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I was fortunate to meet Tessa at Ashlee‘s wedding last fall where she was a bridesmaid. Not only that, but she is also friends with my beautiful fall bride Jordan! I told her she was going to find me one way or another to take hers and Dusty’s photos. When we met at Ashlee’s wedding last fall, we bonded over our love of travel! I love that Tessa & Dusty love to have fun together and travel the world together. SO much so, that they are having a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic this year and I get to be there to capture it! Dusty had us both laughing the whole session. If their engagement session is any indication of their wedding, great things are in store! And I’m the lucky one who gets to capture it all! Woo hoo!
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Despite careful planning and all the best intentions, sometimes, on a wedding day, things happen beyond anyone’s control. Such as: limo drivers getting lost, bad weather, hair and make-up taking twice as long, key guests not showing up till 30 minutes after the ceremony is about to start, the list is endless. Most times when this happens, guess what is the first thing to get cut from the timeline? The formal portrait time. Jacob and Jennifer had a beautiful February wedding at the Piazza in the Village. Unfortunately, their limo driver from the church to the venue got lost. By the time they got there and we were supposed to take portraits, it was dark, and they had to go right into reception. It was a stunningly gorgeous, and elegant evening and all the guests had an absolute blast! It was certainly a night to remember. However, Jennifer knew how important the photos of her, Jacob, and her sweet son Tristan meant to her so we did an after session! An after session is where you get all dolled up back into your wedding attire after your wedding, and we take beautiful portraits for you to cherish. Here are some photos from Jennifer & Jacob’s after session.

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One of the biggest reasons why my heart drew me to photography is to capture the essence of my children and who they are in that exact moment in their childhood. Being a mom can be an absolute whirlwind sometimes, and oftentimes it’s just one bedtime to the next. It’s SO easy to forget little things about them and especially the day to day moments. The best cure for a bad memory is a photograph. I’ve been loving shooting film for clients lately, but more-so for my personal work. There is a creamy smooth aesthetic when it comes to film that’s hard to be re-created with digital photography. Plus, the skin tones, and latitude in lighting and contrast just gets me. One photographer who’ve I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and shooting alongside is Jonathan Canlas. The way he photographs his (6!!) children inspires me to photograph my children. Things aren’t always “picture perfect”. A lot of time (i.e. most of the time) there’s messy hair, mismatched clothes, and stains. But you know what? That is who they are in that exact moment and it deserves remembering. I’ll never regret taking their photos even if they aren’t “picture perfect” in them. One of my favorite sayings is “what is not perfect is beautiful.” To me, there’s art in authenticity and perfection within imperfection. Here are some personal photos taken over the past few months of my Claire (age 7) and my Simon (age 4) Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0019 She is just the essence of sweet. And those cheeks are beyond kissable. Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0020 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0021 Simon and cousin Maddie playing Revolutionary War in a shirt…and PJ pants. Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0005 They frequently play star wars with the neighborhood kids. Gotta love Simon’s face and backwards shirt! Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0004 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0003 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0002 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0001 If it’s above 75, there’s a good chance they’re in their swimsuits. Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0006 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0013 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0012 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0009 Claire has loved living in Texas…as long as you don’t mention the “S” (snow) word in front of her. If you do, there’s a good chance she will start to cry because she misses it terribly. She was born in Salt Lake City, and lived there till she was 5 and a half and just loves the winter and snow. I couldn’t resist taking her on a winter trip back to Salt Lake this past January to do some snowy fun activities. Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0011 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0008 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0010 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0007 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0014 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0015 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0016 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0017 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0018 It’s not Texas spring without bluebonnets! Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0023 There may have been bribes involved with the next series of images. Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0025 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0022 These two have such a special relationship. Claire has always cared for Simon so fiercely. The first thing she said when she met him after he was born (she was 3 and a half) was the most heartfelt and unprompted “I love you” you’ll ever hear. It was the best moment of my entire life. They continue to be best little buds.  Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0024 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0026 Kid-Film-Photography-www.katepease.com_0027

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