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Concert Video and Photos for Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand Concert, Sandy Amphitheater June 2017

For more years than I can remember, warm weather here in Utah is marked by photographing outdoor concerts for Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand. They are always beautiful summer nights under the stars, soaking in great music. Just recently I shot Ryan’s big Utah show at the Sandy Amphitheater doing both video production and shooting photographs for the band’s promotional needs.

First, the promo video of Ryan just solo playing fiddle, mandolin, and singing along with a looper pedal. This was a huge project, shot with about 6 cameras, and included a ton of grading and editing to cut it all together with the right feel and storytelling. If you look closely, you can see me because one of my cameras catches me on stage at the very beginning and end of the video. Here’s the video. See what you think.

Bands are like any other business, they need great photos for advertising and promotion. Photographs are your storefront. People often say that a website is your storefront, because clients see that first and make buying decisions based on your site. But the truth is that your website is only as good as the photographs on it. Poor photographs – poor website. Great photographs – great website. Photos tell the story of your business, who you are, the show quality of what you’re offering.

Lighting is everything in a photo, and concerts are especially difficult with the constantly changing stage lighting. The values, intensity, and colors are constantly changing and the musicians are always on the move. There’s no redos. And that’s exactly why I love photographing concerts They’re an exhilarating creative challenge and I know that no one else can capture or get what I get. Hopefully when you see these images, it feels like you’re right there.

If your band or business needs some great photography to better showcase your brand, give me a call at 801-728-3317. I’d love to create something amazing for you.

And until next time, America.

Trajan & Micaela’s Baby at 4 Months

My good friend Trajan and his wife Micaela have a new beautiful baby boy. He’s has the best smile and I had the blessing of photographing him at his 4 month mark. Here’s a video showing the shoot.

I love photographing babies, and having this baby in the studio was extra fun. He laughed, smiled, and gave me a bunch of cute expressions, and was a good sport throughout. Lighting is always key to making baby’s eyes, skin, and coloring pop, while also keeping them in constant focus. And here in my Utah studio, I have a ton of equipment to make the lighting perfect.

I hope you notice that every one of these baby pictures is tack sharp. That’s not always the case with most photographers. Often they have one eye out of focus, or the nose or outfit is in focus, but the eyes aren’t. And often when they have parents holding the baby then mom or dad or even even all three are all out of focus. But you won’t have those amateur problems here with me. Every picture is perfect, which means they can be printed any size, even enlarged and hung on the wall – no problem.

One idea I love for home art installations for baby portraits are my collages. Here’s one I designed up showing a variety of expressions, along with closeups of his tiny hands and feet.

We had so many great photos of him. The shoot went wonderfully and he just smiled at me over and over. Here’s one of my favorites of him smiling, making a great stand-alone photograph or as a trio.


He was already getting big for my wrap, but I thought it was cute with his feet sticking out. 

And this shoot made for a fun excuse to get out my little knit hats and try some of them on him. He placated us by just sleeping soundly during this process.

But then when we changed the studio up for another set of photos, he laughed and played which was perfect for showing his tiny hands and feet. 

This little baby was so fun to work with. His personality really showed through and we got a lot of variety. If you have a new baby, give me a call. And if you have a friend that needs some beautiful baby portraits, send them my way. It’s always fun to have babies in the studio and I am a master at lighting them. My number is 801-728-3317.

And until next time, America.

Windy Winter Mountain Shoot with Nicholette in Utah

The wind was bitter cold as we hiked up through the snow to a small overlook in our nearby Utah canyon. The climb was slippery and full of tall new powder that went well past my knees and nearly to my waist at one point. Once at the top, the wind was stronger and even more frigid so we worked fast, also because we needed to beat the setting sun. The entire shoot was maybe 20 minutes long before we headed back down the mountain, yet in that short amount of time we got some great photographs. Here are some of my favorites.

Utilizing some specialized lighting techniques, I punched up background with more blue tones to enhance the cold feeling, while simultaneously adding warm light to the model. It makes her stand out dramatically, while also creating a visual separation between her and the background. And with her beautifully dramatic features, I used a more sharp, commercial/fashion style of lighting too to really enhance her cheekbones and eye shape. I love how these all turned out.

For this one, I also created an animation with slow motion snow that falls around her. Notice that the snow falls around her, some in front, most in back.


I love the changing direction, the wind, and how great these all look. This time of night worked beautifully for this deep-blue look. And the final images are captivating.

If you’re in need of a great set of images, either for work or commercial use, or for your own personal needs – give me a call. 801-728-3317. I’d love to create something amazing for you, outdoors in the Utah snow or here in the studio. It’s a great time to create some wonderful photographs.

And until next time, America.

Cold & Colorful Outdoor Shoot with Nikola

I had a very fun shoot with Nikola outside, despite the frigid 12º-15º temperatures. Nikola was especially great to shoot, and she was a great sport too – never complaining about the freezing cold. The cool, foggy air of downtown Salt Lake City made for some beautiful backdrops and I wanted to accent that with some creative lighting skills.

We battled the cold and took advantage of the beautiful foggy air, accenting it even more with some specialized lighting techniques to add a color shift and punch to the images. For instance in these first few images, I lit her in a way to make the skyline behind go a deeper blue. That contrast between cool and warm colors really makes her pop out, and it accentuates the cold feeling of the night.

These close ups are killer! I love her subtle expression, the look in her eye, and the color makes the image all the more interesting to me.

Here we have a mix of cool and warm colors again. It adds depth to the photograph, and makes the image feel more three-dimensional. Most photographers in comparison sadly use a very “flat” style of lighting. Their images are often muddy, dull, or blown out. The problem is that a photograph is already flat, and a flat picture on flat paper doesn’t have as much impact. I work hard to create dimension. I want to draw people into the images I create and make them stare and feel as if they could step into the photograph. That extra work I think gives images more of an emotional impact. I hope people can see the difference in what I offer.

These laughing images just show how much fun these photo shoots are. You can tell it’s cold, but you wouldn’t believe how cold by this genuine smile.

Finding some cover from the harsh wind, we stepped into this stoop for a few photographs. I really like the colors and textures and how they mix and blend well with her.


Shooting along this brick wall was great. I love the color harmony, and Nikola’s gorgeous hair ties in beautifully.

While speaking for Adobe at the national photography convention (ImagingUSA) this last week in San Antonio, I felt blessed to have a packed ballroom of about 1,000 people. I used these images in my demo on stage, and part of that demo was creating this trio below from scratch. I really liked the genuineness of her laughing images, so I combined them into a framed trio design to tell a story in three images. 

And finally, this serious image is just killer.

Thank you to Nikola for the fun shoot and her good-naturedness despite the freezing cold Utah weather. Often this time of year I’m shooting in the warm studio, but for this shoot I really wanted to create something different. And we got some incredible photographs by utilizing that cold air with some really creative lighting styles.

If you’re in need of some awesome photographs (even despite weather problems like frigid cold), give me a call at 801-728-3317. I’d love to create something awesome for you.

And until next time, America.

Wildhorn Outfitters Video Shoot for Beach Tent

On a recent cold day here in Utah before the snow hit, we needed to shoot an outdoor video commercial for a new beach tent for Wildhorn Outfitters. It’s a very cool tent with built-in poles that pops up in seconds. It’s great for car-camping or a as a cabana for a day at the beach.

I scouted locations near me and found a great beach with the right look, and talked my good friend Tara into being our model and spokesperson for the video. We really needed someone great to carry the video and she killed it as I knew she would. Her personality shines through and it makes the commercial very entertaining. She’s always been easy and beautiful to photograph, plus she’s a die-hard outdoor enthusiast with instant cred – exactly what we needed for this commercial.

So with some custom lighting, sound, and color work, plus a great location, spokesperson, and a very cool tent to showcase, we have a very sharp and professional video that’s fun to watch. See what you think.

And for social media, here’s a quick cut as a 37 sec overview.

You may not know this, but I do quite a bit of commercial work. My lighting skills set me a part in my portrait work, but perfect lighting is also key to creating great product photographs. Here’s some of the work I did for this tent both in studio and on location.

First, the carry bag and all the pieces that come with the tent.

And here are some angles showing the tent set up with the screen and canopy up. One of the things that makes this tent unique is the canopy and shade options. If you’re a customer shopping for a tent online, you really need to see his visually.

As you saw from the video, this top mechanism pops the pole tension into place. You just stand the tent up and pop this. 

Here’s the tent at the beach, again all custom lighting to make everything pop. Even the sky has a great deep blue to it.

They also make a number of products like this really cool camp chairs. I got me one because they’ve very comfortable and pack a lot smaller than any other chair I’ve seen.

And Wildhorn has these cool fat feet that don’t sink into the sand or dirt when you sit in the chair. 

And here is one more example from the beach shoot, a shot of their beach blankets all packed up, and in various colors. 

If you’re looking for a cool Christmas gift, check out the gear that Wildhorn Outfitters has available (also on Amazon).

And if you’re needing some great video or commercial photography for your business, give me a call. There’s a lot I can do right here in the studio while it’s cold outside, plus I can make a lot of locations work beautifully right now too. Give me a call at 801-728-3317.

And until next time, America.

Bry Cox Image on Cover of Salt Lake Bride / Wedding So Easy

I was asked to provide an image for the cover of Salt Lake Bride / WeddingSoEasy and I had a few suggestions that matched their fall theme. But they already had a particular image in mind.

I created this image a few years ago on an airport runway. Because one of the fathers was a pilot, the wedding reception was held at a ballroom of a commercial jetway building, right on the runway. At twilight, I brought the bride and groom outside along with some other lighting gear to create a series of images with the awesome, post-sunset sky.

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And here is a closeup to show the interaction between these two, because the internet just doesn’t show detail like it should. Notice how even after dark, their skin tones look great, they’re being sculpted by the light, but they are not bombarded with light. It’s just a touch in the right places to bring out them in their best way while also making the sky being them pop a magical blue.

For the couple, I finished this image as a long, slim-line canvas for their wall. And it’s really fun seeing it again – this time on the cover of Salt Lake Bride.brycox_wedding_runway2-900p

Here’s the cover with the image cropped in vertically.

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If you’re getting married and are looking for a great photographer, give me a call at 801-728-3317. And if you’re at all unsure, here’s a quick 1-minute video on my lighting style and why you’ll look amazing.

And until next time, America.

Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand

Warm weather and summer in Utah has been marked for many years for me by outdoor concerts by my friend, Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand. Last week he performed at the Sandy Amphitheater and I was there to capture some new and energetic concert pictures.

I know that tomorrow he’ll also be performing in Layton Utah and the amphitheater there, and his full schedule for Utah and out-of-state gigs are all on his website at Shupe.net. Whether you’ve been to one of his shows before or have never been, they are always great. The concerts have energy, are full of heart, and attract all ages.
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If your band or business needs some great photography to showcase your brand, give me a call at 801-728-3317. I’d love to create something amazing for you.

And until next time, America.

Liz & Dewayne’s Wedding Album

I’m really excited to share the finished wedding album for Liz & Dewayne’s wedding. I love being a part of weddings and producing these awesome albums for couples and find fulfillment in seeing how all of the work comes together in these gorgeous products. I shot a video of me going through the book page by page. I talked about my approach to photographing weddings and how my offerings are different and unique. Then at the 4:45 minute mark I share each page of Liz and Dewayne’s album. I uploaded a full HD version of the video so you could watch it with clarity and with more detail full-screen if you’re so inclined.

Liz and Dewayne are a great couple to work with and their previous shoots that I’ve posted to my blog and Facebook have created a huge response, so aside from my own excitement, I know there are a lot of people who want to see their final book.   Here are some of the double-page spreads from their album.

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If you are getting married and want the best possible romantic and beautifully lit photographs possible, give me a call at 801-728-3317 and let’s talk more about your dream day.

Until next time, America.

Concert Pics from Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand Show

I recently shot concert photographs for Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand, and here are some of my favorites.

Concerts are a fun and creative challenge for me photographically. My specialty is lighting, and I don’t like creating normal images. I want images that pop emotionally and artistically, and that means controlling the lighting. But during a concert I can’t use custom lighting techniques and set up a portable studio on location like I might with other type shoots. Instead I have to use the stage lights which are always changing. Making that work means understanding what’s happening with the light and the show, and moving to make it all work from the right angles.

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If you need some images for your business, give me a call. 801-728-3317. I’d love to create something great for you.

New Portraits for the Doctors of Premiere Wellness in Utah

Premiere Wellness has been updating their website and needed new and professional portraits of their doctors. In doing this shoot I thought about myself and what I would look for in a doctor based on an online photo. I would search not just for credentials and experience, but also look to see if a doctor seemed approachable and kind in their photo. Are they going to listen to me and customize their care based on my needs? These doctors explained to me that this is exactly how they work, so their photo needed to show that. That means images that are professional, beautifully lit, and have an emphasis on emotion and personality.BryCox_Wellness-07

Premiere Wellness offers chiropractic care, physical therapy and holistic treatments from Dr. Kory Brahnam (center), Dr. Evan Brady (left), and Dr. Jared Anderson (right). Aside from the group portrait, we also did individual images of each doctor for their website as well as on business cards and in papers and for speeches they might give.
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I’m excited about how these look and would be happy to photograph you for your business needs. I am based in Utah and mainly work in the Salt Lake area, but travel all over the country for clients who want the best possible portraits. Give me a call at 801-728-3317 and let’s create something great for you.

Until next time, America.

Teaching Fashion and Creative Photography for a Week in Texas

Every year for one week in the spring, I teach an intense week-long workshop in Texas for photographers who fly in from all over the country, and sometimes other countries as well. I am back from that event and am mostly recovered (as I get little to sometimes no sleep each night), and wanted to share some of the images I created while I was there sharing my entire system, everything from lighting, to digital workflow, to business.

This event is always amazing and inspirational, and this time in particular I have come home to some of the best thank you emails and calls from the photographers that I think I’ve ever had. I really appreciate it. I feel honored and grateful to be a mentor to photographers and help them learn and do better.

So I have specific steps to creating a portrait that I share. The trick is to get exquisite lighting, truly capture someone’s personality, and also nail everything technically as well for perfect skin tones, perfect brightness and contrast, perfect eyes, and fantastic expressions that draw you in as a viewer.

And with perfect images, it means I can spend some time on the computer doing artistic work rather than corrective work, so I have fun creating paintings, collages, and creating other art pieces.

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Here I shot this model against a studio background using a specific fashion light setup. Nothing has been retouched, no eyes have been brightened and no skin blurred. All I did was convert to black and white and design this awesome collage that shows a lot of personality.

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When an image is real, it has more power. The mind can tell when something is fake, and by lighting exquisitely and capturing emotion in a real way, the image is far more powerful. Then, if I want to do some artwork on it (like this image below), the image can retain it’s powerful draw because any retouching done to eyes and face is so subtle, that it can’t be seen, and all the heavy artistic work is done to the background.

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Of course I love my paintings, and so I took this same image another direction as well, painting it too.

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Here are more un-retouched images. For variety, I used the curtains in the conference room, and shot these all with one studio light. Again, none of these have been retouched, I just designed up this cool collage showing a variety of poses and emotions to tell a story.

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I also shot this model in the hotel’s bar using the Einstein bulbs hanging in the back as a background. I had to be strategic to hide people in the background, but created this with a very minimal setup.

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I took three images from that set and designed this trio.

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And I shot other models both in studio and out.

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One night in particular, I photograph a slew of models, each for only a few minutes, and each in separate locations around the hotel, inside and out. None of these images are retouched or corrected. These are all straight out of camera. But this also shows one big creative secret, and that is to not shoot the same thing twice – no two images can be the same. To truly be creative, you have to change up each shot making small changes and then big changes, and these thumbnails show that.

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These were shot for the event so I didn’t work up any of them. But if I do, I’ll post them here on my blog.

So a special thanks to my cute models for coming and working with me, to my suppliers and sponsors, and everyone who came out and oversold my class.

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I love speaking and teaching in Texas and love that it’s full of people that pour their whole heart and soul into making it a great event.

And did I mention that I played blues harp in a band there too? Here’s our official band photo shot by the famous John Hartman, shot just before our gig in the hotel’s garage.

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And here we are backstage before going on, shot with my point and shoot camera on a tadpole selfie stick. I’m still hoping to find some video of us playing.

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Well that’s it for now. If you’d like to attend one of my photographic events or get some online training, visit my site for photographer training at BryCoxWORKSHOPS.com.

And 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.