Collaborating with Lita

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My freshman year at BYU (can you believe that was six years ago this week?!) I became friends with a girl named Ashley who was in my ward and building. She was roommates with my cousin, Madi, and we quickly became good friends, taking an ice-skating class together, staying up wayyy too late chatting about boys (particularly a blue-eyed one named Stephen who I had a "complicated" relationship/friendship with, haha) and making a hilariously embarrassing music video as a birthday present for our friend, Jarom.  

Ashley (or Lita, as she is also known) recently starting building her blog, and since I've also been working on building my photography, I contacted her to see if she would be interested in collaborating. I've been thrilled that she's actually taken me up on the offer, and I've really enjoyed being able to visit with her (we realized we haven't actually seen each other in years) and expand my photography/videography portfolio.

The first thing I did for Ashley was film a really simple (and cute!) hair tutorial. I was so impressed with how fast and easy the hairstyle was, I went right home and tried it myself! Unfortunately...mine didn't turn out quiiite as good as hers, haha, but I'm sure with a little practice I could get there :) 

Then, a few weeks ago I got to photograph Ashley's "room reveal." Ashley recently moved into an unfurnished apartment and worked really hard to find and refurbish things that would make the room uniquely hers.  Personally, I LOVE Ashley's style and it seriously made me want to redo my whole house with her coaching, haha. (But seriously.)

^^This before picture is from BEFORE Ashley moved in. It's just amazing what decorating and some nice natural light can do to make the same space look 100X better!
^^Ashley found this perfect little stool at DI and then painted it. I love that she is using it as a nightstand.

^^Another DI find that Ashley sanded and repainted to give it an entirely new look!

Lately I've been pleased that my photography is slowly starting to go in the direction I've always wanted in regard to light and creaminess. I still have a looong way to go and a loooot to learn, but I feel like I'm starting to take shape as a photographer and people have been kind enough to notice. (Thanks to those of you who have said something! It really means a lot!) 

If you are around Utah County and need pictures taken for any reason - please let me know! I would love to work something out :) 

If you want to see the rest of Ashley's room reveal, be sure to check it out >>>> HERE!!! <<<<
I look forward to being able to collaborate even more with Ashley over the coming months! She is planning an event with a friend that she wants me to photograph and I'm really excited because it sounds like it's going to be amazing! More on that later ;)

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PS As part of my "getting out of my comfort zone as a photographer" and with a LOT of encouragement from Stephen, I started an instagram account specifically for my photography. If you would be so kind as to follow along, I would greatly appreciate it :) 

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  1. Your photography seriously is looking really really good! What have you done to learn more/improve? I've had my nice DSLR for a year and a half now, and I feel like the only improvement I've made is that I'm just starting to dabble in manual mode, and juuuuust getting into post-processing (using Lightroom). Tips?

    1. Thanks for replying so quickly! I need to be brave and try RAW. One more question: what lens(es) do you use?

    2. I almost always shoot with my 50mm 1.4 :)