Monday, December 7, 2015

Writing myself happy!

As I was going through my paperwork putting together a new day planner I found some notes I had made about writing myself happy.

There was an assignment for each workday of the week.

Monday, 3 gratitude's.
Tuesday, 1 Terrific Experience.
Wednesday, Perfect Future.
Thursday, Write a letter expressing love to someone.
Friday, 3 things that went well in the last 7 days.

Today is Monday.

Three things I am grateful for:

My husband has been the Young Men's President in our ward for the past two years. I am very grateful that he loved working with the youth. I am more grateful that he was released yesterday from this calling so that he will be home more and help more with our move.

I am grateful for the promptings of the Holy Ghost. It was through his persistent nudges that we chose to move. We love where we are and are grateful for the many friends we have made here, but we can see the blessings we will get by following the Lord's promptings and moving.

I am grateful for my kids. They provide me with so many opportunities to grow and share love. Each of them teaches me different things.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Business is now closed

After a lot of thought and prayer I've decided to close my photography business.

I'd like to thank all my past clients for sharing a few precious moments of their lives with me.  I hope that all of you treasure the images I was able to produce for you.  These are sacred family memories.  I am honored to have been able to serve you.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

More about Jess!

What do I love? (well besides photography!)

My kids!
Tyler!  My awesome hubby!

 Michelle!  My BFF!

Cub Scouts!

This super unflattering picture of me was taken by one of my Bear Scouts the day I helped them earn their photography belt loop.


And taking pictures when I camp!

RED! It's my FAVORITE color!  It makes me happy!  My car is red, my SUV is deep red, (well okay it's probably really burgundy, but that's a color of red) half my shirts are red, my toenails are usually red, my purse is red, my camera bag is red, my laptop bag is red, my rugged laptop backpack is red on the inside, my bed is red....  Check out my RED Pinterest Board!


Here I am waiting for the rest of a special choir I was asked to participate in.  I love singing in a choir.  I would love to find a good choir to sing with, but for now I'll be happy singing in my ward choir.

So, are you ready to hang out with me?  Want to book a session?  Contact me!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Smith Family

Earlier this month I was privileged to be invited to the temple sealing of my former husband to his current wife and their 3 cute kids.  It was a beautiful ceremony.  Afterwards I was honored to take their portraits.  I am very lucky to have such a great relationship with my former husband and his family.   
My former in laws.  Aren't they a cute couple?

The brunette teens are ours, the blonds are theirs.  They make a cute family!

I'm so glad that he found her!  She's more like my sister in law than my x's new wife.

This little monkey has the cutest smile!

Miss M loved posing for me!

Little Miss L swiped her cousin's hat!  Too cute!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Little D| Price UT| Jessica Lloyd Photography| Baby Portraits

Each summer I try to make at least one trip to Price, UT.  Last summer I got to photograph one of the most gorgeous baby girls ever!  This little one has the best eyes!  I love her lashes!  I've been waiting to show her off.  I wanted to make sure that her Momma got to see them first and pick out her favorites.  It's been kinda rough getting the kinks worked out for a long distance ordering session, but we finally got it done!  I know it's been a crazy year for her family.  Anyway...I'll stop rambling and show you this sweetie!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Picture Share | Children's Portrait Photography | Salt Lake City, Utah

Just for fun, I thought I'd share an older picture.  This sweetie is my oldest daughter, five years ago.  I seriously didn't edit in those lashes...she just grows them that way...lucky duck!

Can you believe Easter is almost upon us?  I have one opening left before Easter.  Grab it quick before it's gone! Click here to schedule a session!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Michelle Coleman Greenfield Bailey Bridal Portraits | Magna UT

For those of you who don't know, this is my awesome assistant, Michelle!  She's gettin' hitched!  I had to round up another awesome assistant for this session.  Karen Squires from Twee Art came to the rescue!  Thanks Karen! You can see more images of Michelle on Karen's website.

Weddings are NOT my specialty.  I DO NOT book weddings, but I will do engagements, bridals and trash the dress sessions.

Speaking of booking sessions, May is almost full, April has a few spots left, and summer is coming quicker than you think (there was a mosquito in my car yesterday!  Woohoo!  It's warm enough for mosquitos!).

Monday, February 6, 2012


I've convinced my assistant to jump ship and join me on the dark side!  She's selling her Nikon D90!  This camera has been well loved and taken care of.

It includes a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IFAF-S VR Nikkor Zoom Lens, a 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED Nikkor Lens, 4 lens filters (2 UV, 1 Polarizer, & 1 Florescent), one lens hood, a Macro Reverse Ring Camera Mount Adapter, 2 batteries (1 is Nikon brand, the other is a generic), charger, bag (really cute one), remote, strap and manual.  Asking $2000 (or best offer) for the package.

To make an offer on this camera, call me at 801-556-9415 or email me at

UPDATE: Price REDUCED! $1500 for all.  $700 for body and accessories. $500 for the 70-300 mm lens and filter and hood. $300 for 18-105 and filter.  OBO!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Got blurry pictures? This can help.

A common problem that many photographers have is images seem blurry –caused by camera shake.  This happens when the camera is not held still enough when the shutter button is pushed. This frequently happens when there isn't enough light and the flash isn’t used.  Just the small movement of depressing the shutter button on the camera can cause blurry images and the only real way to eliminate it is with a tripod and a remote.

Another contributor to camera shake is the technique of holding the camera at arm’s length away from you as you take your pictures – often with one hand. This method makes your camera very vulnerable to camera shake.

So, what can you do about it? Tripods are the best way to stop camera shake.  However they can be bulky and inconvenient.  If you don’t have one, or don’t want to haul one around with you, then you can simply change the way you hold onto the camera… use two hands.

While it is tempting to shoot one handed, especially with a smaller camera, two hands will increase your ability to hold the camera still.

How you should hold your camera depends on what kind of camera you are using and you preference. There is no real right or wrong way, but here’s a technique that you may find helpful:

1.With your right hand grasp the right side of your camera. Lightly rest your forefinger above the shutter release button, wrap your other around the front of the camera. Your right thumb grips the back of the camera. This should feel natural. Hold it gently, but firmly.  You don’t want to hold it so tight that you cause shake.

2. Use your left hand to support the weight of the camera and lens by either placing it underneath the camera or under the lens, if the camera has a large lens.

3. I recommend using the viewfinder in the camera (the little window you put your eye to) over using the LCD to line up your shot. When you are shooting using the view finder you’ll naturally have the camera close to your body, which adds extra stability. If you prefer using the LCD (or have a camera that doesn’t have a view finder, or it’s really small and hard to use) make sure you hold your camera close to you. Hold your elbows in by your sides and hold the camera out a little from your face, 3-5 inches. 

4. Support yourself by leaning against a solid object (fence, car, or wall) or by sitting or kneeling down. If there isn’t anything there to support you and you need to stand to get the angle you need, putting your feet shoulder width apart will give yourself a steadier stance. The more you can hold your body still the less camera shake you will get.

Holding a camera in this way will allow you to being able to line up shots quickly and will help you to hold still when you press the shutter down to release the shutter.

Breathing can cause camera shake. Before you push that button take a gentle breath, hold it, take the shot and then exhale. Being conscious of your breath can help you overcome camera shake.

Take some time to practice and find your own techniques that you are comfortable with.  Get familiar with your camera.

There are of many other things you can do to decrease camera shake that should be used in conjunction with the way you hold it. Shutter speed, lenses with image stabilization and of course tripods can all help – but those are for another post.

Want to learn more?  We offer a variety of classes.  email Jess for more information.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Maternity Sessions

“Another sunrise, another new beginning.”
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Share the excitement with the expecting mother in your life with a maternity portrait session. We suggest the seven month mark for this session, as the baby bump is defined, yet cute. This is also a great time, because there is less scrambling to get ready for the baby and more time to relax and show off that pregnancy glow.

That due date is going to come sooner than you think, so call to reserve your session today. 801-556-9415

We do have a few select openings in our maternity portfolio.  If you are interested in being a maternity model for us, we offer $100 off your session fee and a free 8x10 for a signed model release.

If you haven’t selected a push present for that amazing mother to be yet, get inspired with a selection of favorites.

Baby Carriage Charm Necklace

A luxurious rocker like this one from Pottery Barn Kids

Have it waiting for her in the nursery when she comes home!

Coach Diaper Bag

She’ll never be without it!

Whatever gift you choose, make sure to include a heartfelt card—that always means the most.