Smyer Image|Brian Smyer: Blog https://www.smyerimage.com/blog en-us Brian Smyer (Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Mon, 29 Apr 2024 19:40:00 GMT Mon, 29 Apr 2024 19:40:00 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 Creating Visual Content that Converts: 6 On-Site Photography Tips for Marketers https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/11/creating-visual-content-that-converts-on-site-photography-tips-for-marketers Creating Visual Content that Converts: On-Site Photography Tips for Marketers

In the ever-evolving world of marketing, the importance of captivating visual content cannot be overstated. For marketers seeking to make a strong impression on potential employees and customers, on-site photography has emerged as a powerful tool. In this blog post, we will explore the art and science of on-site photography with the experienced lens of professional photographer, Brian Smyer. Brian's recent projects with Frontline Concrete in Salt Lake City, Utah and Lithko Contracting in Nashville, Tennessee, provide excellent examples of how on-site photography can be harnessed to convey purpose, authenticity, and beauty.

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The Power of Purpose-Driven Imagery

One of the primary objectives in these projects was to market to potential new employees. It's not just about showcasing projects but about highlighting the essence of work — the sense of purpose, the pride in contributing to something bigger, and the camaraderie among team members. On-site photography is exceptionally effective in telling this story. A picture of a worker engaged in meaningful tasks and the majestic backdrop of the Utah mountains or Nashville's downtown skyline speaks volumes. It's not just about capturing construction; it's about capturing dreams, dedication, and enthusiasm.

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Aerial Photography and Drone Footage

What sets on-site photography apart is its versatility. Brian's work includes a remarkable blend of ground-level shots and breathtaking aerial photography. Drone footage adds a cinematic quality, making marketing material even more engaging. These angles not only provide a comprehensive view of the project but also bring the environment to life, connecting potential employees and customers with the surroundings and the grandeur of the projects. Lithko Contracting's Visual Odyssey: Where Craftsmanship Meets CreativityLithko Contracting's Visual Odyssey: Where Craftsmanship Meets CreativityJoin us behind the lens as we document the dedication and innovation at Lithko Contracting. Explore our journey through the heart of Nashville, where towering structures meet the skyline, and raw creativity melds with precise engineering.

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The Art of Adaptation and Connection

While having a basic shot list is important, job sites can be unpredictable. Adaptation becomes the key to success. Brian, with his years of experience, excels in capturing moments as they happen. Brian's ability to connect with the employees on site and direct them effortlessly ensures that the shots are not just beautiful but also authentic. Employees, feeling at ease and part of the creative process, deliver images that resonate with viewers.

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The Heroic Backlit Sunflare Shots

One element that adds a distinctive touch to Brian's photography is the backlit sunflare hero shots. These shots play with the interplay of natural light and the environment, creating a sense of wonder and beauty. It's more than just construction; it's about celebrating the splendor of the location, whether it's the stunning Utah mountains or the iconic Nashville skyline.

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Lessons Learned and Practical Tips for Marketers

Embarking on these projects opened up a treasure chest of insights for marketing teams seeking to harness the power of on-site photography. Let's delve into five key takeaways:

1. Visual Storytelling is Invaluable: One of the pivotal lessons is that visual storytelling, when executed adeptly, can be an invaluable asset for your marketing strategy. Showcasing real people engaged in meaningful work not only attracts potential employees but also resonates with customers. This approach makes your brand more human and relatable, fostering a deeper connection.

2. Capture the Essence of the Surroundings: I learned that it's not just about focusing on the job site itself; it's about capturing the essence of the surroundings. The picturesque backdrop of the Utah mountains or the iconic Nashville skyline added layers of depth and appeal to the marketing materials. People often choose their workplace based on the lifestyle it offers, so highlighting the beauty of the environment is a strategic move.

3. Embrace the Cinematic Magic of Drones: If you're not already using drones, it's high time to embrace the cinematic magic they bring to your visual content. Drone footage offers a unique perspective, transforming your marketing materials into captivating, cinematic stories. It's a game-changer for creating content that stands out in the digital landscape.

4. Adaptability is Key: On-site photography rarely goes as planned. Conditions change, people move, and the unforeseen occurs. That's where adaptability becomes crucial. Flexibility in your shot list and a readiness to pivot when necessary can ensure you capture the right moments even when faced with unexpected challenges.

5. Engage Your Subjects Comfortably: When working with employees on-site, creating a comfortable and engaging atmosphere is vital. Putting your subjects at ease, directing them effortlessly, and making them feel like an integral part of the storytelling process yields more authentic and impactful results. This is where a professional photographer's people skills truly shine.

6. Ensure Safety and Compliance: Safety should be a top priority. Having a safety supervisor on-site to ensure that everyone adheres to safety protocols and regulations is non-negotiable. When employees are captured using the appropriate safety equipment and following safety procedures, it not only safeguards your workforce but also reflects positively on your brand. Compliance is key to both a successful project and a compelling narrative in your marketing materials.
 

By incorporating these insights into your marketing strategy, you can create content that not only attracts top talent but also resonates with your target audience. Your brand's narrative becomes more engaging and authentic, setting you on the path to greater success.

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Elevate Your Marketing Strategy with On-Site Photography

In a world inundated with content, genuine, purpose-driven visuals have a unique power. On-site photography, when done right, can transform your marketing strategy. It connects with your audience, tells a story of purpose, and celebrates the beauty of your projects. The success of projects like those with Frontline Concrete and Lithko Contracting showcases the potential of on-site photography for recruitment and marketing campaigns.

Marketers, consider on-site photography as a valuable addition to your toolbox. It's not just about bricks and concrete; it's about people, dreams, and the pride of contributing to something bigger. It's about the majestic scenery and the sense of purpose that will captivate your audience.

With each snap of the camera, you're not just showcasing projects; you're capturing the essence of work and life. Ready to Elevate Your Visual Marketing with On-Site Photography? Let's Discuss Your Next Project. Schedule a Consultation Today and See How We Can Tell Your Unique Story Through Captivating Imagery.

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Lens of Gratitude: Photographing the Beauty in Everyday Life https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/11/lens-of-gratitude-photographing-the-beauty-in-everyday-life In a fast-paced world, where moments often slip by unnoticed, embracing gratitude can be a transformative practice. As a photographer, I've discovered that the lens isn't just a tool for capturing images; it's a powerful medium for expressing and cultivating gratitude.

1. Finding Beauty in the Ordinary

Everyday life is a canvas painted with mundane moments that, when observed closely, reveal extraordinary beauty. Whether it's the play of light through your window or the warmth of your morning coffee, these are the details that tell a story of appreciation.

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Gratitude often begins with a shift in perspective. Through the lens, I've learned to explore different angles and viewpoints, uncovering fresh and unexpected beauty even in familiar scenes. This practice extends beyond photography, fostering a mindset of gratitude in daily life.

 

 

 

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3. Capturing Moments, Creating Memories

 

 

 

Photographs freeze moments in time, allowing us to revisit and cherish them. By intentionally capturing moments of gratitude, we create a visual gratitude journal. Each photo becomes a reminder of the beauty, joy, and blessings that surround us.

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4. The Art of Mindful Photography

 

 

 

Mindful photography is about being present in the moment, fully engaged with your surroundings. When we approach our subjects with mindfulness, we become attuned to the details that evoke gratitude—a dewdrop on a leaf, a child's laughter, or the quiet resilience of nature.

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5. Sharing Gratitude Through Imagery

 

 

 

Photography becomes a language of gratitude when shared. Through visual storytelling, we invite others to witness the beauty we've found in the ordinary. In a world often inundated with negativity, these images become a source of inspiration and a reminder to appreciate the simple joys.

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6. Cultivating Gratitude Beyond the Frame

 

 

 

The lens of gratitude extends beyond the camera. It's a way of looking at the world, appreciating the richness of life, and acknowledging the interconnectedness of all things. As we cultivate gratitude through photography, we cultivate a richer, more meaningful life.

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Conclusion: A Visual Journey of Gratitude

 

 

 

In each click of the shutter, I embark on a visual journey of gratitude. Through the lens, I discover, celebrate, and share the beauty woven into the fabric of everyday life. Join me in exploring the world with a lens of gratitude, where every photograph is a testament to the extraordinary beauty found in the seemingly ordinary.

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Personalized Portraiture: Your Story, Our Lens in Salt Lake City https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/9/personalized-portraiture-your-story-our-lens-in-salt-lake In the heart of Salt Lake City, where the urban landscape meets the majestic mountains, Smyer Image embarks on a journey to capture not just an image but a unique story. At Smyer Image, they understand that a portrait is more than just a photograph; it's a piece of your history, an heirloom that will be cherished for generations to come. Join Smyer Image as they explore the art of personalized portraiture and why it's a timeless investment.

Discover the Power of Personalization

Personalized portraiture isn't about simply snapping a photo; it's about crafting an image that encapsulates your essence. Smyer Image believes that a portrait should tell a story – your story. From the very beginning, their process is driven by getting to know you, your passions, and your aspirations. They want to understand what makes you tick, what puts a sparkle in your eye, and what brings out your genuine smile. Bowles 2019_DSC6390Bowles 2019_DSC6390

Crafting the Perfect Setting

Smyer Image knows that location matters. Salt Lake City offers a diverse backdrop for your personalized portrait session. Whether you prefer the urban allure of downtown streets, the serenity of a lakeside retreat, or the grandeur of mountain vistas, they'll work together with you to choose a setting that resonates with your unique story. 1061Family Portraits at Wheeler Farm1061Family Portraits at Wheeler Farm

Professional Prowess, Artistic Excellence

As a seasoned professional with over a decade of experience, Brian Smyer, the founder of Smyer Image, has honed his craft to capture the most authentic moments. His work has been featured in prestigious publications, including The Today Show, Cosmopolitan, People, BuzzFeed, and many more. With a keen eye for detail and an unwavering commitment to excellence, Smyer Image ensures that every portrait radiates your individuality. 5k1399085k139908

The Power of Light and Composition

Great portraiture hinges on the mastery of light and composition. When you choose Smyer Image, you benefit from their expertise in these essential elements. They know how to harness natural light, use off-camera flash, and employ composition techniques to create striking, emotive portraits. You'll work together to ensure every detail is perfect, from the play of shadows to the framing of your image. New family of 3 embracing in a sunburstNew family of 3 embracing in a sunburst

Heirlooms for Generations

Smyer Image's commitment to creating heirloom portraits means that they use only the highest quality materials. Your portrait won't fade or deteriorate over time; it will stand the test of generations. Whether displayed in your home or passed down as a cherished family keepsake, your portrait will always evoke the emotions and memories of that moment. Von and Victoria Whitby 2019 at Red Cliff Ranch_DSC3174Von and Victoria Whitby 2019 at Red Cliff Ranch_DSC3174

Your Story, Their Passion

At Smyer Image, they don't just take photographs; they capture moments that become part of your legacy. Your personalized portrait is a testament to your unique journey, a celebration of your individuality, and a reflection of your story. Trust Smyer Image to be the guardians of your memories and the creators of your legacy.

Invest in personalized portraiture, and let Smyer Image tell your story through their lens. Contact them today to embark on a journey that will create timeless heirlooms for your family. Your story deserves to be celebrated, and Smyer Image is here to make it unforgettable.

Contact Smyer Image now to schedule your personalized portrait session.

 

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Planning Your Family Portrait Session: Tips from a Salt Lake Pro https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/9/planning-your-family-portrait-session-tips-from-a-salt-lake-pro Family portraits are more than just photographs; they're time capsules of cherished moments and the bonds that tie your loved ones together. When preparing for a family portrait session in Salt Lake City, you want everything to be perfect. Here are some valuable tips from a seasoned professional, Brian Smyer, to ensure your family photos turn out as beautiful as your memories.

1. Choose the Right Location:

Selecting the right location is paramount. Salt Lake City offers an array of picturesque settings, from scenic parks to historic urban backdrops. Discuss your preferences with your photographer, and they can recommend the perfect spot that resonates with your family's personality. Paul 2020l_DSC6197Paul 2020l_DSC6197

2. Wardrobe Matters:

Coordinate your family's outfits while keeping comfort in mind. Instead of matching completely, opt for a color scheme that complements each other. Avoid logos or loud patterns that can distract from your family's faces. Remember, comfort equals natural smiles. Hansen 7-20-20209850Hansen 7-20-20209850

3. Timing is Crucial:

The best time for outdoor portraits is during the golden hours, shortly after sunrise or before sunset. Salt Lake's soft, warm light during these times adds a magical touch to your photos. Plan your session accordingly. Peterson 2016-2518Peterson 2016-2518

4. Discuss Your Vision:

Communicate openly with your photographer about your vision and expectations. Share any specific shots or ideas you have in mind. A collaborative approach ensures you get the images you desire. Dimond's at the International Peace Gardens_DSC4148Dimond's at the International Peace Gardens_DSC4148

5. Let Kids Be Kids:

If you have little ones, don't stress if they're a bit unruly during the shoot. Candid, spontaneous moments often result in the most endearing photos. Allow them to be themselves, and your photographer will capture their genuine personalities. Provo Canyon 6-25-20207271Provo Canyon 6-25-20207271

6. Relax and Have Fun:

The best family photos reflect genuine joy and love. So, relax, enjoy the moment, and interact with each other naturally. The more at ease you are, the more authentic and beautiful your images will be. Petersenl_DSC4793Petersenl_DSC4793

7. Plan for the Unpredictable:

Utah weather can be unpredictable. Be prepared for unexpected changes by having a backup plan or rescheduling if necessary. A professional photographer, like Brian Smyer, will be flexible and accommodating. 5k1402355k140235

8. Trust Your Photographer:

Lastly, trust your chosen photographer's expertise. They know the best angles, lighting, and techniques to make your family shine. Let them guide you through the session, and you'll be delighted with the results.

A family portrait session in Salt Lake City is a memorable experience that captures your unique story. With these tips from a seasoned pro, your family photos will be timeless treasures that you'll cherish for generations to come.

 

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Elevating Elegance: A Focus on Wedding Details in Photography https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/8/elevating-elegance-a-focus-on-wedding-details-in-photography Elevating Elegance: A Focus on Wedding Details in Photography

When it comes to capturing the essence of a wedding day, it's the intricate details that make all the difference. From the delicate lace on the wedding gown to the artful arrangement of the reception decor, every element contributes to the overall beauty and narrative of the event. Brian Smyer of Smyer Image, a premier Utah wedding photographer, understands the significance of these details and has mastered the art of elevating elegance through his lens.

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Utah Wedding Elegance Transformed into Art

Utah's breathtaking landscapes provide a stunning backdrop for weddings, and Brian Smyer seamlessly incorporates this natural beauty into his photography. As a seasoned Utah wedding photographer, Brian knows how to infuse local charm into every frame, creating a visual story that captures the elegance of the day.

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Capturing the Essence of Trendy Details

Modern weddings are all about trendsetting details that reflect the couple's unique style. From lavish floral arrangements to intricate tablescapes, every detail tells a part of the love story. Brian Smyer's photography expertise lies in highlighting these intricate details in a way that makes them timeless. His approach blends candid shots and expertly composed images to showcase the beauty in every detail, creating a collection of photographs that stand the test of time.

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Expert Tips for Elegantly Captured Details

Brian Smyer's approach to wedding detail photography is rooted in professionalism and creativity. He knows that to elevate elegance, it takes careful planning and skillful execution. Here are some of his expert tips for capturing stunning wedding details:

  1. Preparation Matters: Brian understands that preparation is key. He arrives early to the venue to scout the perfect locations for capturing details, ensuring that every element is showcased beautifully. Wedding Day-9115Wedding Day-9115

  2. Natural Light Magic: Natural light can work wonders for detail shots. Brian uses Utah's abundant sunlight to enhance the elegance of details, creating soft and dreamy images that exude romance. _DSC9248_DSC9248

  3. Macro Magic: Brian's mastery of macro photography allows him to capture even the tiniest details, from the intricate beading on a dress to the delicate texture of a wedding cake. George and Jana's wedding at Monaco Hotel and Pierpont Place-2819George and Jana's wedding at Monaco Hotel and Pierpont Place-2819

  4. Storytelling Compositions: Brian approaches detail shots with a storyteller's eye. He crafts compositions that not only highlight the details themselves but also convey the emotions and atmosphere of the day. Glenn and Jenna wedding day 12-30-16-2288Glenn and Jenna wedding day 12-30-16-2288

  5. Candid Captures: While posed detail shots are essential, candid captures of guests interacting with the details bring an authentic touch to the collection. Brian's unobtrusive approach ensures he captures these candid moments without interrupting the flow of the day. Lance and Jenn59093Lance and Jenn59093

A Utah Wedding Photographer Who Understands Your Vision

Brian Smyer's dedication to his craft and his genuine passion for every wedding he photographs make him a sought-after Utah wedding photographer. His ability to elevate elegance through his lens results in a collection of photographs that not only showcase details but also tell the story of the day with artistry and emotion. DetailsDetails If you're seeking a Utah wedding photographer who knows how to capture and elevate the elegance of your special day, look no further than Brian Smyer of Smyer Image. With his expertise, your wedding details will be transformed into timeless works of art that you'll cherish for a lifetime. Schedule a meeting today to discuss how he can bring your wedding vision to life through his exceptional photography. Schedule complimentary consultation online

 

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Sparkles, Colors, and Love: Lucas and Josh's Spectacular Wedding Day https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/8/sparkles-colors-and-love-lucas-and-joshs-spectacular-wedding-day In a celebration that radiated love, friendship, and vibrant energy, Lucas and Josh embarked on a journey of togetherness that left a trail of sparkling memories. As the sun painted the sky with hues of warmth, Brian Smyer, a seasoned wedding photographer, had the honor of capturing the essence of their joyous union. Let's dive into the heartwarming details of this extraordinary day that was nothing short of a kaleidoscope of emotions and colors.

A Kaleidoscope of Love and Joy

Lucas and Josh, two souls intertwined by love, lit up their wedding day with an infectious spirit that could be felt by everyone around them. Their genuine affection for each other illuminated every corner of the Gallivan Center in the Grove, a venue that was chosen to complement their vibrant personalities.

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Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love! Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!

A Whirlwind of Colors and Celebration

The Gallivan Center was transformed into a realm of jubilation. The arrangement of chairs in a spiral circle symbolized the journey that Lucas and Josh were embarking on together – a life filled with twists, turns, and endless possibilities. The atmosphere was electric with excitement as parasails, party favors, and noise makers adorned the space, promising a day of exuberant celebration.

Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!

A Love that Shines Bright

Dressed in a romper that sparkled like starlight and white platform shoes that mirrored the purity of their love, Josh stole the show as they walked down the aisle. Lucas, equally captivating in a denim jacket adorned with positive vibes and flair, beamed with anticipation at the sight of their beloved. Their love story was reflected not just in their attire but in every stolen glance and shared smile that day.

Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love! Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!
Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love! Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!
Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love! Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!

 

A Sea of Colors and Loving Spirits

Guests were not just observers; they were an integral part of this kaleidoscopic celebration. Encouraged to dress in colors that spoke to their hearts and for comfort, they arrived as a vibrant sea of support for Lucas and Josh. Love flowed freely as friends and family came together to celebrate this remarkable love story.

Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!
Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love! Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!
Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love! Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!
Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love! Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!
Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love! Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!
Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love! Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!

Brian Smyer's Artistry: Capturing Moments of Love

As the day unfolded, Brian Smyer's lens skillfully captured every moment, every emotion, and every burst of color. With an eye for detail and an understanding of the couple's unique bond, Brian ensured that each photograph encapsulated the essence of Lucas and Josh's love story. From the candid stolen glances to the heartfelt family portraits, every image narrated a tale of connection, love, and celebration.

Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love! Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!
Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love! Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!
Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love! Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!
Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!
Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!

Lucas and Josh's wedding day was a symphony of colors, love, and exuberance. Their celebration radiated with a sense of belonging and community, echoing the strong bonds they have forged. With Brian Smyer's expertise, their love story was not just captured; it was immortalized through photographs that will remain as timeless as their love itself.

Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love! Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!
Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love! Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Celebrating Love and High Fashion - Josh and Lucas's Stunning Wedding at Galavan Center!Love, laughter, and high fashion filled the air as Josh and Lucas tied the knot at Galavan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The summer evening was perfect for a stylish ceremony under the grove's shade. Guests joined in the fun with colored parasails, wedding noise makers, and streamers, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The grooms looked absolutely fabulous, one donning a sparkling jumpsuit showcasing his chiseled chest and abs, while the other rocked a denim jacket with colorful patches and flair. Love truly knows no bounds, and this wedding was a celebration of joy, individuality, and love!

Are you ready to embark on a similar journey of capturing your love story? Contact Brian Smyer, the maestro behind the lens, and let your wedding day be a canvas of cherished memories painted with the strokes of love and authenticity. Your story deserves to be told in a way that reflects your unique bond and the essence of your connection. Book a complimentary consultation online!

 

 

Love Knows No Boundaries: A Message of Support and Solidarity

Dear Friends,

As I reflect on the incredible love stories I've had the honor of capturing, one common thread stands out above all else: love knows no boundaries. Every wedding I've been a part of has been a celebration of two souls coming together, embracing their unique journey, and creating a beautiful tapestry of love and commitment.

There's something truly remarkable about the atmosphere at LGBT+ weddings. The outpouring of love, support, and acceptance is palpable, creating an environment where couples can be authentically themselves, surrounded by friends and family who celebrate their love without reservation. It warms my heart to witness these unions, where the power of love shines so brightly that it seems to light up the entire world.

Yet, it's with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the harsh realities that many in the LGBT+ community face. It's disheartening to hear the stories of discrimination and prejudice that some have endured simply for being true to themselves. No one should ever have to face such hardships based on their identity or who they choose to love.

Love is love, and it knows no gender, no boundaries, and no limitations. It's a universal language that transcends differences and unites us all. As someone who has been fortunate to witness countless expressions of love, I want to take this moment to express my unwavering support for the LGBT+ community.

To all those who have faced adversity, please know that you are seen, you are loved, and you are valued. I stand beside you as an ally, pledging to continue creating a safe and inclusive space where love can flourish, no matter who you are or whom you choose to love.

Love is a beautiful journey, and every love story is a testament to the human spirit's capacity to connect and thrive. Let's continue to celebrate love in all its forms and shine a light on the path toward understanding, acceptance, and unity.

With love and solidarity,

Brian Smyer

 

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From Storybook to Reality: Q and Holly's Enchanting Mountain Wedding at Millcreek Inn. https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/7/from-storybook-to-reality-q-and-hollys-enchanting-mountain-wedding-at-millcreek-inn In the heart of the picturesque Utah mountains, where the lush forest meets the blue sky, Q and Holly's wedding at Millcreek Inn came to life like a scene straight out of a fairytale. With a Princess Bride theme, this romantic and enchanting celebration immersed guests in a world of love and fantasy. As the couple's stunning long red hair and long brown hair flowed in the summer breeze, and the wedding party adorned antique swords and daggers, the enchantment was undeniable. Let's dive into the magic of Q and Holly's storybook wedding and the unforgettable moments that made it a truly unique affair.

Experience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnExperience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnWitness the magic of love unfold as this stunning couple ties the knot in a modern fairytale wedding at the picturesque Millcreek Inn. Surrounded by nature's beauty and embraced by the charm of the venue, their special day was filled with joy, romance, and a touch of regal elegance. Experience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnExperience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnWitness the magic of love unfold as this stunning couple ties the knot in a modern fairytale wedding at the picturesque Millcreek Inn. Surrounded by nature's beauty and embraced by the charm of the venue, their special day was filled with joy, romance, and a touch of regal elegance.
Experience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnExperience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnWitness the magic of love unfold as this stunning couple ties the knot in a modern fairytale wedding at the picturesque Millcreek Inn. Surrounded by nature's beauty and embraced by the charm of the venue, their special day was filled with joy, romance, and a touch of regal elegance. Experience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnExperience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnWitness the magic of love unfold as this stunning couple ties the knot in a modern fairytale wedding at the picturesque Millcreek Inn. Surrounded by nature's beauty and embraced by the charm of the venue, their special day was filled with joy, romance, and a touch of regal elegance.
Experience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnExperience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnWitness the magic of love unfold as this stunning couple ties the knot in a modern fairytale wedding at the picturesque Millcreek Inn. Surrounded by nature's beauty and embraced by the charm of the venue, their special day was filled with joy, romance, and a touch of regal elegance. Experience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnExperience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnWitness the magic of love unfold as this stunning couple ties the knot in a modern fairytale wedding at the picturesque Millcreek Inn. Surrounded by nature's beauty and embraced by the charm of the venue, their special day was filled with joy, romance, and a touch of regal elegance.

The Setting: A Fairytale Amongst the Trees Nestled in the lush forest of Millcreek Inn, the venue provided the perfect backdrop for a fairytale wedding. The towering green trees and serene ambiance added a touch of magic to the couple's special day. With nature as their witness, Q and Holly exchanged vows that mirrored the timeless love story of Princess Bride.

A Bride and Groom to Admire, with his slim athletic build and long brown hair, brought a sense of adventure to the celebration. A practitioner of kung fu, he carried a sword for the ceremony and photos, adding an element of chivalry and bravery. Holly, with her stunning long red hair and fine skin, was the epitome of elegance and grace. Her long dagger complemented her mesmerizing beauty, adding a touch of mystery to the day's proceedings.

Experience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnExperience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnWitness the magic of love unfold as this stunning couple ties the knot in a modern fairytale wedding at the picturesque Millcreek Inn. Surrounded by nature's beauty and embraced by the charm of the venue, their special day was filled with joy, romance, and a touch of regal elegance. Experience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnExperience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnWitness the magic of love unfold as this stunning couple ties the knot in a modern fairytale wedding at the picturesque Millcreek Inn. Surrounded by nature's beauty and embraced by the charm of the venue, their special day was filled with joy, romance, and a touch of regal elegance.
Experience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnExperience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnWitness the magic of love unfold as this stunning couple ties the knot in a modern fairytale wedding at the picturesque Millcreek Inn. Surrounded by nature's beauty and embraced by the charm of the venue, their special day was filled with joy, romance, and a touch of regal elegance.
Experience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnExperience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnWitness the magic of love unfold as this stunning couple ties the knot in a modern fairytale wedding at the picturesque Millcreek Inn. Surrounded by nature's beauty and embraced by the charm of the venue, their special day was filled with joy, romance, and a touch of regal elegance. Experience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnExperience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnWitness the magic of love unfold as this stunning couple ties the knot in a modern fairytale wedding at the picturesque Millcreek Inn. Surrounded by nature's beauty and embraced by the charm of the venue, their special day was filled with joy, romance, and a touch of regal elegance.

A Playful Ceremony and Unforgettable Moments Just like Princess Bride, Q and Holly's ceremony was filled with moments of whimsy and joy. As they exchanged loving glances and vows, they unintentionally skipped the all-important "I dos" – a delightful twist that mirrored the film's memorable scene. The ring bearer, an adorable young boy, came to their rescue and reminded them after their first kiss. This heartwarming moment left guests in awe and added a touch of lightheartedness to the ceremony.

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Experience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnExperience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnWitness the magic of love unfold as this stunning couple ties the knot in a modern fairytale wedding at the picturesque Millcreek Inn. Surrounded by nature's beauty and embraced by the charm of the venue, their special day was filled with joy, romance, and a touch of regal elegance. Experience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnExperience the Romance and Charm of a Modern Fairytale Wedding at Millcreek InnWitness the magic of love unfold as this stunning couple ties the knot in a modern fairytale wedding at the picturesque Millcreek Inn. Surrounded by nature's beauty and embraced by the charm of the venue, their special day was filled with joy, romance, and a touch of regal elegance.
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Toasts, Dances, and Sweet Celebrations The celebration continued with heartfelt toasts from parents and friends, congratulating the newlyweds on their union. The first dances, featuring a touching daddy-daughter and mother-son moment, brought tears of joy to the eyes of those in attendance. The sweet cake cutting symbolized the beginning of a shared journey filled with love and happiness.

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 A Fairytale Love Forever Cherished Q and Holly's wedding at Millcreek Inn truly brought a storybook romance to life. From the enchanting mountain setting to the playful ceremony and unforgettable moments, every element of their special day was filled with love and magic. Their Princess Bride themed celebration will forever be cherished as a testament to true love and the beauty of embracing a bit of fantasy in our lives. Congratulations to Q and Holly on their journey together, and may their love story continue to inspire others for generations to come.

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10 Tips for Taking Stunning Landscape Photos https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/7/10-tips-for-taking-stunning-landscape-photos  Landscape photography is all about capturing the beauty and majesty of nature. From towering mountains to serene lakes, there is no shortage of breathtaking landscapes to photograph. However, capturing these scenes in all their glory can be a challenge. Here are 10 tips to help you take stunning landscape photos.  Majestic River in Yellowstone: Nature's Serene Beauty CapturedMajestic River in Yellowstone: Nature's Serene Beauty CapturedA mesmerizing view of a snow-covered rock surrounded by the tranquil flow of a river in Yellowstone National Park. The majestic presence of a snow-capped pine tree in the foreground adds to the scenic beauty of this serene landscape.
  • Plan your shot: Before you head out to take photos, research the location and weather conditions. This will help you plan your shot and ensure you get the best possible photos.
  • Use the right lens: A wide-angle lens is usually ideal for landscape photography. It allows you to capture a wider field of view and gives your photos a sense of depth.  Captivating Yellowstone: A Serene River Embracing a Majestic SunsetCaptivating Yellowstone: A Serene River Embracing a Majestic SunsetImmerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Yellowstone National Park. Behold the serenity of a winding river reflecting the breathtaking hues of a pink sunset. Let your eyes follow the gentle curves as they lead you to the awe-inspiring display of pink, purple, and blue tones adorning the sky, adorned with dramatic clouds
  • Look for foreground interest: Including a foreground element in your photos adds depth and interest. Look for interesting rocks, flowers or other objects to include in your shots.
  • Play with depth of field: Experiment with aperture settings to create a shallow depth of field, blurring the background and drawing attention to your subject.  Symmetry in Nature: Captivating Forest in IdahoSymmetry in Nature: Captivating Forest in IdahoImmerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of an Idaho forest. This captivating photo showcases a symmetrical arrangement of tree trunks, drawing your gaze into the depths of the woodland.
  • Use filters: Polarizing filters can help reduce glare and bring out the colors in your photos. Neutral density filters can be used to create long exposure shots, capturing motion in water or clouds.
  • Follow the rule of thirds: The rule of thirds is a basic composition principle that involves dividing your image into thirds both horizontally and vertically. Place your subject along one of the lines or at the intersection points to create a more visually interesting photo. A stunning red rock formation resembling a castle or monastery stands tall amidst the red desert sands of Valley of the Gods, Utah. A smaller red rock is visible in the foreground, and a snowstorm approaches from the background, enhancing the vibrant colors of the scene.Majestic Red Rock Monastery in Valley of the Gods, UtahBehold the captivating beauty of a red rock formation resembling a magnificent castle or monastery in Valley of the Gods, Utah. The towering spires reaching towards the sky create a sense of awe and wonder.
  • Pay attention to the light: Light is everything in photography. The best time to take landscape photos is during the golden hour, which is the hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset when the light is soft and warm.
  • Shoot in RAW: Shooting in RAW format gives you more control over your photos in post-processing. It allows you to adjust exposure, color balance, and other settings without losing quality. A stunning snow-covered mountain at sunrise, with the top two-thirds illuminated by the morning light and the bottom portion casting a captivating shadow. The bluebird sky and pink hues at the shadow line add to the scenic beauty.Majestic Sunrise on Snow-Covered Mountain: A Captivating Natural BeautyWitness the breathtaking beauty of a snow-covered mountain bathed in the soft hues of a sunrise. The interplay of light and shadow reveals the mountain's intricate details, while the vibrant bluebird sky adds to the enchanting scenery. The touch of pink at the transition between light and shadow enhances the dramatic effect, creating a truly mesmerizing vista. This mountain, located north of Snowbird Ski Resort, is a sight to behold.
  • Practice, practice, practice: The more you practice, the better you'll get. Take your camera with you everywhere and experiment with different techniques and settings and lenses.
  • Conclusion: With these tips, you'll be on your way to taking stunning landscape photos that capture the beauty and grandeur of nature. Remember, practice makes perfect, so keep experimenting and refining your skills. 

 

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The Barn at Walker Farms: Where Rustic Charm Meets Modern Elegance https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/7/best-wedding-venues-in-utah-walker-farms Nestled at the base of Mount Timpanogos, in the heart of Utah County, lies the Barn at Walker Farms. This newly constructed barn redefines the concept of rustic venues, blending historic agricultural architecture with contemporary sophistication. With its alluring design, flooded natural light, and exceptional amenities, the Barn at Walker Farms is an enchanting setting for unforgettable events. In this blog post, we'll explore the exquisite features of this venue and my experience capturing Benjamin and Courtney's reception, which showcased the venue's remarkable attention to detail.

  1. A Perfect Blend of Tradition and Modernity: The Barn at Walker Farms seamlessly combines traditional barn aesthetics with modern upgrades. Its architecture pays homage to historic agricultural structures, while incorporating state-of-the-art amenities. This harmonious blend creates an atmosphere that captivates both couples seeking a rustic ambiance and those desiring contemporary sophistication.

  2. A Serene Oasis of White: Step inside the Barn at Walker Farms, and you'll be greeted by an ethereal sight. The entire space is adorned in a stunning all-white palette, evoking a sense of purity and elegance. This pristine backdrop provides the perfect canvas for creating timeless photographs that highlight the beauty of the couple and their cherished moments.

  3. Thoughtfully Designed Spaces: The venue boasts a range of thoughtfully designed spaces, tailored to enhance the wedding experience. A beautiful bridal suite offers a serene and luxurious haven for the bride and her bridesmaids, while a groom's suite provides a comfortable space for the groom and his entourage to relax and prepare. Additionally, a spacious and well-equipped kitchen ensures seamless execution of culinary delights, further enhancing the guests' experience.

  4. Abundant Natural Light: One of the venue's most remarkable features is its abundance of natural light. Large windows strategically placed throughout the barn allow the warm sunlight to pour in, creating a naturally lit environment that bathes the space in a soft, romantic glow. This natural illumination not only enhances the ambiance but also provides photographers with the opportunity to capture stunning, well-lit images.

  5. My Experience at Benjamin and Courtney's Reception: I had the privilege of photographing Benjamin and Courtney's reception at the Barn at Walker Farms, and I was immediately struck by the impeccable attention to detail. Arriving early, I found the venue completely set up and devoid of people, presenting me with the perfect opportunity to capture the space's elegance and charm. The exceptional planning and execution by the Walker Farms team made my job as a photographer seamless and allowed me to focus on capturing the couple's joyous celebration.

Conclusion:

The Barn at Walker Farms in Lindon, UT, is a venue that embodies the ideal blend of rustic charm and modern elegance. Its stunning all-white space, flooded with natural light, and complemented by thoughtful amenities, creates an unforgettable atmosphere for weddings and events. As my experience at Benjamin and Courtney's reception demonstrated, Walker Farms' meticulous attention to detail and dedication to providing a remarkable experience make it a photographer's dream. Whether you're a couple seeking a picturesque venue or a photographer in search of an enchanting backdrop, the Barn at Walker Farms is sure to leave a lasting impression.


 

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The Psychology of Colors in Photography: How to Use Them to Your Advantage https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/7/the-psychology-of-colors-in-photography-how-to-use-them-to-your-advantage Color is a powerful tool in photography. It can evoke emotions, set the mood, and even communicate a message without words. Understanding the psychology of colors can help you create visually striking images that capture your audience's attention. In this blog post, we will explore the psychology behind colors and how you can use them to your advantage in photography. Studio Pin Up Shoot-5033Studio Pin Up Shoot-5033Tattooed Pin Up Girl with lots of color

Red is a color associated with passion, love, and energy. It can create a sense of urgency or excitement in your photographs. Orange is a warm and inviting color that can convey a sense of happiness and warmth. Yellow is a bright and cheerful color that can evoke feelings of joy and optimism. Green is a color associated with nature, growth, and harmony. It can create a calming effect in your photos.  ColorColor

Blue is a cool and calming color that can evoke feelings of trust, peace, and tranquility. Purple is a regal color that can convey a sense of luxury and sophistication. Pink is a color associated with femininity, romance, and sweetness. Brown is a natural and earthy color that can create a sense of warmth and comfort in your photos.  2865Brooklyn Malone2865Brooklyn Malone

Black is a powerful color that can evoke a sense of mystery, elegance, and sophistication. White is a pure and clean color that can convey a sense of simplicity and clarity. By understanding the psychology behind colors, you can use them to create visually striking images that communicate your message effectively.  Bride getting ready with blue and red curlers in her hairBride getting ready with blue and red curlers in her hair

When it comes to incorporating colors in your photography, it's essential to consider the color wheel. Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel, such as red and green or blue and orange, are complementary colors that can create a visually striking contrast in your photographs. Colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and purple or orange and yellow, can create a harmonious and soothing effect in your photos.  Complimentary ColorsComplimentary Colors

In conclusion, the psychology of colors in photography is a powerful tool that can help you create visually striking images that stand out from the crowd. By understanding the emotions and messages associated with each color, you can use them to your advantage in your photography. Don't be afraid to experiment with different colors and combinations to create unique and memorable photographs that capture your audience's attention.

 

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The Intimate Connection: 7 Tips to Build Trust with Portrait Subjects https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/6/the-intimate-connection-7-tips-to-build-trust-with-portrait-subjects In the world of portrait photography, one of the key ingredients to capturing compelling and authentic images lies in establishing a deep and meaningful connection with your subjects. Building trust is essential to create an atmosphere where individuals feel comfortable, vulnerable, and willing to reveal their true selves in front of the camera. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore effective techniques, tips, and tricks to help you foster trust with your portrait subjects, resulting in powerful and captivating photographs. Dog takes picture of owners doing a dipDog takes picture of owners doing a dipPet dog takes photographer of owners dancing

  1. Show Genuine Interest and Empathy: To build trust, it's important to approach your subjects with a genuine interest in who they are and what they represent. Take the time to get to know them, listen to their stories, and understand their aspirations. Show empathy and create a safe space where they feel valued and understood. This foundation of trust will enable them to open up and allow their authentic selves to shine through in the portraits. Abercrombie 2015-1072Abercrombie 2015-1072

  2. Establish Clear Communication: Effective communication is vital in building trust. Be transparent about your intentions, the process, and the goals of the portrait session. Discuss the concepts, ideas, and expectations to ensure a shared understanding. Listen actively to any concerns or preferences they may have and address them accordingly. When your subjects feel heard and respected, it paves the way for a stronger connection. Janalee Bridals-1095Janalee Bridals-1095

  3. Create a Relaxed Environment: A relaxed environment is crucial for your subjects to feel comfortable and at ease. Choose a location that they feel connected to or that aligns with their personality. Use calming music, soft lighting, and create a welcoming atmosphere. Engage in friendly conversations, share stories, and inject humor when appropriate. These small gestures help alleviate tension and allow their true personalities to shine. Lauren Hunter_DSC9660Lauren Hunter_DSC9660

  4. Practice Active Listening: During the portrait session, actively listen to your subjects and respond accordingly. Pay attention to their body language, emotions, and subtle cues. Encourage them to express themselves freely and capture those fleeting moments of vulnerability and authenticity. By acknowledging and responding to their needs, you establish trust and create an environment where they feel supported and valued. Jess-202137473Jess-202137473

  5. Provide Clear Guidance and Direction: While encouraging your subjects to be themselves, it's equally important to provide clear guidance and direction. Help them with posing suggestions, body language adjustments, and facial expressions that enhance their natural beauty and convey the desired message. Be patient, encouraging, and supportive throughout the process, ensuring they feel guided without losing their individuality. Somi121637Somi121637

  6. Build a Connection Beyond the Camera: To foster a deeper connection, consider building a relationship with your subjects beyond the portrait session. Connect with them on social media, keep in touch, and celebrate their milestones and achievements. This continued connection creates a bond that extends beyond a single photoshoot and reinforces the trust you've established. Serenity32950Serenity32950

  7. Respect Boundaries and Privacy: Respecting the boundaries and privacy of your subjects is crucial in maintaining trust. Seek their consent before sharing any images publicly and discuss their comfort levels regarding image usage. Ensure that they feel in control of how their images are portrayed and shared. This respect for their privacy strengthens the trust they have placed in you as their photographer. Utah bride trashes her wedding dress in the mountainsUtah bride trashes her wedding dress in the mountains

Conclusion: Building trust with portrait subjects is a delicate and essential process in capturing powerful and authentic images. By showing genuine interest, establishing clear communication, creating a relaxed environment, practicing active listening, providing guidance, and building connections beyond the camera, you can cultivate a deep sense of trust with your subjects. Embrace this intimate connection, and watch as your portraits transcend mere photographs, telling captivating stories that touch the hearts of viewers.

Remember, trust is not built overnight, but with patience, empathy, and sincerity, you can create an environment where your subjects feel comfortable, seen, and empowered to reveal their true selves. Let the power of trust transform your portrait photography,

 

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Q+A Interview with master wedding photographer Brian Smyer: Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/7/q-a-interview-with-brian-smyer-finding-the-perfect-wedding-photographer In an era where the search for a reliable and talented wedding photographer can be overwhelming, we understand the importance of finding the perfect fit for your special day. To shed light on this process, we sat down with Brian Smyer, the founder of Smyer Image and a seasoned professional photographer. In this Q+A style interview, Brian shares invaluable insights and addresses the common concerns and pain points that couples face when choosing a wedding photographer. With Brian's expertise and genuine approachability, you'll gain the knowledge you need to make an informed decision and feel confident in your choice.  Brian Smyer35858Brian Smyer35858

  1. Are you available for my date? Brian: I completely understand the frustration of finding a photographer who is available on your desired date. Wedding bookings can happen well in advance, and it's not uncommon for popular dates to get booked quickly. I recommend reaching out as early as possible to secure your date.

  2. Can I see examples of weddings you've photographed from start to finish? Brian: You're absolutely right; simply seeing a few highlight images doesn't provide a complete picture of what your wedding album will look like. I encourage couples to request full wedding galleries from photographers they're considering. This way, you can see the photographer's consistent style and storytelling approach throughout an entire wedding day.                                                                                       Real wedding example 1. Charlie and Victoria's summer mountain top wedding at Snowbasin                                                 Real wedding example 2. George and Jana's whimsical goth wedding at Pierpont Place

  3. Do you have references? Brian: Of course! I understand the importance of hearing from previous clients and their experiences. I'm more than happy to provide references upon request, as well as direct you to online reviews to give you a well-rounded understanding of what it's like to work with me.

  4. Will you be the photographer shooting my wedding? Brian: Absolutely! I believe in being fully present for my clients from start to finish. When you choose me as your photographer, I'll be your main point of contact and the one capturing your wedding day memories. This personal connection ensures that your vision and preferences are understood and translated into stunning photographs.

  5. Who will edit my photos, and how do you select the ones to edit? Brian: The editing process is a crucial step in delivering a cohesive and beautifully finished collection of photos. As your dedicated photographer, I take immense pride in personally handling every aspect of the editing process. This includes careful curation and selection of the best images that capture the essence of your wedding day.

  6. Do you have liability insurance? Brian: Yes, I carry liability insurance to provide you with peace of mind. Your wedding day is an important event, and I take every precaution to ensure that both you and I are protected throughout the entire process.

  7. How many other events will you photograph on my wedding day? Brian: Your wedding day deserves undivided attention and dedication. To ensure this, I intentionally schedule only one wedding per day. Additionally, I block off a three-day period surrounding your wedding, allowing ample time for preparations, capturing moments, and post-production. This flexibility enables me to focus solely on you and your wedding, without any distractions.

  8. What will you wear to my wedding? Brian: I understand the importance of blending in seamlessly with the overall atmosphere of your wedding day. I typically dress in attire that aligns with the expected dress code for guests. This ensures that I look professional yet unobtrusive, allowing me to capture authentic moments while remaining respectful of your celebration.

  9. Is wedding photography your primary business, and how long have you been shooting weddings? Brian: Yes, wedding photography is my primary focus, and I've been capturing beautiful love stories professionally since 2008. I took a leap of faith to pursue my passion, and this journey has allowed me to continuously refine my craft. I am fully invested in providing you with an exceptional experience that captures the uniqueness of your love story.

  10. Can other people take photos while you are shooting? Brian: While I highly recommend an unplugged ceremony to create an intimate atmosphere, I understand that guests may want to capture their own memories. I embrace a friendly approach and discourage any strict regulations on guest photography. My priority is to document your wedding day authentically, regardless of guests' actions. In the end, I believe in focusing on capturing genuine moments rather than policing cameras.

  11. Can I provide you with a shot list? Brian: Absolutely! While I don't require an extensive shot list for the entire day, I highly recommend creating a shot list for family portraits. This ensures that no important combinations are missed. Additionally, if there are any specific details or sentimental elements you'd like me to capture, I welcome your input. Your wedding day is unique, and I strive to reflect your vision and desires through my photography.

  12. What happens if your equipment malfunctions at my wedding? Brian: Equipment malfunctions can be a nightmare for any wedding photographer, and that's why I take preparedness seriously. I have backup equipment for all essential gear, and in most cases, I even have backups for my backups. This level of redundancy allows me to swiftly address any technical issues without compromising the quality or flow of your wedding day coverage.

  13. Do you have a contract? Brian: Yes, I utilize a straightforward contract that serves as a valuable communication tool between us. It ensures that we are aligned on all the details and expectations, providing clarity and peace of mind for both parties involved.

  14. Do you require a down payment to secure the date? Brian: Yes, to secure your wedding date in my calendar, I request a down payment of 25 percent of the total contract. This not only confirms your reservation but also allows me to allocate the necessary time and resources to make your wedding photography experience exceptional.

  15. Will you meet with us before we book? Brian: Meeting in person is essential to establish a genuine connection and build trust. As your wedding photographer, it's crucial for us to feel comfortable working together. I highly recommend an initial meeting to discuss your wedding plans, get to know each other better, and ensure that we're the perfect fit. Additionally, I suggest a pre-wedding photos session as an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the camera and create stunning images that reflect your unique love story. I can't wait to meet you and embark on this incredible journey together!

Conclusion: Choosing the right wedding photographer goes beyond simply admiring their portfolio. By engaging in thoughtful discussions and asking the important questions, you can navigate the selection process with confidence. With Brian Smyer's professional expertise and genuine approachability, you can find a photographer who not only captures breathtaking images but also understands and fulfills your specific needs. Remember, your wedding day is an unforgettable chapter in your love story, and with the right photographer, you'll have timeless memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Are you ready to capture the essence of your special day with a talented and personable wedding photographer? Don't settle for anything less than an exceptional experience. Contact Brian Smyer of Smyer Image today to discuss your wedding photography needs, schedule a meeting, and start building a trusting relationship. Let's create memories that will last a lifetime. Book now and embark on a photography journey that truly reflects your love story.

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10 Common Photography Mistakes and How to Avoid Them https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/5/10-common-photography-mistakes-and-how-to-avoid-them 6-9-2021452386-9-202145238
Photography is an art form that requires patience, practice, and a keen eye for detail. However, even the most experienced photographers make mistakes from time to time. In this post, we'll highlight 10 common photography mistakes and provide tips on how to avoid them.

Blurry Photos: One of the most common mistakes in photography is taking blurry photos. This can happen if the shutter speed is too slow or if the camera is not steady. To avoid this, make sure to use a fast shutter speed and stabilize your camera with a tripod or by holding it steady.

Poor Composition: Composition is key in photography, and poor composition can ruin an otherwise great photo. To avoid this mistake, pay attention to the rule of thirds, leading lines, and other composition techniques.

Overexposed or Underexposed Photos: Overexposed or underexposed photos are another common mistake in photography. To avoid this, make sure to adjust your camera's exposure settings, and use a light meter if necessary.

Unintentional Camera Shake: Unintentional camera shake can result in blurry photos or shaky videos. To avoid this, use a tripod or other stabilization methods.

Focusing on the Wrong Subject: Focusing on the wrong subject is a common mistake, especially in busy or cluttered environments. To avoid this, take the time to carefully choose your focus point and adjust your camera's focus settings as needed.

Using the Wrong Settings: Using the wrong camera settings can result in poor quality photos. To avoid this, make sure to familiarize yourself with your camera's settings and experiment with different modes and settings to find the best ones for each situation.

Forgetting to Check the Background: Forgetting to check the background can result in distracting or unappealing elements in your photos. To avoid this, take the time to carefully examine the scene before taking the photo and adjust your framing or angle as needed.

Not Paying Attention to Lighting: Lighting is a crucial element in photography, and not paying attention to it can result in poor quality photos. To avoid this, make sure to adjust your camera's exposure settings and use natural or artificial lighting to your advantage.

Overprocessing Photos: Overprocessing photos can result in unnatural or exaggerated effects. To avoid this, use editing tools sparingly and focus on enhancing the natural qualities of the photo.

Not Experimenting: Not experimenting with different techniques, settings, or angles can limit your creativity and potential in photography. To avoid this, take the time to experiment with new approaches and techniques and challenge yourself to try new things.

Conclusion: By being aware of these common photography mistakes and taking steps to avoid them, you can improve your skills and create stunning, visually compelling photos that capture your vision and unique perspective. Happy shooting!

 

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The Power of Poses: How to Look Your Best in Photos https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/5/the-power-of-poses-how-to-look-your-best-in-photos Blog Description: In today's world, photos are everywhere, from social media profiles to professional headshots. While it's easy to feel self-conscious in front of the camera, striking the right pose can make all the difference. In this blog post, we'll explore the power of poses and provide tips on how to look your best in photos.
 

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Are you someone who feels uncomfortable in front of the camera? Do you find yourself feeling self-conscious and unsure of how to pose? If so, you're not alone. Many people struggle with posing for photos, but with a few simple tips, you can learn how to strike the right pose and look your best in photos.

First, it's important to understand that the way you stand and hold yourself in front of the camera can have a significant impact on the final result. When you stand up straight, you not only look taller and more confident, but your body language also conveys a sense of authority and power.

Another tip is to find your best angle. This can vary depending on the person, so it's important to experiment a bit and see what works best for you. Some people look better when photographed from the side, while others prefer a more straight-on shot.

It's also important to be mindful of your facial expressions. Smiling is always a great choice, but it's important to make sure it's a natural and relaxed smile. You can also try different facial expressions to convey different emotions, such as joy, excitement, or even a serious or contemplative look.

Finally, don't be afraid to play around with different poses and angles. Try leaning against a wall or sitting down for a more relaxed look, or experiment with different hand positions and angles to create visual interest.

By following these simple tips, you can learn how to strike the right pose and look your best in photos. Remember, the most important thing is to be confident and comfortable in your own skin, and let your personality shine through.

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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) photography poses portrait photography posing tips https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/5/the-power-of-poses-how-to-look-your-best-in-photos Mon, 22 May 2023 14:00:00 GMT
"Say I Do to the Perfect Wedding Shot: 10 Secrets Every Photographer Should Know" https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/5/-say-i-do-to-the-perfect-wedding-shot-10-secrets-every-photographer-should-know A wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event that deserves to be captured in the most beautiful way possible. As a wedding photographer, it's your job to ensure that every moment of the day is captured in the best possible light. In this post, we will share 10 secrets to getting the perfect wedding shot.
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1. Plan Ahead: Before the wedding day, take the time to scout out the location and determine which spots will make the best photos. Discuss the shots and poses you want to capture with the bride and groom ahead of time so that everyone is on the same page.

2. Understand the Lighting: Lighting is crucial in photography. Be sure to consider the time of day and the direction of the light source to ensure that your photos are well-lit and not too harsh or too dim.

3. Be Mindful of the Background: Take the time to observe the surroundings and ensure that the background does not distract from the main subject. Look for simple, clean backgrounds that will help the bride and groom stand out in the photo.

4. Focus on the Details: Wedding photos are not just about capturing the bride and groom. Be sure to capture the small details that make the day special, such as the flowers, rings, and centerpieces.

5. Shoot in RAW: Shooting in RAW format allows you to capture the most detail and make the most adjustments in post-processing. Be sure to have enough memory cards and batteries to capture all the important moments.

6.Use Different Perspectives: Don't be afraid to get creative with your angles and perspectives. Shoot from above, below, or from the side to capture unique and interesting shots.

7. Be Prepared for the Unexpected: Weddings can be unpredictable, so be prepared for anything. Have backup equipment, and be ready to adjust your plans if necessary.

8.Capture the Emotions: Weddings are full of emotions, and it's your job as the photographer to capture those moments. Be ready to snap photos of tears, laughter, and everything in between.

9. Use the Right Equipment: The right equipment can make a big difference in the quality of your photos. Invest in a good camera and lenses, and consider using additional lighting or other accessories as needed.

10. Don't Forget to Have Fun: Weddings can be stressful, but it's important to have fun and enjoy the moment. Be personable with the bride, groom, and guests to help everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera. A group of nine men getting ready for a wedding in front of an infinity mirror at Snowbasin's Needles LodgeGroom and groomsmen getting ready in the mirror at SnowbasinA group of eight groomsmen and the groom getting ready for the wedding at Snowbasin's Needles Lodge. The photo is taken through an infinity mirror, creating a mesmerizing effect that makes you wonder about the camera's position. With these 10 secrets, you'll be able to capture the perfect wedding shot every time. Remember to plan ahead, be mindful of the lighting and background, and capture the emotions of the day. With a little bit of preparation and creativity, you'll create images that the bride and groom will treasure for years to come.

 

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The Importance of Composition in Photography: How to Create Visually Striking Images https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/5/the-importance-of-composition-in-photography-how-to-create-visually-striking-images Composition is the foundation of great photography. It's the way you arrange your subject and other elements in the frame that can make or break a shot. Without good composition, even the most beautiful subject or scenery can look dull and uninteresting. In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of composition in photography and provide you with some tips on how to create visually striking images.

Plan:
Before you even pick up your camera, take some time to plan your composition. Consider the subject you want to capture and the mood you want to convey. Think about

the elements that will be in the frame and how you can arrange them for the most impact.

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Balance:
One of the most important aspects of composition is balance. This means distributing the elements in your frame in a way that feels even and harmonious. You can achieve balance through symmetry, or by using the rule of thirds.

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Leading lines:

Another key element of composition is leading lines. These are lines within your image that draw the viewer's eye towards your subject. You can use natural or man-made lines, such as roads or bridges, to create visual interest and direct attention to your subject.

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Framing:
Framing is a technique that involves using objects in the foreground to create a frame around your subject. This can add depth and dimension to your image and draw the viewer's eye towards the subject.

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Rule of thirds:
The rule of thirds is a classic composition technique that involves dividing your frame into thirds horizontally and vertically. The points where these lines intersect are where you should place your subject for maximum impact.

A young couple in a high mountain winter setting. The woman is wearing a white form-fitting wedding dress with a veil and the man is wearing a gray suit. They are standing on a rock in the lower right rule of thirds, embracing and kissing passionately. The background shows bare quaking aspen and evergreen trees, with snow-capped mountains in the distance. Winter Mountain WeddingA young couple in love, standing on a rock in the snow-covered mountains of Utah. The bride wears a white mermaid-style wedding dress and veil, while the groom is dressed in a gray suit. They kiss passionately in the lower right rule of thirds, surrounded by bare quaking aspens and evergreens, and snow-capped mountains in the background.

Visual interest:
Creating visual interest in your composition can be achieved through the use of contrast, color, and texture. These elements can help to create depth and dimension in your image, and add visual interest.

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Details:
When it comes to composition, it's important not to overlook the details. Pay attention to small elements within the frame that can add interest or tell a story. Don't be afraid to get up close and personal with your subject.

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Lighting:
Lighting can also play a key role in your composition. Consider the direction and quality of the light, and how it interacts with your subject. Play with shadows and highlights to create depth and drama.

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Experimentation:
Don't be afraid to experiment with different composition techniques. Try different angles and perspectives to see what works best for your subject and the mood you want to convey.

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Practice:
Finally, the key to mastering composition is practice. Keep practicing and experimenting with different techniques, and over time you'll develop your own unique style and eye for composition.

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With these tips, you'll be well on your way to creating visually striking images with great composition. Remember to plan ahead, be mindful of balance and leading lines, pay attention to the details, and above all, have fun and experiment with your photography!

 

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The Art of Capturing Emotions: Tips for Portrait Photography https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/5/the-art-of-capturing-emotions-tips-for-portrait-photography When it comes to portrait photography, capturing genuine emotions is essential to creating a powerful image. In this blog post, we'll explore the art of capturing emotions in portraits and provide tips to help you achieve stunning results. From building a connection with your subject to using lighting and posing techniques, we'll cover everything you need to know to create impactful and memorable portraits. Whether you're a professional photographer or just starting out, these tips will help you take your portrait photography to the next level. Get ready to unleash your creativity and capture the essence of your subject's personality.

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Portrait photography is not just about capturing a person's physical appearance, it's also about capturing their emotions and personality. A great portrait has the power to convey a story, evoke emotions, and capture the essence of the subject.

If you're a photographer looking to improve your portrait photography skills, here are some tips for capturing emotions:

  1. Build a Connection: To capture genuine emotions, it's important to build a connection with your subject. Start by getting to know them and make them feel comfortable. Engage them in conversation and ask open-ended questions that allow them to express themselves.

  2. Pay Attention to Body Language: Body language can convey a lot about a person's emotions. Pay attention to your subject's body language and use it to your advantage. Encourage them to sit, stand or pose in a way that feels natural to them and complements their personality.

  3. Use Lighting to Set the Mood: Lighting can have a significant impact on the mood and emotions conveyed in a portrait. Use natural light or artificial lighting to create the desired mood and atmosphere. Experiment with different lighting setups and see how they affect the emotions conveyed in the portrait.

  4. Encourage Movement: Movement can add a sense of liveliness and energy to a portrait. Encourage your subject to move around, dance, or walk while you capture the shots. This can create a more dynamic and interesting portrait.

  5. Power Poses: Power poses are positions that convey strength, confidence, and authority. They are not only beneficial for the subject's mood but also help to improve the overall composition of the portrait. Encourage your subject to strike a power pose and capture the shots.

  6. Edit with Care: Editing is a crucial step in the portrait photography process. Be careful not to over-edit and lose the natural essence of the portrait. Make subtle adjustments to color, contrast, and exposure to enhance the emotions and mood conveyed in the portrait.

Remember, portrait photography is about capturing emotions and personality. Use these tips to create portraits that not only look great but also convey the unique essence of your subject.

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Strike a Pose: The Power of Power Poses in High School Senior Photos https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2023/4/strike-a-pose-the-power-of-power-poses-in-high-school-senior-photos As a professional photographer specializing in high school senior photos, I understand the importance of capturing each student's unique personality. This is a milestone moment, and the photos should reflect who they are as individuals.

One technique that I like to use is the concept of power posing. This involves positioning the body in a way that exudes confidence and power. Research has shown that power poses can actually increase testosterone levels in both men and women, leading to a greater sense of confidence and empowerment. Serenity32989Serenity32989

When it comes to high school senior photos, power posing can be a great way to capture the student's personality and make them feel confident and empowered. Some simple power poses include standing tall with arms outstretched, placing hands on hips, and crossing arms in front of the chest. These poses can create a sense of strength and confidence that shines through in the photos.

Another key to capturing unique personality in high school senior photos is to think outside the box when it comes to locations and props. For example, if the student is an athlete, incorporating their sports gear and using athletic location can be a great way to showcase their skills and passions.

It's also important to pay attention to lighting and composition. Using natural light and playing with angles can create a more dynamic and interesting photo. And don't be afraid to experiment with different poses and expressions to capture a range of emotions and personalities.

At Smyer Image, we understand that high school senior photos are about more than just capturing a moment in time. They are about creating a lasting memory that reflects the student's unique personality and celebrates their achievements. With our expertise and attention to detail, we can help make that happen.

So, if you or someone you know is getting ready for their high school senior photos, consider the power of power posing and think outside the box when it comes to locations and props. With a little creativity and the right photographer, you can capture a moment in time that truly reflects the student's unique personality and celebrates their journey to this exciting milestone.


 

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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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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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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 [email protected]

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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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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Brian Smyer Head shot photographer salt lake city photographer Utah wedding photographer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2018/10/has-it-been-10-years-already Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:20:44 GMT
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
My 50 favorite moments from 2017 https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2017/12/my-50-favorite-moments-from-2017

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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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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Bitsy Bridal Brian Smyer Brooks Jewelers Cactus and Tropicals Carrie's Cakes Faith Smith Forevermore Films Red Scarlet Makeup Artistry Salt Lake City wedding photographer Smyer Image Utah wedding photographer Weddings by Eccentricity bride greenhouse wedding inspiration photos video wedding https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2017/5/greenhouse-wedding-inspiration-at-cactus-and-tropicals-with-bitsy-bridal Wed, 17 May 2017 14:30:00 GMT
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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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Navy wedding Snowbasin wedding Snowbasin wedding photographer Utah wedding photographer destination wedding dog in wedding engagement photographer military wedding winter wedding winter wedding photographer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2017/2/romantic-winter-wedding-at-snowbasin-resort Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:15:38 GMT
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
October Love https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2016/10/october-love This couple knows how to have fun!  We caught some of the fall colors for this couple session in the mountains.  They are both Halloween fans so we stayed out in the night for a few darker shots in the forest. I'm looking forward to their wedding next year with Diverse Diva Weddings by Angela I can't wait to see what they come up with.
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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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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Eden Wedding photographer Real Wedding Summer mountain wedding Utah Wedding Photographer Utah mountain wedding Wedding Pictures in the mountains tea cup length wedding dress wildflowers and wedding https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2016/9/rick-and-stephanie-utah-summer-mountain-wedding Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:00:00 GMT
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." â€‹

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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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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Pond Skimming 2016 Ski Utah Snowbasin 75 Snowbasin Pond Skim 2016 Utah Photographer https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2016/4/snowbasins-80-s-party-pond-skimming-2016 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:00:00 GMT
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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(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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(Smyer Image|Brian Smyer) Continue Mission Corporate Event Photographer Utah Adventure Photographer Utah Mountain Photographer Veterans Veterans day https://www.smyerimage.com/blog/2015/11/summer-adventures-with-continue-mission Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:30:00 GMT
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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