Engagement Session | Emily & Josh

I met Josh through work. Our quirks clicked, and we instantly hit it off as buds! The first several weeks, I heard over and over”Emily this…” and “Emily that….”. He would excitedly show me pictures and gush about how amazing she is
and how lucky he was.

He’s not wrong.

The very first time I met Emily, I gave her a huge hug, and she handed me an overflowing plate of her famous rocky road brownies.
I knew we were destined to be great friends, lol.

I love these two!! They’re dear friends to me, and I have watched them for awhile now.
I’m so excited that they’re getting married soon! Sadly, I will be out of
the state and unable to attend their wedding, but I wish them
the best of everything! All the love and
happiness that the world has
to offer.

Love,
LMA

Lena Michelle Photography: Laidlaw Family’s Whimsical Shoot

“What’s life without whimsy?”
-Dr Sheldon Cooper – The Big Bang Theory-

The Laidlaws are some of my dearest friends, and I feel so luckily to have had the privilege to photograph this gorgeous shoot! Leisha is so genuinely gorgeous, and she is one of the warmest souls I know. She has a smile for everyone, and her hugs are the greatest! I feel like I can talk to her about anything.

Not many people understand my passion for animals. I feel like they are apart of me, but let me tell you, Clint is an animal person, and I love it! He gets it! I have always felt that we share a special friendship based on our awe, excitement and adoration for creatures. He is mischievous, and watching him and Leisha interact always makes me smile. They are perfect for each other!

They welcome a sweet, beautiful baby boy into their world a year ago this month. I love him already! He is the happiest baby I’ve ever met!! I love this cute family!

Thank you, Laidlaws, for so many wonderful years, and thank you for allowing me the pleasure of photographing you.

xoxoxo
Michelle

Lena Michelle Photography: {Lora Grady Photography Mentorship | A Moment That Changed My Photography and My Life}

Occasionally, there are distinct moments in life that change our course, alter the path we’re on and shift our direction. For good or for bad, these moments usually denote a great change.

I experienced one of these moments last summer; I’ll never forget it or the person that brought the moment to me. I chose to do a mentorship with Lora Grady Photography. Lora is a true artist, heart and soul. Her passion for her artistry and craft bubbles out of her in a way that is infectious. I had been a quiet admirer of her work for sometime, and when she offered the opportunity to mentor with her before she embarked on her permanent adventure to Seattle with her handsome fellow, I was one of many that snatched up the chance. The four hours that I spent with Lora that beautiful, sunny evening changed my photography and my life.

This May 11th marks the one year anniversary of my first professional shoot, something I’m usually sheepish about admitting. Photography had been a secret love and dream of mine for many years, but I didn’t feel I could ever be good enough, and there were so many talented, wonderful artists already. Jumping into that pool with the artists I admired from afar was really scary to me, but one day, something in me broke free, and I threw myself into it. The last year has been a whirlwind for me and my young, budding business. I have learned and grown more than I ever dreamed possible. I have met some of the most wonderful friends of my life, women and artists that inspire, uplift, support, teach and encourage me. For no reason, other than the fact that they are wonderful beyond belief, they have given me gifts that are priceless, and I could never repay them. Of course, I am still changing and forever learning new things, which I am supposing will always be; so, I can’t wait for what the future brings.

My heart is so full and overflowing with gratitude for these ladies that waltzed their way into my life and changed it for the better. Lora, thank you for sharing your art and passion with the world. You make it a more beautiful place 🙂  There is something Lora said while we were shooting our model couple that had a profound affect on me. It was the life changing moment I speak of; she didn’t even realize the amazing thing she had just done. She said, “Don’t be afraid of the light. Be brave and shoot straight for the sun.”  When she said it, time stopped for me, and I realized that’s exactly what I want out of life. For several years, I had been afraid of the light and was timidly skirting the shadows, feeling unworthy of notice or success. Even though she was strictly speaking about the photograph we were taking right then, I decided in that moment that I would change and live my life in the light, no longer afraid of success or failure. I would be brave and really live, seizing life with blazing love and abandon. So, that when our short time here is over, I could look back on it with happiness. When I came out of these thoughts, I was blind sided by the the epiphany I just had and looked around at the others in amazement as they were happily snapping away at our couple in the gorgeous, dying sunlight, unaware of the change that just overtook my heart and the flash flood of emotion I had experienced. I laughed to myself, looked through my lens and shot straight for the sun. I’ve been living in the light ever since.

If you have the chance to mentor with Lora, snatch it. You will never regret it.
http://www.loragradyphotography.com/
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Other honorable mentions: Ciara of Ciara Richardson Photography, Amber of Amber Lynn Photography, Lauren of Perrywinkle Photography, Kelli of Kelli LeBaron Photography, Charis of Charis Johnson Photography, Christina Greve with Divas and Dreams, and Sue Bryce.

{McKenzie Family} | Utah Photographer

The McKenzie family joined me for a soft, fall afternoon. This family is so beautiful and so much fun! They’re children, Jade, Paige, Ryan, Canyon and Crue, are so full of life and laughter that time just flew by. Thank you so much for sharing your afternoon with me!

{The Laidlaws} | Utah Photographer

The Laidlaws are some of our dearest friends. We have known them for a couple of years now, and we were so excited for them to welcome their beautiful baby boy to the world. He is gorgeous!
I am so fortunate to have had the privilege to photograph this gorgeous family! Thank you for being wonderful friends and sharing your time with us.
We ❤ the Laidlaws!

{Briggs Family} | Utah Photographer

June and her gorgeous children are dear friends of mine. Lucky me!! They are so fun and full of energy that is impossible to not have a blast when you’re with them. I had such a good time hanging out with them. Thank you for sharing your evening and all your weekdays with me!! 🙂

Thank You | A Shout Out

I’ve taken a step back these last few weeks and contemplated how much my photography has evolved since the beginning of the summer. I have learned so, so much, through trial and error, practice, study, and most definitely through some amazing, wonderful gals I’m fortunate enough to call my friends. These women have inspired, encouraged and taught me more than I could have ever asked of them or hoped for. I’ve grown into the photographer I am today because of them. I hope to continue to grow, just as they do. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Charis Johnson PhotographyAmber Lynn PhotographyKelli LeBaron PhotographyLora Grady PhotographyPerrywinkle PhotographyCiara Richardson Photography, and first and foremost in my heart, Judy, my dear Mom who taught me her love and passion for capturing life through the lens. Thank you ladies for sharing your time, talent and friendship with me. I am so excited to watch each of you achieve your dreams. Have a beautiful night and know you’ve made a world of difference for this girl! ❤!
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