

Taking him home that night was the best feeling.

I’m happy to say that since then he has been completely healthy and happy!

We spent the rest of our summer moving from our little 2 bedroom apartment into a real home! Not our home, but one we are renting.  But HOME has earned a whole new meaning to us now.  2 floors with plenty of space for the 6 of us.  A fenced in yard that has been a huge blessing! I seriously have no clue how I handled 5 years in an apartment with 3 kids!

With a husband working 2 jobs,  the house has been my sole responsibility (which my OCDness LOVES!) so it definitely engulfed the rest of my summer :)   That is part of why my blog posts are sometimes super behind!  I am loving creating my own spaces though!

Check out my office!

Before- ewwww

After- YAY!

My Main Bathroom

Guess my boys room will be a post another day.  I thought I’d taken pics but nope! Oops :)

I celebrated my 30th Birthday! Woohoo!!! I seriously am SO excited for my 30′s. I’ve been looking forward to them for the last few years.  I think my 30′s will be my favorite decade!

Moving on to All My Children, ha ha – not the soap opera!  This is actually what I was going to blog Back to school photo shoot.  Anyone else dread school pictures? I do!!! So we always do our own. I highly recommend this to everyone.

I ventured out all by loneseome with all 4 kids in tow.  We headed to Wheeler Farm in Murray and headed to the backside where I knew there would be a lot less traffic.  I just let my kids roam free while I shot.  And in all honesty, it turned out to be my best shoot ever of my kiddos together! So sit back and enjoy!

How lucky am I? 4 Beautiful babes!



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Just had to give a little shout out to my Father in law, and his fiancee .

I am excited to travel to Idaho next month to document their special day!

Just a few favorites from their engagement session.

Love you guys!



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Zoee {Utah Childrens photographer}

Posted on September 3, 2011

I had an absolute blast sharing an evening with this awesome girl celebrating her baptism! We went to a beautiful orchard and used up every last ounce of sunlight we could.

Zoee you are beautiful, smart and absolutely hilarious!



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I’m not sure if it’s those adorable lips or his deep blue eyes that melt me the most!  Or maybe it’s because he is my nephew ;)   Who happens to just be 2 days older than my baby Braddock.  Little Luke here is a doll! We went up to Logan in June for his blessing so I stole him for a quick mini session.  He hammed it up of course! I wish I’d nabbed a picture of him with his four, yes FOUR older brothers.  They all look so alike it’s uncanny!  Beautiful boys with blonde hair and big blue eyes.

Now, back to this adorable baby boy!

I LOVE his little expressions! It’s almost as if he’s saying “you want me to what? Get real woman!” ha ha haaa

An adorable boy and an adorable cowboy room!



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I feel so completely THRILLED! that I was chosen to come take part in the Lime Ricki Swimwear party!

In case you have never heard of Lime Ricki- they freaking ROCK! Seriously!  Womens, Mens and little girls swimwear that is modest, well made, durable, colorful and totally stylish!

Check out their website here:

http://www.limericki.com/WOMEN?_oskwdid=5966357&_engineadid=7556223155

Three sisters,

by the names of Nicole Bruderer, Colette Callister and  Jennifer Anderson wanted to design modest suits for themselves and their daughters.  Realizing there were a lot of people out there who wanted the same thing they got to work.  From that, Lime Ricki was born!

For the first 3 years they sold the swimsuits out of their homes.  Until they opened their first store.

This Blog Party was to celebrate!  Bloggers came and chatted, and got to know these sisters.  They checked out the swimwear, and even got to take home a suit!

Now I would like to add for all you moms out there who are tired of swimsuits falling apart, or your girls bottoms getting shredded the first time they sit on cement, these swimsuits are SO well made.

My own girls have tested it out and the suits look as good as new!



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Jared and I go way back.  Over ten years in fact.  He is my husbands little brother after all!

I am so grateful I got to be a part of his and Marie’s special day.

I wish them both a lifetime of happiness and love.



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Born May 7th

weighing in @ 6lbs 5oz

19 inches long

This beautiful TINY precious baby girl belongs to my dear friend Tonii. You may remember her….

Yep, She had her baby the very next day after we shot her maternity pictures!

I realize this post is a few weeks late, but that’s what happens when you move and have to unearth your office! :)

back to Miss Avrie

She is an absolute doll. She has stolen the hearts of her siblings as well as her parents. Ok, and mine too!

And she was a dream to shoot.

Congrats to you guys! What a beautiful family you have!



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I feel so lucky to be friends with this amazing gal.  Not only is she an awesome mom, who I connect with on all sorts of levels, and our kids all play together awesomely,  AND she is an awesome friend. (Can you use the word “awesome” too much???)

She is always willing to be my guinea pig :)    Letting me try out all sorts of crazy ideas, even when I have no clue if they will work.  See, when you are my subject, I can get a little, umm how would I say this…. demanding? ha haaa.  I know what I want, and I run with it.  Tonii here always lets me :) I feel so spoiled! I took over when I saw her GORGEOUS purple shirt and how her eyes popped, so I did her make up really bold to accentuate it.   Then threw on the bold contrasting jewelry to bring out the color of her eyes.  Needless to say, we had a blast at this shoot from start to finish.

Tonii you are radiant. And you make 36 weeks and 3 days of pregnancy look so easy and carefree.

You always have the most fabulous shoes!

You could not have rocked this shot any more! AMAZING!!!!

You prove that pregnancy is very sexy.

I know, she’s ridiculously gorgeous right?

Thanks for always being willing to try my crazy ideas Tonii! You are one awesome chic! Love ya!

PS- and thanks for laughing with me as I shot you one handed while holding my crying 3 week old baby! :D Yes, we moms are THAT multi-talented!

The fun didn’t end here. Nope.

The very next day Tonii gave birth to this BEAUTIFUL baby girl.

And that post is coming up soon!!!



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Without a doubt, the most awesome part of doing what I do, is getting to share in peoples lives. Getting to be a part of those moments that are so special and so defining.  This was no exception.  I have had the privilege of knowing Marci and Stu for many years.  My husband and hers grew up together, so through marriage we all became friends.  I watched as years went by of them struggling to become pregnant. I watched their complete joy as Marci went through a  very difficult pregnancy and they were blessed with their beautiful boy.  Then again the struggles of trying to conceive again.  My heart ached for them.  Despite my 7 miscarriages, I couldn’t even imagine how they felt. I at least have been blessed with my (then 3) children! They began the hard, long process of fertility drugs, and IUI insemination. It didn’t work.  They again tried a second IUI insemination, and it worked! Not only did it work, but they were pregnant with twins!!!!  I can not even begin to tell you, as a friend, the joy I felt when I heard their news.  They are so deserving of that amazing miracle!

Now, I am VERY late on blogging this session. . .

In the beginning of March, at 34 weeks, we did a home maternity session.  Marci is absolutely glowing and gorgeous.  Surrounded by her boys she stands out as the amazing mother and wife that she is.

In the end of March, after 37 weeks of a beautiful, healthy pregnancy, they welcomed their new twin baby girls into this world! And I can’t wait to get my hands on them for pictures next week!!! :)

Congratulations Marci & Stu, your family is absolutely beauitful and priceless. Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives.  You are awesome friends and I couldn’t be any happier for you!

Love,

Hollie



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