class of 2019 athletes I want to photograph you!

I love athletes. I love goals and big dreams and I love people that work hard and push themselves. I love photographing these people…

 

Salt Lake City Utah high school athlete photographer Carrie Owens

 

Growing up, I did a few dance classes and played basketball as a very young kid and eventually played in high school…for two years. I wasn’t that great, but I was taller than most and the coaches gave me a chance. We all knew that trying out again for my junior year probably wouldn’t do all that much for me unless I learned how to be a bit more aggressive…but that wasn’t really in my nature at that time. I was ok with that, sports and exercise wasn’t something I had really grown up with so pushing it to the side didn’t seem strange to me. Then I dated and eventually married someone who pretty much loves everything about athletics. I love the memories that he has associated with sports and I love the opportunity that he had in college to continue to pursue those desires. The family that his high school and college teams became for him is something that I’ve always admired and envied. I’m so grateful that we have created a life for our own three that was similar.

My three children have grown up extremely active and involved in local sports and I’m so grateful that they have thrived in that environment. I’ve often had people ask me if we should cut down on their level of involvement…allow them to do other things or just do nothing. But each time a new season of sports rolls around I’ve had to beg the kids to only choose one or two sports…and sometimes we end up with more for each because they keep asking for more. It’s crazy, but they love it. Is saying no the right thing? What if I said no to the thing that was going to be their “thing”? The thing they were going to be most amazing at? So we try and fit in what we can. The kids have likely missed out on a few play dates and countless hours of video games (not such a bad thing) and probably a lot of mornings sleeping in…in the summers, they are often midway through swim practice before school would have even started. And they rarely, if ever, complain.

What do I love about photographing athletes?

You should be so proud of yourself and what you have accomplished as a high school athlete – that doesn’t come easy! You and your family have made sacrifices…you’ve created goals and worked hard towards making those reality. You are strong and capable and I want you to know how amazing that is. When I photograph athletes or talk with seniors and other teens who have this same level of dedication, I am in awe. I am inspired. I wish that I had that same dedication when I was their age (honestly I wish I had it now!!). I am proud of them and excited for them and their future…whether they pursue their athletic career after high school or not. These years being dedicated to their sport and being a part of a team have given them a huge leg up in life and it should be celebrated. I love showcasing that part of your life, whether it was just the last four years, the last 15 plus or your senior year was your first time trying a sport. It is an important part of who you are and your senior session is all about all of the little things that make you amazing.

Park City Utah high school athlete senior photographer Carrie Owens showcases a local swimmerPark City Utah high school athlete senior photographer Carrie Owens showcases a local swimmer

Do you consider me an athlete?

People often ask me “Do I have to be a swimmer or run track to be considered an athlete?” No way. Do you work hard at what you do? Then yes, you are an athlete. Have you made sacrifices for your chosen activity? Practiced for hours on end only to add on hours of homework after that and wake up early for more? You are an athlete. Whether you’re on the field, the court, the pool, the stables, the mountain or even the skate park…you are an athlete. Dance or cheer? You’re an athlete. And if you’ve got something new for me then I definitely want to hear about it and work with you to create an amazing session around your passion.

I was a high school athlete, but I am so done now!

Do we really have to photograph my athletic background at my session? My real answer is no…but let’s at least talk about it. Here’s why. Right now, you’re done, I get it. All of the hours, all of the events, you’re ready to move on to this next chapter in your life. I get it, I really do. Why do you need photos in your basketball uniform or with a volleyball? You’re not even going to play in college. But someday…years from now…you’ll want to see those images – or maybe your kids will. We don’t have to make a big production out of it, but humor me a bit…it’ll be worth it. Although I didn’t play sports in my senior year, I wish that there were more images of me being somewhat athletic.

Park City Utah high school athlete senior photographer Carrie Owens showcases a local swimmer

So send me a message, give me a call…let’s start talking about your senior session. Did you know that the best time to schedule your senior session is the summer before your senior year? True story. I look forward to hearing from you and creating an amazing session that tells all about the amazing person that you are.

xo,
c

 

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who i am + what i believe

It’s been a long time since I’ve changed up the website and with the recent launch of the updated site I thought it was a great time to talk a bit about why I love photographing seniors and teens and what I hope to achieve by being your photographer. I’ve been a photographer for many years, photographing newborns, weddings, families and everything in between…but the more that I photographed tweens and teens – and seniors – the more I knew that this was what I needed to be doing. I love photography in all of its forms but these young adults working their way through these sometimes trying – but mostly amazing – years is what I connect with and want to help them to document.

 

utah high school teen photographer shares why she loves photographing teens

 

The Teenage Years

These teenage years are incredible. So many things are happening, so many memories are being created and the time goes by so very fast. As you’re going through it you feel as though you’ll never forget a thing…except maybe the things that you might hope to forget. But I promise, this time is a blur. It’s a blur for you and for your loved ones. Parents of teens cannot believe that this time has already come. It feels like yesterday that the ABC song was being sung and training wheels were on, but here we are. Soon these teens will be out in the great big world and the hope is that they’ll be ready…and that they’ll have the support that they need from those around them, no matter the path that they choose.

I’m living these years now with my own children and it’s amazing and wonderful and scary all at once. I’m reminded of my own teen years, the similarities and the vast differences. I’m also very aware of the things that I don’t remember as vividly as I thought that I would. I want my children to remember the good and the bad and most of all to know that they are loved and supported. I want them to have visual reminders of this time as well…from the photographs of our daily lives and from special occasions and milestones. The stories of our lives are important and I love finding creative ways to tell them so that we can reminisce and so that these days can be shared with future generations. Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are not great ways to store your memories…you do not own those platforms and at any time the memories that you’ve chosen to allow to live there could disappear. I want to help you find alternatives to capturing and holding onto those memories.

What Makes you…YOU?

I love learning about what teens and seniors are passionate about. Maybe it’s sports, maybe it’s theater, maybe it’s that you love being with your friends or maybe it’s that you are so excited for your big goals and dreams and tackling the next step in life. Whatever it is, my goal is to help create a session that showcases who you are now, who you have been for these past few years and who you hope to become. You may choose to hang up those cleats after a lifetime of soccer games, but let’s find a way to celebrate that time in your life a little bit during your session. You may be thrilled that you won’t have to practice the violin anymore…but let’s find a way to showcase something that you’ve accomplished over these last few years. All of the things that you have done have helped shaped you into the person you are today…and who you will become.

Your story is important. I want to help you tell it.

utah high school photographer carrie owens shares why she loves photographing teens

I’m excited that you’re here – please take some time to look around. Telling the stories of these young adults is what I am passionate about and I hope to have the opportunity to tell yours as well.

xo,
c

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senior week | friendship friday

hello + happy Friday!!

salt lake city utah senior photographer carrie owens hosts senior week

what is senior week?

Today is the final day of the first senior week here at Carrie Owens Photography. Thanks so much for joining us! If it’s your first time seeing these posts make sure to go back through the week and see all of the great teens that have been featured. If you are a graduating senior and haven’t booked your senior session yet – let’s talk! And for all of you current juniors that will be Class of 2019, it’s not too early to start planning! Winter can be brutal here in Utah so many seniors will book their sessions in the late summer before their senior year to get the look that they want (more clothing options too!!). Moms love this because it’s one less thing to have to worry about during the already busy senior year….trust me, moms…it goes by fast!

friendship friday

Who are the people that you hold near and dear? Maybe it’s a group of kids that you’ve been friends with forever. Maybe it’s one or two people that understand you in ways that no one else does. Maybe this is your first year at a new school and you’re meeting all new people. Whatever the case may be – be open. Smile more, say hi to people that you see in the halls. Friendships can come out of the most unlikely places and when you find that person that gets you…hold onto them! Did you know that if you book a session with me and purchase one of my collections you get a best friend mini session? A super fun way to celebrate the people that have carried you throughout your youth just before you head out into the big wide world. Today’s prize is one that I love and I hope you will, too. The grand prize winner will get (2) Fuji Instax cameras to help document all of the special moments coming up in your life. One for you and one for your bestie. So make sure to fill out the form – ONLY if you haven’t already! – and share this post and tag a friend in the Instagram post for today. You want to win this!!

featured teens

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ENTER TO WIN

Be sure to click the link here and enter your information to be entered to win a prize for you and a friend this senior week. You may only enter once but if you share the link on facebook or instagram or twitter you will get a bonus entry. Be sure to tag a friend to win as well!

ENTER TO WIN

Thank you so much for joining us for Senior Week!! I hope that you are also follow along on Instagram Stories for more info!! Prizes will be announced Monday – good luck!

xo,
c

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senior week | throwback thursday

hello!

salt lake city utah senior photographer carrie owens hosts senior week

what is senior week?

We’re almost to Friday – have you been keeping up? Maybe today is your first day? If so, be sure to fill out the form (you’ll find the link at the bottom of this post) for an entry to win one of Senior Week’s amazing prizes. Just fill the form out one time for an entry but if you would like a bonus entry go back through the posts this week and share them on facebook for an extra entry each day. You can also go check out the daily post on instagram and tag a bestie to win – that’s 2 entries each day plus the entry form for 11 chances to win! And remember – each prize is one for you and one for your bestie…what are you waiting for??

throwback thursday

Think back over your high school career so far…what stands out to you? What do you want to make sure you remember? I know you think now that these memories will be strong – how could you ever forget? But trust me…over time, memories fade. Make sure that you are taking photos of your life and sharing these photos and memories with your family and friends. Make sure that you are documenting your life in many ways so that you can always remember this time of your life (snapchat doesn’t count). There might be times when you think that you’d love to forget these years, but they are creating the person that you will become, cherish them and take them for what they are. Today’s prize is (2) journals…one for you and a bestie. Write out your story – add in photos – plan out your hopes and dreams for your future.

featured teens

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ENTER TO WIN

Be sure to click the link here and enter your information to be entered to win a prize for you and a friend this senior week. You may only fill the form out once to enter but if you share the link on facebook or instagram or twitter you will get a bonus entry. Be sure to tag a friend to win as well!

ENTER TO WIN

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see more! Also follow along on Instagram Stories for more info!!

xo,
c

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senior week | wish wednesday

hello – we’ve made it to Wednesday!

salt lake city utah senior photographer carrie owens hosts senior week

what is senior week?

We’re on to our third day of prize winning and talking about seniors and your senior session. Are you coming up on your senior year? Maybe you’re a current senior and haven’t yet taken the time for your senior photo session yet – let’s talk, it’s not too late! Send me an email and let’s get to planning a session that truly reflects who you are and who you want to become. Click the link at the bottom of this post to fill out the entry form – just once for the whole week gets you an entry – and be sure to share this post on facebook for a bonus entry or tag a bestie in the comments on the instagram post for the day.

WISH WEDNESDAY

What’s on your wishlist? Accessories are the perfect addition to your wardrobe for your senior session…and life in general. For today’s prize we’re giving away (2) PuraVida bracelet stacks…one for you and one for your bestie. I love their message and the bracelets are awesome too! (and the rings…and earrings…) If you haven’t already filled out the form…what are you waiting for!?!? And if you have, then go check out the latest instagram post.

featured senior(s)

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ENTER TO WIN

Be sure to click the link here and enter your information to be entered to win a prize for you and a friend this senior week. You may only enter once but if you share the link on facebook or instagram or twitter you will get a bonus entry. Be sure to tag a friend to win as well!

ENTER TO WIN

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see more! Also follow along on Instagram Stories for more info!!

xo,
c

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