Provo City Center Temple

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My dogs — Izzie and Ziggy — went stir crazy yesterday and insisted on going for a drive in the car.

To oblige them, Michael and I took them to shoot the Provo City Center Temple and the new Payson Temple.

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Michael shooting through the construction fence at the Provo City Center Temple.

Provo City Center Temple taken from the West side.

Provo City Center Temple taken from the West side.

What a treat!  Especially the Provo one.  It is almost finished.  The dedication is in January 2016.  But it was enough done and cleaned up to have a very successful shoot.

A few words of explanation.  The Provo Tabernacle burned a few years ago.  Not to the ground, but the interior was hosed.  Literally.  The Mormon administrators decided to save the facade and rebuild it as a temple.  And honestly, it is simply charming.

This one is my favorite.  Today.

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Salt Lake Temple Revisited

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I found a pin on pinterest of some of the most beautiful LDS temples I have ever seen.  Bob Boyd photographed them.  Each was a work of art in its own right.  This inspired me to re-think some of the Altus work.  This image is the result.

Natalie’s Wedding

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A few of my favorite shots from our last wedding — taken on the Temple Grounds of the Salt Lake City Utah Temple.  We shoot color and convert to black and white after the fact.  We also shoot formals and candids and send two photographers.  Our wedding coverage is creative and comprehensive.  The candids are my favorites!

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2nd Day of Spring, Saratoga Springs Style

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I have been taking my camera with me — and I’ve shot a few things.   None of them enviable, but some with possibilities.

Since I whacked my head last week, I’ve been a bit more confused than normal with only a teaspoon full of initiative.  I know.  Excuses, excuses.  But plowing ahead, I’ll just share a few pieces anyway.  If these went into an album, I’d call it, “The 2nd Day of Spring, Saratoga Springs Style.”

The Morning Breaks

Morning Church Spires

Taken as the sun was starting up over the mountains to light our little valley.

I park by this post every school morning.  Maybe I could shoot it in every season.  (joking)

I park by this post every school morning. Maybe I could shoot it in every season. (joking)

These mountains are across the valley from my spot at 420 North and 800 West in Saratoga Springs.  Of course I can see them better with my telescopic lens.  :)

These mountains are across the valley from my spot at 420 North and 800 West in Saratoga Springs. Of course I can see them better with my telescopic lens. 🙂

My little village is built on the slopes of this mountain.

My little village is built on the slopes of this mountain.

My favorite sight in this part of Saratoga Springs.

My favorite sight in this part of Saratoga Springs.

I heard them cackling from my car.  On a break, a drove 3 minutes south to find them.

I heard them cackling from my car. On a break, a drove 3 minutes south to find them.

Road into the city of Eagle Mountain.

Road into the city of Eagle Mountain.

 

 

. . . of Photography and Regrets

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I’m sure that when I arrive at the pleasing bar of God I will regret not being kinder, not being wiser, not being more honest.  But for right now, one of my biggest regrets is not taking my camera with me.  Every place I go.

Oh, sure, I have an iPhone which goes with me, everywhere.  It does have a pretty good camera in it, but it’s not the same as carrying around my Nikon and all the lenses.  I’ve missed more good shots than I’ve ever taken.  And that’s lamentable.

So I still say, the first step of becoming a photographer is to take the camera you want to shoot with you.  Everywhere.  And take lots of pictures.  Drive the people you are with crazy.  Just snap snap snap away.  Then look at them when you get home.  Critically.  Ask yourself, “How could this have been better?”  Then, try it again.  Until you are better.

Me too.  I’m starting again.  Taking my own advice.  I hope I shoot and evaluate enough  today so that tomorrow I can be just a wee bit better.

Fixing our Online Presence

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I’ve been working — again — on all the online advertising for Altus Photo Design.  We have an Etsy shop where anyone (with enough money, of course) can buy digital images of our Temples, Visiting Teaching Messages, and Chalkboard Art.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/AltusPhotoDesign

We also have a facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Altus-Photo-Design/105022262890060

Our website has been down for a while, but I am putting it back up soon.  I’m working on the layout now.  We will also have an Altus Photo Design Events site showcasing our weddings and family portraiture.

Here is the newest listing in our Etsy shop:

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Now that wasn’t too hard.  And I even have six minutes to spare before my next piano student arrives!

I’m Back (to quote Arnold Schwartzenager)

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I don’t know why I can’t keep this blog going.  This photography blog has been neglected since November of 2011.  I know I get busy.  I know I get confused.  I know I get caught up in the middle of this life I’m living and forget to muse about it, write about it, share it.

Much has changed since last I wrote.

I now have 31 piano students.  I teach every afternoon from 3:00 until 6:00 weekdays and on Saturday from 9:00 am until noon.

I also have an Etsy shop where I sell digital files of art mostly for the LDS audience.  But I do have a line of Chalkboard art which could appeal to Christians as it has mostly to do with God and our relationship with him.

And I am a Crossing Guard for Saratoga Springs every school morning.  Just to make it clear, I never aspired to this position.  It came as a matter of chance and of blessing.  It has turned out to be a great way to start my day.

And in all this changing and living, I am still learning.  Every day.  Some of it important.  Some of it not.  Most of it forgotten before it can make an impact on my life.  I still shoot quite often.  As I write I remember I should be editing a wedding and a funeral (not the same event, believe me).

Here’s trying to do better — and some pictures of my last shoot!  I called it the first day of spring, but I jumped the gun by a month.  No worries.  That little faux pas got more views on our facebook page than anything I have posted for months. Hmm.

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