Jones fam at the Fair

Good winter all.  I don’t know about where you live, but where I live, its been cold and grey for long enough and we’ve got a couple good months left of winter.

Thankfully, I’ve got this summer session to look back on.  By far my most requested to blog session, and its just depressing enough around here to make me do it.  It’s got enough color and fun to life the gloomiest of winter days and I’m feeling real grateful for that right now.

If you knew Makenzie, you’d know this was THE PERFECT session for her.  Full of personality, character, laughter and color, this girl and her family stole my heart before I even pulled my camera out.  We strolled around the fair, ate horrible, wonderful food, rode the rides, laughed and cried, it was straight magic.  Every bit of it.

Thanks again Jones family for making this wildly awesome day happen.

Big things in 2017

 

Well hey there people of the internet.  Are you still there?  I know we haven’t spoken since my last post in September, but its me, not you I swear.

Man, it’s been a year.  2016 will go down in the books for sure.  Never did I ever imagine when I began this work 7 years ago, that it would lead me here.  To this place where I’ve done more than I ever dreamed to do.  This year I worked with the most amazing people.  I traveled to gorgeous places to capture some of those people.  I created some beautiful work that made people happy and filled my soul. I was able to work on some amazing projects that had nothing to do with my own little business, but that brought such joy and love to my life.  I built 2 new studios.  Totally renovated from the floor up.  And the communities surrounding those spaces have done nothing but encourage and support those spaces and holy moly… I have no words for the gratitude I feel.  Clearly no words because I’m rambling.  Just the biggest thank you you can possibly give on the internet.

And as we all do in a New Year, I’m making changes in 2017.  Big changes in my personal life and big changes for my business.  I’ve felt such a great need to write this year.  And I’ve done a bit of it on my instagram account where most of my interactions come.  But I feel such a deep desire to do more.  I count myself as extremely fortunate to have made it this far in the industry and one thing I have found myself really wanting more of is teaching.  Helping.  I didn’t really have anyone cheering me on those first few years when I really badly needed it, and I think I can be that for someone.  Those years that make or break the artist.  When you have been working hard, trying your best, and you still just haven’t “made it” yet.  It’s when most people quit.  And I hate that.  And I believe I can help.  I hope I can help.  I’m going to try to help.  Starting with writing more here and hopefully writing something that reaches someone in a positive way.

So what does all of his incoherent rambling mean?  It means I’m going to be teaching more.  A lot more.  More than 2-3 Light and Life Workshops each year (though those will continue).  This year I’ll be branching out into online teaching.  Still working on the specifics of how and where those will come, but I’m working on it and I’m excited to share my passion and experience with people all over the globe. This year I will be teaching all over the country as I travel for work.  I’m going to do my best to set aside a day for teaching at all of the locations I visit.  Either private mentoring or group classes.  Whatever the needs of that location are.  Some places on the list are the LA area, Oregon Coast, Arizona, Florida, NYC and London.  Your state not on the list?  Email me and lets get it added.

I’ll also be teaching more specialized classes.  I taught a class on working in direct light in the Fall, really spur of the moment like, and it was amazing.  The feedback from the attendees was that it was so helpful, inspiring and a great momentum boost nearing the end of the year when we often start to feel that nasty burnout.  It was shorter than the full day workshop and a little more affordable.  And there are so many different niches I would love to teach.  The direct light course, a studio work course, interacting with families, navigating the marketing world, building confidence and creativity, I literally have dozens of ideas floating around in my head.  And I would love nothing more than your feedback as to any other subjects you would be interested in.  I’m just really ready to help.  To watch you grow.  To show you what YOU can do.  I’m going to make you believe that you can.  Because I’m right.  You can.

Also here’s some pretty pictures of a family I love.  Taken at the direct light class.

 

 

 

 

Page family maternity session

Do I use the word “magic” too much?  I feel like I use it too much.  But for the life of me it’s just the best word I can think of sometimes.

This stunning Momma wanted somewhere unique for her family maternity session and I will forever be grateful that she did.  This location, on this night, it was an absolute dream.  Nothing could have gone better.  The 2.5 hour drive to the location was nothing but pleasant with the company of my very good friend Hydee.  And arriving to find this family that I adore, in a place as stunning as this, shooting with no one around and nothing but beauty in all directions, it was just as fulfilling as my work gets.

Thank you Page family for being absolutely wonderful.  Thank you baby girl for waiting until we got this session done before you made your grand entrance into the world.  Thank you Hydee for being the best kind of friend there is.  Thank you life for being so kind this day.

Vancura Family – SoCal style

This family… man, where do I begin?  I had never met Erin and fam but boy when I did, it took about 3 seconds to fall in love.  Sweet Lex had made necklaces for my two girls, cookies for me, and didn’t stop talking to me and holding my hand the whole session.  And that’s all it takes folks, thats all it takes to win my heart.

We started their session in the GORGEOUS newly remodeled home in Southern California.  I loved being in their space, seeing their dynamic and feeling what it felt like to be in that home with this fun filled, wild, loved soaked family.  After we wrapped in home, we headed a whole 2 minutes down to road to the beach.  And magic of all magic took place.  Little K was having so much fun that she literally dove in the ocean fully clothed, and emerged with the biggest smile.  We all laughed, we all got wet, and we all made a memory that now is preserved forever.

Thank you thank you Vancura family.

Laguna Beach magic

Hello friends

I am so so very happy to show you this session.  It’s been such a light and joy for me to work on and I couldn’t be happier with the result.  We don’t see landscape like this in Utah and it definitely has my heart.  The color, the sun, the sand.  It’s heaven.  And this family… these girls… they are pure sunshine.

I’ll be in California again August 18-22, shooting between Santa Monica and Laguna Beach.  I have time for 2 mini sessions but the rest are booked.  Email me at tracylayneportraits@gmail.com for more information.

Enjoy