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.

Jayme and I had an awesome afternoon/evening Bridal Session. Starting off inside the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and working our way down to the beautiful park under the shadow of the Capitol Building.

There really are no words needed here. Jayme, you are absolutely stunning.  You have a beautiful glow of happiness. I am so thrilled that I have had the chance to spend so much time with you!

You may recognize this gorgeous couple from 2 posts ago :) We actually shot the groomals the day before the wedding!

Annie and Greg’s wedding day was no different, except this time there was no rain. Just beautiful sunny skies! A beautiful afternoon at the Salt Lake City Temple, then off to an outdoor reception filled with food, laughter and lots of love.

This is a massive picture posting. You’ve been warned! :)

My absolute FAV from the day. Annie you are stunning!

There is nothing more tender than the tear drops that fall as Daddy and Daughter dance…

And nothing more pure than the look of pure love as Husband and Wife dance their first dance…

Some people just have that natural flow about them.  Annie was no exception.  This girl just emanates fierceness.

We started off our rainy October day inside the Joseph Smith Memorial Building downtown.   One thing I do LOVE about rainy days, the dramatic atmosphere and lighting. Absolute perfection!

How about this dress? I mean textures galore! So stunning you are Annie, really.

Dress is from Bridal Image in Bountiful, UT.

A touch of personality

We were having so much fun! Then the Groom came, and it was an all out super model session :)

As if I haven’t shown you enough, we headed out into the streets after the rain left us and we were graced with some beautiful sunshine!

Greg, you are such a handsome charm!

All this red could not have been more perfect! Did I mention her wedding colors were red, black and ivory? :) I love red!

Two of my favorite shots from the urban streets of Salt Lake….

There is nothing better than a day full of love, and capturing that love for the keeping!

Meet Tyson and Michelle.

One of the most down to earth couples I have ever had the privilege of working with.

You may remember Michelle from the post here. The girl who braved swarms of millions of mosquitoes for her bridals. :)

On their beautiful, bright wedding day we braved the noon sun for a few quick shots,

before heading down to the Salt Lake City Capitol Building. If ever there were a place with the most stunning light, this would be it! Just flooding with skylight warmth. I could have shot there all day. It is absolutely dreamy.

And of course, the new Mr. & Mrs. can’t be left alone too long ;)

You two are absolutely, beautifully, fiercely, in love….

It was then off to the backyard reception! A very toasty 97 degrees day I might add!

Coolest idea ever! Yes, I know it’s not the first time it’s ever been done, but the photobooth was AWESOME! I seriously want one in my living room. Seriously.

Tyson and Michelle, you even make cake eating melt my heart…

No words are needed here. Just some of those most tender and beautiful moments.

The night ended beautifully. Tyson sang to his new bride…

Then it was dancing until way beyond dark…

Have you noticed how gorgeous it is outside? I sure have! Slightly cooler temps, gorgeous sunlight, green trees… It is the perfect time of year for portraits. And trust me, it isn’t going to last! The month of September is going to be stunning!

So in celebration of the beautiful look Utah is giving us right now, the start of school, and my birthday (yes, I am celebrating, despite the fact that it is on Saturday and my wisdom teeth are being pulled Friday, I will celebrate!) I am having  all out specials on every session!

Let’s start with what seems to be the hot item right now :) Back to school! Did I mention that my oldest is starting Kindergarten? Don’t worry, I am not the cry over it type of mom. Instead I am thinking of what all I can get done in that whole 2.5 hours she is gone. hee hee

So, if you are sick of the school portraits where you have no clue what face your child will be making, how their hair will turn out and the basic, shoulder up shot, Let’s do a Back to School Session for just $100! That gives you a mini session of a child Pre-k through 11th grade. One outfit, on location. You will receive a full resolution CD of 10-15 images. With the print rights!

Let’s not forget our Seniors! It’s the most exciting time of their lives! (thus far) You need to show off all that they have accomplished. What they’re interests are, their style. Them.

Choose from a mini session for $150- 1 outfit on location. 15-20 images full resolution on cd with print rights.

Or choose a full Senior Session for $250. Unlimited outfit changes, multiple locations. 30-45 images full resolution on cd with the print rights!

Maternity and New Bundles- get a full session for just $150! That’s on location. 15-25 images on cd in full resolution with the image release!

Couples & Engagements- Choose between a mini session- for just $150- that is on location, one outfit and 10-15  full resolution images on cd with the image release,


Get a full Session, unlimited outfit changes, multiple locations, 30-45 full resolution images on cd with the image release for just $250!

Families- thought about Christmas cards yet? I know, what?! When did that happen?! That’s what I realized when I saw Halloween items at the store yesterday. It really is right around the corner.  Right now it is gorgeous for pictures! Sure, you can chance trying to get those perfect fall leaves shots- which you will only have one good week where the weather is actually perfect for that. Or you can brave the frosty winds and snow for those wintery shots. Which I actually LOVE, but not many do :) But now, really is, the right time!

Choose between a mini session for $150- group shots, 10-15 full resolution images on cd with the image release, OR

A full family Session- breakdowns included for just $300. 30-45 images in full resolution on cd with the image release!

Let’s not forget our beautiful Brides! Get a full bridal session for just $250.  25-40 full resolution images on cd with the print rights!

These are deals you don’t want to pass up! And they will only last for a short time!

So call, text or email me to book your sessions!

Hollie Hanson



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Now that she is finally married!!! I get to share Michelle’s gorgeous bridal session with you all. We had a blast!

One thing is for sure, here in Utah, there are endless possibilities for looks and settings. I LOVE it! We drove way out to Antelope Island to grab a more exotic feel, in the middle of our desert state :)

We survived endless swarms of mosquitoes, and huge herds of buffalo blocking the road. It really was stunning. And Michelle, you just made the environment that much more breathtaking.

And if that wasn’t enough gorgeousness for one post.. Here is a peek from the wedding day!

It was love before they even met….

Kyle and Natalie. Yes, their names make a sentence all on their own! :) Two of the cutest people I have EVER met!

Set up by a friend, these two began texting, and  talking on the phone. This lasted for 2 months!! April 25, 2008-Kyle asked Natalie to be his girlfriend before they had ever even met in person. I know, you are thinking what I am thinking. WOW! And guess what she said….


Natalie, was a student at the University of Utah (Go Utes!!) and Kyle was in Vegas working for an airline. Their first date? Vegas! Some good ole In & Out, bowling, shopping on the strip and the infamous Bellagio water show. (I should mention they finally met May 29th, 2008. A full month after Kyle asked her to be his girlfriend!)

How do you outdo that first date? By having your second date be a trip to San Diego and Sea World!

It was a world wind of romance and fun, all leading up to that big question.

The Engagement came on February 16, 2009- President’s Day

Kyle went ring shopping earlier that morning, and was too excited to wait! When he returned from shopping Natalie came upstairs and found kyle sitting on the couch with a cute pink and white hearted bear.  He told her to push the bears foot and it said, “Hi Natalie, I love you, will you marry me?” and then he pulled out the ring.

For another full year these two dated long distance. Kyle remained in Vegas and Natalie was studying hard and working. The weekends brought them together. And some U football!

Finally on March 19, 2010, I had the privilege of witnessing and capturing the moments that these two shared as they finally became husband and wife. The gorgeous Tuscany was the ideal location for a Utah spring day. A little bit of sunshine, mixed with 48 degree weather that dropped and even brought in some snow!

Never, and I mean never, in all my wedding coverage, have I seen a couple so relaxed, and just completely enraptured and in total joy with each other on their day.  Laughing and cracking jokes constantly and always teasing each other. I was laughing so hard sometimes I was afraid I was going to have some camera shake!

You two are an absolute joy! I feel so blessed to do what I do and to get to capture moments like these:

You definitely don’t need this, but I wish you two a healthy, happy long life of complete bliss together! You are awesome!

Not sure exactly where to begin. Let me just say, that it is most definitely in my luck that the week I launch my official Cherry Tree Blog my enitre computer crashes! For reals! I thought I was going to have a panic attack. No wait, I did! I never realized how much I depend on my computer to make my day function and go smoothly and my sanity to remain intact. Yes that is right, sanity. It’s like my release. Better than a hot bubble bath!I’m still debating between my computer and chocolate ;)

There are two good things that came of my computer-less world. 1) I got a whole new fancy computer thanks to my brothers genius knowledge and my husbands annoying(because I like to spend) and yet smart saving habits (Sadly, I spent my portion of our tax refund, he had not.  Yes I owe you huge James! You know I love you!!).

and 2) My Spring cleaning was finished the first week. Although I still have our porch to take care of, but that is a two person job. And when your husband works two full time jobs, something has to get pushed back :)

I was really hoping to post about Easter. I love Easter! And not just because of the Cadburry Mini eggs, which I could eat by the bagful, but because of color and spring! Not a pastel fan myself, but it is a huge step up from the winter blues! And for me, living here in Utah, it could POSSIBLY mean Spring is on it’s way. Which turned out to be false! I think we may have skipped spring. No joke, snow last week and almost 80 degrees today. Totally not complaining because I am a summer girl all the way!

Along with the chaos of having no computer I didn’t get to do anything with my awesome wedding I shot in March! I have been working like mad on them for 2 days now, and today I came across this.

And I really think no words need to be said.

There are so many more amazing pictures to share from this event, so stay tuned!