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natalie + richard {salt lake tooele utah wedding photographer}
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 9:24PM
By Clarissa
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I found a quote the other day that says, 

"Whoever said the sun makes you happy has never been kissed in the rain."

I couldn't help but think of Natalie & Richard's rainy wedding day when I read it!

The weather was completely crazy on their day,

but I think we've all heard that it's lucky if it rains on your wedding day, right?

They were such good sports for pictures at the temple, even though it was wet and chilly.

The connection between the two of them was unreal.

I loved the way Richard treated Natalie.

After the temple, their cozy and elegant reception greeted guests with different kinds of cake,

and yes, guests got an ENTIRE piece of cake (haha). 

I loved working with the two of them as well as their sweet families. 

Congrats, Mr. & Mrs. Peterson!

 

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francom family {salt lake family photographer}
Saturday, May 16, 2015 3:23PM
By Clarissa
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The Francom Family.

I feel like I have known all of them for years!

They are such a close and kind group of people!

It is clients like these people that make me love my job so much. 

They have been so supportive and loyal to me, 

and for that, I am so grateful!

I loved spending this beautiful morning at one of my favorite locations. 

Thank you, Francom Fam!

 

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reagan -- class of 2015 {utah senior photographer}
Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:07PM
By Clarissa
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Meet the beautiful Reagan, class of 2015!

Reagan was an absolute dream to work with.

I love how her personality really shows through the images. 

She was so sweet and an amazing model (I mean... just look at her!)

I know that Reagan has amazing things in her future!

Thank you so much, Reagan!

 

 

Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

--William Jennings Bryan



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martindale family {utah family photographer}
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 11:00AM
By Clarissa
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Can I just say how much I LOVE families with three little girls. 

There is just something abut them. =)

And I'm sure it's nothing to do with the fact that I have a family with three little girls, right?!

But seriously though. 

Can we talk about the beauty that is just oozing from this family?

And their perfectly coordinated outfits and color scheme... a DREAM.

These three beauties were so well behaved and adorable!

And it is so fun to reconnect with old friends through my photography. 

I loved seeing Brittnie and Mike after so many years and what they have been up to! =)

 

"A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give." - Laurel Atherton

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kelsey {utah senior photographer}
Thursday, April 09, 2015 10:12AM
By Clarissa
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Meet the gorgeous senior, Kelsey.

Her session was perfection!

Perfect overcast sky.

Gorgeous model.

Beautiful light.

Spot-on location.

We even made the breeze work for us.

Kelsey has such a good head on her shoulders and I know she is headed toward amazing things!

I hope you love your sneak peek!

 

 

Tags: seniors
 
10 tips for getting the BEST wedding photos POSSIBLE
Monday, March 30, 2015 9:04PM
By Clarissa
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Hi! I'm Clarissa and I have been shooting weddings since 2008. Shooting primarily weddings for the past 6 1/2 years,

I have picked up a few tips from working with so many amazing couples,

for getting the most beautiful and compelling wedding photos possible!

If you follow my 10 tips below, you will ensure that your wedding images tell your love story perfectly without any regrets!

1. LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS 

 Hire a professional photographer that specializes in weddings.  Believe or not, a lot of couples skip this important step of the wedding planning process. Cakes get eaten, decorations get taken down, and flowers wilt away. Without beautiful AND professional images of your special day, what was the point of spending so much time AND money on every detail? Budget for a good, experienced photographer. You won't regret it.

2. PINTERESTING


 We all love Pinterest to pieces (I am completely addicted... I admit!) and it is certainly busting at the seams with amazing/cute/fun ideas for wedding photos. Brides are scouring the site for wedding photo ideas for their photographers—the problem is, not every photo you are pinning is possible for your photographer to capture due to variances in time, light, willingness of subjects...you get the idea. Trust your photographer! I promise they have some fun and amazing ideas up their sleeve (as long as you followed my advice in tip #1)!

3. SMOOTH AS A BABY'S BOTTOM


Grooms: this one is for you. Get a professional shave the morning of your wedding. And by professional, I mean at a barber shop! I cannot tell you how many bumps I have had to edit out in Photoshop because of razor burn. It will make such a huge difference in your photos and save your photographer so much time (not to mention your wife will go ga-ga over that freshly shaven face of yours)! Make a little splurge and do it! 

4. A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND


Have a designated bridesmaid/best friend/etc. to help/assist with your dress, veil, lip gloss, carrying water bottles, etc., during wedding formals (the pictures of just the bride and groom after the ceremony). It not only helps your photographer, it helps make the best use of time.  An extra pair of hands are so useful during this time!

5. MOOD KILLER


There is a very special connection between the bride and groom on their wedding day—unlike anything I've ever seen! One thing that can totally kill this connection is allowing a close relative such as your mom/dad/grandmother/etc. to tag along during photos. It's always awkward for a groom to kiss his bride passionately in front of his new mother-in-law! Your photographer needs you to be completely captivated by each other, and having an audience (besides the photographer and special helper mentioned in tip #4) can really put a damper on the photos! Sorry, Mom. 

6. LIVE AND UNPLUGGED


Consider having an "unplugged" wedding. This is a newer concept a lot of couples are implementing into their weddings because of the takeover of camera phones and digital cameras. Unfortunately, well-meaning wedding guests can get very overbearing with their photo ops and can either get in the photographer's way or can completely block the photographer's shot, making them miss important moments that can't be repeated. It's also hard when the photographer is trying to get the subjects' attention and ten people are yelling “Look over here!” over the photographer's shoulder. Reassure your guests that you have hired an experienced professional that will do an amazing job of documenting your day!

7. TESTING, TESTING, 1, 2, 3...


Schedule a bridal and/or formal session for a makeup/hair/dress trial run before the big day. I have so many brides that wear their hair and make-up one way for bridals and then decide to wear it different on the wedding day. It's a great oppurtunity to test out how your shoes fit, how to secure your veil, which lip gloss to bring, etc.  It's also the perfect time to get some gorgeous photos at the ideal time of day with the best possible light, which isn't always possible on the wedding day. 

8. MY DOGS ARE BARKIN'


If you decide to wear heels on your wedding day, bring a back-up pair of flip flips, flats, or even slippers, because trust me—your feet will start hurting and it's better to have something to slip on rather than walking around bare foot. You can even change in and out of them during photos—put them on when your feet will be showing and slip on the comfy shoes when they won't. 

9. SPAAAAW DAY!


Get a manicure AND a pedicure for your big day. Not only is it a way to feel extra special and pampered, your hands and feet will be showing in a lot of your wedding photos and you want them to look their very best!

10. MAKE ME OVER


 Brides, along with the mani/pedi, I highly reccommend getting your make-up professionally applied for your wedding day. Make-up artists know how make you look extra fabulous by highlighting your natural features that make you unique. This is something I wish I would have done for my wedding. It's an extra step to make yourself feel extra beautiful and your wedding photos really stand out. You will feel super confident and it will show in your images!

 


 

So, there you have it. My 10 surefire ways of getting the best wedding photos possible! 

Do you have any others? I'd love to hear them in the comments! 


 
emily + brandon: engaged {tooele engagement photographer}
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 5:50PM
By Clarissa
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Emily + Brandon.

I feel like I came back from my maternity session with a bang with this session!

These two were seriously up for anything...

walking bare foot through the mud of the Great Salt Lake...

walking across jagged rocks...

climbing a mountain...

It was epic.

Along with their love.

Brandon was so sweet to Emily,

so sweet that he wiped the mud off of her feet for her (awww!).

I am so excited for their June wedding. 

 

 
a little bit country, a little bit rock n' roll
Friday, January 30, 2015 6:49PM
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I am a little embarassed to say how long ago the gorgeous Sydney and I collaborated on this shoot. 

I sort of dreamed the idea up in my head and then told her I wanted her to be my model.

She totally went with the idea and found the shirt and boots for the shoot. 

My amazingly talented friend, Michaele Wheeler, handmade the tutu from tulle for me--it turned out so perfect!

I grabbed my veil from my wedding and threw the bouquet together. 

We met up and had an awesome shoot!

Sydney was an incredible model! 

Her gorgeous features and confidence made this so much fun. 

I think it's so important as a photographer to do personal shoots just for fun.

Enjoy!

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the nield family {tooele utah family photographer}
Saturday, November 22, 2014 8:45PM
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Family sessions with this family never dissapoint! 

Their loyalty means the world to me, because I know there are so many photographers out there!

I'm sure Sunnie doesn't remember this, but on our first Sunday at our new church here in Tooele,

she came up to me and told me how cute I looked pregnant and in heels (I was pregnant with my now 7-year-old).

Her kindness has always stayed with me all of these years. 

Kim was also one of the first people to ever know (outside of family and close friends) that John and I met on hotornot.com

(so embarassing!)!

This family is so down-to-earth, fun, and genuine.

They are exactly how I want my family to be in a few years!

Thank you, Nield Family!

Tags: family