Fox 13 Showcases “Faces of Salt Lake County” Book and Gallery Show

In my last post, I talked about the upcoming “Faces of Salt Lake County” gallery show that is coming up this Friday night. This art book we produced will be unveiled, and the 25 portraits from the book have been printed as large 30 inch prints, and will all be on display.

Chris Jones, Communications Director for the Salt Lake County Mayor’s office went on Fox13’s The Place TV show to talk about our project. He does a great job explaining what this is all about. Here’s that interview.

Here’s a direct link to the story on Fox 13’s website.

I’m excited about this gallery show, and I look forward to seeing you there.

And if you need a new portrait, give me a call, 801-728-3317. It’s a great time to get in the studio for an updated headshot.

And until next time, America.

Art Portraits “Faces of Salt Lake County” Gallery Show and Book Unveiling Friday April 19, 2024

For the last few months I’ve been working on a beautiful art project for Salt Lake County called, “Faces of Salt Lake County.” It’s a series of artsy black and white headshots of immigrants and various faces. SL County interviewed a number of people and gathered their stories. Then I was brought in to do the portraits. I set up a portable studio and photographed each individual with an emphasis on character and personality.

The images turned out wonderfully. And on Friday the 19th of April, Salt Lake County is putting on an event – a gallery show and unveiling of the book we created using these portraits.

The gallery show is put on by Mayor Jenny Wilson’s Book and Media Club. The entire project was organized by the Mayor’s office too. They interviewed various people, compiled their stories, and hired me to photograph each of them. All of that was then compiled into this art book.

Over the course of a few months, I regularly set up a studio on location to photograph various individuals. I looked for parts of their personality to bring out and highlight, and lit everyone with a unique artsy style using directional light to show character. The results are fantastic. I can’t share how excited I am to have these images published in a book and on display for this gallery show.

There’s about 25 portraits that will be on display, and the Thomas S. Monson ballroom where they’ll be shown is a gorgeous room.

If you’d like a fun date night on Friday, April 19th, come out to this event.

And if you need some new portraits, perhaps an updated business headshot, give me a call at 801-728-3317.

Until next time, America.

BlackRapid Photo-Moto Ride 2023 – Part 4

Once a year, some photographer friends of mine get together for a multi-state motorcycle ride. For the last few years, it’s been branded and put on by Ron Henry, the founder of BLACKRAPID. This is the last and 4th part in this series documenting this year’s ride. (See Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3.)

As everyone headed out from the Santa Barbara docs in their various directions, Mike Ridinger, his son Cade, and myself made a route home that would take us on backroads through Death Valley and the Utah Salt Flats.

Cade as the passenger on Mike’s bike would check routes and give us options as we rode. It allowed us to avoid all the LA traffic and large freeways clogged with cars, and instead take the most beautiful scenic side routes in California.

We slowly weaved our way northeast, spending hours curving through farm land and orchards. It was a completely different view of California than I’ve seen previously. It was a sea of orchards and farms, interspersed with little towns perfect for gas stops.

In one town, there was this building on the left with a series of colors. I stopped to photograph it while changing up clothing. We seemed to go through warm areas, then cold, then rain, then back to warm all along this route. We’d go up mountains and hills, down, and the weather would constantly change.

At one point we stopped along a roadside to change up our clothing and gear. Mike got this photo of me and Cade chatting and looking at the sunset.

It’s amazing how open and wide the country is when you get off the main roads. While stopped, I took a photo of my bike on the side of the road.

As we looked off at the sunset behind us, we were amazed by the colors and the layers of mountain peaks in the distance.

As we continued on into the twilight, we found a town with a suitable hotel and got some dinner for the night.

The next day we got up, packed our bikes, and headed for Death Valley. It started out as a hot morning, and as we rode through this area, we had no internet. But Mike’s thermometer consistently showed we were in the 100º-115º range depending on our elevation. At this temperature, the “wind-chill” that happens when you ride is actually makes the temperature feel even hotter. At a certain temperature point, the wind blowing past you as you ride isn’t cooler, but hotter.

Being this hot, this was a great place to stop to eat, cool down and gas up. I liked this old truck with the sign saying, “Last Gas for 45 minutes.” Gas out here is far and few between – as we find out later. But first, we absolutely enjoyed our time and Death Valley. My phone kept shutting down from the heat, even if I put it in my pocket out of the sun. At one point, we visited a gift shop, and I put my phone in the ice cream freezer to get it to start working again.

From Death Valley we headed to a town called Tonopah to fill up – it’s the last gas station for 170 miles on the way to Ely, Nevada. Mike’s gas tank is bigger than mine, but I had some spare gas on me too, just in case. My tank, with normal riding can go about 120-140 miles before I run out of gas and have to switch to my reserve tank, where I’ll get another 30 miles. It was cutting it close on making it the 170, but we were too far away from anything for another route, plus I did have extra gas on board.

So we gassed up and headed out to Ely. Along the way we’d talk and re-calculate, wondering how close to town I’d get. Eventually, my main tank gave out and I switched to reserve. Eventually, that gave out and I poured the rest of my gas I had with me in my tank and we continued on. When that puttered out, we were about 9 miles from town. Mike and Cade went ahead into town to get me gas, while I pulled over and watched the night and the empty road. Before long, they were back with extra gas for me and we went on into town, got a hotel, and talked about our day’s adventures over dinner.

The next day we headed to Wendover, Utah, dodging storm clouds and getting hit at one point with the edge of a wild rain storm. I shot this image at a Mexican restaurant were we cooled down and got some lunch.

With a new tank of gas, we went out to the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah.

We took some time to enjoy the flats and photograph our bikes on the stark, white salt. My blue bike really popped with the color scheme of the flats – blue sky and white clouds and salt.

Mike brought a small studio flash and we had some fun playing with lighting on the Salt Flats.

From here we headed home to my place in Utah, a few more hours to the east to relax, eat, and decompress. The next day Mike and Cade packed up and headed home to Lewiston, Idaho. It was the end of a great adventure. Over 2100 miles and friendship and adventure.

And on a portrait note, kids are back in school and fall weather is coming. It’s the perfect time to update family and kids’ portraits before the pretty green dies off. Give me a call at 801-728-3317 and let’s set something up.

And until next time, America.

BlackRapid Photo-Moto Ride 2023 – Part 3

Once a year, some photographer friends of mine get together for a multi-state motorcycle ride. For the last few years, it’s been branded and put on by Ron Henry, the founder of BLACKRAPID. This is part 3 of this year’s ride. (See Part 1 and Part 2.)

Waking up in Santa Barbara, we all hit the road looking for the curviest highways we could find. I took these images off-hand with an SLR camera slung on my shoulder, pointing backwards – using a BLACKRAPID sling (of course) to avoid dropping it on the pavement below. I love how these turned out. I love seeing the group hug the road on the curves, the gorgeous sky, and all the beautiful terrain we rode through.

Ron took us on a particular backroad that was mostly secluded. It was quite a pretty place to stop and take some photos.

I really like my pretty blue bike, and how the blue pops against different backgrounds. So at this stop I took a few angles of my ride. These kinds of images make great small prints for the house to look back on our adventures.

I always try to photographed the team now and then too. When the group would stop to talk for a minute, I’d swing my camera up and get these images.

At one point, I got out my drone for some group photos, but first took a test shot – a drone selfie (… a dronie perhaps?).

With the drone set up, I got some group shots with everyone standing by their bikes, and then looking down for the abstract angles on the bikes.

You can see Ron here looking up with his hands out.

We eventually hit a small town called Solvang. It’s a Danish inspired town with fun buildings and architecture. It’s a great place to stop, photograph, and perhaps stay a bit to enjoy the food and the ambiance. Everything about the town was quaint and lovely.

Our bikes looked especially good lined up in this cute town.

From there, we headed back to our hotels in Santa Barbara to eat, relax, and compare stories about the day. That night as we talked, we realized that various people needed to head in different directions, and this seemed to be the best place to split up.

So the next morning, before everyone took off, we went out to the Santa Barbara board walk. I got out my drone for an abstract shot looking down on us and our bikes. 

Ron was wearing his official BLACKRAPID Moto-Ride sweatshirt.

And of course one more shot with Ron before everyone headed out in their various directions.

And as different groups headed out, I got a shot of them each leaving, driving off down the boardwalk.

As Mike and I left, I got this image of him and Cade behind me. But before that, Mike, Cade, and I hung out a bit longer, figuring out a route home to Utah – avoiding freeways and focusing on curvy backroads. We found an outdoor breakfast place and ate as we planned and talked tings through. Then we headed out through some beautiful California country.

As we drove, Cade was our travel agent, checking routes, available gas stations and hotel options. Our route home through Death Valley and the Utah Salt Flats will be featured in the final Part 4 coming up.

In the meantime, it’s time to updated kids’ photos as well as your family portrait before the beautiful summer green dies off.

Give me a call at 801-728-3317 and let’s set something up.

And until next time, America.

BlackRapid Photo-Moto Ride 2023 – Part 2

Once a year, some photographer friends of mine get together for a multi-state motorcycle ride. For the last few years, it’s been branded and put on by Ron Henry, the founder of BLACKRAPID. This is part 2 of this year’s ride. (See Part 1 here.)

After waking up in California, we headed up the coast through various towns.

We picked up a new rider and photographer in California named Robyn Richardson. Being from the area, she led us on some curvy and beautiful roads as we moved through the state. We eventually stopped at a famous biker stop called the Rock Store on Mulholland Highway in the Santa Monica Mountains. The owner gave us a tour of his place, and we stayed for a bit to order food and eat outside.

From there we explored various roads and highways, hitting mist and fog, sunshine, and a bit of rain. Here’s some of the photographs I created as we rode.

There’s some famous biker stops along the way, and we stopped to see them all. Neptune’s Net is one, and it was set in a beautiful location.

Here’s a selfie of Ron Henry (founder of BLACKRAPID) and I.

From there we went up the road a bit to look off a cliff and hang out. I got out my small drone and created this fun group portrait overlooking the ocean.

We eventually landed in Santa Barbara, and got hotel rooms for the night, ate dinner and relaxed – talking about our adventures and planning out next day’s ride.

Coming up in Part 3, we explore the small roads and towns surrounding Santa Barbara. The creative side of my brain really loves to see the world as abstract squares, so I’m often running away from the group here and there to capture the square abstract in my mind. Here’s some of these from these two days in this area.

Coming up, I’ll share more images from our ride through California (part 3), then our ride home through Death Valley and the Utah Salt Flats (part 4).

In the meantime, it’s back to school week here in Utah. It’s time to updated kids’ photos as well as your family portrait before the beautiful summer green dies off.

Give me a call at 801-728-3317 and let’s set something up.

And until next time, America.

BlackRapid Photo-Moto Ride 2023 – Part 1

Once a year, some photographer friends of mine get together for a multi-state motorcycle ride. For the last few years, it’s been branded and put on by Ron Henry, the founder of BLACKRAPID. I do a lot of commercial work for BLACKRAPID and have long loved the brand. If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, they make the best camera straps in the industry and are the most comfortable and versatile strap I’ve used.

Ron has a place in California, so this year we did a ride down to his place and toured around California. It started with Mike Ridinger and his son Cade, driving from Lewiston Idaho down to my place in Utah. Then we took a couple days to ride out to California. Being photographers, we stop along the way to photograph anything that catches our eye.

From my place to Ron’s, then touring California and back, was over 2100 miles.

The rule of riding is to avoid freeways and straight roads. We prefer the curvy, less used highways that take a bit longer and cut through small, older towns. These places are passed over by all the travelers on faster roads, in a hurry to “make good time” and get somewhere fast. We may ride fast, but our emphasis is on “good,” not “time.” We stop to take pictures, backtrack to hit a curvier, prettier road, or search out the highly-recommended small town burger stop.

Heading south through the backroads of Utah, we were constantly avoiding rain clouds. At one point we were in the clear area between three different rain storms surrounding us.

This way of traveling meant we rarely saw anyone on these pretty Utah backroads. The wide-open country was just ours.

By nightfall we had hit St. George, Utah, and needed to reluctantly use the freeway to get to Mesquite, Nevada to stay for the night.

The next morning we gassed up in Vegas, and then headed south-west through the desert heat on more backroads.

My attention is always caught by abandoned signs. These old roads used to be the main roads before freeways, so they’re littered with the remnants of old signs from motels and gas stations. When I look back on my photographs from the trip, I have tons of images of old abandoned signs. This one was particularly pretty.

When we arrived in Palm Desert, California, we met up with Ron and our friend Angel who rode in from Arizona. Then we all went to eat in the swanky town.

Coming up, I’ll share images from our ride through California (parts 2 and 3), then our ride home through Death Valley and the Utah Salt Flats (part 4).

In the meantime, the summer heat here in Utah is dropping. It’s the perfect time for family portraits outdoors in my studio gardens or even inside in the studio.

Give me a call at 801-728-3317 and let’s set something up.

And until next time, America.

Wedding Album for Megan & Tres

During Covid, the Governor’s mandates closed wedding venues and religious buildings, so weddings moved into people’s homes. Megan and Tres had a gorgeous wedding at the end of 2020, and I have wanted for some time to share their album design. I’ve now got it on my blog, and this video shows each page of the album.

I like sharing entire albums because people will often say, “My wedding photographer shot thousands of images, but only about 5 turned out. The rest are blurry or our faces are dark. You got to be really lucky to get a good image.”

My answer is, “No. I create amazing images all day without excuse, regardless of location, time of day, or weather.” That’s why I like to share entire weddings so you can see that every page and every portrait is stunning. There’s nothing lucky about this. I control lighting with studio gear on location, so that whether we’re outside, inside, or even in a storm, your portraits look amazing.

So even though this wedding was in a variety of difficult locations (like being in a home, outdoors in the freezing cold, and ends on a rainy, foggy day), you’ll see that every page is gorgeous.

This video goes through all the wonderful images and page designs. Each double page spread is designed as a mini story, sharing the important moments of the day. Each spread is designed to be magical and eye-catching, so that no matter where you happen to open the album, there will be impact.

These are not designed with quick drag-and-drop or speedy auto-design software. It’s laid out by hand, meticulously page by page to make sure that each image is presented in exactly the right way.

This wedding couple is so beautiful and great together. I love the story of this album. I can’t get enough of these two, and have been thinking of some sample prints to make up from this wedding. Just look at this opening page. I love this design, with the mountains and deep blue sky framing in the new couple. The bride’s dress is swooped out to match the lines of the mountain sides.

After getting ready, we battled the cold to create some portraits alone on a nearby walking path. The warm colors surrounding the couple in these is so inviting and beautiful.

We then mixed in some new family portraits with the little kids. And you’ll notice that faces are clear and skin tones are natural while at the same time skies and backgrounds are vivid. This clarity is unique and created with studio lighting on location – not haphazard, “natural light,” which leaves faces dull, skin blotchy, and skies white and blown out. The expressions on the kids are cute and natural, and everyone looks great.

With this control of light, we can create some epic portraits that are crystal clear of the bride and groom. The skies are vivid blue, mountains clear, and the bride and groom are not blurry. Their faces are clear and in focus, and their skin tones are perfect and natural.

The action sequences are fun but beautiful. I love this cake and the expressions on the couple in this series.

During covid, the LDS temples were closed. But later when they opened the couple was able to get an appointment to be sealed. This was months later at the Draper LDS Temple, and I came to finish the wedding album with some beautiful, foggy, temple portraits.

Without excuse, we’ll get some beautiful images. On this particular morning, it was a really cold, rainy, and foggy. But a little pop of light in the right places, and the couple really stands out and the sky shows it’s true color tones of being dark and gray. The rain and fog just add drama to these images, making this an unforgettable morning.

The spring flowers mixed with the tall lines of the temple, made for a gorgeous set of images. These are just some of the highlights. There’s a lot more from this album, and you can see it all in the video above.

If you’re getting married and would like beautiful images without excuse, no matter the time of day, location, or weather, give me a call – 801-728-3317.

And until next time, America.

Images from Lighting & Creativity Workshop in Texas (Part 2 Texas School 2021 Follow Up)

If you’re a photographer, it’s time again to book your seat at Texas School. What is Texas School? It’s a big once-a-year event where you spend a week with an instructor of your choice. It’s where you have the ability to do a deep-dive into lighting, social dynamics and expression, and your business. The event is in April, but registration opens tonight. It’s good to book your seat early.

This awesome video was created by my wrangler, Robert Ray. I think it really shows the feel of the event. I posted some images from the event already of the red-headed model. It’s worth checking those images out here.

We practice on individual models because we’re working on specific skills and drills. But throughout the week we build out into posing and working with groups. It means understanding how to first nail the individual portrait, then incorporate that into couples, then families, and then very large extended family groups.

I set up multiple studios for photographers to try various things. Each studio is set up differently, and there are various challenges so that photographers are individually pushed into new areas. We do a mix of indoor studio, outdoor, and even mixed lighting indoors like what we might encounter at a wedding reception or corporate portrait shoot. The challenge is to quickly nail the lighting on multiple levels (color balance, exposure, and perfect angles for the models skin, eyes, face, waist, etc.). The image should look retouched before we do any retouching.

With different models with different personalities, one challenge is to continually create new images with new poses that work with and tell a story about the subject’s personality. A viewer should feel who the model is, by just looking at a portrait. And of course lighting must continually be nailed, without excuse – inside, outside, mixed lighting, matching with difficult backgrounds.


The photographers in my class do most of the shooting, trying out certain drills or challenges. But I need to demo certain techniques here and there, so here’s some of the images I created. Keep in mind, these were all shot in short 2-5 minute segments per model. The rest of the time is for the photographers in the class to shoot. This model I photographed with only natural light and then with a pop-up flash. It was a lesson on how to create under pressure, with a lack of equipment.

Next, this cute young girl was a dancer. I wanted to show first how to get her to relax and get real expressions, and secondly how to light her so well that she doesn’t need any retouching. The glow of her skin and light in her eyes is all done with lighting. 

With lots of different models, looks, and personalities, it’s a lot of fun creating new portraits.


If you’re a photographer and would like to attend, find all the details here on my training website.

And if you’re a client and ready for some new headshots or portraits, give me a call at 801-728-3317.

Charity Santa Photos for Refugee Kids

Yesterday, I spent the day setting up and photographing a solid line of refugee kids with Santa. I was asked by my friend Marley who’s involved with a charity called Care Cuts. My good friend and fellow photographer, Cory Waite came to help me, and over the course of a few hours, Cory and I photographed a ton of kids and families.

Here’s a quick light test of the gear and setup before photographing all the kids – Marley, Cory, and me with Santa.

A lot of kids were photographed as families or groups, like this. I especially liked this little boy and his bowtie.

This was a great Santa. He was a lot of fun and did a great job. At one point when we took a break and Santa got up, I quickly sat in his chair with my remote. We got a couple funny shots when he came back to sit next to me.

The charity is called Care Cuts because they give free haircuts at specific pop-up events like these. So besides these Santa photos, people could also get free haircuts. The place was packed all day.

Here are some of the main people from the Charity.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas. And until next time, America.

Elle, Miss Draper 2020

I had the pleasure of creating the official portraits of Elle, Miss Draper 2020. She’s an accomplished young woman and was a joy to photograph. Her personality was sweet and gracious, and she’s an absolute beauty. We had so many beautiful images, it was hard to choose favorites.

As we began the shoot, I realized that I had photographed her many years ago as a cute little 8 year old girl here in the studio.

And she just happened to be wearing a white dress again, so I used my same white chair with her on our new photo shoot to continue the theme from when she was 8.

I love seeing these images back to back. It’s rewarding to create images like this for people, to capture particular times in their lives, and see the changes in them over time. As you can see, Elle was a natural in front of the camera. She was poised and very photogenic.

After getting a variety of beautiful images the we could use as official portraits, it was time to have some fun. I changed up the lighting and shot a series of personality images up close. I loved them all and created a gorgeous collage of the images.


It was an honor to create these images for Draper City and the Miss Draper girls. They just ended their terms, and passed the crowns down to the new Draper royalty. Soon we’ll be creating some official portraits of these new winners too.

Here’s 4 Miss Drapers: Mandi Brady, director of the Miss Draper pageant, Miss Draper 2020 and the new 2021 winner, and Mandi’s mom. Mandi’s mom has worked and helped Mandi quite a bit too.

If you’d like some beautiful portraits created, it’s a great time. We can beat the unusual summer heat outside by creating images in the studio (like Elle’s portraits), or we can do some outdoors right here in the studio gardens, or we can do a bit of both.

Give me a call at 801-728-3317 and let’s set something up.

And until next time, America.

Images from Lighting & Creativity Workshop in Texas (Part 1 Texas School 2021 Follow Up)

I just got back from teaching at my big one-week hands on lighting event, Texas School. It’s where photographers can sign up to spend an entire week with one instructor and learn hands on with equipment and models. It’s a mix of both classroom instruction and actual shooting.

I demo various techniques in order to give challenges for photographers to each try. I like starting in a studio, then adding lights and complexity, then moving out on location with lighting gear to tackle common lighting problems.

One of my wranglers, Bob Ray, shot video and behind the scenes footage of me and created this cool video.

One of the key things I like to emphasize is doing as much in camera and with lighting as possible. That way the images look as if they’re already retouched before editing them. Knowing how to light a woman really well saves time in post production. That time can better be spent doing detailed and fine retouching on the key portraits, or even painting over the image as this image shows below.

During this event, I only shoot each model for a few moments in order to demo ideas and get some good sample images for the models. The rest of the time is for the photographers in attendance to shoot. But here’s some of my favorites that I created in these short moments.

If you’d like some fun and beautiful new portraits in studio or out on location, give me a call at 801-728-3317. Spring is here and it’s perfect outside to create something magical of you.

And if you’re a photographer and would like more training, check out my live events as well as online courses at

And until next time, America.

Bry Cox Featured on BlackRapid Podcast

I was recently featured on the BlackRapid podcast. The episode is going live today but was recorded November 2020 during the Covid lockdowns.

In this episode I talk with Ron Henry (BlackRapid’s founder) about creativity, style, adding emotion to images, commercial photography, lighting, adapting during Covid, and motorcycles of course.

You can listen to this podcast in your favorite podcast players on your phone, or you can listen right here on the BlackRapid Podcast page:

Recording the BlackRapid Podcast

During Covid, one of the things I’ve been doing on the side is doing work for BlackRapid, including recording, engineering, and editing the BlackRapid Podcast. It’s been fun listening to Ron Henry interview great photographers and artists.

Some of these guests photograph Hollywood TV shows and movies (like Hopper Stone, Koury Angelo), others photograph iconic and famous bands (like Henry Diltz, Robert Knight, and Mark Doyle), and others are musicians and creatives (like Billy McCarthy).

I’m usually silent in the background, but occasionally you’ll hear me answer a question. But near the end on Mike Ridinger’s interview, I come in and we all talk about motorcycles and photography.

If you’re a creative, I highly recommend checking out this podcast to listen to some incredible artists.

Other Podcasts with Bry Cox

Over the years, I’ve been the guest on other photography and religious podcasts. I’ve made a page that links to all of them here if you’d like to hear more.

Until next time, America.