These three sisters just so happen to be my cousins. I like to think of Emery County as my home away from home. Half of my family lives here and these are my where my family tree takes its roots. There is something about waking up and seeing mountains to the west and desert to the east. Utah is truly unlike any place on earth, this includes the people. There is something in the water here or maybe it is their mixed Danish/English/Welsh/Irish/Scottish/Swiss/German/Icelandic pioneer heritage that can attest to not only their unique beauty but also their enduring work ethic and dedication to family. When the girls aren’t striving to become doctors, fighting fires, chasing owls, rodeo-ing, raising horses, showing sheep, solving crime scenes, watering fields, or modeling on the side, they can be found somewhere between Cedar City, Utah and the Colorado boarder driving.
I am honored to share my last name with three as I am for all myfamily in the west. Growing up, it was photographs that helped me feel connected to a family I only saw once every few years. Now that all my family is on one side of the Wasatch Mountains, it makes it a little easier to see them all in one trip. Katie and I look forward to visiting again very soon, and who know, maybe one day we will have a vacation home in the Mountains. It helps to dream.
Our plan are to head to Emery County this spring, with the hopes of teaming up with another cousin of mine , who just so happens to be a photographer herself, to photograph local families and seniors. Would sure love to photograph a wedding out here soon! I might have to wait a little while longer to see one of these three ties the knot.
Crystal is expecting in a few months and has never had bump/maternity photographs taken. Her daughter Brin came along for the ride and we are sure glad she did. I know that some day these will mean a great deal to all those who discover them. This shoot has a slight vintage flare to go with the abandoned Utah Farm and rustic landscape. Crystal looks like she could be right off the pages of a 50’s lifestyle magazine. Her hair is killer.
There is something about the way the sun reflects off the earth out there that is so different from here in Wisconsin. I always wish I could have spend a few days just with my camera – like I did when I was a teenager. I use to shoot rolls of Fuji 400 film when I visited my family in Emery County, Utah. The muted colors and the desert is such a contrast to the landscape of the midwest. I hope to take on many more commissions in the west, maybe someday it will become my home away from home.
This beauty just so happens to be my kid sister Katie. She lives in a little town in Utah. These photos were taken in my great uncles back 40. There is something about ‘junk’ that is beautiful. I am always drawn to grunge-like materials/backgrounds – there is something about the contrast and the colors that allow a subject to pop. My sister has a style all her own and I can’t wait to see what she will create after high school!