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.

Jolie’s Wedding Sneak Peek at Timpanogas LDS Temple

Jolie’s wedding images are so pretty, I wanted to share a few right now before the album design is done. In fact, these first two images have no retouching or photoshop work outside of adding my custom edges and signing the corners. The deep blue sky and vivid colors were all done with lighting, and I love how great these look already, before I even start to work.

These two were a hoot to photograph and their personalities were great. I love how they are looking at each other in these two images. They got married on a hot and beautiful day, which meant I could really pull in a blue sky with some dramatic lighting, and I like framing them with the architecture of the temple. They are the main focus, but the design behind makes for a great overall piece.

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And here is a gorgeous image of the two of them from the far corner of the temple grounds, something with some timeless appeal but still really fun.Cox_JHales-W-1027

This infrared black and white of the Timpanogas LDS temple, will probably be how I start out the album. I shot it for the opening page, but we’ll see how the actual design comes out when I’m all done with itCox_JHales-W-1004

Well if you’re getting married, I’d love to meet with you. Give me a call at 801-728-3317. I am a Utah based photographer and I work all over Utah and the US.

If you want more info on how I shoot weddings, here’s some details and examples for you.

And until next time, America.

New Baby Isabelle’s Portraits

I always get excited when someone calls me to photograph their new baby, especially when the baby is brand new. Baby Isabelle came in for her first photo shoot during her first couple weeks, and she was a joy to photograph. She was so expressive and so pretty, that it was hard to pick our top favorites.

This first portrait is definitely a favorite because I love creating images like this, of a mom holding her new baby. However these images are the hardest to create on a first baby shoot. But looking at this image, you’d never know how hard these are to do because this looks stunning and effortless. I love that both are looking at each other and interacting, and the emotion in it is wonderful.

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Next is a trio that captures the essence of everything I want in a newborn’s first photo shoot. It shows how little and cute Isabelle is, how pretty her eyes and expressions are, and how tiny her hands and feet are. It is something that will look gorgeous on the wall and for years to come, will bring joy when the family looks at it. Babies change and grow so fast, that it’s fun to see how tiny and little they once were, and to have some perspective with the loving hands of mom in the image as well.

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I really appreciate the opportunity to meet and photograph baby Isabelle. If you are expecting or would love some new baby portraits that are artistic and beautiful and completely different from everything else out there, then give me a call. I’d love to create something amazing for you. 801-728-3317

And until next time, America.

 

Centenarian Portrait, Wilford Zaugg Turns 100

It’s a rare thing to do a portrait of someone that’s 100 years old. And recently I had the honor of doing a centenarian portrait of a long-time neighbor and resident of my town, Wilford Zaugg. He lives around the corner from me and I can remember him always out in his yard or farm, working hard. As a kid I remember my dad bringing home corn and other vegetables grown in his farm and garden, and when my mom put on the town melodrama ages ago, Mr. Zaugg said he had never before acted, but ended up being the star.

Before the shoot, I had a vision of an image that I wanted – a black and white portrait of him outside in his farm wearing his work clothes.

When I arrived for the shoot, he was all dressed up in his suit. I really liked him in his suit, so I started by doing some images in his home in his suit, with him showing off his custom wood pens that he makes. I also wanted some outside using his home as a backdrop, so we stepped outside and did some images in front of his home and a few in the back. At that point he thanked me and assured me that I had enough photos. But I still wanted that one image in my mind so I asked him for one more set created on his farm, but more casual, and maybe with a pitchfork.

He obliged, so with his jacket off and pitchfork in his hand, I got this image, my favorite of the shoot. I’m currently designing up a book for his daughter, and this is the cover.

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I love this portrait. Being in his church clothes is perfect. To me it tells the story of a long life of a strong ethics of hard work, church, and true happiness – a legacy he has taught by example to his large and growing family.

And below is the full-frame of that same image. The square crop is great for the book cover, but I really like it un-cropped below. I love the long lines of the silo, his stance, and pitchfork, and there is so much story in this image. And I really like him still in his dress clothes but with jacket off. He doesn’t farm anymore, so the dressier clothes are more true to him. Plus the white shirt is the brightest point and it really draws you in.

Plus there is so much character in the smile, the stance, and in the little details of his dress. For instance, you may have to look at the square cropped version above, but his belt skips a loop, and his tie sits just to the side with the smaller end sticking out. The lines of the pitchfork and the lines in the barn work together, and the framing within the silo and barn are so good. This was all created with some mobile lighting that I used to sculpt him while darkening the clouds and sky. I absolutely love the result.

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Mr. Zaugg’s daughter lined up this shoot with me so that we could create some photographs for his invitations, birthday program, as well as for the newspaper, and for the Governor’s office which is also doing something for him. We needed a younger portrait for some of these things so I did this scan of him when he first got married. I think he looks very handsome here.

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And here are some of the other images from the shoot, both inside his home and out. This one below is of Mr. Zaugg showing me some of the many pens he’s made from wood brought to him from all over the world. And he made these pens with a lathe that he made and kept out in his barn. I think about him making his own lathe, and I am inspired. There is a solid sense of contentment in this earlier generation that is lacking today. It was the sense that you earn the things you get over time, then you made them last, and continued to fix them. And if you couldn’t afford something or couldn’t make it yourself, you did without.

This image also shows off his national award winning deer rack in the background, and his award framed next to it from Boone and Crockett.

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It really has been an honor to photograph him again. I did his 70 year anniversary portraits some years back, and posted them on my blog too. But this project has been extra special. It’s been nice to work on images that I know his family will cherish, and to also hear from his daughter about the legacy of values that he’s left his family of 11 children, 52 grand-children, and 98 great-grand-children.

I hope we can all inspire and make that much of a difference in the lives we live.

And until next time, America.

Josi’s Salt Lake Temple Wedding Sneak Peek

I photographed Josi’s wedding at the Salt Lake LDS Temple and it was a gorgeous and hot day, and I wanted to share with you some early images as a sneak peek before the album is finished.

I like to start off my album designs with a really cool art piece of the wedding location. So while waiting for the couple to come out on this hot day, I went with a dark sky and this black & white image of the temple. I like the shapes and wispiness of the clouds mixed with the solid lines of the temple.

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When the couple came out, we created various group portraits, then left the group to focus on just the couple before their luncheon. We went all over the temple grounds creating images. Here are some of my favorites. A nice warm day with the right use of lighting means a deep, dark blue sky and vivid greens. Mix that with a beautiful couple and some romantic compositions and we have these stark and gorgeous wedding portraits.

I’ve had clients look at canvas portraits on the wall here at the studio or flip through my albums and say, “I like the ‘coloring’ of your images. They feel so real.”

I myself would never use the word, “coloring,” but I get what they are trying to say. Other photographers create images that feel flat, they then add skin retouching and effects that make people look like fake rubber. In contrast, none of these images have any skin retouching or effects. They are real images created with great lighting, and my techniques mean images that feel three-dimensional, with colors that pop, and a feeling of complete reality if not being romantically surreal.

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The wind was kicking in here and there throughout the shoot, and I think wind adds romance to a portrait. So after getting set up in this spot I had them hold their kiss, waiting for the wind to move her dress in just the right way.

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Cox_JParker-W-1154-EdgeThe actual wedding album design takes a while because of the level of quality. Nevertheless when it is done, I will post about it here too. Of course you can see me explaining and showing how my albums look in a video post here. If you are getting married, you need to come in and see my work first hand. Give me a call and let’s talk about your big day. 801-728-3317

My studio is located in Utah outside of Salt Lake City in Davis County. I do work all over Utah and the United States however, and can give you an idea of price over the phone.

And until next time, America.

Janae’s Bountiful Temple Wedding Sneak Peek

I just photographed Janae’s wedding at the Bountiful Utah LDS temple. Being late spring/early summer, we had some awesome storm clouds. That meant that with the right lighting, I could create dramatic images with this awesome sky. It was an exciting day to be out photographing a wedding. And here are some early images for you all to see.

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Even if you don’t know this couple, you can tell that they are great together. They were happy to be with each other and were very photogenic. It made for some amazing images. As you can see from these early previews, the wedding was phenomenal. I can’t wait to finish this album design.Cox_JRichey-W-1191-edge

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The actual wedding album design takes a while because of the level of quality that I produce. Nevertheless when it is done, I will post about it here too. But in the meantime, you can check out this couple’s bridals shoot that included the groom. Just a few days before the wedding, the bride flew into town and we squeezed in a quick shoot that I posted here on my blog.

So if you are getting married, you need to come in and see my work first hand. I have posts that talk about my wedding albums, but it still doesn’t do justice to seeing them first hand. Give me a call and let’s talk about your big day. 801-728-3317

And until next time, America.

Ben & Marisa’s Wedding

One of my favorite things about photographing a wedding is delivering the final album to the couple. A wedding requires a lot of prep time, a jam-packed day and night of shooting the event artistically, and then quite a bit of time afterwards to design and produce one of my award-winning albums. During this entire process, I am thinking about how the end product will look, I’m designing it all, and when I finally see it finished, I can’t wait for the wedding couple to see it and enjoy it. Delivering it personally is part of my pay artistically. I love delivering albums!

Ben and Marisa’s album was gorgeous and looked extra beautiful with its custom metal cover. It’s hard to describe how pretty it is online, but here are some of their images. It was a cold day but the images look warm, romantic, and beautiful.

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And here some of my favorite pages from their book to share. Keep in mind that these are double page spreads, folded down the middle, with each half measuring about 10×13 inches. That makes for an impressive and large spread when laid open.

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This couple has been so great to work with and they are a great couple together. You can really see their love and excitement in these images, and it made photographing their wedding a joy.

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I’m one of the few Master/Craftsman photographers based in Utah, and do a lot of weddings of all faiths. However some years most of my weddings I photograph are Mormon weddings at the LDS temple in Salt Lake City, like this one. It’s a gorgeous place to shoot and I love it when there’s drama in the sky and bad weather. It makes for some memorable images. In fact the first wedding I photographed almost 20 years ago, I shot here at the Salt Lake temple on a very snowy day.

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If you follow my blog, you may remember this couple’s engagement and bridal portraits, which you can see here. They too are gorgeous and fun.

And if you haven’t seen my awesome wedding albums, then check them out in this short video…

Well if you’re getting married, give me a call. I can do your wedding, or just bridals or engagements or even everything together. No matter what you hire me to do, you’ll know you’ll get the best portraits possible. 801-728-3317.

Until next time, America.

Abby’s Studio Shoot

I recently photographed Abby in my studio for my recent lighting video tutorials for photographers. Abby is a talented architectural and interior designer, and was at my studio because I was working on some interior images for her and designing un updated website for her business. (I think it would be a good idea to post about her business on my blog actually. I will do that!)

So I needed a studio model for my tutorial and talked her into doing a quick shoot when we were done. The shoot went great and the images look beautiful.

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As you can see, Abby is a great model. She’s beautiful and fun to shoot, and did well and showed a lot of personality in front of the camera. All of the images looked great, and it was hard to pick any favorites. I especially liked this series of three images below.

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These video tutorials were created because as I’ve taught and spoke around the country, I’ve found that most photographers admit to having personal difficulties when they light either inside or outside. One or the other seems to be harder, so this video series is to help give photographers a specific system that works everywhere. It shows that lighting inside is no different than lighting outside. The system shows that in all instances, you should light people specifically and beautifully, and always control exposure, lighting, and color balance. When done right, images straight out of the camera do not need retouching or correction. So if you want to spend time on the computer, it can be creative work and not corrective work.

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Though I may speak and shoot images all over the US, I’m a Utah based photographer and my studio is about 30 minutes outside of Salt Lake, out in the quiet country. Here I have both indoor and outdoor options. I have a half acre of trees where I can shoot outside, but also a beautiful studio inside. This means I can photograph people in a variety of locations without travel fees.

However, sometimes when people don’t want studio images. This is based on the awful images created in grocery store or mall studios, or even the 1990’s type studio images. But a studio used in the right way means getting some very modern images with some very specific and controlled lighting. It’s not uncommon for clients to come to me for some outdoor portraits but then choose the indoor studio images are their top favorites.

So if you need some awesome images, give me a call. Maybe you need a portrait for your website or business, or you would like some fashion images or some portfolio work, or just some updated family portraits. If so, give me a call. It’s a great time to get in for either an outdoor or indoor session. 801-728-3317.

And until next time, America.