april foolery kids!

If this isn't the cutest, happiest blog post you've seen... 

then, you're a lucky duck and have seen some FREAKIN' cute blog posts in your lifetime. ;) 

Lots of laughter, tickles, and a few pouts (for good measure) captured during a whole lotta back-to-back April Foolery Mini Sessions with my good friend, Heather Nan. These are a few favorites I managed to snag while taking my turn behind the camera. 

(Nikon F100 with Portra 400 film +1)

tiny mammoth academy

Stephanie Read is something else altogether. And it's not just because she has created the most beautiful home school sanctuary of love and learning, but because she is so completely unassuming and quietly confident in her role as a mother that it makes me want to a little bit have her adopt me. 

And can I tell you about these images for just a minute? Because I'm really happy with how this session turned out. For two reasons. 

1. I allowed myself to shoot in ways and places that I normally make a rule never to do or go. Like shooting up against strong backlight or in a dimly-lit basement- pretty basic film photography no-no's. But I decided to take some risks, not knowing how the results would fair. What came of that kind of free, creative play was a set of images that have a certain imperfectness and soul-filled roughness that actually feels quite perfect in the context of family life.

2. Half-way through our session, I handed a disposable flash camera to the older kids and told them they could shoot with it however they wanted. Then they were gone for a good 15 minutes with it. Every disposable camera image in this post (except the two photos of the kids and mom playing on the day bed) was taken by one of the three oldest. I left out the shot of the inside of the garbage can and a few pretty hilarious photos of me shooting (ha) but gosh, I just love knowing that there's a real piece of those darling kids- and their own view of their world- embedded within this little photo story. 

Like a bunch of old photos found in a dusty shoebox, the Read family only gets better with age. 

(Mamiya 645 ProTL, Nikon F100, Fuji Quick Snap with Fuji 400h and Kodak Tri-x film)

april foolery sessions with heather nan!

When my friend, Heather, and I decided to have a play date experimenting with film and flash, I honestly had no idea the resulting images would turn out THIS fun. As a mother and photographer who not only photographs her kids tons but also has other photographers photograph my kids...I seriously think these shots may be some of my MOST favorite images of my kids...ever. 

And now Heather and I want to make images like these of YOUR kids! 


April 1st from 9am-5pm at Charcoal Loft Studio in SLC

Children and/or mama and children portraits (heck- you could even bring pets!)

Shot by BOTH Heather and myself...yup! TWO photographers for the price of one! 

Your choice of two color backdrops 

25-30 high-resolution image files

100% film



mystery babe/baby


One of my very best, closest friends, business partner, macaroon-eater in crime, amazing photographer, freakishly similar to me in all but three ways (pizza, Disney, and Star Wars), amazing mother to three and three-quarters humans, hardest working boss pal...


she let me do whatever the heck I wanted for her maternity session. 

Love you, Jess. 

(Mamiya 645 ProTL with Fuji 400h film)

gnome place like home

For better or for worse, I don't often feel lots of mama guilt. I'm far from perfect and know I could be doing plenty of things better but, for the most part, I'm able to let go of the things I'm not awesome at and focus on the things I AM awesome at. 

But Jenny. Jenny makes me feel allllll the mama guilts- in only the best way ;) Within moments of walking into her home, you can feel of the goodness and love that she's worked every day to grow. Being a mother is her J.O.B. and she is quietly doing every aspect of that job beautifully. The focus, intention, and peace that comes from actively making her home a safe sanctuary, protected from the outside world, is something I want to become better at. Thank you, Jenny, for proving that it's possible. 

My favorite part of our session together was when I busted out the *disposable camera at the end and let the kids be in charge completely. So fun seeing these images and the way it gives me a small glimpse into who they are and how they experience the world. And, maybe it's just me and my nerdy film ways, but there's something about disposable camera images that just make me feel so good, deep down- like it's cutting right to the core of fuzzy and happy childhood memories. 

(Mamiya 645 ProTL with Fuji400h film and Fujifilm Quicksnap camera)

*Almost every disposable camera image was shot by either the 3 1/2 year-old daughter or the 5 year-old son.