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Check out the rest of the photos of Kate and Kaleb on the SmugMug Event!

Here’s showing off some reception pictures from a recent wedding in DC. I am getting around to editing a lot of those wedding pictures so expect posts on a pretty frequent basis coming up.

I really wanna chat about the fun lighting I did to make this outdoor into the night reception work.

Check out the rest of the photos we have online of the wedding reception on the SmugMug Event.

This was right before the reception at the small luncheon… We’ll post the pictures of the wedding at the DC LDS temple tomorrow morning.

It was a very nicely decorated wedding… so much fun and relaxed. It was outside on a big lawn at a church building… really a very picturesque location.

They had a polaroid photobooth of sorts (someone clicking the button)

OK so the lighting got pretty dark towards the end of the evening… specially here when they were cutting the cake.

Had I not had a flash we’d be talking 1/5th of a second at f/1.4 … meaning lots of camera shake and dull colors.

But I had two lightstands I set up… one by the DJ and the other like 20ft from the action 20ft in the air with a sand bag to keep it set.

You can only imagine if I didn’t have flash… meaning you’d have to imagine because the pictures would have never been taken or seen by anyone.

I told them in fact that they’re lucky they had someone there that could handle that lighting condition because this was no ordinary easy situation.

There are other ways than radio controlled speedlights on lightstands set-up to cross light the whole reception… but I just don’t know if Speedlight on top of the camera and dragging the shutter would have cut it. There certainly weren’t any ceilings to bounce off of.

The exit.

They almost forgot to do their Thank You picture to send to people but we rememberd later on in the evening. I had a couple of guests hold it with the bride and groom a few feet behind in the background. Fast and quick… but we got it.

Here is a link to the full gallery of photos from the wedding and reception online:

View all the photos from the reception here:

This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)

(Photo by Laurel Scott)


Bootcamp Day 7 – The Wedding

In the morning we just worked in the office – working with workflow some more, including keywording and editing in lightroom.
Practicing rating for the first time was great – because just seeing which images one picks each time through is a little different. Just comparing the images to the good ones around it makes it a lot easier to choose the good ones. And the more times you see an image, the better – so the images at the top of the rating pyramid have been seen the most times and picked accordingly.

About Lightroom: when it comes to editing, faster is better – so there may be more than one way to do something, you want to do it the way that will be faster in the end. If you have to darken something and lighten other things because of it, maybe it would’ve been faster to just selectively darken instead, or vice-versa. Saving time is always vital – so the faster you can do something the better. Don’t get complacent.

Key-wording – is important!

(Photos by Laurel Scott)

The wedding:

We then headed out to the wedding, which was a great experience. In a lot of ways, there was a lot more going on at the wedding than at the other things we’ve been to. Having to work around all the guests is a lot different than working with only people who are there for a photoshoot. So being conscientious of the wedding guests is very important. The way the guests perceive the photographer is a very important aspect of photographing a wedding.

One thing that seems overlooked when it comes to weddings, is when it is okay to take a small break. You have to know what the schedule is for the wedding, and about when different things will happen so that you can always be ready for the really important moments. You don’t want to be off changing your gear or anything else when they suddenly cut the cake, throw the bouquet, etc.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)


(Photo by Angela Terry)



In the morning we more fully introduced to SmugMug. This is where Scott has his photos in galleries for clients to view their photos but it is also capable to order the prints. So a client can go into their gallery in SmugMug, at their convenience, and view their pictures and then also order them. From there Scott gets a notification via email and he can then do any edits the couple requests and then send the order off to the printers. The prints get sent right to the client. Pretty Cool.

We also worked on key-wording. Key-wording is very beneficial. If you keyword your pictures in Lightroom, it can then transfer over into SmugMug and it is easier to sort the pictures by keyword then by picking through all of them one by on.

At night we went to a wedding and reception. I learned it helps to have extra people around to organize the wedding party for pictures. I also worked a lot with my ISO. Working it with the low lighting and working in a group without getting in the way. I want to get the picture, but not be in the way of our client’s fun.

I think that is the most I have gotten out of this whole week experience is learning my camera better. I don’t do a lot of indoor pictures, or low lighting pictures. I do mainly natural light. So this has really helped me learn my camera better, improve my skills and stretch myself to be a better photographer.


(Photo by Jeff Bushaw)



Starting the day in the office, Scott showed us some of the basics of a photo hosting website called SmugMug. He uses this as his primary hub to not only show his photos to his clients but as a side benefit the website also serves as an online portfolio as well as a way to “grab” those photos from one central point and pull them into other sites such as this blog.

The next thing we learned was keywording through Lightroom. This can be a small or a huge task depending on the photoshoot your working on. However big the task may be, the time spent doing quality keywording can pay off when it comes to internet searches and searches within your own sites. From a marketing standpoint, you of course always want traffic coming to your sites so you may bring in business. From a website standpoint, it is beneficial to navigate directly to the type of content you are looking for. Keywording is essential for these to work efficiently.

Scott then did some photo editing teaching inside of Lightroom. I am fairly familiar with the functions of the “Develop” module within Lightroom. However, Scott taught some very valuable lessons within this. My editing in the past could easily take 5-10 minutes per photo. For me this has always been unacceptable. Scott teaches that there are things you can do to turn many long steps into just a few quick steps. Therefore saving huge amounts of time. In addition, where in the past, I wanted to perfect every single photo, I now look for the very best photos and spend slightly more time on them and less time on the ones that simply were not the greatest. Making the decision on which ones to do with with is achieved through a rating system that is built into Lightroom and utilizing Scotts method of using that rating system.

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

That evening…Wedding time!

Its amazing how knowing certain things in life can help you in something seemingly unrelated. Im sure you all have heard about football coaches having their players take ballet lessons to strengthen their awareness and their abilities to use their bodies. The same thing happened to me today. We as photographers strive to enhance our abilities to see photos within the place we are located. In addition to this, we strive to “see the light” that is available or possible for that particular photo. Having done the learning we did today in Lightroom actually helped me to see even more than before. Through the rating system, we also learned the things that can make up a strongly rated photo. Through the editing system, we learned what a photo or photo situation can become, not just what appears to be.

Photographing this wedding was wonderful. We were lucky to have a beautiful couple, a wonderful family, a very nice location, and just a very good “visual” event to photograph.

Great Day

(Photo by Jeff Bushaw)

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

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6yrs later and I’ve never second shot a wedding

OK so here’s the thing… I’ve never assisted on a wedding. (Not that I can remember)

Heck I hadn’t even been to many weddings before I actually went and shot a wedding… and it went pretty well thank you very much 😉

So I didn’t have a teacher or a mentor when I was getting into photography. Now I see so many people that intern and learn from established photographers and the rate they learn is astounding (compared to mine) and they have lives whereas I pretty much spent 24/7 on photography and it took me a while.

I’ve wondered what assisting on a shoot for an established photographer would be like.


Whitney Lewis Photography

I had that chance on Saturday… I helped at a reception for Whitney Lewis Photography, she wasn’t feeling well and wanted someone else to make sure the couple’s wedding was perfectly covered. She actually still stuck around and Thomas her husband was there as well. So there were 3 of us shooting.

That’s some huge props to her… she cared so much about her bride and the job that she did for her bride, (her image, her brand) that she went the extra mile. She didn’t make excuses. There’s a huge lesson to learn there for all you aspiring photographers.

What did I learn from second shooting?

  • I learned that I should make sure I have someone I can call on to fill in when I’m in need.
  • I always thought being a second shooter would be fun… and I learned it was.
  • I thought being a second shooter would be easy… and I learned it was. (Comparatively)
  • It’s the fun of shooting without the stress of being responsible for more than earning your visit. Nice.
  • I learned I want to second shoot at more weddings… heck even assist.
  • I gave the images over and was done! After thousands of photoshoots it’s not like I needed them for myself… it was freeing.
  • Giving your pictures over to another photographer to edit is OK (and freeing) when you know they’ll do justice to the pictures. (In the post process)
  • I skimmed through pictures to have for myself… NOT one by one… SKIM… can you hear the excitement in my voice. I spent 5 minutes selecting a few good pictures! Not hours… minutes.
  • I picked 17 pictures I thought would fit into my portfolio and edited Just them.
  • I spent hours photographing but not even an hour on post process.
  • I got to experiment, not a ton since I was being counted on to get all the important stuff since Whitney wasn’t feeling well.
  • Now I know why my assistants and Interns get their pictures up on their blogs so fast.
  • I shouldn’t feel slow or jealous that assistants put their stuff up so fast because it’s soooo stinking easy/quick it’s ridiculous.
  • I can’t believe some people get paid to second shoot… first of all it makes the main photographers job Harder because they now have hundreds more pictures to edit, it’s soo easy.
  • I can understand why some people get paid to second shoot… because it is great insurance to make sure you cover everything and have more pictures to go through and in the end to make the bride happy with all they get.
  • Because I never ever had an assistant or 2nd shooter for easily the first few years of weddings I had to learn to deal with the pressure of getting Everything myself I can see how having someone else there could ease that pressure.
  • More people should go be a lackey and a second shooter just because… you learn stuff. I heard a WPPI talk that said it’s a great way to test out your new gear.

BTW, There’s a difference between assisting and second shooting… but that’s a discussion for another day.

When you should get payed to second shoot or assist.

  • Rule #1 – If as an assistant or second shooter you are there and are needing to be told what to do or are learning from the photographer you are working for… then you should not charge. (Or charge much much less)
  • If you were asked to help you should be paid… less so if #1 applies, but if you’re learning tons you might consider waiving it.
  • In fact in so many cases remember rule #1
  • You should be paid and maybe even more if you were asked to set aside that time. More so if it’s time you might have been using to be paid for something else.
  • If you volunteered yourself you probably shouldn’t expect much… if anything.
  • If the main photographer was being paid extra for you being there then you should expect to get paid.
  • If you are allowed to use these images for your own portfolio you should charge less.


Personally I’d be more apt to pay an assistant that doesn’t know anything about photography who’s just there to hold stuff than an assistant that has to be told less but is there to learn how to be a better photographer.

Yes… I’m saying I’d pay a smart HighSchool student more money to set aside his/her day and to lug around my bags and follow simple directions and hold stuff… than I would a photographer that has done several weddings but who’s primary interest in coming is to learn. Get my drift? Understand why?

RULES to the Assistant and Second Shooter

  • While at these weddings you might as well not have a name… and you better not have a business name. The other night I was Scott (not scott jarvie) I was Whitney Lewis Photography I worked for them. I didn’t represent myself, I wasn’t there to get in with the guests or vendors. But you shouldn’t ignore them either.
  • You shouldn’t expect that these pictures should even belong to you. Ask the photographer what they’d like… don’t pressure them. They’ll probably be nice if they trust you to represent them well… If you seem entitled they might cave to your pressure. But now you know what’s expected so you can’t claim ignorance.
  • If they allow you to post a blog or put pictures on facebook as a condition for you being there to shoot then do the following:
  • Don’t post the images before the main photographer (unless they are totally ok with it… and be ok with them saying no)
  • Specially don’t post the images if you are friends with the bride and groom or any of their guests on facebook.
  • Basic rule of thumb is the attention should go to the main photographer. The one that has to do the actual work for the wedding… and no you showing up with a camera and taking pictures is NOT the actual work. Well ok it’s like 10-20% of the work.
  • I even removed all my watermarks from my images for the ones I’m putting on here.
  • You better give credit where credit is due… even after the wedding is over you should still consider that you were there representing the photographer.
  • If you are able to use these images in your portfolio and you choose to do so… don’t use the scenes that you didn’t create. For example if the main photographer set something up (lighting, pose, mood, equipment) don’t put them in your portfolio claiming that you’re capable of that unless you know with asurity that you are capable and that it represents your own photography. This part is unfair to your future clients. If you choose to still use these images make it known… photography me but lighting, posing and the relationship between the client done by Such and Such photographer.
  • So if you do candids and detail shots or set up stuff yourself you have a little more leeway. But still… don’t claim that this was your wedding or even hint at it. Hiding a line somewhere in your blog post isn’t good enough.

OK and I have permission to show a few images from the reception Keep in mind that simply showing up and taking pictures is the easy part of wedding photography. So don’t be too impressed.

That being said I think I did a pretty good job.


I played a lot with my Radio trigger i-ttl Pocket wizards and remote firing and remote controlling the flashes.


I was very proud of myself for a different way of representing the line than I usually do or normally see… luckily the huge white wall allowed for it.

And I interacted just enough to get the guests to be fun and photogenic.

Hire Me

I learned…I want to shoot at weddings that I wouldn’t normally do, places that I wouldn’t normally shoot… so hire me for your next exciting wedding that has a cool theme.

It’s not a bad gig at all, the more exciting the event, the less possibility of it conflicting with a wedding of my own, and the more fun it is to be around you… the better the cost.

So if you have a fancy wedding coming up let me know. Less notice the better because if I don’t have to set aside the date then it’s cheaper for you.

And now you know I’ll take great pictures and represent You well.


Obviously I don’t have a ton of experience being an assistant or second shooter… and only a couple years of people assisting me and I’ve only had maybe 2-3 weddings where I organized to have a second shooter.

So I’m still learning and if you have good insight I might learn something new or change how I feel about something.


Because sometimes it takes me a while to get completely done with edits and then work on several blog write ups I’ll just do a short sneak peak of some of the pictures that i’ve already put on facebook for people to peak at… that I suppose maybe people here on the blog would like to see.

Yes like I’ve said on the last couple of these… I hope and plan to revisit this wedding later down the line and write some info that future clients and aspiring photogs will find appealing.

For now just take a look at the pics and see more in this gallery (There will be many more when I get back from travels and able to edit them)



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Because sometimes it takes me a while to get completely done with edits and then work on several blog write ups I’ll just do a short sneak peak of some of the pictures that i’ve already put on facebook for people to peak at… that I suppose maybe people here on the blog would like to see.

I’ll devide up the hundreds of other pictures from that day into a couple of separate posts and write a bit more about them when I’m back from my travels and I’ve got the rest edited… take a look at them here until then


A good friend and awesome photographer David Terry asked about the lighting and settings in a picture of mine… so while I was in the midst of writing Blog Posts I thought I’d quickly turn it into a blog post… cuz why not?

So if you have a certain picture you’d like to hear the story on let me know and I might do it.

The Settings

For those that didn’t know some things you can learn about how I took the picture right on SmugMug – I leave the info enabled for you to be able to see my settings. (Scroll over the picture and click the blue “i” as in information.)

I’m gonna go check it it says I was at 8 seconds

OK so the idea was that there were people roaming around and it was a little dark so i wanted a long exposure. The tripod was in the car and lets face it I was a tad lazy at that moment… I mean I was all the way upstairs. But I was able to set my camera on the railing in such a way I felt it wasn’t gonna move much.

I did longer shots but most of them were much shorter. I kept making the aperture much smaller to get longer exposures (f/10) I also dropped the ISO for that purpose as well (ISO 250). I wasn’t gonna be able to light up the whole dang reception place with lights so the long exposure was the best.

They had turned off the main lights in the place and lit a lot of candles (you can see the main lights up at the top and how they’re off) However lights on the downstairs sides were on… they weren’t that bright and weren’t a threat of entering in directly through the lens and effecting the pictures

How it came about

Anyway so I did a few pics of just the groom because he’s into photography and always up for me expirementing. I was happy that there was some down time before the reception got into full swing… there isn’t always ops like that.

They knew what to do because we did something similar on the other side but with a much shorter exposure. But I was pushing this to 8 seconds dangit.

It worked out… because there were lots more people in this picture than what you see… in fact a child walks by the bride… right there between the table and her dress.. during those 8 seconds. So where is she… not there… because she traveled the course of the picture during the 8 seconds. They stayed still during all 8 seconds.

What you can’t see in the INFO is that I did use an LED light to light them up a bit… I probably shined that down on them for about 1-2 seconds.

You can see I put them in the shady area of the picture, with reason. The lines lead toward them. And since it’s shady that means not much light hits them meaning I can determine and control what light I was happy about hitting them.

Now for BW


Recap: Why did I decide to take the picture?

Simply because I was trying to take an awesome picture of the venue and I saw the groom walk by and called out to him and figured why not try to get them in there as well. Why Not indeed.

Here’s that


Another picture I took while up above


But I had to shoot this one at f/1.6 because of style and to get enough light to shoot hand hold

There’s a couple others I think that I have selected but I haven’t got them edited yet in the current batch… so look through the gallery later next month.


I’m calling this one a sneak peak because then I’m allowed to do a more in depth post on the pictures later… maybe break them down a bit.

Whereas I want to show off how I shoot, why I take the pictures I do (for both clients and aspiring photographers) this’ll just be a “Look-At-These-Pictures” gallery




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Well I said this was gonna be a sneak peak… so maybe I should stop it here… there are lots more


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What I wanted is what I got!

Where it all started….
I was planning a destination wedding to Hawaii and all I wanted was amazing pictures. I tried searching photographers in Hawaii and was finding disappointing results. That lead me to a google search and that linked me to Scott’s work from a previous Hawaii wedding. The pictures were beautiful and I had to contact him. The things that were really important in my search were…..someone who was really creative with a good personality, price was obviously important as this was a destination wedding, and even more was the time that would be allowed on the actual wedding day.

I talked with Scott on the phone and then decided to send out my sister and mom to actually meet him. My sister told me that he was very “artsy” and the pictures would turn out, and more importantly we would get along with him.


I’m from Utah but living and working in Wisconsin and my husband was living in Utah so we decided to take our engagements and bridals in Utah. It was a little crazy because I had to 1 week of vacation and took engagements on a Wednesday and bridals on a Friday. I was so excited because it was April and I was thinking outdoors, sun, tulips etc. It just so happened that of course it was sunny and beautiful all week, except for those 2 days. I was getting ready for pictures and it starting hailing and my dreams were almost crushed. I didn’t have time to reschedule and when I called Scott he said that sometimes overcast days make for the best pictures.

I was also a little nervous because my husband has never been a big fan of getting his picture taken. Within 5 minutes we were smiling and comfortable. Scott gives great cues like “hehe” for smiling, serious, and our favorite “having a moment” which to us meant kissing (if you look at our galleries we loved having lots of moments). I really loved that we had some individual shots as well that is a fun idea.

See more from all of the 5 photoshoots here


I want everyone to know that this is pic 13 of over 300. My mom was looking over his shoulder and after this pic she smiled and said…we have the picture! At that point I knew we had made the right choice

My fave pic of Greg and his fave pic of me

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These are some of my favorites bc these shots were captured when we were not paying attention. This is our real smiles and laughs. I would hear the camera snapping and think to myself I wasn’t ready




Here is the set up…..we were at our first location and the weather cleared for a few minutes and Scott said we need to run up the canyon right now. We were at a park and after 30 min we could see the storm coming. It started hailing once again, Scott asked if we were up for it (of course, it’s all for the sake of the pictures). We ran into the hail and all we heard was smile, kiss, smile, kiss, and we are done! These are incredible




Another post written by the bride about her wedding with some advice and some pictures. I encourage other brides to get a hold of me for the chance to also write short blogs like this and share some of their memories associated with the pictures.

When things got busy in times past I would miss posting a lot of things last year with 50 weddings that happened a lot. But now I’m having Brides talk about their own experiences and share pictures as well, whether I’ve done a post or not, because their perspective will always be different and interesting. You can see the full galleries of the wedding and bridals from last year here – The bridals were pretty dang awesome in my humble opinion.

Dear Future and Beautiful Brides,

I am so excited to share the experience I had on my wedding day with the wonderful Scott Jarvie. Everything turned out wonderful and perfect, and even if it didn’t, I didn’t notice, because it was my wedding day and I was on cloud 9!

My journey in searching for a photographer began about a year before I got married. My boyfriend, Brett, was still serving his mission for the church, and we were POSITIVE we were going to get married on September 15, 2009. I had PLENTY of time on my hands (with Brett being on his mission and all), so every. single. day. I was searching the internet for wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, rings, flowers, reception places, and the second most important thing…a PHOTOGRAPHER! (the wedding dress is most important) I wanted to make sure that I had almost everything set and ready for the wedding, before Brett came home.

I had narrowed my search down to about 4 different photographers. They all were great, but each had their own style. I had to think about what style would be best fit for MY wedding. What style I would like to see, when I will look back at my wedding photo’s 20 or more years from now.
Jarvie Photography was my final and best decision! I don’t know much about photography, but I do know that I loved his lighting. I loved the way he made people look. I loved how flawless it all was. I loved his pricing. I loved everything.

After I did my bridals with him, I knew I had made the right decision. He’s awesome. I love his personality, how ‘chill’ he is with everything. He was fine with all of the mosquito bites he got that night. His pants ripped, and he didn’t let that bother him!
This is my FAVORITE photo (and I think his favorite photo) from that night at the Great Salt Lake.

The rest of these pictures are from the actual wedding day. I am sharing with you my favorites, and photo’s that show off how amazing Scott really is.

Every time I look at this, I am reminded of what a beautiful day it was for my wedding, in the middle of all of the rainy days.

This picture makes me so happy. This is what I felt like the entire day.

I LOVE this.



I present to you another couple that has taken a few minutes to write a few words of advice to future brides along with some great stories for random pictures they liked from their wedding experience.

Once again the pictures they picked were not your typical pictures you’d see on a photo-blog (Except probably the one I chose above) but when you read the stories you can understand why they’re so important to the bride and the groom.

I had a lot of fun doing their engagement pictures in San Fransisco and wedding in Idaho. You could tell they had a great love for good photography and that always makes things easier for me. Thanks for the great day Bobbiejane and David

To see more pictures go to the blog I wrote about them Part 1 Part 2 or their galleries online

Jarvie’s Digital Review – by the Culbertsons

Finding a Photographer

We enjoy a more artistic approach to wedding photos instead of the boring and typical posed pictures that seem to all look the same. When looking for a photographer for our wedding, the first thing that we looked at were their pictures. This way we could see what the finished product was going to be, and if it fit our sense of style.  The photographer was important to us because we knew that the photos would be the lasting memories, and documentation of our very special day.  We really wanted them to portray our personalities, and not a cookie cutter, mass produced, blah wedding album. We were getting married in Idaho, where neither one of us was from, so we had to rely on the internet heavily to find a photographer instead of by word of mouth. At first it seemed a daunting task, but we feel like it was actually better to be able to see the finished product, and be able to rule out photographers automatically if we didn’t like their finished product.

Because we were definitely working with a budget, our next priority was pricing and packages. Luckily, Scott works with couples by offering discounts, and various ways to pay off the cost of his wedding packages. We were ecstatic that we had found someone whose artistry we loved, and could also afford to get the best pictures for our wedding day.

Advice about finding a photographer:

The photographer was really important for us to remember our wedding day, so we would recommend picking someone whose style you like since it’s your day.  Also, we starting looking for our photographer first thing so that we ensure that he would be available on our wedding date.

Scott; the man, the comedian, the photo master.

We were extremely impressed by the commitment that Scott showed us for our wedding pictures. Our engagement photo shoot lasted 7.5 hrs, with 10 outfit changes. A little over the top. We started at 2pm, and finished around 930pm, driving all around San Francisco, taking photos wherever an opportunity presented itself. He went above and beyond the norms of a photographer, and we couldn’t have been more happy with how he interacted with us, and how the photos turned out. He also kept us entertained!

When the wedding day came, we were surprised to find that there were 3 photographers instead of one to capture the best photos. Unlike other photographers, his package covered the entire wedding day. He was there for the wedding ceremony, as well as the reception, so that every aspect of our day was covered. He orchestrated the many family members in all of the photos very well, and was always looking for a good angle and gorgeous backdrop for our photos. He is also charming and handsome, and we were lucky to have him as our photographer, if you have any single lady friends, we believe he is single and willing to give free photos for life for finding him his mate.(haha)

Advice on photographs for the wedding day and engagement photos:

One of the best parts of looking at our photos now is being able to see how everything looked throughout the entire day since it was a blur to us. We would recommend knowing what specific photos you want. Look around beforehand at pictures you like, especially the poses used so that you can recreate them for yourself on your wedding day. Modeling doesn’t come naturally to all of us! For the engagement photos, I would keep it short and simple, 2 outfit changes max, it can become overwhelming if you try to do too much.

Pictures With Stories



We both loved this photo because it was so random. We pulled up to meet Scott, he was sleeping in his car on the streets of San Francisco, and there was this door right there.  We wanted to start the photo shoot right there! So this is what we got!


We loved this one because we wanted to be original, and Scott worked with our creativity to produce quality photos out of our odd ideas. We were waiting for our sandwiches at Ike’s, our favorite place to eat in San Francisco, we wandered down the street, and were inspired by the crosswalk, and the streets.

Wedding photos;


I love this because we spent a lot of time finding the rings that we wanted! Dave’s is really special because its Bobbiejane’s fingerprint actually molded into the ring. Also, Bobbiejane’s ring was a total and complete surprise.



2 days ago we talked about coming out of the SLC LDS Temple and some group shots… and more or less about the beginning of this wedding.

Read It

We shall now continue

We’ll focus on the kids themselves and then next edition we’ll end off with the reception


I think this is a picture one of my interns took as I was setting up a shot… he got in close and photographed this neat moment. Go Will!

In any case you’ll notice a distinct usage of plant life in their pictures… a couple of reasons, she loves plant life, she studies it up at Utah St and she is even did her reception at Cactus and Tropicals and so I’m thinking I’ve done more than a few weddings at SLC Temple so I wouldn’t mind at all focusing on some places I haven’t been to a lot since often I’m focused on the building.

OK let’s meet them

This is Bret

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He’s older than you think… not like ancient or anything but he’s older than his brothers who we kinda met last time.

And this is Michelle

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OK we hope to hear from Michelle and Bret later with their stories and advice from the day and hopefully learn about what pictures are special to them with some fun stories why.

But for now I took a quick peak at the pictures she posted on facebook to see what she was liking.

She put up that first one

A couple of my favorites I put up last time

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And there’s nothing like a good ol fashion straight smiling at the camera kinda picture.



Today we’re bringing you the words from a recent bride, who I’ve become good friends with after she interned for a summer, she’s like my little sister now. She’ll share her two cents about picking wedding photographers and interacting with them.

I’ve done posts previously on her wedding picturesBridals Engagements

Then she’ll share a couple of her favorite pictures and why. In a style I like to call: “Pictures with Meaning”. Which is really neat because I typically wouldn’t put any of these pictures up on the blog (Besides that last one)… they all seem to have special meaning to her (which is why I took them… but usually they wouldn’t translate to a large crowd online unless we were to explain why… which is what we’re doing)


Hello future brides.

So, I’m going to be honest. When Scott first asked me to write this post, I had absolutely no idea what to say. I interned with Scott the summer before my own wedding, and when it came time to pick my photographer, the decision was easy for me.

I knew Scott very well, I knew his style and I knew how he did weddings. And that was that. What more could I say?

But that would be a pretty lame blog post. So I figured I’d go a little farther, dig a little deeper than that. You know, take one for the team. This is what I’ve come up with.