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!!!





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





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!





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…





Four and a half years ago I met an amazing chiropractor, Dr Bruce Nielson, who has changed my life in more ways than I could ever thank him enough for.  I began seeing him after I was hit head on by a pizza delivery boy.  To make a long story short, I had lost my ability to enjoy any single day in my life. I was plagued with pain from my neck down through my spine and daily migraines.  There were days so bad I could not even get up to get my little newborn baby boy to nurse. I had to have him brought to me. Doc worked his magic and has given me the ability to have a life again. To function and enjoy my life and my family. Even more than that, I began using him for his naturalistic healing.  When 2 years had passed since the birth of my son and I had had my 4th miscarriage I had all but given up. Until I talked to him.  With his help 3 months later I conceived and carried full term my little Lillie. And once again this year, after my 7th miscarriage, I went to him again. Here I am 15 weeks pregnant with my 4th child. Miracle worker? I would most definitely say so.  I get teary eyed just thinking of how grateful I am for Doctor Nielson and his care he has given me.  It isn’t often you come across someone so dedicated and passionate about what they do. He is truly gifted in his ability to heal.

So if you ever need an amazing chiropractor/kinesiologist I highly, HIGHLY recommend him!

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Now, on to his awesome family! Every now and then I get a chance to spend time with amazing people.  People who remind me of things long forgotten. This  gorgeous family was a total flashback to my years growing up. I loved every second of it! We had so much fun we shot until the very last ray of light came through the trees and I still could have kept going!

It’s not hard to see where these gorgeous kids came from.

These handsome boys had me rolling. They reminded SO much of my older brothers.  Which of course made it easy for me to get what I wanted out of them ;)

And then there is little Miss Chloe.  Really no words are needed, but I will give you one.

FIERCE

I know right?

Seriously, I had too much fun!

What else would you expect from a bunch of boys??

There is just something about little girls, they really are Sugar & Spice

As always, I have to end with the laughter!





A family full of boys! I love it! Shy at first, these boys couldn’t fool me! You see, I have 4 older brothers, I know how they work ;)

They were so cooperative throughout the shoot. And trust me, I asked a lot of them.  hee hee  Of course, when you tell them they get to have a balloon fight, it most certainly helps!

A super family that gave me a super fun evening!

Don’t tell me they don’t know the word FIERCE





These beautiful big brown eyes melted my heart!

It may have taken 2 days of shooting (Babies run the show ya know!) but it was worth every final shot.  Even Evelyns sweet little pout face was absolute perfection! It also helps that Mom and Dad are completely wrapped around her little finger and smitten as can be.  :) Thanks Emi and Brandon for letting me spend time with your precious girl! You are a beautiful family!





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!





I have to admit, I am a bit of a gush over this session! It all started with talk of the perfect family portrait, one that reflects your style, but in a cool, I wish I was that person, way. Then it just sort of evolved from there.  See, Tonii and I are kinda like sisters, in a non-blood-related-way. We are so alike in so many ways.  Our husbands are awesome friends and so are our kids. She is an amazing person and an amazing mother. She is beautiful and has the personality to follow.

So knowing I was taking her family pictures, I searched and drove, and drove, and searched,  for the ultimate spot.  When I saw this old roof peeking through the tree tops I had to sneak a peek. I drove in and literally sighed outloud. It was destiny! And it was beyond perfect!

To test it out I took my 3 kids for a session there (that post is coming too!) Yes, I fell even more in love with this old house.

I had to take Tonii to see it. So we met up for a day of location checking and outfit shopping. The moment she saw it, she was head over heels like I was.

We spent 2 days shopping for the perfect outfits. Completely changed our minds from a soft antique feel, to more bold and colorful. Totally not the direction we saw ourselves going, but when we saw the kids skirts, and her belt, there was no choice! Yes, her belt. You will see :)

She made awesome ornaments for the girls hair, we got little man a tie, and I made her feather earrings and a hair piece. Just a touch of flair!

And the outcome? Well, I could not be any happier.

That is why you get to see a million pictures in this post. I couldn’t make myself narrow it down!

Thanks Paul and Tonii for an awesome evening with your amazingly gorgeous family! You guys are the best! And I mean that in every way!

I had to start this looksee with the most gorgeous couple that belongs in a movie :) I mean, that is where a family starts right?

These 2 stunning people created the following 3 adorable and precious babies!

And together they gave me this…

(Did you see moms belt?)

Of course, every session is full of laughing moments





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