faith, hope & sweetness

135mm | iso100 | f2.0 | 1/160

I can’t think of a better weekend than the Saturday after Thanksgiving to attend the temple for the very first time.  Sophie chose Bountiful.  We woke up to a blanket of snow all over the city.  We made it a family affair. We were lucky enough to have “Go UTE” Nana staying with us, so she came too.  After our time in the temple, we headed to Sunshine Cafe for brunch.  Sophie, your faith, hope, and sweetness soften my heart regularly.  We love you so much and I am so grateful to be your mom forever.

35mm | f2.0 | 1/160 | iso200
35mm | f1.6 | 1/320 | iso100

35mm | f2.0 | 1/200 | iso200
35mm | f2.0 | 1/200 | iso200
[yawn!]  35mm | f2.0 | 1/160 | iso200

12 years old


An interview with Sophie after TURNING TWELVE YEARS OLD!

What is your favorite quote or thought to think?

“Actually, you are good enough.”

Is there anything that you do daily, no matter what?

“exercise…usually tumbling” (everywhere she goes!)

Is there something you couldn’t live without?



What is unique about you?

“that I can tumble”

Why do you participate in power tumbling?

“Because it’s something I am pretty good at and it is something different, that most people can’t do. And it’s really fun!”

Can you think of someone who inspires you to be a better person?

“Kara Chapman. Because she always shares her stories of her mistakes, how to improve and she’s really funny.  And my mom, because she always lets us do what we love. That she likes photography and has never given up on it”


What trait are you most grateful for in yourself?

“I like having fun!”

What is your favorite book and why?

“THE INVISIBLE EMMIE and POSITIVE IZZY because they are easy to read, fun and they cover how different people get through challenges.”

What is your favorite failure or mistake?

“When I messed up on my ball-out (at yesterday’s meet) because it was something I was scared to do, but I went for it. Even though I didn’t get a full rotation, I was happy that I tried it.”


What is your favorite space in our home?

“the fridge”

“and the guest bedroom downstairs…it is cooler downstairs and kind of a hideout.”

“and my bed”

If you had an extra hour everyday-what would you do with it?

“jump on the tramp”

Favorite dessert?

“all of them”


What does the world need more of?

“chocolate and less criticism and more praise”

What time in your life have you felt especially beautiful?

“When I am around people I love”

let bygones be bygones

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In an effort to keep humans out of her candy, since she was the only trick-or-treater in our house this year, Sophie decided to tuck her Halloween candy in her room inside a gallon size ziploc bag.  On November 1st, she went to school…and left her candy on the ground, instead of that safe shelf in her closet that she had planned on.  When we all came home her candy was gone–and the incriminating evidence was all over the backyard.  It took a few days (maybe a week) but it looks like these two have patched things up.  Friends again.

a new partnership

K97A5675.jpg50mm | f1.2 | 1/4000 | iso250

October 25, 2014: It was the first day I had strapped a 50mm 1.2L Canon lens on.  I rented it for a photoshoot I had that day.  While still in my possession, I decided to try it out on my family members.  We went up the street and found a quiet spot…with autumn dressed trees all around us.  I loved that impromptu photo session…but this image motivated me to find a way to make sure that lens was in my own camera bag.  It is still one of my very favorites.

a few more from that day SOOC (straight out of camera) with the exception of a bit of cropping…

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K97A568250 mm | f1.2 | 1/4000 | iso250

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I loved the above image of Ellie…the hair is so soft…and the depth of field so shallow…the brim of the hat soft.  I loved her expression.  The drawback of shooting that shallow is that her nose is in perfect focus…but her eyes aren’t.  Generally, if your subject is looking at the camera…it is best to have their eyes in focus.  (oops!)

But…once I moved back a bit (moved myself back because it is a prime lens) we nailed the focus on quite a few.  The details above were the same (f1.2 | 1/4000, etc…) for the next image, but moving back changed the depth of field significantly.


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This one will always be a favorite for me…it captured each of their personalities pretty perfectly. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Remember…those are all SOOC (with the exception of that first one…I am not sure about that).  I wanted to show what the lens actually does…without any Photoshop or Lightroom treatment on them.

Sadie’s 2018


(left to right) Maddie, Braden, Ellie, Jake, Elizabeth, Daniel, Ellie, Caden, Cami and Camden

Ellie has had the best time at the dances she has attended!  This was no exception.  This is one great group of human beings!  I am so lucky to call one of them mine.

I was so impressed with Ellie’s relaxed nature this weekend.  There were details that I was wondering about (trying not to add any stress to the situation…HA!) and each time Ellie’s response was, “it’s FINE”  I wish I had had her common sense and maturity at that age.  She amazes me.


Saturday night swim

When the girls were little we loved the pool on Saturday nights.  We would bring dinner.  We often found neighbors to visit with…and always played until close.  The girls would shower before we left. When we returned home they were ready for bed.  It was the perfect way to end a summer night.  Now that they are older (and busier) we rarely have an evening when we are all together…and even more rarely spend it at the pool.  Tonight stars aligned and we were all there.  Ellie drove herself there after work.  Kate and Sophie were there a bit earlier swimming with friends.  Danny and I brought dinner to grill- salmon, asparagus and red potatoes.  We were lucky enough to spend time with neighbors and stay until the sun went down.  It felt like old times, and I loved every minute of it.