Blaire and Ashton/

4 years ago I met two of the most incredible women I have ever come to know.  I knew we would be lifelong friends after they stayed up late waiting for me to come back from a midnight rendezvous with a random man in our African compound (nothing happened, mom).  We stayed up late and chatted about religion, love, life and family.  To this day they are my biggest examples, I want them to know that they have blessed so many others with their giant charitable hearts.  

This Summer these two women joined families when their son and daughter married on another. I was so happy to be there, to act as a fly on the wall and witness so many sacred moments. This was a special wedding for me. I am so joyous to know love like this exists.  Thank you Shannin, Kaylene and Blaire, you are all that is beautiful and strong in the world. 

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*the two ladies.

*the two ladies.

Studios Magazine

Getting around to scanning things, blogging, and all the other things I should be doing. This lil article came out earlier this year.  I feel a little silly about sharing it but here ya go!  Thanks to all of those who have helped me chip away to get at the heart of life.

Bravery and Women

I love women. I love brave women. I love woman do what they please and need and are expressive without fear. I love a vulnerable woman who isn't afraid. I love them because I want to be like them.

Hair Colorist and Stylist: Aubrey Nelson

 

 

The B Fam

I was hesitant about sharing these photos because they felt very sacred to me. But what the hell… they are beautiful and I want to share them. I have know and adored Jill for many years, she has always been someone I have looked up to and admired.  From a distance I have watched her family grow, and a few months ago I needed some healing while in California and asked if I could come photograph her new little boy.  I am sure you can see the love this family has for one another.  I admire Jill's husband more than he knows.  I see the way he looks at his wife and his children and I wish there were more men like him on the earth. Either way, going through these I teared up a bit.  It is an amazing thing to whiteness so much love. 

IM TEACHING 2 WORKSHOPS THIS FEBRUARY!

THE WORKSHOPS

I will be holding two workshops in February.  The first of the two will be held Saturday the 8th.  This day will be a crash course intro to photography, you will learn to use your camera manually and gain control to get the look you desire. Come to understand depth of field, motion, light, posing and the importance of composition.

The second workshop will be held on Saturday the 15.  This will be crash course in Studio/lighting and Creativity.  Learn to get the most of natural light, strobe lights, continuous light, on-camera flash as well as some fun alternative lighting methods.  We will also be playing with different lenses from tilt shift, zoom, fixed and even the lens baby. I will be sharing methods on ways to transform any room into your own studio.

 

Saturday Feb 8th

INTRO TO PHOTOGRAPHY AND BEING RAD AT IT

-Get to know your camera better, you will never want to shoot anything other than manual after class

-Learn the ins and outs of different lenses, hands on look at the effects of shooting with a long lens vs. short and get the depth of field you want for your images

-Understanding light better and make any situation work with you instead of against you

- Styled shoot with model and some quick tips for posing and getting your subjects to relax

-Talk of the creative process and getting beyond the norm

-Delicious Breakfast and lunch provided

-Fun give-aways and a booklet of the information you will learn

 

Saturday Feb 15th

LIGHTS, CAMERA AND STUDIO

-Strobe lights vs. continuous light sources

-Making your on-camera flash work for you instead of against you

-Alternative lighting methods, getting creative with light and finding something new to play with

-Learn simple and inexpensive tricks to making your home/garage into your own personal studio

-Making natural light your best friend

-Styled shoot to get to see the studio in action and get hands on experience with all of the equipment

-Backdrops and props

-We can chat all you want about any questions you have

-Delicious Breakfast and lunch provided

-Fun give-aways and a booklet of the information you will learn

 

To sign up for a workshop please email me at Jessica@jessicapetersonphoto.com

Classes are 350.00 each or 600.00 for both days.  This will an investment truly worth making as you will come away with a much deeper understanding of the art of photography which will come through in every image you take from then after.    Classes will be taught in my downtown SLC studio.  Classes will start 9am and end at 5pm.  

 *payment must paid in full to hold your seat in the class

 





Yes, I have a Dog.

I am just a little pathetic when it comes to my dog max.  He has made my life hell, cleaned out my savings account a few times from crazy vet bills, eaten more of my belongings than could fill a room and he smells like a dirty rag, even after he is bathed... 

I want to be clear that I am not a "cat-lady" and he is not a substitute for children or a husband, (although I want like 5 babies and maybe a few husbands) he is just a creature that I love dearly, who comes with me to the studio each day, gets sad when I am gone too long and sleeps at the foot of my bed each night. He really is a wonderful little guy.  Today was busy and loud and once the studio got quiet he was there to keep me company.  Photographed him with some instants in hopes I will still have him with me when he grows old and goes away. 

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instants: loved

Last week I primarily shot polaroids. needed a break from shooting too much and needed to slow things down.  These moments mean the world to me, being with my family means the world to me. I am a thankful and I will continue to be thankful beyond my November. 

*My favorite of the shots is the last one. My brother, being his coolest self. Thanks for the laughs. 

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Vague

My sister-in-law told me I was vague in my posts and writing and I have to say she is right.  With that being said, I have been thinking a lot about sharing and over-sharing and the lost art of privacy and how to share what I do and what I love without contributing to something I feel so fickly frustrated about.   

This is such a battle for me.  

 

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Pocket Camera: Fuji Slim and Wide

if you look in my purse you will find keys, 5 different chapsticks, a bunch of candy wrappers and receipts, a plethora of pens, notebook, and a Fuji Slim and Wide 35mm camera.  I love it, so plastic and cheap I never have to worry about smashing it and it is always available when I see something I love... Like beautiful shapes and textures or sleeping cat in the middle of a retail store.  I absolutely recommend the camera!

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The Bugaboo Buffalo: Park City

I was lucky enough to photograph the launch for the new Bugaboo stroller, The Buffalo.  I'm not going to lie, if I had a kiddo I would own one of these beasts! The launch was a blast, I was able to meet some great people and photograph a wonderful product.  It was a delight tromping around Park City, UT with these lovelies.

 *Thank you so much Bugaboo,  Amanda and Cree Jones of Kinfolk, Tayor Shupe and Wife of Stance, Katie Hintz and husband of Refinery 29, Brigham and Caitlin of Nike and Caitlin Wilson Textiles, Aubrey and James McCoy of smile booth.com and the lovely Bluebird blog and of course all of your BEAUTIFUL children. 

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Michelle

I wanted to visit my good friend Michelle Chirstensen, she is one of Utah's most talented artists and she is honestly just one of my favorite people.  I am just in love with her illustrations and chatting with while she paints. It was my first time seeing her new studio (the last 8 images) and how she really made it hers so I wanted to capture the little things in her space that speak volumes about this woman. Check out her site, she really is so fresh and creative! 

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a little for a lot.

it has been a while. i have been busy and not always the good kind of busy but i am so grateful to have bits and pieces to share. starts of projects i wish i could finish, little humous moments that make me feel a little more awake, people kind enough to trust me and share themselves with me and of course a record of some adventure I will surely forget.  

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G.

This is my newest nephew.  What a delight, what a joy.  My big brother is a daddy and I am so proud of him.  

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