Jenn Sparks Photography and Design: Blog http://jennsparks.com/blog en-us (C) Jenn Sparks Photography and Design jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Tue, 02 Jan 2018 01:31:00 GMT Tue, 02 Jan 2018 01:31:00 GMT http://jennsparks.com/img/s/v-5/u137254682-o506050070-50.jpg Jenn Sparks Photography and Design: Blog http://jennsparks.com/blog 88 120 Happy 2018! http://jennsparks.com/blog/2018/1/happy-2018  Welcome to 2018 everyone! As you can probably see I have been slacking on my blog posts, because honestly blogging has never really been my thing. I never seem to know what exactly to say, how many photos to use, does anyone care about my tips, etc. This year however I am really planning to challenge myself to talk more about my process and gush over all the amazing clients I have been fortunate enough to meet and continue to work with year after year. This year I will also be participating in a weekly photo challenge so if I am struggling I have something to fall back on to blog about every week. I will also be looking back at some of the creative shoots I have done over the past 2 years, because a lot of amazing people put in a lot of time and effort for these shoots and they deserve all the recognition! So here is to a new year of new adventures!!

 

                  Celebrate!Maddie embraces the joy and whimsy of all these balloons. I'm LateI'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!

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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) creative jenn sparks photography models photography photoshoot portraits salt lake city photography utah photography http://jennsparks.com/blog/2018/1/happy-2018 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 01:30:54 GMT
Blanton Family http://jennsparks.com/blog/2015/2/blanton-family
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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Baby photography Children's Photography Family photography Layton Photography portraits Salt Lake City photographer Salt Lake City photography Utah photography http://jennsparks.com/blog/2015/2/blanton-family Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:26:00 GMT
Fashion Shoot/Tawny's Birthday http://jennsparks.com/blog/2015/1/fashion-shoottawnys-birthday
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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) creative Fashion photography fashion Utah Jenn Sparks Photography modeling models Photography portraits posing Salt Lake City photographer Salt Lake City photography Utah photography http://jennsparks.com/blog/2015/1/fashion-shoottawnys-birthday Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:13:00 GMT
Jakobe http://jennsparks.com/blog/2015/1/jakobe Wow I didn't realize how long it has been since I posted. Normally the winter is my slow season, but man did my December fill up this year. Trust me there are no complaints on my end! Now on to this super handsome little man. I do love me some newborns, I mean they are just so cute how do you resist them? Of course this future heart-breaker did not want to sleep, but I was not bothered. He had some gorgeous deep chocolate brown eyes, which I just got lost in. The hat his mom bought for him and his brothers from a local knitter and the box was designed and built by my amazingly talented friend who runs Blossomistic! Check her out on eBay. As for this sweetheart, enjoy these photos and look for more of him in my next blog post with his whole family.

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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Baby photography Children's Photography engagement photography Jenn Sparks Photography Newborn Photography Newborns portraits Salt Lake City photographer Salt Lake City photography Utah photography http://jennsparks.com/blog/2015/1/jakobe Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:18:00 GMT
Cassaundra's Senior Session http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/12/cassaundras-senior-session

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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) creative Graduation Jenn Sparks Photography Nature Photography portraits Salt Lake City photographer Salt Lake City photography Senior photos Utah photography http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/12/cassaundras-senior-session Tue, 09 Dec 2014 14:25:00 GMT
Masquerade Ball http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/12/masquerade-ball I had so much fun a few weeks ago doing shooting a masquerade themed photo shoot with a local meet-up group. Salt Lake City Fashion Shoots meet-up was amazing! Everyone was so nice and willing to share their poses, ideas, lighting and models. It was a wonderful experience to share with my peers. 
I had so much fun playing with different edits. I tried some matte, some soft and some vibrant. There were so many options and gorgeous models. Who knew that there were so many talented models right here in Salt Lake?! Let me know which edits you all prefer in the comments below! 

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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Fashion photography Meet-Up modeling models Photography portraits posing Salt Lake City photographer Salt Lake City photography Utah photography http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/12/masquerade-ball Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:33:00 GMT
Allison Daynes and Flower Crowns http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/11/allison-daynes-and-flower-crowns I love it when you find that one model who is just down for anything. I decided that I needed to bring my art into my life and I have always loved the idea of a floral crown. I finally read the blogs, watched the videos and put my learning into practice. Stay tune and I will post a step by step guide! Now this girl Allison ..... WOW!! This girl can model. I am just absolutely thrilled I was able to meet and work with her. She was a pleasure to work with and her ideas were too numerous to count. She did an amazing job of helping me get the ethereal feel I wanted with these crowns and we did some fun ones, because why not!

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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Fashion photography Floral Crowns modeling Photography portraits posing Salt Lake City photographer Salt Lake City photography Utah photography http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/11/allison-daynes-and-flower-crowns Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:03:00 GMT
Celeste's Bridals http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/10/celestes-bridals I absolutely loved doing this last minute bridal session. We got really lucky that the weather held off until we were just about done. This gorgeous girl had one of the most stunning dresses I have ever been given the opportunity to photograph and she was a sweetheart to boot. I am so happy for this sweet girl and wish her a long and happy lifetime with her man!

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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Bridal photography Jenn Sparks Photography Photography portraits posing Salt Lake City Library Salt Lake City photographer Salt Lake City photography Utah photography Wedding photography http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/10/celestes-bridals Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:22:00 GMT
Kyle and Lily Andrews Wedding http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/10/kyle-and-lily-andrews-wedding
 I was so honored to shoot this amazing and beautiful couples wedding up at This is the Place. There was a scare with the weather considering that it had rained everyday that week, but somehow this couple was blessed with amazing weather and the day was amazing. I love the shots I got from this wedding and can't wait to shoot with either of these families again!

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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Bridal photography Jenn Sparks Photography Photography Salt Lake City photographer This is the Place Utah photography Wedding photographer Wedding photography weddings http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/10/kyle-and-lily-andrews-wedding Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:54:00 GMT
Cory and Emily's Engagements http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/8/cory-and-emilys-engagements
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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) engagement photography Engagements Golden hour Jenn Sparks Photography Salt Lake City photography Utah photography weddings http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/8/cory-and-emilys-engagements Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:22:00 GMT
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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Channel 4 Utah charity Dance photography Dancing for Hope HopeKids Jenn Sparks Photography Photography portraits Salt Lake City photography Utah photography http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/8/dancing-for-hope Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:37:00 GMT
Pullan Family's Retro Theme shoot http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/7/pullan-familys-retro-theme-shoot



































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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Children's Photography creative Family photography Jenn Sparks Photography Liberty Park Nature Photography portraits Retro Utah photography http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/7/pullan-familys-retro-theme-shoot Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:37:00 GMT
My First DIY Post http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/7/my-first-diy-post

Materials:
  • Kid's plastic sand bucket (roughly 9 inches)
  • 12 inch plastic dinner plate
  • 9 inch plastic dinner plate
  • Fabric cut into squares (14x14 inches, 12x12 inches and 10x25 inches)
  • Hot glue guns
  •  Lots and lots of decorative flowers, butterflies, ribbons and feathers
Side note: Got totally lucky and most the materials were on clearance or the buckets are just cheap 
in general so the base cost roughly $3.50


First thing first. You have to glue the smaller (9in) plate to the top of the bucket. This will help cover up the spout and nodges on the side. All you have to do is use a standard glue gun to line the inside of the bucket and then plop the plate in the center. the glue does dry qiuckly so you have about 30 seconds to get it adjusted.


Next you take the 10 inch square of fabric. (I chose a very stretchy jersey cotton fabric.) Drape the fabric over the top plate and cut off the corners so the fabric is more circular. Then glue the edges of the fabric toe the edge of the bucket. Remember to pull it tight so you get a nice flat top.


Next step is probably the hardest. I think it took us 3 tries to final get a system that worked. Putting the fabric around the actual bucket. The best way is to start by gluing the large square of fabric (10x25 inches) around the edge of the plate which will cover the loose fabric already there. 


Once you glue it all the way around take the top edge, stretch the fabric so it is tight and glue it to the bottom of the bucket. Work your way around and remember to pull tightly to eliminate bunching. Once you make it almost all the way around pull the bottom flap and cut it straight. Side note when you get to the end you need to create a dart and tuck it under the lip of the bucket.


Once you get the hard part out of the way there is only two more steps before the fun part. The bottom plate. Super easy stretch the fabric and glue it to the bottom of the 12 inch dinner plate. Cut the excess fabric off the bottom of the plate and then glue the top and bottom pieces together. 


Now that you have the base all done decorate to your hearts content!

        






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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Alice in Wonderland centerpieces crafty creative DIY Jenn Sparks Photography Mad Hatter Mad Hatter centerpieces http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/7/my-first-diy-post Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:39:00 GMT
McCarthy Family http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/6/mccarthy-family Another simply adorable family for the blogosphere! This family was so nice and fun and I really enjoyed my time with them. Of course the little boy was your typical shy 3-year old whom I had to trick into a few smiles. Good thing the rest of the family had amazing smiles. 

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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Children's Photography Family photography Memory Grove Photography portraits Salt Lake City photography Utah photography http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/6/mccarthy-family Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:05:00 GMT
Poindexter Family http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/6/poindexter-family









































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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Children's Photography Family photography Jenn Sparks Photography Nature Photography portraits Salt Lake City photography Utah photography Wheeler Farm http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/6/poindexter-family Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:28:00 GMT
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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Baby photography Children's Photography Large Family Photography Newborns Photography portraits Utah photography http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/4/bohdi Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:44:00 GMT
Second Shooter Engagement Style http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/4/second-shooter-engagement-style A little while ago I was asked to be an assistant/second shooter for a fellow photographer. I had people ask me if I have my own established business then why would I step down and be a second shooter. There is always room to learn people. Never let your ego get in the way. Also I believe in a world where we will always be supportive of our fellow photographers and help them develop their craft. I had a blast and got some great shots. Here are a few from this shoot. 
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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) engagement photography Engagements Jenn Sparks Photography Memory Grove Nature Photography Salt Lake City photography Utah photography weddings http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/4/second-shooter-engagement-style Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:41:00 GMT
Francis Family http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/3/francis-family Braving the cold December weather in Park City, this family was nothing but smiles. The 3 generations of this family come together for the Christmas season and I was fortunate enough to shoot their family portrait. Despite the cold everyone had positive attitudes and lots of energy. Well the kids fresh from their naps took a bit of prodding but once they were awake they were so much fun to shoot. Very different personalities which radiated on film. The whole family was warm and welcoming and up to do some silly poses. I hope to be fortunate enough to shoot them again come next holiday. Follow me on Facebook  at  https://www.facebook.com/JennSparksPhotography or on Pinterest for ideas for your next photoshoot http://www.pinterest.com/jennsparksdesigIf you are in need of a photoshoot call, text or email me, info is on the contact page or at Jennsparks.com.

















































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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Children's Photography Family photography Jenn Sparks Photography Large Family Photography Park City Photography portraits posing Salt Lake City photography Utah photography http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/3/francis-family Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:39:00 GMT
I have missed the memo http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/1/i-have-missed-memo
1.) Never have a girl over a size 4 sit for her photos.

Ok this I have a major problem with. Poses can be done by anyone and they can look beautiful! Neither of these girls are the stereotypical model body type (I mean really who is?) and with the right posing they pull of beauty and confidence. I know that mid-sections are a huge concern with girls and women. We pretty much all have a roll of two that we try and cover any way possible. The model on the left is a gorgeous senior that I got the opportunity to shoot and by pushing the leg into the foreground of the photo and adding the arms to create visual interest your eye is drawn up the line created to her beautiful face. The girl on the left is one of my closest and beautiful friend who let me do her photos for her college graduation. Now hardley anyone looks good if you sit them in a crosslegged position so it helps to tweak the pose by swinging the legs out to one side. This creates the illusion of a long body which tricks the eye into a slimmer profile. She is also creating a slimmer angle by having her hips sit further back and twisting her shoulders to the camera. So remember sitting is comfortable so pull up some grass and look hot.

2.) Newborns should be sleeping.

Well I admit that when they are newborns they are easier to work with asleep because they are super squirmmy, but they are babies and babies do what they want. Plus I mean babies have some of the most stunning eyes. I do love the typical newborn poses like where they are propped up on their arms or curled up on their folded arms, but I am a sucker for a good close up. When they are awake they do like to move but that is ok. This little guy gave me some priceless facial expressions. So sleeping or awake you can capture some great memories of their first days.

3.) Families should be posed close together.

Families are probably one of my absolute favorite things to shoot. Of course you need shots of everyone close together, let's face it if you are making small prints that is the best way to go so you can get the most out of a small space. But c'mon people where is your sense of adventure or at the very least your interest in creativity. I believe a little space between the subjects gives more visual interest then a standard everyone group together and smile. Like I said before I get their place and I always provide those for my clients. FOr example on the left I love the kids in the foreground showing off their personalities with the parents slightly out of focus in the background. This captures the family in a different light. The family on the right is a large family and by creating some space it is easier to determine the individual familes that make up the large group.

That is my 2 cents on three different approaches. Do you agree or disagree? 


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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Family photography Jenn Sparks Photography posing Salt Lake City photography Utah photography http://jennsparks.com/blog/2014/1/i-have-missed-memo Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:24:00 GMT
Lacey and Cody's Maternity Shoot http://jennsparks.com/blog/2013/12/lacey-and-codys-maternity-shoot So awesome news. The stunning bride that I did earlier this year is having a baby! She called me up to try and grab some early stage pregnancy and family photos before the snow hit. We got so lucky that even though it was November, the weather was surprisingly warm and the snow held off. The baby bump was barely beginning to show but you could tell by how she was glowing. So happy and excited for these two to become parents. https://www.facebook.com/JennSparksPhotography or on pinterest for ideas for your next photoshoot http://www.pinterest.com/jennsparksdesig. If you are in need of a photoshoot call, text or email me.








                                     


















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jenn@jennsparks.com (Jenn Sparks Photography and Design) Baby photography Family photography Greater than Gatsby Jenn Sparks Photography Maternity photography MCP Actions Photography portraits Salt Lake City photography Utah photography Wheeler Farm http://jennsparks.com/blog/2013/12/lacey-and-codys-maternity-shoot Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:16:00 GMT