Norway

2016 schedule is live!

Well hello, there!  Happy November. Below you'll find our 2016 travel schedule links, just click on a city near you to sign up for a photo session. Prices for 2016 are the same as last year, and we have added a few new places.  Check it out! Locations are also on the sidebar.  

Have a great day, friends!

Photos from Oslo, Norway.

 

BLUE LILY | Lifestyle Photographer | Salt Lake City, Utah
BLUE LILY | Lifestyle Photographer | Salt Lake City, Utah
BLUE LILY | Lifestyle Photographer | Salt Lake City, Utah
BLUE LILY | Lifestyle Photographer | Salt Lake City, Utah
BLUE LILY | Lifestyle Photographer | Salt Lake City, Utah

Love and acknowledgement

In the summer we like to camp a lot, and it's really something we look forward to. This summer we've done only about 17 days of camping. It's frustrating because we keep running into problems that need solving with autos or computers or simply getting wifi so we can send client photos.

We should be camping right now, but we are in Montana waiting for yet another issue to be solved, and since we needed to have cell reception we needed to find a hotel. Driving along the freeway, we spotted a sign that said "Hotel ahead, water park inside!" 

Well, you know where this is going. We decided to forgo our usual hotwire rates and pay out of pocket for this water park hotel. The kids went nutso with happiness which is always such a nice reward when I am feeling frustrated or out of sorts.  

Fast forward a few hours and there we are with the kids going down the water slides. I was feeling the stress all melt away and it was wonderful acting like a kid, like there were no worries in the world.  This sweet feeling was only enhanced when Isabelle turned to me and whispered, "Mom. When you die, I'm going to write on your tombstone, 'Best mother in the whole world. As in, the most fun.'"

HAHA! 

 

A sweet family from Norway. 

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Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer

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For sale

It's that time again, another random sale of our stuff! I know this time it might have you scratching your heads wondering what we are up to :)

5d mark iii $3150 in box with all accessories purchased in March.

5d mark ii including extra battery but no charger $1200.  Body only.

Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II $1850

Canon 50 f1.4 $300

Canon 24-105 f4 $600

Canon 1.4x tc ii $250

Canon 2.0x tc iii $370

Please email us at bluelilyphoto@gmail.com if interested, and we can send you pictures. If we don't respond right away, it's because we are camping and/or being eaten by a bear. Serious inquiries only, please.

From the Oslo Opera House in Norway. Such a wonderful place.

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Salt Lake Utah   Lifestyle   Photographer
Salt Lake Utah   Lifestyle   Photographer
Salt Lake Utah   Lifestyle   Photographer
Salt Lake Utah   Lifestyle   Photographer
Salt Lake Utah   Lifestyle   Photographer

BLUE LILY | Lifestyle Photographer | Salt Lake City, Utah

A house, a home.

This week's agenda includes us officially saying goodbye to our house for an indefinite amount of time. Yes, we own our house here in Southern California, but we are not tied emotionally to it, and so, we will rent it out and come back in a year or three or never. 

It's quite a weird feeling, really, to be moving out of a house and selling all of our belongings.  Excepting for what will fit in our car, we have decided to sell it or give it away rather than get a storage unit to hold it indefinitely.

We've moved countless times before, but it's been just a shifting of things from one place to another. Only when you have to actually rid yourself of everything do you realize what a boatload of crap you have. 

I was thinking about our ability to part with things. To some, maybe even most, personal belongings can represent a social status, a memory or a part of life we'd like to hang on to, or just a vulnerability when you walk in a store. Some people are really good at sifting through memorabilia and knowing what to keep or not keep. Some are not. 

We've sorted our things into three piles. One pile: things I don't need. The second pile: Things we will take with us. The last: things Tyler or I or the kids will want to hold in our hands again one day (to be stored... somewhere). We ended up with two boxes we will keep. In one, my old baby clothes, Tyler's small childhood knicknacks and schoolwork, My scrapbooks and albums.  In the other, a few tiny newborn outfits, their birthfamily gifts and memories, homemade blankets and schoolwork and art projects. 

Tonight as I was hefting these two boxes off the floor and onto a shelf, I thought how amazing it is that both physical obects and intangible memories can trigger such nostalgic feelings of "home". To some, a home means a physical place where you reside and stay, and to others, a home means being with the ones you love. 

Hopefully parting with most of our physical things will be rewarding.  It certainly was this past year, but even then I knew all our stuff was here waiting. I personally look forward to a period of time, however long it may be, where I can concentrate again on what memories we are making rather than what stuff we are collecting. I want to try out, one more time- the theory that a home is not a house, where you store and collect things, make it look pretty, work to make it pleasing to your guests. A home is where your memories are being created, where your family is.

What do you think, friends... do you think a home is a place, the people you love, or somewhere in between?

A beautiful session in the woods of Oslo, Norway.

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Salt Lake Utah   Lifestyle   Photographer
Salt Lake Utah   Lifestyle   Photographer
Salt Lake Utah   Lifestyle   Photographer
Salt Lake Utah   Lifestyle   Photographer
Salt Lake Utah   Lifestyle   Photographer
Salt Lake Utah   Lifestyle   Photographer
Salt Lake Utah   Lifestyle   Photographer
Salt Lake Utah   Lifestyle   Photographer

BLUE LILY | Lifestyle Photographer | Salt Lake City, Utah