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let’s stay in bed together all saturday morning

I mean there really are no words for these three. Truly.

And don’t even get me started on little Kennedy and her kitty whiskers. Don’t even.

If MY lazy, snuggly Saturday mornings looked this good, I’d never ever leave the bedroom. But just because these guys look like they walked out of magazine, doesn’t mean they aren’t the nicest, most friendly and welcoming little crew you’ve ever met. Because they are. Thanks, Tew family for letting me in on your morning happiness.

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BobbiJo - Absolutely beautiful images! I would love a session like this!

kelly - oh my!! I am dying over how beautiful these pictures are Sam!You have so so much talent!


dreamland with jenny and her boys

So very first thing that happened when I pulled out my camera at the start of this shoot and asked to get a picture of the two brothers together was they immediately cuddled up to each other close, wrapped their arms around one another so sweetly, and flashed me these smiles that made my heart break all over the place. That’s when I knew this session would be an absolute dream. And it was. There’s something about the way these images turned out that have a special ethereal, dream-like quality that is just so perfectly fitting for how being with this family felt. Gosh I love film.

And how these boy love their mama! With good reason, too. Jenny is warm and gentle with her love for her family. Her kind willingness and enthusiasm for every. single. pose I suggested during the session was the stuff photographer’s dreams are made of. There’s that word again: dream dream dreamy!

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Mamiya 645 ProTL, Canon eos3, fuji 400h, kodak tri-x


david miller (and family!) of alpine film lab

Having David Miller of Alpine Film Lab (the lab I use for all my processing and developing) ask me to do a family session for him was basically the highlight of my film shooting experience thus far. Hands down.

And can I just say that I have a small crush on this family? Because I do. I thought I was going to be a nervous stress wreck the whole time- knowing that David is an amazing film photographer himself and would be developing the film and thus seeing alllll the frames I shot (for better or for worse). In fact, this is the guy who actually first taught me how to even shoot film. Anything I know about my camera, technically speaking, is thanks to him. So no pressure at all shooting his family, right?! But surprisingly, this session was probably one of the most relaxed and flat-out fun sessions I’ve ever shot. Still not sure how that happened but I’m thinking it had a lot do to with how amazing these guys are together. They are the coolest and so mellow. All the expectations and pressure I was putting on myself just melted away and, before I knew it, our time together was over and I was left wishing I had brought lots more film just so I could keep hanging out with these four.

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Mamiya 645 ProTL, Canon eos3, Fuji 400h, Kodak Tri-x


the taylor family’s light

I first met Jalene about 18 months ago when I first started dabbling in photography and hired her to teach me how to use Lightroom. So you can imagine my excitement when, a few months ago, she asked me to do a family session for her! Jalene is one of the best (and busiest!) wedding photographers in Utah. She is lovely to the core. Soft-spoken, unassuming, and genuine. The love she holds for her little family is inspiring. The Taylor’s happiness and contentment together just radiate outwards so much so that being around them makes you feel surprisingly peaceful and at home.

Thank you, Taylor family, for letting me into your beautiful circle of joy for an evening.

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Jalene Taylor - I LOVE them so much! Thank you thank you!

ellen patton - Hello, I want her shoes! And, these photos are amazing. They must be thrilled.


softness, silliness, and patience at the lake

I’m so, so glad I got to meet the Evans family. Both Nic and Whitney are amazing parents. I loved witnessing the gentleness and kindness they hold for one another. The boys adore their dad- and for good reason. He was so patient and sweet with each one of them. And, of course, was just the right amount of goofy and fun also. And when cute baby Grey cried for basically the whole session, Nic and Whitney just rolled with it so gracefully and kept their cool. Instead of getting overwhelmed, they simply hugged him and comforted him- never once seeming stressed or anxious about it. Few parents could do that.

And all those boys! Just watching them interact with each other, help each other, and encourage each other- all the while holding fishing poles and fishing nets- it made me feel like I had stepped inside a Norman Rockwell painting. When I asked the second oldest to think of something that makes him happy as I was taking his portrait, he told me he had thought of his youngest brother. And that’s when my heart melted into a puddle on the ground. Again.

Thanks for letting me be a part of your wonderfulness for an evening, Evans family.

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Jennifer Bulich - I can’t get enough of this family session. It’s just perfect!