Family & Friends

Well, as I mentioned in the previous post, I took a trip to Utah to shoot the Jone’s wedding.  I spent a few extra days out there visiting family and old friends as well.  It was so much fun!  Just after I got off the plane my older sister picked me up and took me out to eat at Cafe Rio.  Yummmmm!!  I am in love with their Pork Barbacoa Salad.  (I wish we had one here in Kansas City.)   So, it was good food and good company as I enjoyed visiting with my sister. 

Just after lunch I went to spend some time with Shell, my old college roommate at Brigham Young University.  We were roommates for 3 years and I loved it.  She was always such a good example to me and great to talk to.  I miss our talks Shell!!  And…I miss sharing jeans, clothes, perfume, etc. :)  It was rejuvinating to chat again and pick right back up as if very little time has passed (even though it’s been several years!)  She just had a little baby boy 2 weeks prior to our visit so we took lots of pictures of her 2 kids and precious new baby!  Here are some of my favorites. 


 Her little girl has the most beautiful brown eyes I’ve ever seen!

There is something I love about this “pouty” picture…

 I love this next shot.  She was listing to her baby brother’s heart beat.


 I love his cute little side profile and wrinkles on his side in this next shot.

 And here is the lovely Shell with her precious newborn.  


It was so good to see you!  I should mention that Shell is an artist…and a great one too.  She painted a portait of my daughter in sepia and it looks wonderful.  I don’t know if the picture here does it justice, but I love it.  I am excited for her to paint my boys now!!  Thank you so much, Shell! 

After visiting my friend I spent lots of time with family.  I come from a family of 5 kids and 3 of my siblings live in Utah.  It was such fun to see them all. 

I also really enjoyed the time I spent with my parents, particularly my dad.  My dad does photography as well and has for many years.  You can see his work on Flickr:  When I first started to take an interest in photography my dad was my very first mentor!  It seems I was calling him almost every day with questions.  Going digital was quite a change at first and he was the one that helped me transition and got me started in Adobe editing software.  It has been such a blessing to share a common passion with my dad as it has created a new bond between us that I am really grateful for.  I often find myself asking what I would do without my parents.  My mom is always such a great emotional support and my dad has been such a support and help with photography.  I don’t take for granted what a blessing it is to be able to pick up the phone and call either of them any time I want to share my new excitement about winning a contest… to share a photo I’m proud of… to talk photoshop and equipment… vent frustrations about life … talk about what funny things the kids did, etc., etc.  I am so blessed.

My dad spent the day helping me shoot the wedding.  The photo on the left is one I took of my dad while I was testing light and a location for a bridal.  The photo on the right is one Jefra took of me and my dad shooting…along with several others shooting.  Can you count how many cameras there are?!


 Before the day of the wedding we took a photo adventure in the mountains.  Scenics and still life are my dad’s favorite subjects.  Obviously portraits are still mine because I think I took more shots of him shooting than of the scenery.  I got caught in the act too so he shot me back! :)

 I did manage to get some shots of these Teasels (sp?).  My dad told me they got their name from what they were used for.  They use to brush them on fabric to create a soft nap in the home spun fabrics.  (I hope I explained that right, anyway.)

 And once again I am shooting my dad shooting the scenics…I’d be sad if I didn’t have these shots of him in his element, though.

 I did manage to get some good scenic shots myself.  Not bad for a portrait photographer, eh?!

Well, that was a brief overview of my adventure to Utah.  It was a great visit with friends and family and I was so pleased the wedding went so smooth.  Thankfully, I’ll be back out in July for some more fun!


  1. Kiana said . . .

    Gasp. LOVE the photos of Shell and her children – you did such a great job with these!

    It’s so wonderful that you and your dad share the same passion for photography. What a blessing – for both of you! :)

    Posted May 7, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Permalink
  2. kamee said . . .

    HUMBLY. AMEN. Kamee

    Jen, these kick some serious you know what. I got all nostalgic and wanted to head back to Alta and run with the old team again. Miss you guys. xoxo Kam

    Posted May 7, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Permalink
  3. J.Fields said . . .

    Thanks for the comments guys. And Kam you seriously crack me up! BTW, I don’t think I’ve told you that you, me, and Shell are planning to take a trip next Spring. Are you in for some serious girl time?!

    Posted May 7, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Permalink
  4. Julie Sanders said . . .

    Dear Jen.
    I am Amanda Jones’ aunt.. and couldn’t be at her wedding in Utah, but I almost felt like I was there looking at the pictures. What a gift you have! Amanda always looks beautiful in any photographs, but you did such a wonderful job capturing her love and beauty and style! Thank you so much,
    Julie Sanders

    Posted May 9, 2009 at 6:56 am | Permalink
  5. Angie Christensen said . . .

    Rachelle’s daughter has the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen, and her baby is GORGEOUS!. Jen, your pictures are more and more beautiful each time I look at your blog. Amen to Kamee’s wish. Thanks for the reminder of the good times at Alta. I really lucked out to have such amazing roommates. I don’t think I was worthy of you guys. Love, Angie

    Posted May 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Permalink
  6. Tonya said . . .

    stunning images…love the one of the big sis and baby…perfect…

    awesome backgrounds :)



    Posted May 10, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Permalink
  7. Julie said . . .

    Looks like you had a wonderful time. Your photos reflect your happiness behind the camera. Hope I can hear more about your trip soon.

    Posted May 13, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Permalink
  8. Lila said . . .

    I love the way you take your photos ! All of your shots are so beautiful and bright ! This little girl reminds me so much of Gemma Devine, the daughter of Rachel Devine, an other photographer. Do you know her ? Gemma Devine and this little girl have the same big brown eyes : Wow ! They are very similar !
    (Sorry for my bad English, but I’m French…)

    Posted September 14, 2010 at 9:25 am | Permalink

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