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Portraits // Meikel and Sons

Exactly one year ago I got a call from Meikel. She wanted me to do her family portraits and I wanted to! I knew her. I knew her as the stylish, kind, athletic, foodie and photographer who married that nice guy from high school. I always admired her from a distance of proximity but you know, to write that I made my first real connection with her one year ago seems like a terrible deception. Meikel and I have become fast friends. I hesitate nothing with her. No word or frustration, joy or need. She is one of the classiest….and I mean that in a classic way. Like she drinks sparkling water and returns things the minute you’ve accidentally left them.

Here she is with her boys. The picture of calm and warmth whilst her active boys writhe and wiggle in hopes of freedom from her mother clutches. I know her faces and I know these boys.

Photographing people is a wonder. I pour over posture and light, texture and wrinkles, folds and softness. I see grace and fear and effort and nature. At the end of the long time spent choosing the best images I feel something of love or adoration for the people I photograph, their parents, spouses. I see something. I hope my photographs communicate that I see something wonderful in every face I meet. And I mean that.

Leah Wright - Beautiful, beautiful friend. Also-can’t wait to be behind your lens!

admin - YES!

Headshots // Devon Call

I love photographing friends of friends. Especially when the friends are amazing people you admire and the new friends are soulful, natural salt of the earth. I had the pleasure of photographing Devon a few weeks ago in preparation of his new dental practice here in Provo. His amazingly beautiful wife sat by my side. His joy is boosted by her, her joy by him. We laughed some laughs and got some great photos.

 

Fog

Why do I always find myself here. Two thoughts occurred to me today while editing these photos. First, I always forget how hard I need to work to PLAN for great images and second that I most certainly forget how great it feels.

Lately

I’ve had some great things going on. Kids and weddings, summer storms and Y runs. My blog has taken a serious back seat to Instagram (@ashleythalmanphoto) where I post little glimpses into my work. The story is limited there and I need to remedy that with more posting here. Until that near-future time here are a few photos pulled from my favorite file.