hunter the swimmer | salt lake city utah high school senior athlete photographer

I love when I meet a senior who is passionate about something and wants to show that off in their senior session. I met Hunter when he was likely 10 or 11 but we hadn’t seen each other for years. I had such a great time with him at both his swim session and his senior session at the studio. He’s a natural in front of the camera and was willing to try anything for the shot and had lots of great ideas for his session with me. I love the images that we were able to get, he’s such a strong swimmer and it was fun to catch up with his family during each of our sessions together.

 

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Please don’t be shy about sharing your passion with me…whatever it may be. You may not be going off to college to continue your swimming career like Hunter did, but whatever you’ve spent years of your life dedicated to as you’ve grown up deserves to be showcased. You might be sick of the pool or the track or the field, but when you’re older, seeing these photos of you doing the thing that you loved will be so important to you. When we schedule your session, let’s talk about all of the things that make you amazing and see how we can incorporate some of those things into your session.

xo,
c

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guys need senior photos too | salt lake city high school senior photographer

I know it’s silly to say it, but it’s true. So often high school senior guys will do anything that they can to get out of doing senior photos – but trust me…it’s worth it. This handsome guy is someone that I had known since he was a young swimmer but he had moved to a different pool. His mom found some of my swimmer images online and contacted me for a shoot – not even realizing that we once had known each other. It was so great to get him into the studio for a session (don’t worry…we got swimmer photos too, check back later this week!) and he warmed up so quickly and was a natural in front of the camera. It’s crazy to me to be photographing these kids that I once knew as young kids…time moves far too quickly.

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I often get asked when the best time for senior photos is…and it’s really different for everyone. The biggest thing that I tell people is that you don’t want to put it off too long, because once you do…it’s easy to just let it go and forget about it. You want this time documented because before you know it they are off doing their own thing and the next photos you’ll get of them might just be on their wedding day. If your child participates in sports that you want to document we need to talk about times that we can make that happen – pool time is difficult in the winter and if you’re wanting your football player in uniform on the field in spring, we might have trouble making that happen. I’m always happy to split sessions as well so that we can accommodate what you need to ensure that we get the images you and your senior want. The best thing to do is contact me before or at the beginning of the senior year so that we can start planning, even if your session doesn’t happen until spring.

xo,
c

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her sweet sixteen | salt lake city utah teen photographer

How is she already sixteen? I’ve photographed this sweet girl of mine so many times. But this time…she suddenly was a young woman and I could see her growing up into an amazing person right before my eyes. She is fun and sweet and happy and caring and sassy all rolled into one crazy girl that I’m proud to call my daughter.

This session for her birthday was so much fun with outfit changes and smoke bombs, a little peek into what her senior session might be like. Why do a session like a senior session when she’s just sixteen? I guess that’s the benefit of having a photographer mom…but the greatest thing is that we will have these images to look back on in another year – to see how much she has changed and grown. Don’t put off photos until the right time. Don’t say…she’ll be a senior soon, we’ll just wait. Do them now. Take photos of your children often, whether it’s a professional photo session or a few photos in your backyard or you’re grabbing them at every chance you get. Don’t only settle for first day of school photos. We took photos at every little step when they were younger – there is no reason to stop once they hit double digits.

And…while I’m at it…get in the photos with them. Really. No excuses. My daughter would ask all the time to take selfies with me and I would catch myself saying no constantly. What was that teaching her? That I didn’t have any self confidence, that I didn’t like the way that I looked. That I wasn’t worthy of being in a photograph. That had to stop. So now, even if I’m not feeling my best, I get in the photo. I say yes. I show her that my value is not based on what I look like but on who I am. But careful of that front facing camera when you’re not ready…

 

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I loved that she was up for everything and so comfortable in front of the camera – that’s one of the reasons that I’ve tried to photograph her so often. I want her to see her beauty (inside and out) in the way that the rest of the world does. I don’t want her hiding behind anything – I want her out living her best life everyday. And she does. She loves completely and cares deeply for people and animals. She loves to laugh and have fun and sleep. I could take a lesson or two from her.

I challenge you to go take some photos of your child…no matter what their age. Not for instagram or for framing or for anything other than just having fun. And get in a photo or two with your kiddo. It’s worth it, I promise.

xo,
c

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session in the canyons | salt lake senior photographer

This is one of the high school senior sessions I had been so looking forward to…I’ve known her since grade school, the older sister of one of my daughter’s friends. I’ve watched her grow up, watched her play basketball, watched her be a mentor to my girl…and this day, I watched her shine in front of my camera. I loved getting to know her on a more personal level, more than just cheering for her at a game, saying hi or waving when we would pass. This little girl I once had known has grown up into quite the young woman. I’m so happy for her and the path that she is on in college. I’m hoping and wishing that all of her dreams are coming true as she continues to grow up.

I was thrilled that she was up for anything – she brought a bunch of outfits, lots of jewelry and accessories – and we braved the wind together. She trusted me fully with the locations and I love the images that we were able to get from her session, the only trouble was trying to pick some of my favorites to show here…enjoy!

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Class of 2019 – have you scheduled your senior session yet? Have you thought about what you’re going to wear? What about where we’re going to shoot? What kind of images do you want? Are you wanting something with fall color? Snow? Up in the mountains or down in the city? There are so many options, let’s start planning today!

xo,
c

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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.

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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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