BALLS FAMILY AT HOME | Layton, UT

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BALLS FAMILY AT HOME | Layton, UT

BOYZ WILL BE BOYZ

As I sit here in the Jen Den, peeking at my little slice of sky, reflecting on this series of photos and what I’d like to say about it, I can’t help but feel deeply grateful for the fact that today I got to wear a short sleeve shirt and sandals (wink, wink), as it is finally, mercifully, no longer raining in my part of the state (guttural woop!).

I was in New York for the greater part of May and can count on one hand the number of days I saw sunshine, which, ironically, perfectly mirrored my temperament - seasonal affective? Perhaps. But by god, I welcome this sunshine something fierce.

Hanging out with this rambunctious family of five last fall was invigorating, entertaining, and chaotic - my preferred state of creation where cognitive thought and premeditation go right out the window.

The deepest compliment I can ever receive from a client is ‘It’s just US’.

With that being said, this is them. Xo

Interested in a family session at home?

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BETHANY MATERNITY AT HOME | New York, NY

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BETHANY MATERNITY AT HOME | New York, NY

BETHANY AND HER BOYS

Last September when I was in New York I got a notification in my DM’s. It was from a Mama in New York, asking if I was still in town and available for an in home maternity shoot. Dream scenario? Yusss.

Pregnant with her third baby boy, raising two toddlers and running a successful blog, Bethany was as graceful as she is beautiful and my time with her and her boys was thoroughly enjoyable.

She has since given birth to a healthy baby boy, Will (more affectionately referred to as ‘lil Cootie) whom you can get your fill of on her instagram account. Enjoy! Xo

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P. INTIMATE PORTRAITS | Antelope Island, UT

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P. INTIMATE PORTRAITS | Antelope Island, UT

THAT BODY LOVING JOURNEY..

..is a long and winding road, am I right? With left turns, round-a-bouts, and treadmill-esque one way streets, the path to accepting the beautiful eco-system that is our body is anything *but* straight forward.

I have found, though - through direct experience - that getting intimate portraits done is like dropping an anchor into a stormy sea; the images gave me something solid and tangible to reflect on in order to further accept, like, and respect the place that gives me a home on planet earth.

P. wanted to incorporate nature into the images and Antelope Island (and sun/clouds/sky) never ever ever disappoints. We trekked about a mile out onto the salty bed and managed to erect a backdrop that produced some of my favorite images to date. Enjoy! Xo

Interested in dropping an anchor on your body loving journey?

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SHOP LOCAL | LAND OF SALT, Salt Lake City, Ut

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SHOP LOCAL | LAND OF SALT, Salt Lake City, Ut

MAVEN DISTRICT

If you haven’t heard of the Maven District you best get your running shoes on and take yourself for a stroll. What is it exactly? A quaint yet savvy collection of businesses located on 900 S, just east of State Street. I myself call it home (high five to the Jen Den) and couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the Maven gang.

And so without further adieu, lemme introduce you to the first of many Maven features - The Land of Salt:


YOUR NAME/TITLE: Erica Hoggan, Owner

YEAR ESTABLISHED: 2013

TELL US ALL ABOUT IT! (why you started, how you started, challenges/triumphs along the way, etc.):

I started The Land of Salt with a friend/roommate back in 2013. We both were working 9-5 jobs and needed a creative outlet. We experimented with various artistic endeavors, finally settling on jewelry which spoke to me like nothing else. From the moment I started making jewelry, it sparked a passion that has led to where I am now. I am passionate about creating quality minimalist pieces that can be worn on the daily and are comfortable enough to forget you have them on.

The most challenging aspect to being fully self employed and running a small business is what goes on in my head. The job doesn't turn off when I leave to go home at night, there is a never ending stream of people to compare yourself against on social media, and I feel as though I am constantly battling self doubt. I have really had to learn (and am still learning) how to practice mindfulness and focus on the things that I am doing well or that I am passionate about, rather than things I don't have control over and playing the comparison game. 

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOUR SHOP?

I am located in the fabulous Maven District at 177 E 900 S, Ste A - in between Koo De Ker and Jed's Barbershop.

WHY IS SHOPPING LOCAL IMPORTANT TO YOU?

Local businesses, especially food and retail, are what help build and define communities. As we transition more and more into a digital age, having opportunities to interact with your community and create human connection are imperative. 

WHY SALT LAKE CITY?

Salt Lake City has it all! Great food, local shops, breweries, close proximity to nature, and a fearless maker community. 

FAVORITE MOVIE/TV SHOW?

I love the Outlander series (books and TV), and Game of Thrones (TV, not ambitious enough for the books).

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME OUTSIDE THE SHOP?

I love going camping and perfecting our gear set up, eating out, crime podcasts, and drinking all the coffee! 


A few items you can find at the Land of Salt:

Get on over to 900 S and visit in person or shop their gorgeous dainty jewels online here!


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NATALIE + BILLY WEDDING | Skylodge at Powder Mountain, UT

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NATALIE + BILLY WEDDING | Skylodge at Powder Mountain, UT

DANCE PARTY DANCE PARTY, TAKE OFF YOUR PANTS PARTY

My instructions for this wedding were very clear - candid, candid, candid, with a side of candid. What Natalie and Billy wanted most for their day was for it to be 100% enjoyed by all and that especially meant no stuffiness or stiff formalities regarding photography.

So what did I do? I took on the role of emotional photojournalist and tasked myself with creating images that felt loose and loving; like they were shot by an old friend.

These mountaintop yurt side nuptials were some of the most intimate I’ve had the privilege to witness, and the ensuing celebrations resembled that of a gang of pals a la the cast of Friends - a palpable sense that they’d been through the good times and the tough times together.

All in all, the location, libations, overwhelming love and camaraderie made for an incredibly unique and special capsule celebration that I hope translates in the images. Enjoy! Xxo

Venue: Skylodge at Powder Mountain

Wedding Designer and Coordinator: Kelsie O’Connor

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