Smyer Image|Brian Smyer: Blog https://www.smyerimage.com/blog en-us Brian Smyer (Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Fri, 12 Feb 2021 15:12:00 GMT Fri, 12 Feb 2021 15:12:00 GMT https://www.smyerimage.com/img/s/v-12/u213940372-o109025989-50.jpg Smyer Image|Brian Smyer: Blog https://www.smyerimage.com/blog 120 80 Best Wedding Venues in Utah | Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2021/2/best-wedding-venues-in-utah-entrada-at-snow-canyon-country-club  


Stretched across acres of desert landscape against a back drop of red sand stone cliffs, black lava beds and cascading waterfalls awaits a desert wedding destination like no other. Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club is a desert diamond, it offers wonderful views of the natural black lava flows, the limestone mountain of Snow Canyon State Park, and the magnificent red rock cliffs that make Saint George unique. Entrada at Snow Canyon provides a second-to-none experience that will inspire, energize and amaze your guests. The Joshua, Ocotillo, Prince, Saguaro, and Agave ballrooms open onto the spacious Clubhouse patio overlooking the panoramic views of the majestic mountainside and cascading waterfalls.
I'm grateful to have photographed this fun and adventurous couple's ring ceremony during the pandemic.  Entrada was very accommodating and flexible when it came to rescheduling the date due to Covid.  The scenery and colors were worth the wait.

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The Inn at Entrada, located on site, is a luxury resort destination perfect for out of town guests.  It also worked great for a getting ready location for the wedding party.


 

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There was no shortage of inspiration for great detail shots.

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Bonus points for wildlife viewing from the ceremony site!

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This ring ceremony was fun and light hearted.  This couple was fun to be around!

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The color was so fun to photograph, what a gorgeous place.

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) 2537 West Entrada Trail Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club Southern Utah wedding photos St George wedding photographer St George wedding photos St. George UT 84770 Utah wedding photographer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2021/2/best-wedding-venues-in-utah-entrada-at-snow-canyon-country-club Fri, 12 Feb 2021 15:11:41 GMT
Best Wedding Venues in Utah | Red Butte Garden https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2021/2/best-wedding-venues-in-utah-red-butte-garden  With 100 acres of natural areas, formal gardens, waterfalls and ponds it’s easy to make gorgeous memories and photos at Red Butte Garden in every season.  This is a tried and true venue when you need things to go well and look pretty.  It also has just the right amount of wild if you look for it.  I've truly enjoyed all the weddings I've photographed here.   
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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Best wedding venue Utah First Look Red Butte Garden Wedding Red Butte Wedding Photos Salt Lake City Wedding Salt Lake City Wedding Photographer Smyer Image Wedding Ceremony Wedding Portraits https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2021/2/best-wedding-venues-in-utah-red-butte-garden Thu, 04 Feb 2021 16:04:07 GMT
Best Wedding Venues in Utah | Snowbasin Resort https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2020/12/bestweddingvenues-utah-snowbasin This week I'm proud to showcase a wedding venue that is close to my heart.  I've had not just one but several perfect days both professionally and personally at Snowbasin Resort.  I've had the opportunity to photograph several weddings and work with Snowbasin's marketing department.  I also volunteer with Continue Mission and Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports during the ski season at Snowbasin.  It's safe to say that I've had some of the best days at my life at Snowbasin.  If that's not enough of a testimonial just browse through some of the photos below.  It's easy to see the attention to detail and the personal service that's provided to guests at Snowbasin. 

 

Please allow me to introduce you to the fantastic wedding team at Snowbasin.  This is Kimberly, Carrie and Emma. 

They are easy to work with and good at what they do!

 Call (801) 620-1075 or email weddings@snowbasin.com

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I just can't do a blog post about Snowbasin without some on mountain action shots. Here a few of my favorites.

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Brian Smyer Destination Wedding Luxury at Snowbasin Resort Mountain Wedding Photos Ski Resort Wedding Smyer Image Snowbasin Resort Snowbasin Wedding Utah Wedding Destination Utah Wedding Photographer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2020/12/bestweddingvenues-utah-snowbasin Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:00:00 GMT
Best Wedding Venues in Utah | Pierpont Place https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2020/12/vendor-spotlight-PierpontPlace I'm inspired by Pierpont Place's "Friday Feature" and want to highlight some of my favorite local venues and vendors.  With weddings and corporate events being postponed and cancelled our industry needs all the help we can get.  It has some of the most talented and hard working people I've met.  I'm hoping you will help get the word out, both by word of mouth and by sharing on social media.  Sharing is caring!  The vendors I will highlight uphold the highest standards and make me look good by being not just good but great at what they do. 

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Since they are my inspiration for this series I thought I would start with Pierpont Place.  I'm always amazed at what they do in their urban and chic space.  Every time I shoot there it seems to have a different look and feel.  They are all about making you feel like a V.I.P. and will design the space to fit your party and personality. Contact Pierpont Place

 

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Pierpont Place is a full service venue and will take care of all the details for you.  

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 Pierpont Place created a Covid safe summer concert series to help benefit local artists, vendors and charities.  Please give them a follow on social media and think about them for your next party or floral arrangement.

 

 

 

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15 Questions to ask a wedding photographer before you hire them https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2019/11/15-questions-to-ask-a-wedding-photographer-before-you-hire-them  

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It's tough to find a good photographer these days.  Although liking a photographer's work is a good starting point there are several other factors to consider.  Photography clubs and organizations have relaxed their membership criteria so much that they are no longer a credible source of talent.  With so much competition people have even resorted to using images from workshops or classes to pad their real wedding portfolios.  How do you find a wedding photographer that is both an honest pro and perfect fit for you?  Here's a list of questions my clients ask me and my answers.  Hopefully these questions and answers will help you at least weed out the inconsistent and inexperienced photographers.  

 

1. Are you available for my date?

 It’s not uncommon for me to book weddings 1-2 years in advance so availability is a good thing to check.  

2. Can I see examples of wedding you did from start to finish?

 I feel like this is a very important part of the research.  Photographer’s websites, including mine, are full of their favorite images and don’t really show what a complete wedding looks like.   Any reputable photographer should not have a problem showing you examples of real weddings. 

3. Do you have references?

  I have a list of references on request.  You can also read reviews here.  

4. Are you the photographer that will be shooting my wedding? 

Yes.   I am always your point of contact and photographer.   It is my goal to make every client feel like they are my only client.

5. Who will edit my photos and how do you select what photos to edit.

 I’m afraid I’m much to particular to leave this important step to someone who has never even met you.  The photos in your collection will have been thought out, prepared for, captured, culled and edited by one artist with a consistent vision, me.   

6. Do you have liability insurance?

Yes

7. How many other events will you photograph on my wedding day?

Weddings are a big deal and I schedule them as such.  Not only do I only shoot 1 wedding per day but I schedule a block of 3 days for your wedding.  Why a 3 day block?  I use this block of time to make sure you and your wedding have my undivided attention. From prep work to post production, for 3 days I eat sleep and drink your wedding photos.  Doing it this way also leaves me flexible to  photograph a rehearsal dinner or a photo session with you the day before or after your wedding. 

8. What will you wear to my wedding?

My rule of thumb for dress code is to dress as a guest would be expected to dress.  A black polo or button up and slacks are typical for me. 

9. Is wedding photography your primary business and how long have you been shooting weddings?

Yes, I have been a professional wedding photographer since 2008.  I risked everything to do what I love.  You can be assured that I’m invested in making your experience an excellent one.  I feel like I'm at the perfect time in my career.  I have just enough experience to be great at what I do and not enough to become complacent or bored.  I'm normally smiling when I'm shooting weddings and love.

10. Can other people take photos while you are taking photos?

I strongly recommend an unplugged ceremony and inviting guests to be in the moment for it.  I prefer a smiling face to an I pad or camera.  I also discourage additional photographers during formal family portraits as they can be a distraction and waste precious time.  That being said I’m not the type to yell at or police guests for taking pictures.  I’ll photograph what goes on either way.  I would rather try to clean a photo up in Photo shop than be rude to a guest.

11. Can I give you a shot list?

A shot list for the family portraits is highly recommended.    A detailed shot list for the day isn’t necessary but I would like to know about specific details.  For example a coin you are carrying that was given to you by your grandfather or any other special details I need to know about.  

12. What happens if your equipment malfunctions at my wedding? 

This is a question that should make any wedding photographer fearful enough to have backups for all essential gear.  In most cases I have backups for my backups.  I’ve had cameras and lighting fail at weddings and  it wasn’t a big deal because I had another one ready to take it’s place.

13. Do you have a contract?

Yes, I have a simple contract that goes over details.  I look at this as a communication tool to make sure we are both on the same page.  

14. Do you require a down payment to secure the date?

Yes, the amount varies with services needed before your wedding but it’s typically $500

15. Will you meet with us before we book?

Yes!  I highly recommend and in person meeting.  You will spend more time with your photographer than anyone else on your wedding day.  If you hate them it will surely show in your pictures.   I feel the better we know each other the more relaxed you will be and the more natural the pictures will look.  I also recommend a pre-wedding photos session.   It’s a chance to introduce the camera to our relationship and for me to start earning your trust.  I'm looking forward to meeting you!  Cheers, Brian

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Davis County wedding photographer Park City wedding photographer questions to ask your wedding photographer Salt Lake City wedding photographer Utah mountain wedding photographer Utah wedding photographer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2019/11/15-questions-to-ask-a-wedding-photographer-before-you-hire-them Mon, 04 Nov 2019 23:57:23 GMT
Cliff-Top Wedding on Devil's Backbone. https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2019/11/cliff-top-wedding-on-devils-backbone I was recently asked what was the craziest wedding ceremony I've photographed.  I'm not sure this is the craziest, but it's the only one I had to mentally map out how many steps I could take without falling off a cliff while shooting.  My hat is tipped to this bride who was married on top of a cliff in Louboutin high heels.

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  We stayed and got ready at Capitol Reef Resort in Torrey, Utah.  

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This was a magical light moment as the bride and groom were positioning for the wedding party to arrive to the ceremony site.  I'm not sure if Fred believed me when I told him Ashley was glowing until he turned to see for himself.  Thank you sun!  The reflection of light from the rock she was facing provided the perfect fill light.  Capturing both an endearing human moment and a moment of magic light is really what it's all about for me.

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Brian Smyer wedding photographer Capitol Reef Wedding Photographer Destination wedding photographer Smyer Image Utah Wedding Photographer Wedding Ceremony on a Cliff Wedding ceremony on Devil's backbone https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2019/11/cliff-top-wedding-on-devils-backbone Mon, 04 Nov 2019 23:54:14 GMT
Celebrating the 4th of July with Continue Mission https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2019/7/happy-4th-of-july-america  Hi friends,

I've been fortunate to be able to document Continue Mission's journey from it's inception.  I can't help but think of them on this July 4th.  Our veterans and their families know the true meaning of sacrifice.  It's good to know that there are people who care so much and I'm grateful to be able to witness the healing that has come with the CM community.  They inspire me to be great all year long and I think they can do the same for you.

Below you will find photos from a few of Continue Mission's recent events for veterans and their support members.   I'm only posting from summer but they have events and activities all year round.  Continue mission has a 100% volunteer staff and over 90% of funding goes directly to veterans with service connected injuries. If you are feeling patriotic or just want to make a difference, please visit www.continuemission.org and think about making a donation.  Happy 4th of July!  Enjoy and be safe!

Cheers,

Brian

p.s.  I'm skiing at Snowbird this 4th of July morning.  If you are too, please find me for a 4th of July photo!

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) 4th of July Brian Smyer Continue Mission disc golf golf Mountain biking No veteran left behind paddle boarding Pay it forward pickleball Smyer Image trail running volleyball https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2019/7/happy-4th-of-july-america Wed, 03 Jul 2019 19:54:26 GMT
Has it been 10 years already? https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2018/10/has-it-been-10-years-already Last month marked my 10 year anniversary as a professional photographer.  What an incredible ride it's been, it still seems like a dream.  I've grown so much I'm not sure I'd recognize the person I was 10 years ago.  I'm very grateful for the privilege to work hard and to enjoy the work.  I hope this ride never stops. 

I've met so many great people on this journey, I'm smiling right now as I let my mind dwell on all of you.  Thank you for being my friends and my clients!  

As a tribute to my anniversary I would like to share some photos I made in the last couple months.  I've been wonderfully busy with weddings including a private ceremony on top of a cliff on Hell's Backbone.  I've also been doing a lot of corporate work, head shots and fancy events.  Because I'm staying busy in these areas I'm able to pay it forward.  Recent charities I'm proud to have supported include Continue Mission, Girls on the Run, The Brock Strong Foundation, SMPS and Tracy Aviary.  I've been able to donate over $115,000 to charity over the last few years.  This is one of my favorite parts of my job.

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Ski photos in July https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2018/7/ski-photos-in-july I was trying to cool off and take a small break from summer by going through some snowy photos I've made.  I figured some of you may need a break too so I threw together a slideshow to refresh you too.  So find a cool spot and turn on your favorite tunes while your eyes remember the cold mountain air.

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) bluebird Brighton Continue Mission Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports Park City powder ski ski photography Ski Utah Snowbasin Resort Snowbird https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2018/7/ski-photos-in-july Fri, 20 Jul 2018 22:00:45 GMT
George and Janalee's Enchanted Wedding https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2018/7/george-and-janalees-enchanted-wedding I feel very grateful for the opportunity to document George and Jana's wedding.  They are always such a pleasure to be around and fun to photograph.  I am consistently impressed with the skill and passion that is involved creating big events and weddings.  I feel like I'm living the dream every time I work with such talented vendors and dreamy clients.  

Thank you and Cheers, Brian Smyer

 

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Pierpont Place 
Décor, Design, Bartender and Florist: Pierpont Place 
Event Planner: Diverse Divas Weddings and Events
Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Heather Shelton

Caterer: Brown Brothers

DJ: DJ Pauly Events  
Cake: Salt Cake City
Chauffeured Vintage Car: Something Vintage Something Blue

Officiant: ChristopherT. Scuderi
Bride’s Fashion: Custom Dress made by Rebecca Fenton, Haunted Head Fashion
Groom’s Fashion: Custom suit from Bespoke
Groomsmen suits were also Bespoke, a gift from the groom.
Jeweler: The Shane Co.
Invitations: Beautiful Wedding Announcements
Bike Taxi: SLC Bike Taxi
Getting Ready Location: Hotel Monaco
Photography: Smyer Image

A special thank you to Trevor Hooper (2nd photographer).  I lucked out getting to work with this pro.  He was always in the right spot with the right lens.  

 

Speaking of talented and passionate, here's Angela Cordova from Diverse Divas Weddings and Events to introduce this wedding.

 

George and Jana’s Enchanted Wedding


When I met with Jana and George for their first consultation, Jana said that she was a little concerned about meeting wedding professionals and touring venues. You see, Jana is an amazingly friendly, beautiful and bubbly woman with goth/punk sensibilities and style, awesome tats and bright blue hair. Definitely not what you would call your "traditional bride”, I adored Jana and George immediately!! I assured her, she came to the right place with Diverse Diva since I specialize in offbeat and non-traditional couples. I also assured them that we would find the perfect vendors and venue for them. After talking for a while I learned that they envisioned an urban wedding. They loved the idea of goth elements and definitely wanted to go off the beaten path. They also wanted to weave personal elements, and still wanted a romantic feel with a punk/goth edge. I immediately reached out to Janice from Pierpont Place. If Pierpont was available on their date, I knew it was the perfect fit for Jana and George! I was right!! And it WAS available! As we spent nearly a year planning, the vision of their special day became clearer with each planning meeting. After scouring Pinterest for ideas and partnering with Janice and her team, we decided on a spooky, enchanted forest feel for the design and decor. With the additional of gorgeous blue up lights, an intricate goth-style wedding cake from Salt Cake City, a custom made smoky black, blue and white wedding dress (custom design and creation by Haunted Head Fashion), super fun transportation ideas such as bike taxis and a classic vintage car for the first look and sendoff and the incredible A-team of vendors, this wedding was epic in scope and flawless in execution.
~Angela Cordova

 

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Girls on the Run 5k https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2018/6/girls-on-the-run-5k This was a fun and well organized 5k put on by Girls on the Run Utah.  It had lots of fun activities including a hair station, bean bag toss, prize wheels, hula hooping and slackline walking.

 

"We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running."

 

Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

 

You can see by the smiling faces it was a success.  To learn more or to get involved please visit girlsontherunutah.com

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) 5k girl power girls on the run pay it forward salt lake city event photographer smiling faces https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2018/6/girls-on-the-run-5k Mon, 25 Jun 2018 14:00:00 GMT
Have you played pickleball? Erich Schuette PTSD Memorial Pro/Am pickleball tournament https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2018/6/erich-schuette-ptsd-memorial-pro/am-pickleball-tournament Have you played pickleball

Erich Schuette PTSD Memorial 20181081Erich Schuette PTSD Memorial 20181081 I met Jeff Donovan as he was teaching healing veterans a game that was obviously close to his heart.  Jeff lost his friend and pickleball teammate to suicide after suffering from PTSD.  Jeff now organizes The Erich Schuette PTSD Memorial Pro Am Tournament that raises money and awareness for PTSD.  Proceeds from this event are being donated to Continue Mission

Thank you Leslie Zimmerman (2nd photographer)!  It's not often my 2nd photographer is also the keynote speaker.

If you would like to join us and donate to Continue Mission please click here.  www.continuemission.org

To see the entire gallery from the event please click here.  Pickleball Pro Am

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Continue Mission Gamma Pickleball Onix Pickleball photos Professional Pickleball photos PTSD Results Marketing smyer image Utah action photographer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2018/6/erich-schuette-ptsd-memorial-pro/am-pickleball-tournament Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:56:58 GMT
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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) brian smyer salt lake city photographer when you love what you do...it shows https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2017/12/my-50-favorite-moments-from-2017 Fri, 29 Dec 2017 17:35:12 GMT
Greenhouse wedding inspiration at Cactus and Tropicals with Bitsy Bridal https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2017/5/greenhouse-wedding-inspiration-at-cactus-and-tropicals-with-bitsy-bridal This shoot showcases the work of some amazing local wedding vendors.  I was happy to help with the photography and I'm grateful to work with such great talent.  Please show them some love by visiting their websites.

Gowns- Bitsy Bridal

Video- Forevermore Films

Venue, Flowers & Planning- Cactus and Tropicals

Cake- Carrie's Cakes

Hair- Faith Smith

Make Up- Heather Shelton

Paper goods- Weddings by Eccentricity

Jewelery- Brooks Jewelers

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Romantic Winter Wedding at Snowbasin Resort https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2017/2/romantic-winter-wedding-at-snowbasin-resort I think my secret may be out, I love shooting weddings at Snowbasin!  It is so fun to watch guests experience the magic of the mountains.  I also appreciate pets being able to participate in the wedding.  Buckwheat, the dog in this wedding, beat all odds and out lived his health problems so he could participate in the wedding.  He made sure it was clear that he loved her first.

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Glenn and Jenna, both Navy Lieutenants and Physicians, didn't even flinch when I suggested going to the wilderness in a snow storm at night to photograph their formal session.  There are photos from this session that have already made my personal all time favorite list. 

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Jenna, How did you and Glenn meet?  We met in September of 2011 in Denver, CO during a medical school interview. While crammed into a small room for hours, we sat next to each other and talked non stop. At the end of the day, Glenn summoned up the courage asked for my number. I went back to Idaho and Glenn headed back to San Diego. We kept talking over the phone and started our relationship two months later when we visited Park City, UT

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How did he propose? Glenn woke me up at 3:00 in the morning. He had already been awake to put the cutest bowtie on our dog, Buckwheat, and had spread dozens of roses throughout our house. The three of us then went to watch the sunrise at Kailua Beach on the east side of Oahu. We had the whole beach to ourselves, and Glenn asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I said yes! It was a perfect proposal.

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How did you make the day your own? Many of our guests had never been to Utah, or to a winter wedding, so we wanted to give them an experience they would never forget. They got to enjoy the winter wonderland we've always loved by taking a gondola ride up to our ceremony at about 9,000 feet in elevation. We also chose to do a first look. The setting on the edge of the mountain, with the rest of the world below us made that moment special and unforgettable.

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Describe you wedding in 3 words.  Magical, Snowy, Love.

What was your favorite wedding day moment?  Our first look!

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Ceremony Venue: Needles Lodge at Snowbasin

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Reception Venue: Earl's Lodge at Snowbasin

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What was your first dance to?  Thomas Rhett - Die a happy man

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Venue, Caterer, Baker: Snowbasin

Event Planner Kristine Cline @ Snowbasin

Hair and Makeup: Ashley Drew Patterson

Bride's fashion: Wtoo by Watters from Ava Clara Couture Bridal in Virginia Beach, VA

Groom's fashion: United States Navy- Brooks Brothers

Florist: Lund Floral

DJ: America's Wedding DJ- Paul Mitchell

Officiant: Matt Klein

Jeweler: Lauren B Jewelery

 

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A Modern Day Punk Rock Love Story https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2016/12/a-modern-day-punk-rock-love-story Their story started at a punk rock show so it was very fitting to include one in the wedding celebration.  The groom's band "Skint" got back together for one more set at Brewskis before the vows were made.

Venues: Brewskis, USU Botanical Center, Stockman's Bar

Cake/Cupcakes: Salt Cake City

Wedding Dress: David's Bridal

Bride's rings: Trice Jewelers

Groom's ring: Kinekt

Bouquet and flowers made by Angela Jones

 

This image was inspired by the 16 Candles movie poster and taken in Denver during the blood moon.
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How we met: 

Joe and I met many years ago at a show.  Joe used to be in a popular local band and I went  to  see them play.  One of the guys at the show was being really rude and kept pushing me around.  Joe’s then roommate kept asking him to stop, and eventually made him stop.  After the show I went up to Joe’s roommate to thank him, he was talking to Joe.  They invited me to a party at their house.  I have to admit  I was very taken with him from the first time I saw him on stage.    I remember thinking  “I will marry this man someday”.  We became friends and I would go to his shows and hang out with him from time to time.  He even pretended to like football as an excuse to come to my house and watch with me.  Fast forward ~10 years….I had moved to another state, but we kept in touch.  I invited him out to spend Christmas with me and he accepted.  After several days of Christmas festivities I was still assuming that being anything more than friends wasn’t in the cards for us,  we were at the airport so he could go home.  To my surprise  he grabs me, pulls me in for a huge hug and says in my ear, “Promise me something?   When you’re ready to start dating again  promise me you’ll call me first?”  I melted!  We started dating long distance, flying back and forth to see each other and eventually he moved to be with me.

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How he asked:

Joe and I were visiting family and friends for New Year’s in Utah.  His birthday is just before Christmas so I had planned a surprise birthday party for him while we were in town with all his close friends.  He tried to ruin the surprise several times over but I managed to pull it off.  He had no idea!  The real surprise was on me.   Everyone knew that Joe was going to propose except me.  We had plans to spend the evening in town with our friends in a hotel and go to dinner.  We all got dressed up and went to the restaurant.  I was thinking Joe had invited a lot of our friends for what I thought was a just a New Year’s Eve dinner when he stood up.   He addressed us from the head of the table and started   a speech.  He called me up to join him and pulled out my gorgeous ring!  I was completely speechless!  Everyone in the restaurant was clapping and cheering.  It was truly a magical night!

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Salt Cake City Skint Utah wedding photographer open minded wedding photographer punk rock wedding salt lake city photographer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2016/12/a-modern-day-punk-rock-love-story Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:32:07 GMT
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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Family Photos in the Mountains color fall fall leaves and family photos family family photos with a rainbow family portraits in the Utah mountains kids leaves mountains photography portrait rain rainbow salt lake city photographer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2016/10/family-photos-in-the-mountains-with-fall-colors-and-a-rainbow Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:08:03 GMT
Rick and Stephanie | Utah Summer Mountain Wedding https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2016/9/rick-and-stephanie-utah-summer-mountain-wedding You know me, I love a good wedding in the mountains and this one didn't disappoint.  Rick proposed to Stephanie in Cabo San Lucas under the moon light near the beach.  Too bad I didn't know Rick yet as I don't have even one picture of the event.  Fortunately,  I was around for a couple's session and their wedding day so I did get a few pictures to show off and by a few I mean a few thousand ;)  

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Stephanie, how did you make the day your own?  We planned everything together and only did things we felt fit our personalities.  We tried to make decisions and stick with them so we didn't second guess ourselves and add unnecessary stress.  We are not a traditional couple so we left out some wedding traditions like bridesmaids and groomsmen.  Our son was our best man/ring bearer and our niece was our flower girl.

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What was your favorite part of the day?  Getting to see the final product of our efforts and sharing it with close friends and family.  Our day turned out exactly how we envisioned. 

Describe your wedding in 3 words.  Exciting, Fast-moving and Blur

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Stephanie, is there anything you would like to tell people?  Yes!  We would like to thank you, Brian Smyer, for taking the best photos anyone could ever ask for!  The day had flown by so quickly that I honestly didn't have a good memory of all the fun details the day after the wedding.  I was able to relive every moment of the day through your beautiful and detailed photography!  You have such a great personality and have a way of making people feel comfortable in front of the camera!  I would recommend Brian Smyer 100 times over to everyone I know!

 

Venue: The Wright's Getaway Lodge in Eden, Utah

Event Planner: Bride, Groom and our sponsors (a fancy name for our parents ha!)

Caterer: Luis's Mexican Cuisine and Brett Hansen of Eden, Ut

Baker: Erin Barnett

Bride's fashion: Justin Alexander dress with burgundy t-strap heels from Mod Cloth.  Grandmother's brooch.  

Groom's fasion: Suit from Men's Warehouse, burgundy polka dot tie and burgundy Chuck Taylor's

Florist: Flower Patch Ogden.  We loved working with Anna

Officiant: Judge Roger Dutson

Jeweler:  Morgan Jewlers in Ogden, Ut

Hair: Sady Dean

 

 

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Rob and Brenda | Red Butte Garden | Main and Sky Penthouse | Weekend Wedding Celebration https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2016/8/rob-and-brenda-red-butte-garden-main-and-sky-penthouse-weekend-wedding-celebration I had the opportunity of photographing Rob and Brenda at Red Butte Garden before their weekend wedding celebration at the Main and Sky penthouse.  We were surrounded by beautiful flowers, music and delicious food, including many vegan options and a vegan cake.  Le Croissant Catering and Events did a fantastic job making sure all the details were perfect.  Hair and makeup brought to you by Nichole Roberson and Stefanie Tyler of Alias Professional On Location Hair & Makeup

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Alias Professional On Location Hair & Makeup Brian Smyer Le Croissant Catering Luxury wedding photography Main and Sky wedding Mountain wedding photographer Nicole Roberson Park City Wedding Photographer Smyer Image Stefanie Tyler https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2016/8/rob-and-brenda-red-butte-garden-main-and-sky-penthouse-weekend-wedding-celebration Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:00:00 GMT
Bride shares her 4 favorite moments of her winter wedding. https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2016/7/bride-shares-her-4-favorite-moments-of-her-winter-wedding Summer is in high gear so I thought it would be nice to cool down with this winter wedding.  We broke tradition and did a first look a week before the wedding.  I thought this worked out nice giving us a beautiful mountain setting for this moment.  

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 1. The First Look: This was definitely one of my top favorite moments. We found a spot up Little Cottonwood Canyon that was covered with snow and had an incredible mountain range in the background. My photographer, Brian, helped me climb atop a snow-covered rock in my wedding dress (not an easy process) and then guided my patient fiance onto the same rock—blindfolded. We finally allowed him to take the blindfold off and his reaction was perfect. I've seen that look before and so I knew it was genuine. I asked him once what that look meant and he said, "It means that I know I definitely made the right decision in choosing you." ​

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2. The Groomsmen’s Stories: I never thought I would laugh so hard on my wedding day. My fiance had 4 of his closest friends as groomsmen. They knew Blake very well and did not hold back. Every single groomsmen opened the speech with their utter shock that Blake had actually found a woman! Those comments were then followed by some of the funniest stories I've ever heard about Blake trying to date girls in high school. Priceless

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3. The In-Between Time: One of the sweetest moments of my wedding was dancing with Blake after the luncheon and before the reception when there weren't many people in the venue. He just pulled me aside and started dancing with me. It was the one time when we were actually alone and could just focus on each other. The best part is our photographer saw the moment and captured it for us forever. 

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4. The Send-Off: This was the moment of my wedding that glowed. All the guests had lined up outside the front door of our venue and we were whisked outside and down the line of fizzling sparklers. Everyone had huge smiles on their faces and were holding the sparklers so close to our heads, I thought my hair was going to catch on fire! This again, was one of my favorite moments and favorite pictures we have from the wedding. It was the end of a very full and wonderful day. 

Venue- Northampton House 

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Cake- April Blakely from Cake Appeal 

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Snowbasin's 80's Party Pond Skimming 2016 https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2016/4/snowbasins-80-s-party-pond-skimming-2016 I guess blogging this event is my way of saying goodbye to the 2015-16 ski season.  I'm still hopeful there are a few turns left for me this season but if not this was a great day to end on.  Honestly, the party and pond skimming were fun but they didn't stand a chance of competing with how incredible the skiing was.  I gobbled up both fresh corduroy and powder with friends all morning before grabbing the camera and a few shots of the pond skimming.  Thank you Snowbasin for an incredible season!  

 

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3 tips to make your wedding first look a success. https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2016/1/3-tips-to-make-your-wedding-first-look-a-success 3 tips to make your wedding first look a success.

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2.  Seek solitude.  This moment is just for the couple.  Trust me, if you have followed the first tip, the pictures will be worth excluding the family for 15 minutes.  

 

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3. Do it your way.  A hand written note is a great way to personalize your moment.  Don't have time for the first look on your wedding day?  Do it in advance, it's a great dress rehearsal.  

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Utah mountain wedding photographer Utah wedding photographer bride and groom wedding first look https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2016/1/3-tips-to-make-your-wedding-first-look-a-success Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Chris and Pyone | Zermatt Resort and Homestead Wedding | Heber, Utah https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/12/chris-and-pyone-zermatt-resort-and-homestead-wedding-heber-utah Are you counting the days until summer?   I've been saving this summer wedding just for you.  This should at least warm your heart.  Our destination wedding weekend was hosted by the Zermatt Resort  with the rehearsal dinner and the ceremony at the Homestead Resort, both in Heber, Utah.  Details include a pink wedding gown from The Perfect Dress Bridal, Iriza Pumps by Christian Louboutin (a wedding gift from the groom), and a spiderman garter belt.  Certainly a day to remember with moments like a dad bringing his daughter to tears with his toast and a Hypnotiq toast with friends and family.

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Wedding Day Coordinator- Carissima Events

Hair and Makeup- Heather Shelton

DJ- Don Woodbury

Floral- Julia Smith Floral

Video- Forevermore Films

Rentals- Hoopes Weddings and Events

 

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Brian Smyer Heber Wedding Photographer Homestead Resort Wedding Iriza Pumps by Christian Louboutin Mountain wedding photographer Pink wedding dress Pink wedding gown Smyer Image Utah Wedding Photographer Utah mountain wedding Zermatt Resort Wedding mountain wedding https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/12/chris-and-pyone-zermatt-resort-and-homestead-wedding-heber-utah Mon, 21 Dec 2015 16:58:58 GMT
Summer Adventures with Continue Mission https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/11/summer-adventures-with-continue-mission I was very fortunate to be able to contribute photography on some incredible adventures with some outstanding people this summer.  I'm so grateful to be able help support our veterans all year long.  It's really my clients that support me that allow me to pay it forward, thank you clients!  As I'm looking forward to the upcoming ski season I'm also smiling looking back at an incredible summer.  Thank you Continue Mission for your passion, inspiration and dedication.  See you on the snow :)

 

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Jordan + Lauren | Louland Falls Wedding https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/10/jordan-lauren-louland-falls-wedding

 

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Lauren, what was your biggest fear and how did it play out?

 Rain.  I feared it would rain and ruin all of our plans.  And it did rain that day, almost all day.  It cleared up before the ceremony and allowed us to have our ceremony outside as planned.  In the middle of the ceremony, I can remember the exact words our officiant was saying as I felt the sun break through the clouds and shine on us.  Little did I know that it caused a rainbow to form over our ceremony.  At the end of it, in all of our overwhelming joy - our photographer took our photo & then told us to look behind us and that's when we saw the rainbow.  Unbelievable!  It truly felt like a gift from our loved ones above.
The rain did come back afterwards and so a lot of people ended up eating under umbrellas or inside.  It did change our plans but it then forced everyone to get together inside, party & dance!  The rain created quite a memorable affair for us all!  After all that worrying, I am grateful that it rained!
 
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How did you meet?
We met at The Gorge Amphitheater in Washington state.  We had both traveled there to see Dave Matthews Band (our favorite band).  We met the first night there but we barely spoke and didn't exchange info.  A week later we met again while tailgating for another Dave Matthews Band concert in San Diego, CA (where I lived at the time).  We were both in the pit for the show and stood literally feet away both dancing the whole time on our own, to shy to make any moves but stealing glances at one another.  We at least managed to say more than a few words to one another this time & got enough info to connect again later.  It wasn't long after that for our long-distance romance to begin!
 
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How did he propose?
We went back to The Gorge for another weekend of DMB a year after meeting there.  The views at the amphitheater are amazing so we were getting our photos taken together when he turned to me and told me how much he loved me. Then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!
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What was your favorite part of the day?

I have so many wonderful memories from our day but I'd have to say our first look was my favorite part.  We did our first look before the ceremony.  I was a ball of stress and worry prior to it.  Once I saw him & vice-versa, my worries melted away.  In that moment, it felt like it was just us (never mind that there were 2 photographers there).  It was the best being able to see his gigantic smile and kiss and hug and have a few quiet moments together before the whirlwind ceremony & reception!
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Is there anything you would do different or do you have advise for someone planning a wedding?  

Hm, I'm not sure if I would do anything differently.  I think it's important to remember that throughout the planning that the wedding is not "all about you."  We thought of our wedding as a celebration of us but also of all those who have loved and supported us throughout our lives. So, we really wanted it to be as much of a day for them as it was for us. For all they've given us over the years, it was very important to give our loved ones the most wonderful & memorable evening that we could give.


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Venue: Louland Falls

Catering: Cosmopolitan Catering

Floral: Brown Floral

Cake: Granite Bakery

Live Music: The Joe Muscolino Band

Wedding Gown:  Fantasy Bridal

Hair and Makeup: Heather Donahue at Lunatic Fringe

Bride's Shoes: ModCloth

Photographers: Brian Smyer and Jason Simpson

 

 

 

 

 

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/10/out-of-the-darkness-walk-american-foundation-for-suicide-prevention Thu, 22 Oct 2015 21:13:07 GMT
Throwback Thursday to the 40's inspired bridals with Erika Rio Marshall https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/7/40s-inspired-bridal-photography This 40s inspired bridal shoot seemed all too easy working with these outstanding professionals.  I can't pick a favorite.  Which one is your favorite?

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Model: Erika Rio Marshall

MUA:  Heather Shelton

Flowers:  Studio Stems

Location:  The Woods on Ninth

Behind the scenes: Mindy Myers at Have Party Will Travel

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Bridals Red Butte Gardens Salt Lake City Wedding Photographer Utah Wedding Photographer Wedding Dress flowers gardens outdoor https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/4/portraits-of-a-bride-at-red-butte-gardens Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:30:00 GMT
Tracy Aviary- Chase Mill Art Gallery Opening Night https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/4/tracy-aviary--chase-mill-art-gallery-opening-night * Featuring artwork by Scott Tuckfield
* Beverages by Red Rock Brewing
* Bites by Have Party Will Travel
* Music by Dallas Sinquefield 
* Entertainment by “A Little Mentalist”

*Floral by Kristin's Flowers

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Have Party Will Travel Red Rock Brewing Salt Lake City Event Photographer The Chase Mill Tracy Aviary Utah Event Photographer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/4/tracy-aviary--chase-mill-art-gallery-opening-night Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:31:19 GMT
A day at the Utah State Firefighters Museum with a retired Fire Chief Robert Webster. https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/4/a-day-at-the-utah-state-firefighters-museum-with-a-retired-fire-chief Today I met up with retired Fire Chief Robert Webster for a stroll down memory lane.  I was privy to some pretty cool fire fighting stories that's for sure.  We got to check out the Ford fire truck he drove from Oklahoma City to Riverton, Utah.  Robert said he was sure he could still get water out of that truck today!  It was so cool to experience this awesome machine with someone who knew it well.  He showed me a scratch in the rear quarter panel that came with a story about a young fireman and a garage door.  How cool is that scratch now?  Robert was very grateful that so many great pieces of history are being kept alive in the Utah State Firefighters Museum.  

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Robert showed me the breathing apparatus he started with.  He said "If you ever ran out of air you'd better shove this canister up under your arm because that's the only way you will be able to breathe."  On one of the newer versions he showed me how a bell would ding when you were almost out of air.  I bet that was one scary sounding bell.  

 

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Utah Fire Fighter Musuem salt lake city photographer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/4/a-day-at-the-utah-state-firefighters-museum-with-a-retired-fire-chief Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:30:00 GMT
Luxurious Mountain Top Wedding at Snowbasin https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/3/luxurious-mountain-top-wedding-at-snowbasin This one one of my favorite weddings of 2014.  It's hard to beat the views from Snowbasin and the light that day was incredible. It doesn't hurt to have awesome clients either.  Some of these images were published on Utah Bride Blog but I felt I needed to share them on here as well.  They are just too good not to.

Venue- Snowbasin 

Floral- Braided Briar

Hair/Makeup- Alias Professional

Cake- Curtis-C-Cakes

Lodging- Lakeside

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Brian Smyer First Look Mountain Wedding Mountain Wedding Photographer Snowbasin Wedding Snowbasin Wedding Photographer Utah Wedding Photographer family flowers https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/3/luxurious-mountain-top-wedding-at-snowbasin Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:17:46 GMT
Super Secret Pin Up Calendar https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/2/super-secret-pin-up-calendar This super secret pin up calendar was a surprise for Jen's husband, she kept the secret for months as we produced this. This was a glamorous custom project with an all star team that I was proud to be a part of.  Her husband loved it in case you were wondering ;) 

 

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Model- Mrs. Jen

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Hair/Makeup- Heather Shelton Red Scarlett Makeup Artistry 

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Thank you Endless Indulgence for helping us with our Historic 25th St and Studio shoots!  

A special thank you to Barbara for being an inspiration for us all.

 

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) 2015 Calendar Davis County Photographer Endless Indulgence Retro Wear Heather Shelton Ogden Photographer Pin Up Pin Up Calendar Pin Up Girl Red Scarlett Makeup Artistry Salt Lake City Photographer Utah Photographer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/2/super-secret-pin-up-calendar Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:05:15 GMT
New Non-Profit "Continue Mission" Aims to Kill Veteran Suicide. https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/1/new-non-profit-continue-mission-aims-to-kill-veteran-suicide This week my media played a small part in getting a depressed veteran out of the house and into the great outdoors where he was full of smiles and also learned a new sport! Did you know veterans are killing themselves at more than double the rate of the civilian population?  Sergeant Josh Hansen founder of Continue Mission is doing something about it. A well lit field crossField crossA well lit field cross Soldier looks down on field cross with his wife by his sideSoldier looks down on field cross with his wife by his sideSoldier looks down on field cross with his wife by his side Field cross with setting sun flaring through trigger guardField CrossField cross with setting sun flaring through trigger guard Soldier kneeling at a field cross with his wife's arm around his shoulderSoldier kneeling at a field cross with his wife's arm around his shoulderSoldier kneeling at a field cross with his wife's arm around his shoulder Silhouette of a soldier kneeling at a field cross at sunset.Silhouette of a soldier kneeling at a field cross at sunset.Silhouette of a soldier kneeling at a field cross at sunset.

My favorite leaders lead from the heart and by example.  The soldier in these photos is my favorite kind of leader.  I’ve heard him say “I’ve led my soldiers into war and I can lead them out.”  I don’t doubt if for a second.  In fact I’ve had the privilege of watching him do just that. 

 

CONTINUE MISSION is a 501(c)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION with a mission to pave the way to health and wellness for our military service members and their families by inspiring them to find the drive within through coordinated activities, education and opportunities that further the mission. Continue Mission's goal is to facilitate improving quality of life through the experience of enjoying nature, recreation and camaraderie. Continue Mission strives to build strength and determination to live a healthy lifestyle, discover the opportunities for the future and interact and integrate positively in family, social and community life. Continue Mission invites civilians and communities to join together to support this mission.

 

I am forever grateful and love what I do for a living!  Photography has led me to some of the most amazing people and experiences and it allows me the flexibility  to make my time count.    You just can’t put a price on genuine smiles.  Continue Mission is consistently making people smile and it's my pleasure to share my gift with them.  I'm hoping that my photography can preserve those happy feelings and help prove that anything is possible.  ~Brian Smyer   

Now that we got that out of the way, let's get to the fun stuff!  I like to think that photographing happy people is what I do best. Why do you think I like photographing weddings so much?

 
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I would like to thank everyone for your help in supporting our veterans and Continue Mission.  Together we can make a difference.  Make sure you check out what veterans are saying about Continue Mission at the bottom of this page.   https://www.continuemission.org/ 

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Wasatch Adventure Guides

The Human Outreach Project

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Here's to New Beginings! https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/1/heres-to-new-beginings  

A wedding proposal felt right at home in the arms of the new year.  

Here's to the people we love!

Cheers,  

Brian

 

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Proposal Photography Salt Lake City, UtahProposal Photography Salt Lake City, Utah
Proposal Photography Salt Lake City, UtahProposal Photography Salt Lake City, Utah
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Congratulations Joe and Jana!

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Bistro 222 Brian Smyer Monaco Hotel Real Proposal Pictures Salt Lake City Wedding Photographer Salt Lake City event photographer Smyer Image Wedding Proposal https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/1/heres-to-new-beginings Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:49:21 GMT
Chef's Autumn Harvest Dinner at Grand America https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2014/10/chefs-autumn-harvest-dinner-at-grand-america Wow!  This is not a dinner I will soon forget.  I really can't think of a way to write this without sounding like I'm bragging so I'm just going to brag about how cool this was.  With a backstage kitchen pass and a camera I was in heaven.  What a privilege watching this masterpiece unfold.  My hat is off to the culinary team at the Grand America.  What you do simply amazes me.  

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Brian Smyer photographer Garden Cafe Grand America salt lake city photographer slcphotographer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2014/10/chefs-autumn-harvest-dinner-at-grand-america Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:56:30 GMT
A visit to Sundance https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2014/10/scenery-from-sundance I fell in love with Sundance this summer shooting a really cool corporate retreat.  Everyone I met had a huge smile on their face.  It was actually pretty difficult not to smile in these surroundings.  Here are a few of the scenic shots from my visit.

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Mt. Timpanogas Pictures from Sundance Resort Sundance Utah mountain event photographer Utah photographer Brian Smyer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2014/10/scenery-from-sundance Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:05:47 GMT
Traditional Burmese Engagement Ceremony with a Modern Twist at the Grand America https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2014/8/traditional-burmese-engagement-ceremony-with-a-modern-twist-at-the-grand-america

I am from Yangon, Burma, also known as Myanmar. It's located in Southeast Asia. My boyfriend is from Utah.  He was my first blind date.   

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In my tradition, boys don’t propose or ask the father’s permission. It's the boy's family that asks the girl's family for her hand in marriage.  My boyfriend found this out the hard way.  He flew to San Francisco to ask for my father’s permission and my mom asked him if we could include some Burmese tradition.  When we were planning our formal engagement ceremony we wanted to incorporate both cultures with a modern twist. ~Pyone

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The ceremony began with the groom’s family politely asking the bride’s family for her hand in marriage. The bride’s family was happy to say yes but only if that was the wish of their daughter. At this point the groom asked for her hand and presented and engagement ring as a promise of future nuptials. She said Yes!

 
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The ceremony was followed by a delicious seated lunch in the Fontainbleau room in the luxurious Grand America Hotel in

Salt Lake City, Utah

 

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Vendors:

Venue and Catering - The Grand America Hotel

Event Planner - Becky Starke @ The Grand America Hotel 

Make Up/Hair - Heather Shelton 

Engagement Ring - J. Brooks Jewelers 

Bride's Engagement Dress - Bloomingdales 

Photography - Yours truly,  Brian Smyer

 

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Utah engagement photographer salt lake city photographer slcweddingphotographer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2014/8/traditional-burmese-engagement-ceremony-with-a-modern-twist-at-the-grand-america Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:38:50 GMT
Family pictures in the wildflowers of Albion Basin https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2014/7/family-pictures-in-the-wildflowers-of-albion-basin What perfect timing to be in Little Cottonwood canyon.  The wildflowers are unbelievable!  I had a family session starting at 7 am and decided to go up for the sunrise.  I can't think of a better way to get warmed up.  As if that weren't good enough, I had the pleasure of shooting this awesome couple in all this beauty.  

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Cheers,

Brian

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Albion Basin Maternity pictures Salt Lake City Utah family photographer Utah mountain family pictures moose mountains park city wedding photographer salt lake city photographer wildflowers yellow bellied marmot https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2014/7/family-pictures-in-the-wildflowers-of-albion-basin Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:21:05 GMT
Off camera flash hack- leave your light stands at home. https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2014/7/photography-hack-gopro-flex-clamp-to-off-camera-flash I love having portable off camera flashes but sometimes the light stands are just too bulky and awkward to strap on your backpack.   As I was preparing for a mountain shoot that required me to pedal up the mountain I thought I would really test out the "Jaws" flex clamp from GoPro.  I knew I was going to need some extra flash power to compensate for the harsh lighting and there was no way I was packing light stands.  The idea was to clamp my off camera flashes to trees instead of stands.  I made a temporary mount shoe-gopro using a zip tie, an 8mm bolt and gaffer tape.  Now that I know this works I will work on a more permanent mount.  This is a great lightweight, pack friendly solution.  I would note that with a Nikon sb900 and Pocket Wizzard attached it gets a little flimsy but it's a little flimsy on a light stand too.  

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Gopro Masher Snowbird Utah mountain photographer Wasatch Adaptive Sports Zeal Optics https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2014/7/photography-hack-gopro-flex-clamp-to-off-camera-flash Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:48:50 GMT
Mountain Wedding Inspiration at Snowbasin https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2014/5/mountain-wedding-inspiration-at-snowbasin After skiing in shorts and a t-shirt on Memorial day I faced the fact the summer is here and my ski season is officially over :(  It's a good thing weddings are my favorite story to tell and the end of ski season means that wedding season is in full swing.  Believe it or not I get the the same high shooting weddings that I do skiing, maybe not the same rush but the same high.  As I started prepping for a wedding at Snowbasin this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to share some wedding images from a styled project last summer at Snowbasin.  I had the privilege of working with some master wedding professionals and our work was featured on Style Unveiled.  Bring on the summer and the weddings!  

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