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MORGAN + SAM COUPLES PORTRAITS | New York City, Ny

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MORGAN + SAM COUPLES PORTRAITS | New York City, Ny

SERENDIPITY IN THE CITY

I fully believe that every event in the whole universe is connected to every other event in the whole universe, and while our limited human intellect cannot grasp that massive totality, on occasion, we get to see a glimpse.

December 2017 I was on my way to my beloved New York City.  I stepped aboard the plane, wended my way back to my assigned seat but, upon seeing the man at the end of my row, suddenly got the urge to turn in one row early.  I plopped down next to the window, hoping I wouldn't be asked to leave and 2 minutes later a couple situated themselves next to me.

I'm usually wary of starting conversations on long flights but my willy-nilly seat decision left me no choice but to speak up lest I be moved and asked to sit next to the heebie-geebie man.  They were extremely friendly, let me know that they don't like window seats anyways and that our arrangement suited them.  Big sigh.

Emboldened by my luck I furthered the conversation and found out that the couple was headed to NYC for the first time to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary.  They had left their 4 babes at home for the very first time and my oozing romantic heart couldn't help but drip with love for them.

All of a sudden I heard myself offering to do a quick little commemorative photoshoot with them in Central Park in two days time.  WHO AM I?  Nooooot the kind of person that actually does this - keep in mind I want to shoot everyone I meet, and I offer free shoots silently in my head all.of.the.time but rarely do I actually verbalize it.

Well, they weren't weirded out, they actually showed up, and we actually did it.  Big, big sigh.  I don't get to create what I do without a subject so I'm always forever grateful to the ones that allow me to point my camera at them.

We could've taken different flights (or not taken a flight at all), I could've not gotten the heebie-geebie's and sat in my assigned seat, and on, and on, and on.  But life delivered these two on my path and I got to capture a slice of their journey. Xo

Is 2019 your year for couples portraits?

Let’s chat!

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801 MERCH | A side project

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801 MERCH | A side project

To put it simply, my heart buh-leeeeeds for Salt Lake City.  Utah is my unabashedly gorgeous home state where I entered this world and spent my school-age years, and after a year stint in the big apple 8 years ago, consciously chose as my foreseeable forever home.

Since making that choice my love for this great state has only grown, and it has become very apparent that I am not alone in this cherishing of salty land.  Though wary of logos by principal, repping the 801 with a cap marked as such has become my trademark, proving to be an excellent conversation starter when on the road.

I've always had the itch to create things that I would personally use in the world, and my latest endeavor encapsulates just that - a line of products sporting my custom designs created in the name of supporting our Salty City (and surrounding areas).

What's better than a cap for you and your partner?  A cap for you and your babe to 'hashtag - twins'.  Click the button at the bottom of the post to shop caps and totes for your fellow Utah loving folk, and support a local, female run business along the way! Xo

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Join the snapback gang and use the code 801SB to receive 15% off

your merch order through March!

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SELF-LOVE | A personal post

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SELF-LOVE | A personal post

This past December, my mother, sisters and I volunteered for Ballet West and assisted with the Sugar Plum Parties that took place on stage after the matinee performances of The Nutcracker.  The party was a fun way for kids and the young at heart to come on stage and see how the other half lives and included refreshments, a magician, a science table, and a photo-op with the dancers which we (obvi) took part of on more than one occasion..

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I was assigned to help with the photo portion, and over the course of the 5 different days I volunteered, I began to notice something; I noticed that the majority of adults faced with the prospect of getting their photo taken became flustered and uncomfortable.  Some of them flat out refused, some only acquiesced for their childs sake, and the rest made it verbally clear how much they 'hated' getting their photo taken by mumbling and groaning all the way up to the set.

As I observed this I became deeply saddened by how commonplace self-deprecation has become in our society, but the most disturbing aspect of this behavior was the message it was sending to the kids; the message that it's 'normal' to criticize yourself, to beat yourself up about the way you look, and to essentially 'hate' yourself.  If children are the future, what kind of future are we building with this message?

I was never officially taught how to love or accept myself and grew up with the belief that self-love was egotistical and vain.  And though my mother made it very clear to my sisters and I at a very young age that we were responsible for our own happiness, it's taken me 30 years of living and learning on this earth to fully understand and embody that concept.

2016 was a year of self-discovery for me, a year of digging deep (truth be told way deeper than I ever really wanted to go but only light can drive out the darkness am I right??) in order to find out for myself what it really means to be happy, and how to enjoy life fully.  And what that digging brought me to was the realization that I didn’t love myself, and I realized that if I didn’t have love for who I was and fully embrace and accept every mistake and glorious success I’ve ever experienced in life - then I would never be happy because I would always be searching for things outside of myself to 'show me love’ and ‘make me happy'.

In realizing this I made the connection that getting your photograph taken is an act of self-love; it is you, accepting yourself just as you are and loving every beauty and perceived 'flaw' wholly and deeply.  

It is this and this alone that has brought about a deep desire to help change the cultural perception of self-love from something seemingly shameful, to something that we COLLECTIVELY embrace, support and encourage.

As you may remember, I started a 'Shop Local' blog series last year, with Flight Boutique, in Park City, as my first feature.  I've since gotten to know and love the ladies that run the shop and in discussing my recent personal discoveries with them we made the connection that mindful shopping, as a means of personal expression, is an act of self-care. 

And so I've teamed up with Flight Boutique to offer free portraits next Saturday, February 4th at our pre-Valentines Day soiree.  Come and treat yourself to something nice, bring a loved one, and get your photo taken!

Wherever you are today, I hope you are enjoying your life.  

XXO,

Jen

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CELEBRATING LIKE IT'S 1986

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CELEBRATING LIKE IT'S 1986

You. Guys.  I'M 30!!!!  Aghhhh! 

This past weekend was my 30th birthday (insert wide-eyed emoji) and my extremely giving and incredible sisters planned a surprise bash for me at Bear Lake.  Glamping (think queen size bed, armoire's and a rustic shower), swimming in the jewel colored turquoise water, playing Harry Potter Clue and dancing in 80s attire (yes, I'm 30 going on 12) filled the weekend along with campfires, cocktails, and great conversation.  

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The older I get, the more I realize how important relationships are; to be able to have completely open and honest conversation with another human being replenishes my soul in ways I can't put into words.  

When I think of the group of friends I've amassed over the years I am humbled to my core.

I've been waiting to turn 30 for a long time, and I feel that more than anything, this is my year to get out of my own way, step out of my comfort zone, and thrive.  

Though 2016 has been a year of radical change for me (to the point that I feel as though I've been experiencing culture shock in my own life), I do know this:

Good things fall apart so better things can come together.

 

And I plan to ride that wave and embrace the change.

To 30, and the next 30.

XXO,

Jen  

 

 

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OFFICIALLY A GROWN-UP

At least, that's how I feel being a legitimate business owner.  I'm sure you're all familiar with the phrase "Find something you love and you'll never work a day in your life".  Well,  I call bull%&$#.  

If you're lucky enough to find something you love you'll work harder than you ever have before, and forget that there ever was such a thing as life with a mindless job.  

But for me, I wouldn't have it any other way because over these past months of working every hour of every day to get it all ready for this launch, I've never felt so 'awake' in my life.  

So, after 7 years of meddling in photography, pondering on making it my career or not (for fear that if I did it would become 'work' and not something I did for joy) it makes me happy to say that by taking this step it has become crystal clear to me that this, is what I was meant to do in this life.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the ride. Xo

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