Sunday, December 14, 2008

mary & blair

good friends of ours, wonderful cute kids...
just a 10 minute quickie
(low on the wordage tonight)

if ya wanna see more, go here.

oh, just got back from a cross country road trip. well, missouri to utah, but we drove the last 300 miles at 25-30mph, lots of snow, lots of wrecks, lots of rockstar.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Why? Why. Why!

Choosing the right photographer for your wedding.
By: Kevin & Katie
of Kevin Hulett Photography

There are as many wedding photographers out there as there are bridal gowns on the rack. How do you know you’re going to have quality photographs, a true professional and every detail covered?
Ultimately, it comes down to how you really feel about the photographer you’re looking at. Don’t price shop. The important thing is to find the one that fits with your style and personality - someone you find a connection with. My advice is for you and your fiancĂ© to chat with as many photographers as you can in person and view their work. Narrow it down based on who you feel the best about. Only then look at what they charge. The photographer you just fell in love with will be worth the extra $500 that exceeds your budget. Or you may find that the photographer you like the most is priced well under what you had in mind.
What to look for:
• An artistic style that matches your personality. Do you want fun, candid shots? Elegant studio styled images? The images the photographer shows you are his/her finest work, and they will reflect the creative method that they are best at. Some photographers are more comfortable shooting what they know works. And some take each wedding as an opportunity to evolve creatively.
• Do you and the photographer get along? This is important. A photographer may have great work, but if you find him/her stuffy or unenthusiastic, it could be distracting on your wedding day.
• Look at the photographer’s body of work. Does every wedding look the same but with a different bride and groom? Some brides want to know exactly what their pictures will look like before they make a selection. Others want to leave it up to the photographer to create a distinctive look based on the unique relationship of the couple.
• Extras. Many packages will include things you may not want or need. They are usually fillers and are great for making the couple feel like they are getting lots of perks. Get what you want. Many photographers are happy to customize packages for you.
• Book with them as soon as you know your wedding date. The sooner you are on a photographer’s schedule, the easier it will be to work with you if you have any changes or other issues that come up.
Finding the right photographer for your wedding is as important as anything else you choose for your entire wedding experience. Pay close attention to their most recent work, ask a lot of questions, and most importantly, go with how you feel about them as individuals and professionals.

I wrote this for the new wedding magazine that's coming out in Janurary. You know the one, it's at every supermarket, gas station, etc in STG. So let me know what you think.

I was really stressed about getting this done. it's done, i'm really glad...

I didn't want to be pro-expensive photographers, cheap photographers, me or any other photographer. I just wanted to write something honest that would help brides choose.

anywho, time to get the kids to bed!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

2shoots 2shoots 1 baby and 3 different fast food restaurants

went to Mesquite this morning at 8am for a family picture shoot with the Gale Family. Sweet people, I received a standing ovation when I left. Think I'm just extra charming in the morning stoked on caffene. Then fly home to get Lux to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. She's so freakin cute in that, does so well, she's usually really shy around people. Put her on stage in front of a few hundred people and it's just no problem.

Then 2nd family shoot with the Nielson's. It was their Father/Grandfather/Husband's 80th b-day. 48 people in all. I shot Amy's wedding a few years ago. I love her family. Stacy is still on my top 5 bride mama list. Trees were beautiful and it was the perfect time of day/time of year. The family was pleasant and happy to be there. Great shoot. Thanks Dayci for being my assistant today!

Then home to get Lux to Joseph again for her 2nd show of the day. Busy 4 year old. And now I'm watching Football except the 2 games I wanted to see, are both busts. what? I'm exhausted.

oh and I ate McD for breakfast, Pollo Loco for lunch, and nothing/pizza for dinner. Really disappointed about that!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Chelsea & Ben

So I'm gonna finally post pics here. Yep real pics not just pics from my iphone. Which by the way is no more. I broke the glass at my Tampa wedding and it's been working fine except that it's kinda dumb looking. So I ordered new glass from Hong Kong and was all excited when it actually arrived and proceeded to follow instructions on youtube for do it yourself. Well apparently I'm not the technical wizard i believed I was, because I never got to the glass part as my phone was in 4 pieces by that stage instead of 2. long story short, i was in disbelief, i was sad, i was mad, and now i'm over it. honestly it's been nice not being addicted to looking at my phone every 10 minutes for an email or facebook, myspace, new app, twitter, todo list, grocery list, saisuke,.....tear

anyways, the couple Chelsea and Ben. What can I say. I really enjoyed these guys. They were just on it from start to finish. I tried a few times to give them some direction with taking a more dramatic picture or something more serious and it just wasn't them. From that point on I just shut up pretty much and let them take me on a ride. I was laughing for most of the shoot. And the two of them are just so great together. People you just enjoy being with. I can not wait for their wedding in Alta next year, I think it's gonna be a blast.
Let me know what you think of the pics. I'm gonna put a few up on my website tomorrow. Cheers!

oh and visit their website, it's pretty cute.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Majority of my day was sending these pictures to their parents from Halloween. I sent out probably 60, the others will go out by snail. yes actually by snail, it's very slow. (if you say it with the same accent as the butler from Mr. Deeds it's pretty funny (it's very slow))

Katie did a great job with the design and putting it all together. Yea Jorda Design.

I was wondering if anyone would dress up their kid like the joker. Great costume, but you know that kid wanted to be an m&m or something, i mean I doubt he saw the movie. OH, and I want to find out who the cowbell guy is so i can email him his picture...if you have any leads please contact mall security.

Let's see-I have a couple shoots coming up this week. One will be a family christmas card shoot, which will be very cool with all these clouds and the other is for a guy who contacted me about doing a modeling shoot. He wants the David Beckham weight room look from Men's Health. Google that guy's good lookin. I'm stoked to try to recreate something along those same lines. It's very dark, dirty, rusty, contrasty, limey excited. We're gonna shoot in an old church in the gym, hopefully it will be old and moldy in there. i'll post afterwords....

i'm diggin this weather, but it makes me a little slower, i want to just sit and read or play xbox. so the transition from that to sitting and sending emails, making calls, paying bills, and writing my blog is slow, not slow like a snail, but slow like molasses, you understand....

played drums yesterday!!!! that's 3 times in 3 months....yikes, but i'm defiantly gonna up that. if you're reading this Josh, send me some stuff please, i know you want to play as bad as I do....

On beginning of week 3 of the fight club workout. doesn't make me want to fight, but I feel good!


Wednesday, November 5, 2008


It's official, the 6th class of TEP is scheduled. Call your moms, call your uncles, call the spectrum, here we go.

November 15th, 2-8 pm.
Dinner Provided
$150 or $125 with a friend

RSVP by paypal on my website under the contact link. Limit 10.


Now for more coffee and more work!...........see ya

Oh yeah! I almost forgot.... YEA OBAMA! His speech was moving. I think politicians are full of it for the most part, but he comes across as honest, intelligent and focused. I've never seen all 3 in a politician on any level.

Monday, November 3, 2008

A month

BUSY...I've, we've been busy. KHP did the Washington City Halloween trunk or treat over the weekend. We had planned on a family stopping by, chatting, taking their picture, and burning them a disc. We were a little under prepared when there was a line forming and Katie was at the laptop trying to take my pics, put them on a template and burn discs for everyone, one after another. No as some of you know...we changed the plan to emailing these pics out, which we should be getting to in the next couple days. Not sure why we didn't do that in the first place. We've got 60 or so families to send pictures to. OH so if you weren't there, parents brought their kids by, I took a pic of them in their costume, and Katie burned them a disc with the pic. All free of course, with the idea of booking November and Dec. with Holiday Photos and making contacts. We were a hit I felt, got lots of compliments on the family photos I had enlarged courtsey of Print It, who did an amazing job. really if you have anything to print, go there, best printer I've used and believe me I've used a few and been un too happy. Thanks Nathan...

I'm putting together TEP VI class... So far I've got 9 students interested, but remains to be seen how many book, 5 are for sure. 10 is a good number, we'll shoot for that. I'm thinking right now it's gonna be on the 8th, but may wait until the 15th. I try to do the thing where you email everyone and say what day would you like? and you...and you.. and you... which is a really bad idea because everyone can't all be available on the same let's make a decision....hmmmm can't decide right now.

Oh yes and we had Derek and Dayci's B-Day dinner on...Saturday nite...started cooking and cleaning and whatever at about 12 and that went until they got here at 7. Mostly I was cleaning and doing the dishes, moving furniture, etc. while Katie did all the creative cooking work...I just don't have it in me to just throw stuff in a pot and have it come out delicious...I'm a follow the directions cook, and if I don't have a 8 1/2'' pan I'm screwed. Fun party though, everyone showed up and had a great time. Topped it all off with UHF, which I actually remember being funnier than it was.

Started booking weddings for next year. So far I have interest in Cancun and Colorado Springs, with a couple booked here at home and one up on Alta. I'm excited! What's better than traveling the world doing something you love?! I would like to shoot a wedding in Iceland next year...

That's it. =)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

True Emotion Photography Class V

So I held the 5th version of telling everyone exactly how I do what I do. TEP V I had 7 students show up, and it went really well! I wanted this class to be very laid back and easy and whatever, and it was just that. It was really great. Probably my favorite class to date. The students were all very eager to learn and the free pizza really went far. I mean you just can't go wrong with peperoni and pineapple. We had a model come, Bre, she was great, very confident and beautiful. I'm going to be doing another class soon. I'm doing a follow up for all my students possibly Saturday if they all sign up. So anyways, if you're reading this and came to class, let me know what you thought!

Here's a funny email from one student,

Ok so class was amazing! I didn't sleep last night. All I could think about was lighting, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. I felt like a crack addict, not that I know what one really feels like, but I can only imagine that must be it.

So, just like a crack addict, I would like more.

HAHA, she did great! and i promise i didn't pay her to say that.

Friday, September 26, 2008


They're playing the theme from night court!!!! Aahhhh! What a find!

Tampa Bay, St. Pete, Taira

Had a great breakfast/lunch with my good friend Taira this morning. Hadn't seen her since she flew out to drive up and see Bjork with me in San Fran 4 years ago. Had a lot of fun catching up. Ate at a cool little bistro on the bay. I had been thinking I want to eat at a really nice, inexpensive place on the water, with some delicious healthy food. And after thinking of it and picturing the place, I swear we ate at the exact place I was picturing. Our table was right above the water, I had a portabello mushroom salad, perfect weather. I'm really being reminded of the power of attraction and thought, as I'm manifesting all these wonderful things in my life. I'm right across the street from Progress Energy Park, it's a minor league baseball field. Literally across the street, it's right there, see, right...i'm pointing...anyway i was thinking how cool it would be to take some pictures there, since the groom is a big baseball fan. On the way back from breakfast I told Taira I would just walk back to the hotel, I just felt like I needed to. I happened to take the right turn down the right street and ran into one of the managers of the ball field (he was wearing a ball shirt and looked important). He said,"sure! just come by tomorrow anytime and well let you on the field." hahahahahaha how freakin cool is that.
So I'm so thankful to be here, loving this place, the weather, missing my family, but knowing also that they are glad i'm here, and using this opportunity to it's fullest and just being open to whatever may come.

Reaching out to embrace the random.
Reaching out to embrace whatever may come.-maynard

St. Pete

Beautiful Bay

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Two words spliced together to spell: sweet!!

Airport pickup

I'm simotanuously(?) glad my name isn't brooks, and curious who's is.


Off to Tampa... I told lux I was leaving and told her Id miss her a
lot, and she picked up her necklace and said," every time I look at my
necklace I'll think of you.". That just breaks my heart from here. :)


I do realize I'm making this way more fun than it should be, and
that's just as it should be. There's mountains in the background,
it's just really smoggy today. What is it about coffee in an airport,
such a beautiful mix of anticipation, relaxation, openness, and
caffene. I do love to travel, but I also love home. A nice mix of
both I think would do Katie and I well.
I want more weddings abroad. I needed to say it outloud, it makes it
come true, faster, try it.

Le metro?


Vegas is so freakin dirty in the daylight. Dirty in any light
actually. Off to the airport, I hope I don't have to pay for my extra