I am so completely and utterly excited to let you all in on some pretty big news for all of us here at Pepper Nix Photography. Pepper Nix Photography has just won Best of State for 2012!!! This is the third time that the Best of State judges have honored us with this award and it feels AMAZING. We especially want to thank all of our fabulous 2011 brides who let us document one of the biggest events in their lives – it is because of you that we had great images to submit!
Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know I’ll be gone for the next few days – I’m shooting a wedding in Mexico! I’m super excited because not only is the couple totally rad, but I will actually get to experience warm weather for a change! Does anyone have any requests for stuff they’d like me to bring back? Another thing I love? Non-stop flights to Cancun. That is really just the greatest thing ever. Thank you Delta Airlines!!! OK, see you guys on Monday then – Cheers!
When I gave birth to my son Zen 2 years ago, something snapped inside of me. I went from being a very laid-back person about all things baby, to being crazy protective of this little guy! I took thousands of pictures of him each month, wanting to document his every movement, only to decide that I couldn’t possible share them with anyone but family.
I mean, there are psychos out there who will see my beautiful son and try to take him!!! [I blame this on paranoid mommy brain]
But as he tried the potty today, it suddenly hit me how quickly he is growing up. I sat down to write today’s blog post, the only pictures I want to share with you all are the ones of the person who has affected my life more than any other – my son. Tonight, I didn’t want to bring you someone else’s story. I wanted to tell you mine. I hope that’s OK, and that you enjoy your Moment of Zen.
This is Zen at 4 months. I have a perfectly good reason for not taking pictures of him when he was smaller. When he was first brought home, I was busy taking care of him and I simply forgot that I had a camera. At about 6 weeks, he turned into a terrifying scaly reptilian monster. [As I write this, I realize that one day he will read this and be sad, btu I am sorry son. You looked repulsive.] At 4 months, he got cute, and i got out my camera. And no, I am not going to show you my reptile son. I am going to save those for his wedding day. And then he will understand how much I love him.
Happy Monday everyone! I was talking to someone recently who was asking about the Albums I offer. I asked if she subscribed to my Album Monday column and she was genuinely surprised. Although she reads all of my blog posts and has been for several months, she didn’t realize that Monday had any significance. And that fault lies with me for not explaining it! So welcome to Album Monday!
Each and every Monday I present another Album for you to view, ooh and ahh over. All of these Albums are actual albums ordered by real brides who had real weddings which I really did photograph. I will show you the Album in great detail, tell you all of the specifications, and then after I present what it looks like on the outside, I’ll let you take a peek at the guts of the book, and you’ll see the final design.
Why Album Monday? Well, here’s the deal. I think it’s easier to decide if you like something if you can see it. Sample Albums in my studio are nice, but here are the numbers. I work with 3 different Album Companies. Each one of those companies offers a completely different selection of covers and options, about 80 apiece. So we are looking at 240 cover options right there, and that doesn’t include anything like slipcases or accent panels. Factoring those in, we have over 19,000 different options to choose from. I love my studio, but I do not have room for 19,ooo sample albums. I just don’t. So the purpose of Album Monday is for my brides to see what is new, what is current, what Album I got in last week, and what other brides are doing. Get ideas, get inspired, and have fun in picking what you want your family Heirloom to look like!
Today’s Book is completely custom, and I do mean completely! Karen picked out the elements of 5 different Books that she liked, and we combined them into something truly spectacular! This is a 200 side 8×8 Wedding Book, holding 300 images exactly. The style is called Paris, but we upgraded the material to the Italian Dark Woven Leather. We added a picture to the front cover, and also a slipcase, also in the Italian Dark Woven Leather. Instead of the silver end sheets, we had custom color printed end sheets, and a different one for the front of the Book than for the back of the Book. Enjoy!
Oh my goodness, you can totally tell when I’m slammed busy just by following my blog – when there are no posts it means I ran out of time! My husband is away this week for a conference, and so I got the spend all that time alone with our son Zen!
I think Zen is pretty awesome, but he’s a handful. And a half.
So long story short, no blog last week pretty much. But here it is finally, the conclusion to Sophie and Aaron’s Wedding Day!
And the Wedding Album!!! OMG OMG OMG, I have been waiting and waiting to share this with you until I posted the wedding, and i couldn’t do that until after the magazine came out, so you see I’ve been waiting months and months!!!
We wanted to continue the Red theme from the wedding day, and we were able to perfectly match Sophie’s red sash and shoes to a leather I carry called [appropriately] Scarlett O’Hara. How perfect is that?!
Sophie’s Album features 161 images on 80 sides in an 11×14″ Horizontal Album.
The red leather covers the spine and back cover, but the front cover is part of the ARMOUR series, a picture printed onto a metal cover. It looked exquisite! I have no idea how the process works for printing onto metal [but if I did do you think i would be foolish enough to spill my secrets?!]
On each Monday, we showcase a different Wedding Album that we have produced. Today, for the first time, Pepper nix’s Album Monday segment is featuring an album produced by someone else – the editors of Utah Bride and Groom magazine!
Of the hundreds of wedding photographers in Utah, and from the thousands of weddings that were photographed, the editors of Utah Bride & Groom magazine select just 6 to showcase in their magazine each year. This is the fourth year that Pepper Nix Photography has been selected to be featured, and we would like to say to the editors of Utah Bride and Groom, thank you – clearly, you are brilliant, and you have excellent taste!
I have been waiting to show you this wedding ever since I learned that it had been selected to be featured, and I just got the PDFs this week from the editor to share the full article with you! [The PDfs from Utah Bride and Groom are SO much better then the scans from my scanner...]
This great article [spread over 6 pages!] told in great detail of Sophie & Aaron’s courtship, wedding plans, and finally, the execution of their Wedding Day.
It was a fabulous article, but of course, there are limitations with printing and page space [honestly I could have filled an entire magazine with pictures from this weekend!], so here for you now are my favorites from their Wedding Day!
I had so much fun with these guys, I got to spend the entire weekend with Sophie & Aaron!
I can’t believe that this entire week got away from me! It’s mid-April, and I feel like I’m in the middle of June it’s so busy! Right now we are in the middle of a ton of bridal sessions, engagement sessions, most brides getting married in the summer put off their engagements and bridals until the weather got nice, and this week, it got NICE!
The Wedding so nice it came back twice! Well, not really, this Album from Aaron and Sophie’s wedding is for Aaron’s mom Barbara.
It’s a 60 side 11×14 matted Album, which is nice to show because it’s something a bit different! In a matted Album, instead of the images being printed on one solid sheet, they are printed and placed individually, with a matte around them. It doesn’t get more traditional than this for a Wedding Album! However, even with the tradition of the mattes, we were still able to make it solidly ours by custom designing the mattes.
I bought a new camera last year and wanted to rigorously test it out before the Wedding Season got under way, so I brought it to my Aunt Krissie’s graduation. Krissie got her Masters degree in clinical psychology, and we all went to Boise to surprise her and support her!
My Aunt Krissie actually lived with us when I was growing up. Even though she is my mom’s sister, she is 17 years younger than Bobbie and only 8 years older than me, so really, she’s more like my big sister than my Auntie.
Krissie and her husband live in a home with tons of west facing windows, the light pours in and I was just having a ball. I was also in a really big B&W mood, and since this was all experimentation, I had a blast.
About once a year, I get a phone call that sucks. A distraught bride, or a broken-hearted groom, calling me to tell me that my services will no longer be needed. Those calls are never fun. Usually there are tears, maybe they give me an explanation, maybe not. Sometimes it’s too painful for the caller to do anything but cry. I never want anyone to have to feel that, the pain of being rejected by the person you believed you were going to spend your life with. It sucks.
My son Zen is obsessed with Bulldozers. First it was trains, but OMG trains were so 2 months ago. So now it’s Bulldozers. To be honest, I don’t know the difference between a bulldozer and a tractor and a backhoe and any of the other big yellow things out there digging up the streets, but he does. The city is redoing the roads outside of his pre-school, and every day they go out for recess, and none of the two year olds play, they all line up at the fence and watch the bulldozers at work. And I can hear my son yelling with excitement “BULL BA DER!!! BULL BA DER!!!!!
Cool. I went to bed way early last night and strangely woke this morning at 6am feeling awesome and refreshed, and… I got to watch the sun rise. Well, kinda. We live at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon, so technically I am still watching the sun rise [it should clear the mountains in another hour], but still! Sunrise. Pretty cool.
Wow. I have never had an experience like this before in my entire life. I had the opportunity to be a witness.
Me. A witness! Seriously, do I have the world’s greatest job or what?!
I am SO sorry for not posting at all last week except for my weekly Album Monday column. Please know that if I don’t post for a little while, it is because things got so busy and so crazy that I just couldn’t. My priorities are, in this order, family, brides, taxes, blog. And if my family or my brides or my accountant needs my time, it the blog stalkers who suffer.
I’m freaked out by the weather. My husband thinks I’ve been watching too many scary movies, but I just think that when there is thunder and lightning outside, there should be rain. Not fog and snow. It’s so foggy I can’t see my backyard clearly. Seriously, fog and snow and lightning is like the perfect combination for axe murderer weather. Right?! Oh well, I had a great day in spite of the weather! I got to spend most of my day indoors shooting a gorgeous bride at the super swanky St. Regis in Park City, so I am not complaining!!!
Cold cold cold cold!!!!! Heather & Mike’s reception was held at the stunning Log Haven restaurant up Millcreek Canyon! Log Haven has won a ton of awards for their food from every place that gives out awards [I can't name them all, but they have the cooler-looking awards hung on a big wall when you walk in]. Log Haven also has a special place in my heart as being the location where I met my husband!
I love this church! St. Thomas More is not only named after my all-time favorite Catholic Saint, but it’s bright and has huge windows to let the light in! Plus these really cool colored stain glass blocks behind the altar that bring a dash of zazz to a religious event.
OK, I know it’s April Fools Day, but really? 2 feet of snow?! C’mon!!! I had already officially declared it to be Spring. TWICE. And now this. 2 feet of snow in my yard. They say it’ll go away pretty quickly and that this weekend is gonna heat things up, but all I know is that I literally had to shovel my way out to my mailbox this afternoon.
Whew! Sorry to post this so late, technically for half the country it’s not even Monday anymore! My excuse: I was busy all weekend shooting and entertaining friends from out of town. It was so much fun though! You know sometimes when you have house guests and you just can’t wait until they leave? This was totally not that. This situation was the kind where you say goodbye to your guests, and you walk back into the house, and it feels emptier and not as awesome. It was a really fun weekend.
So this is our first Tip Tuesday segment. Tip Tuesday is not my idea, I’m stealing it from Park City wedding planner extraordinaire Lillie Garrido, but since we’re friends I don’t think she’ll be upset!
Every January, you’ll find me at the Bridal Fairs. Not as a participant, because I’ll be honest, I hate doing those things and setting up booths and all that. I haven’t done a bridal fair in years and years and years and I’m very grateful that I don’t have to do them anymore. But, I do LOVE attending them! It’s a great chance to get to see a bunch of friends, chat up my favorite vendors, and see if there’s anything new and cool that I have to know about. I did find one company that I thought was particularly newsworthy!