Review and Result // Mitchener Twin Children Portraits

“I had prepared for my kids to be shy and scared for their photo shoot. Within minutes they weren’t just enjoying the photo shoot, they had made a new best friend in Ashley. The way she connected with them was more than I knew I wanted it to be. She captures moments in them because of the connection she made with them. I had been looking forward to this photo shoot and it was an absolutely magical experience. Ashley is in every way incredible and her photography is stunning.”- Jensenne

Thank you for the generous review, Jensenne and Mark.


In addition to booking her annual family portraits this year, Alicia Sanford added an extension to document her beautiful cranberry linen creation.

I love the happy humming vibration of handmade things. Handmade and uniquely designed clothing is so rare, a dying art. The contrast of factory-fast disposable clothing makes seeing the value of one-of-a-kind pieces very obvious. This dress carries the energy of Alicia’s learning and flow. It tells the story of cut fabric, folding and pinned, of broken needles and late night frustrations, of Liberty of London details and the perfect weight for October.

Artists and their art make the world go round.


Seems premature to write “update” on a forum that is so entirely uninformed about Ultraviolet Studios to begin with, but I cannot be worried and undone by what hasn’t been done. So we’ll start here.

This morning we drove to the studio after having paid the lease for the first month the day before. For me, Ultraviolet has been an act of entire faith. Not faith I referred to 10 years ago that was tied up in “knowing” or assurance but real live “WHAT THE HELL ARE WE DOING?” faith. Faith that is not seen or known. And I’ve realized its texture. Faith that is created by something unseen, but possible and magical.

I’ve been pit-in-the-stomach sick to one degree or another for well over 6 months. One of the greatest assets and appreciations that comes from massively risky undertakings is the learning. Last month, while healing from my knee surgery, I learned the difference between sinking stomach sensations of the intuition and the pit stomach sick that comes from taking a risk and stepping outside of comfort on your own beautiful behalf. I had never learned that; not in this way. In hindsight, I’ve known this distinction, but it always came to me in times of trauma or massive hardship. I didn’t know (more learning) that understanding the difference between intuition signaling and fear were felt differently when electing to elevate yourself, your family, and your community- which is what Ultraviolet Studios is all about.

So to my point- today a new sensation came to me as we walked in the studio. The familiar pit-in-the-gut groaning fear that has been taunting and ever-present since last March (when I found the studio) and grew greater and more defined in May (when we signed our contract) was quiet. Totally and completely replaced with deep excitement and a feeling that borders on conquering, We paid our first rent yesterday. Writing each little letter and number for our November check was a joy. We saved, we worked, we planned, we risked, we went without in areas that don’t count for us. Our fear of one thing (Can we afford that lease?) became a question we answered. And I’m proud of us.



Colby and Alicia live a life of intention and artful trust that I deeply admire. This is our second time collaborating to make portraits of their family. This time Faye greeted me by name. She’s grown. We all have, but most obvious is her growth. She answered a question of, “Faye, what kind of cheese do you like?” with “SWISS!”. Her parents erupted in laughter and so did I.

We didn’t spend nearly as much time at the Sanford home as last year, opting to visit nearby Rock Canyon Park- exploding with the happy subtle fall colors often found in Colby’s home-centric painted celebrations of home and family relationships. The weather was brisk, the colors rich, and the sky was perfectly overcast (my preferred climate for photo session days).

This session Alicia wore a stunning red linen two-piece dress that she sewed and an abstract pattern crop. Colby’s knit cap and Faye’s cardigan are also Alicia’s creations. It is so easy to join Colby in seeing Faye and Alicia as generous muses.

See Colby’s prolific and moving painting HERE


I am so honored to have been interviewed by SD Voyager’s Artist series. Local Utah photographer, Claire Marika Buys recommended me to the magazine for this interview. The interview process was a very helpful and timely opportunity for me. This has been an incredible year for me both personally and professionally. 2018 marks my 10th year working as a professional photographer. This seemingly short and eventful decade has made me lucky, stretched, wrong, confident, unsure, naive, expanded, focused, and deepened. Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone- but it is for me.

I have a deep appreciation for my clients and our relationships, both private and commercial, who have supported my work through the years. I wanted my interview to feel celebratory and grateful- because I am.

“I can’t help but feel love and admiration for each of my clients. For me, adoration means that I do not betray a client’s unique singularity with pre-chosen poses or expectations of what our time together will produce. What a real lucky joy this profession is! To sit (and crouch and run and bend and climb) in the front row of life for an hour or two with other humans always leaves me inspired by their greatness and that makes me so so lucky. Photography matters.”

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