Happy FANTASTIC Halloween!

October 31, 2014


Hope everyone has a fantastic halloween!!

(And no, we don’t know what the fox says. So don’t ask.)

Skateboarding Provo

October 30, 2014

Headed out to the new-ish skatepark in Provo to shoot with my friend Justin to try my hand at shooting skateboarding on film.

It’s hard.

Skate Provo

Skate Provo

I felt a bit off my game, because I usually shoot in more diffused lighting (clouds/shade/golden hour). But who doesn’t like a challenge?

Skate Provo

I shot that moments after a kid (he wasn’t looking where he was going) literally smacked his helmet into Justin’s face, giving him a bit of a fat lip. Punk.

Skate Provo

Street Skater

All photos shot on the Pentax 67, with Kodak Ektar 100 film

Weekend Review – BIRTHDAY Edition!

October 28, 2014


I’m not sure there is anything Jordan enjoys more than a roaring bonfire on a crisp fall night. It is becoming a birthday tradition. We gathered around the campfire and enjoyed a warmer-than-usual October evening celebrating Jordan.


We stuffed ourselves with brats and peach cobbler. I was happy to relax by the campfire, since we ran the Haunted Half that morning! Jordan was gracious enough to share his birthday celebrations with our race day. I was Alice in Wonderland, and my parents, who came for the race from Washington (yay!) were Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.


My sister (who happens to be due in February!) did the 5K, and her 4-year-old (Paul Bunyan) did the kids race. It was a family affair, and we all agreed it should become a tradition, too. I even used my costume from last years race. I’m still a bit sore, but it was worth it. Dressing up for a race is always a laugh.

Stay tuned for this year’s couples costumes for me and Jordan! It will be hard to top last year’s, but it’s coming together quite nicely. Also? Thinking of starting a Vlog. Throwing it out there to test the waters. We’ll see. Adding one more thing to the long list of to-do’s may not be the best idea ever, but whatevs. :)

Birthday Boy Portraits

October 24, 2014

Happy birthday (tomorrow) to this guy!


I feel like getting a little sappy because it was this time of year when we first met. Our first date was actually on the eve of his birthday (and yes, it was stressful trying to decide if it was creepy to give him a birthday present after ONE DATE. I decided on a mixtape. It wasn’t creepy).

I fell pretty fast for Jordan. And again, in a not-creepy way, the first time I saw him, I remember thinking: “Now that is someone I could marry.” I didn’t pursue him very hard, I wasn’t ready for another relationship, and I honestly just thought he was too cool for me. Little did I know, he was thinking the same thing about me. Too cool? Hah.

He took me to Noodles and Company on our first date (man after my own heart. Pasta, though). Then we headed to a little outdoor concert I was filming for school. And while the band performed a cover of Fields of Gold, he put his arm around me.

And like I said, I fell pretty fast.


Thanks for chasing your dreams with me, Jo. Love you.

Golden Hour // Secret Lake, Little Cottonwood Canyon

October 22, 2014


We chased the sun up the trail, hoping to find some light at the top to take some photographs. We were pushing our luck heading up so late, but the world really looks its best at golden hour.

The sun held out just long enough and we snapped a few photographs. The sun dipped behind the mountains and we finished the hike in darkness. We stopped for pizza on the way home.

All photos shot with the Pentax 67, on Kodak Ektar 100 film

Family Portraits – Utah Film Photography

October 20, 2014

Fall is a funny season. It sneaks up on you, and then a blink and it is gone. I suppose it is still technically fall here, but the colors are quickly fading. We headed up to this same location a week later, and all the yellow leaves had disappeared. Glad we snuck in these family portraits! Those fall colors look pretty dang good on film.

Smith Family Portrait
Smith Family Portrait
Smith Family Portrait
Smith Family Portrait
Smith Family Portrait

All photos shot on Kodak Portra 400 film

My Match – Pentax 645N

October 16, 2014

His Weekend Job // Pentax 645N, Kodak Portra 400

I got 10 rolls back from the film lab today, including 4 portrait sessions. How fitting is it that the first shot taken on the new Pentax 645N is also a photo of Jordan working on his car. Remember this one?

Reviewing these photos has solidified my conviction in selling this bad boy. I am very happy with the Pentax 645N, and I think it will be my go-to camera from now on.

I felt a bit silly at first, once I realized how many film cameras/money I have gone through to figure out what works for me. But the process was necessary. If I had gone with the Pentax 645N in the first place, I don’t think I would have progressed as I have as a photographer.

This Pentax 645N is my first auto-focus film camera, and operates similarly to a DSLR. The slower-paced, manual focus cameras I started out with have made me more cautious about when I click the shutter. Shooting with the Hasselblad and Pentax 67 was a period of slowing down. Shooting less. Composing better. I’ve done my time. I think I’ve earned it.

Full Moon over Park City // Pentax 645N, Kodak Portra 400

A thought, a photo

October 14, 2014

Sometimes, I have drafts and drafts of posts. But I can’t seem to finish any.

In these moments of writer’s block, I find myself searching through old photographs. Photographs initially discarded as outtakes. And for whatever reason, the passage of time has given a new life to these photos from the cutting room floor.

Cougar Mountain Trail, WA
Cougar Mountain Trail, WA. Hasselblad 500 CM, Kodak Portra 400

Also? I’m missing those rain forests right about now. But when do I not.

Bluesy Utah

October 8, 2014

Feeling a bit anxious, I’m waiting to hear back from Jordan. He’s with our good pilot friend in a small plane flying around the canyons just south of here. What can I say, small planes make me nervous. I feel like that’s a pretty unanimous feeling.

I was browsing through some old photos, trying to keep my mind occupied while Jordan’s up in the air, and came across some old film photos I haven’t shared yet.

One of our favorite restaurants (Charlie Chow’s!) is right by this pale blue wall in down town Salt Lake City. We’ve driven past it quite a few times, and I finally got Jordan to pull over for a quick photo op. My shirt being the same color was purely coincidence. I swear.



Both photos shot with the Hasselblad 500 CM, on Fuji Reala 100 film.

Oh, and Jordan is back, safe and sound. :) And he took some awesome photos and video from the flight!

Fall in Park City

October 6, 2014


We took the long way home from Park City to soak up the changing colors of fall. We had a new camera to test out, so we shot a little video of the crisp autumn evening.



Not bad, Utah.

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