Chalkboard Wall in the Studio

We had the bright idea (see what I did there) to do a series of photos with the new chalkboard wall in the studio for the Create LDS Media program in which I participate. I was joined by another great photographer and a whole host of kids to explore the idea. We quickly learned that a bunch of kids, a huge chalkboard wall and too much chalk leads to a little bit of chaos, but in the midst of that we were able to make some fun photos.

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Christmas on Salt Lake City Temple Square

It’s that Christmas time of year again, so I made my way up the day after Thanksgiving to get the first looks at the lights on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. I’ve captured these lights for 6 or 7 years straight, mostly for fun and sometimes to share with the Mormon Newsroom to potentially use in their news releases. It’s always fun, and much warmer this year than in years past.

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Alan Young – Portrait Profile Series

Some time ago I started bringing in friends and willing victims subjects to the studio for various kinds of portraits. My goal has been to experiment with new lighting, compositions and simply to keep sharpening the saw so to speak. I find when I go too long without doing a particular kind of photographer, those skills dull and I have to relearn some things that used to be second nature. Personality portraits are one area I really enjoy and want to keep exploring regularly.

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An Aerial View: Neon Trees in Provo From Above

Neon Trees played a free concert recently in Provo, Utah. Though I’m friendly with one of the organizers (Justin Hackworth, a quality photography and great guy), I knew that nearly every local photographer would be lobbying for a chance to get in close and do photos. I could have pushed myself to the front, but instead decided to enjoy the concert a little differently. So no close up shots for me, instead I wanted to capture the size of this event.

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Experience the World Through Photography

I’ve had some unique experiences in my photography efforts. This week I was invited to assist as an event photographer at a movie premiere where I happened to run into some of the Osmonds (among many other popular personalities) that brought back to mind my experiences with them. Back in 2008 I had the chance to go on tour with them in the UK for a few weeks, traveling on the bus as a tour photographer to produce a tour book they could offer to their fans. It was an amazing opportunity to document the goings on during the tour, both on stage and behind the scenes.

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