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!





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!





I know right? I am so lucky that I get to photograph such gorgeous people!

Jayme and Brandon are a match made in heaven. One of those couples that just flows together. They have more than just their obvious great looks going for them.  Genuinely sweet and kind.  Laughter that is infectious, and smiles that go on for miles.

We got away from the cold outdoor weather and went inside the Salt Lake City Capitol building.  The dark overcast skies outside made shooting natural light a tad tricky but I could not be happier with the turn out!  We just bumped up that ISO and spent the afternoon playing and laughing and having an awesome time!

RAWR!

Jayme- you are such a natural beauty!

A little personal touch. Brandon proposed with handcuffs! So, how could we not include them? :)

I am so happy for these two. Not just for them, but for their new family they are starting together.  Both of them coming from marriages before, these two are each blessed with two beautiful children of their own.  Doubling their family, doubling their joy.  The kids are already best friends, you would never know seeing them interact that they were not all siblings already!

They make one big happy family {LOVE}

So of course we had to throw in a second mini session to get them all together!  Sleepy Ridge Golf Course provided a gorgeous setting!

I am so excited for your new journey! I can not wait to see where life takes you and your beautiful family!!!





What I have been up to

Posted on April 20, 2011

A little of this and a little of that,

But a whole lot of this:

We welcomed into the world our precious baby Braddock Dean

Born April 16th

7lbs 10 oz of pure sweetness

As of yesterday at 3 days old

After a scary start to his life with some breathing problems, he is now home and thriving. And we are all so happy and grateful he is here.





The Kunz Family {Utah Family Photographer}

Posted on January 10, 2011

This is just how behind I got with bed rest, this adorable family was shot back in October! I know! Better late than never on the blogging right? :)

An absolutely fun family for sure! We caught the last bit of beautiful sunshine weather before the Utah winter blues set in.  These adorable kids had me not only working up a sweat, but they had me laughing! You will see, so many shots that just show how much personality they have!





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!





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,

or,

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

801-735-8008

holliehanson@gmail.com

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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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