Photographing David Archuleta, Lexi Walker, & Kendra Lowe for Charity

This weekend I photographed singer David Archuleta, Lexi Walker (the young 12 year old singing sensation), and the talented Kendra Lowe as part of a private charity fund-raiser for the group Rising Star Outreach, which helps leprosy colonies in India.

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I think most people recognize David Archuleta, Lexi you may recognize because I recently photographed and featured her on my blog, and the talented Kendra Lowe used to be the musical director and accompanist for David and is now the musical director, accompanist, and arranger for Lexi (amongst a host of other things that she does musically).

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The evening started with me photographing the artists as they prepped and warmed up. Here is Kendra and Lexi singing and doing hair.

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The private concert was held at a gorgeous home with a beautiful yard, that was seemingly built for such events. The stage was a balcony beyond a swimming pool that jutted out over a beautiful canyon. As they were warming up, the sun was setting and the canyon looked beautiful behind them. By nightfall, a canyon wind blew through the stage area which made for a great atmosphere.

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And then after the show, we all went inside to an area where I’d set up some studio lighting. Here I photographed all the donors and guests with David and Lexi. These images were created as gifts to each of the guests from the organization. It was a great idea and a wonderful way for everyone to remember the evening.

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At the end of the night as we were cleaning up and loading out gear, I got a fun shot with Kendra.

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A special thanks to Rising Star Outreach for all they do for people with leprosy and for having me photograph their classy event.

If you’re having an important event and need some great photography, give me a call at 801-728-3317 and let’s talk about it. I’d love to help make your event memorable and wonderful. And if you would like some new family portraits for the holidays, it’s a great time to get in. In fact there are still fall leaves falling here in my outdoor studio gardens.

And look through my main website which shows a large portfolio of photographs from families to high school seniors to weddings, BryCox.com.

And until next time, America.

Bry Cox on Faces of PPA

It’s an honor to be featured this week in the ‘Faces of PPA‘ gallery. It showcases photographers from all over.

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As part of the process, they ask some questions, and then they pick through your answers for a few bubbles to go over your image. It was fun project and I appreciate being a member of PPA. It has helped me immensely, and it was nice to reminisce about times and places and where my career has taken me, particularly when it comes to my partnership with the PPA (Professional Photographers of America).

I specifically shot this image (Artist of Light) for use in the PPA magazine as well as for my tutorial lighting DVD for photographers, which is why I shot it vertical. I wanted an image that said I was an artist of light, and the thought came to me to be lighting myself. I could imagine the entire image down to the details, including the location, the time of night, the different colored lights, etc. It took a bit to load that gear out there, but I really love how the image turned out.

I would like to thank the PPA for this, and would like to remind any photographers out there to come to the national convention coming up during the first part of February in Nashville. I’ll be speaking there so be sure to come see. Here’s a quick video about that.

And until next time, America.

Kamberlyn’s Windy Wedding Album

I am finishing up and shipping out a lot of wedding albums right now, and Kamberlyn’s album is one I must share. Ever since I posted the sneak peek of her wedding, people have been talking about these images. Here are a few of them again.

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Most photographers see weather as something that must be avoided, but I love it. It gives me a chance to really stand out and use creative lighting and posing in creative ways for really impactful images. And this windy day of Kami’s made for a lot of impact and emotion throughout the album. Plus this couple is a dance team, and you can see the chemistry between them.

So here is her entire album design, shown as a slideshow to music, with each double-page spread shown as a slide. The wedding starts at the Salt Lake Temple, continues on with lots of romantic couple portraits, before going across the street to the City Creek for the reception.

Hopefully you notice the artistry, the clarity, the romance, the weather, the dancing skills, and what a beautiful day this is.

And here is how my albums look when they are finished.

If you are getting married, give me a call. I’d love to create something for you. 801-728-3317

And until next time, America.

Official Birthday Photo

Today’s my birthday, and I’m spending the day with friends cramming in the fun, including shooting guns in the canyon and eating out.

As I was making my party invite on Facebook, I realized I needed an awesome photo. I had the thought of making a satirical cover image typical of 80’s style action novels and movie posters. I thought about it in my mind and quickly whipped up this image and had it posted on the invite.

And because I want more people to see it than those few friends on the invite, I’m posting it to my blog today. I hope you get as much of a kick out of it as I had making it.

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Well, I hope you all are having a great day today too. And until next time, America.

Bry Cox Portrait Paintings from Photographs

Fall weather means family portraits — and also Bry Cox’s family portrait paintings.

When I photograph your family, I can also create a very unique piece of art — a painting. These are actually painted stroke by stroke using the original photograph as a reference so that everything is in proportion. You can save by doing this too as part of the fall special going on now.

Here is a short video of me talking specifically about these paintings…

Remember, my fall special is going on now. All the details are here. Give me a call and let’s create something amazing for you.

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Below are some paintings I’ve created for people. These are each finished as a stretched canvas in a variety of sizes, ready for hanging. I am based in Utah and have both an outdoor shooting area here at the studio location, but I also know of great places to go in the canyons and nearby mountains. For example, these first few are on location throughout Utah.

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These next few paintings were shot in the studio gardens.

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This next one was created at the client’s home.

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While these last three were painted from images I created in the studio.

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And here is a painting created from a studio portrait for a high school senior session.© BryCox.com, Bry Cox

And last week on my blog, I shared a family’s painting as a time-lapse animation of it being created. Here is that time-lapse again.

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Give me a call at 801-728-3317, and let’s set up your fall appointment and create a fall family painting as well. And check out my main website to view more of my portfolio at BryCox.com.

And until next time, America.

Outdoor Family Painting & Portraits in a Field

I love photographing families and creating unique pieces of art for them, and my painting line is definitely unique. Starting with a photo for reference, this painting is created from scratch with no computer filters or quick effects. They are stunning to look at in person, but are hard to describe online, so I created this animation showing some of the steps of how this painting came together over time. It starts out very rough and abstract, and slowly comes together. When I finish the piece, I like to leave a lot of the rough, abstract brush strokes around the edges and throughout the background. It gives it a very etherial look, and makes it hard to mistake it for a photograph. However the faces are always very detailed.

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Here’s the final painting.

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These paintings are available in a variety of sizes starting at 20 inches, and are perfect for outdoor fall family portraits. Right now is my fall family portrait special. All the details are on the past blog post, but here’s a link. It’s a great time to get in for a shoot while the weather is great, and before the Christmas rush.© BryCox.com, Bry Cox

And aside from shooting for a painting, together we’ll create some great images of your family during the shoot. I have great options for outdoor portraits at my studio, but this image was created on location at a spot near this family’s home. This family was so nice and fun to work with. The weather was actually very hot during this session, and for most photographers that would mean bright, washed out skies and blotchy sun marks on the skin which means most photographers would probably make the image black and white to hide their problems. But light is my specialty, and I set up some powerful and direct lighting to bring add dimension the family, while at the same time darkening the sky. The result is a beautiful family with warm, beautiful skin tones, lots of spacial dimension, a gorgeous sky with dramatic clouds, and a field full of warm vivid colors.

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After the family portrait, I like to focus on the kids. These kids were very smart and funny. I was amazed at the advanced subjects they were studying in school. And I really like the real and natural expressions in each of these images.© BryCox.com, Bry Cox © BryCox.com, Bry Cox

Being a Utah based photographer, we have so many options for outdoor locations, especially in the fall. So whether you want a family painting, photographic portrait, or want to shoot inside the studio or outdoors, I know you’ll love what I create for you. Fall is here and it’s a great time to get in. Beat the rush and call me today for the best dates and availability: 801-728-3317

Check out the details of the fall family special, and feel free to check out my main portfolio website for more samples, BryCox.com.

Until next time, America.

Fall Family Portrait Special at BryCox.com

It’s fall, the weather is beautiful, and it’s the best time for fall family portraits. Maybe you’ve wanted the best possible portraits but also want to save money, or maybe you just want to look great in your portraits. Well I am one of the most award-winning photographers in Utah with some of the highest national credentials, and it’s because I know just how to make you look amazing! Without excuses you will love the portraits I create for you. Plus with the fall special, the prices are the best all year.

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Here is the Bry Cox Fall Special!

  • Free Family Portrait Session (Value $200-$400)
  • Free 25 Custom Christmas Cards (Value $100)
  • Free mounted/textured 11×14 of the kids (Value $200)
  • With the purchase of a framed family wall print, 16×20 or larger ($699 and up)

Here at the studio we can shoot outside or inside the studio, create family paintings like this image above, do smaller groups of just the kids, and even create some top-notch Christmas cards.

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Whether you want an indoor or outdoor session here in the studio gardens, your photo shoot will be fun, and your kids will look great and show personality. Your images will be artistic, timeless, hip, and fun. My specialty lighting techniques mean you’ll look great before any retouching, but my personal digital enhancements are also included, which means you’ll look amazing and real.

Beat the rush and call me today for the best dates and availability: 801-728-3317

And feel free to check out my main portfolio website for more samples, BryCox.com. Until next time, America.

Janae’s Wedding Album Is Gorgeous

Janae & Jason’s wedding album is finished and I am boxing it up to ship out to them. It looks so amazing that I had to share it here. You may remember the sneak peek from their wedding, well here is the final product, their finished album and briefcase. I shot this video today before shipping it out so you could see what it looks like.

I love photographing weddings. They are romantic and inspiring, and I love putting my heart and soul into every detail, and creating wonderful finished products that future grandchildren will fight over.

This wedding was on a stormy spring day, which meant with the right use of lighting, I was able to capture this amazing sky in their background for really dramatic images.

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There is a lot that happens on a wedding day, and that means there is a lot to photograph. So here is a video showing the entire day.

If you are getting married, give me a call and come in and hold one of my albums in your hands. See the beauty and clarity of every page, and why you will look amazing in a Bry Cox portrait.

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And until next time, America.

Shasta’s Engagement & Family Portraits

We had such a fun time creating these engagement portraits of Shasta and her fiancé. We did a mix of outdoor and studio portraits and some of our favorites were high contrast black & whites from the studio.

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I took some of the favorites and created this 9-up collage. It looked so beautiful when it was finished and framed.

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Shasta also has 3 adorable little kids and we took the opportunity to create a new updated family portrait.

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Her kids were so cute and fun, that we did some individual portraits of them as well. I spent most of the shoot laughing with them because they were so funny. I think you can see that in the photos. They each had so many great images and each showed different sides of their personality, that I ended up using a few images of each child to create this collage.

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I am excited for this marriage and hope these guys all have a wonderful new life together, and I can’t wait to photograph this awesome family again.

If you’d like some new family portraits, children’s portraits, or even some engagement portraits for your upcoming wedding, give me a call. It’s a great time to come in before the fall rush. 801-728-3317.

And until next time, America.

Portraits for 12 Year Old Singing Sensation, Lexi Walker

Lexi Walker‘s YouTube video of her singing “Let it Go” from Frozen has over 50 million views. Being only 12 years old, she has fantastic control of her voice, and she’s getting more and more gigs like singing on TV shows, for various events, and with musicians like Michael Martin Murphy. All of this means that she needed some really cool new portraits for press kits, gigs, and web use.

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Years ago I named my studio, “BryCox.com – Celebrity Style Imaging” because of my unique style of focusing on lighting and emotion. I don’t just take pictures of people, I work to create portraits that tell stories. For this shoot, Lexi is a very talented and beautiful girl. I wanted to show professionalism, skill and stage presence, but also show that she is a young 12 year old and fun-loving kid.

Lexi was such a fun girl to shoot. Even though she is young, she is very intelligent and precocious, and was fun to laugh and talk with. The shoot was a blast, and the images really show her personality.

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Call me and let’s create something wonderful for you.

Until next time, America.

Sneak Peek of Michelle’s Wedding at the Old Rock Church

This weekend I photographed Michelle and Tysen’s wedding at the Old Rock Church up in Cache Valley, outside of Logan Utah. It was a gorgeous location, a beautiful day, and being such a great couple meant for lots of beautiful images all day long. Here is a sneak peek of some of my early favorites.
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They put on a beautiful wedding. I loved the extra touches like having a live band to dance to, croquet and bocce ball set up for the guests, and lots of great food.

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I can’t wait to work on this album and go through these images even more. I’ll post their wedding album design up here when I get it done.

If you’re getting married, give me a call at 801-728-3317. See how my unique photographic style can really capture the feelings and emotions of you and your day. See why I have trademarked my studio’s name as “Celebrity Style Imaging.”

Until next time, America.

Iconic Conductor Portraits

Did you know that KUTV’s weatherman, Sterling Poulson is a choir conductor? He is the founder and musical director of the Choral Arts Society of Utah, and their next event features a guest conductor from Germany. Sterling called me to photograph Eric Schmidt, the guest conductor for the event for use in posters, programs, and promotional materials. Here are some of the images I did for them.

I know that they needed a very nice but classic, color portrait with a warm brown background.

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I started with that, then decided to have some fun, thinking a really iconic and artistic black & white image would be awesome. The subtitle to the name of my studio is “Celebrity Style Imaging.” I love creating images that tell a story about a person, and this is exactly the right kind of shoot for that. I envisioned some images that showed personality and screamed “artist.” I wanted an image that would be intriguing to a complete stranger, and would say, “This is an artist who is interesting and proficient in his field.”

I decided on a high-contrast black and white look with sharper specular highlights, using a light gray background instead of harsh white. Here are the results.

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I really like how these images. I think they are strong, impactful, and yes iconic. To see more about Eric and his upcoming event, visit the CASU website. And if you’d like a portrait for work or business, give me a call at 801-728-3317. I’d love to create something for you.

Until next time, America.