Sunday, December 28, 2008

I'm still here....

Hi everyone!  Just wanted to pop in and say that I am still among the living!!!  We have been adjusting to life with 2 kids, surviving the holidays and trying to recover from our never-ending lack of sleep!  

For all of my past clients, thank you for checking in on my blog!  There are some great things ahead for Bliss Portraits, so you'll want to stay in touch!  I will be offering some great deals for the new year and will be updating my portfolio, so check back often.  

I appreciate all the love and congrats from everyone.  If you would like to see some pics of our new little one, please email me and I'll send you our family website link. 

See you all real soon...


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

My Bliss...

I have to take my hat off to my husband for being such a great assistant during this shoot... he kept our little boy laughing and smiling the whole time!  I think it was one of the easiest shoots I've ever had!  My little boy has such a fun and creative spirit about him and it really shows in these pictures.  What really makes my heart leap is the fact that I know that the delight on his face is from watching and admiring his dad....he loves him soooo much!  Thanks to my boys for being so patient with mom....I really wanted some shots of my boy, just like I do for my clients....and it's taken me a while to get them.  Now I just don't know which ones to print out and where to put them in the house....ooooh, the fun begins!!!!  

Send me your feedback everyone...I'm curious which ones you like best!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A few more for a family that's waiting...

Hey Pierce/Bowers family...
I thought I would post a few images while I am processing your session...this will help with the wait, I hope.  I have really had to slow down on my work while being on bed rest.  Clients that are needing their pictures and/or CD's, just know I haven't forgotten you.  I just have to be careful how much I do right now.  I'm trying to keep this baby cookin' a little longer before he comes into this world!  Thanks for your understanding everyone!


Friday, October 24, 2008

Bedrest and in need of a pedicure! about a week ago, I woke up feeling a little strange.  I went to the bathroom and found that I was bleeding HEAVILY.  I won't go into details to spare the faint in heart, but let's just say that I was really worried that I would either have the baby there in the bathroom or that he was no longer living inside my belly.  To make matters more scary, because of my blood type, I have to avoid bleeding like the plaque because it could actually harm my baby (the RH can read about it online).  Luckily, I had just had my Rogam shot which is supposed to protect the baby, should our blood ever mix during pregnancy.  Nonetheless, we were extremely worried....we rushed to the hospital, they ran tests, did an ultrasound and had found that my placenta had lifted a little.  Who knows why...I can't remember doing any crazy cartwheels or stunts, but obviously my body was reacting to something.  The doctor said it could even be from the baby's movement.  That, I would not doubt, because this baby MOVES like crazy.  If you ever want to see a SI-FI moment, come over and watch my belly move into odd shapes as my baby stretches out.  You can literally see a fist slide around like he's just playing under a thin sheet.  So, back to the hospital.  I stayed there overnight, as they kept me hooked to an I.V which made me urinate all too often!  I had minor contractions which they were able to stop, thankfully.  My little guy is only 32 weeks as of wednesday.  He needs to cook a little longer!  Baby is doing fine, but I've got to take it easy now.
So life has slowed way doctor put me on bedrest for at least another month.  He told me at my last visit that he was very surprised at how well I was doing...I think he really expected me to have my baby this past week!  

So bedrest.....what in the heck does that even mean?  I don't think I even know what resting in bed is.  My idea of "slowing down" consists of catching up on all the things that I normally can't get to (unpacking boxes that we still haven't looked at since we moved, catching up on personal stuff like baby books, editing Andrew's 3 year old pictures....I've been trying to get to these for the past 6 months! and finishing up my last photography projects before the year is over).  My doc will let me sit up and work a little from a computer, but I've really got to tame myself and SLOW DOWN for once in my life.  Not sure how to do it, but it's vital for my little baby right now.  

So what does this mean for Bliss Portraits?  It means that everything is slightly on hold or at least slowed down for now.  I have to take it one day at a time.  Plan on some great things for the new year in 2009, but for now....I'm on a long holiday....if you want to call it that!  

P.S.  I know my nail polish looks awful in this picture!  What do you expect when I am as large as the moon and catch reach my toe nails!  Nathan... it's time for another pedicure, baby!


Wednesday, October 8, 2008


What more can I say?...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Couldn't help it...


I couldn't help but post this storyboard sample.  I'll have to show the original images verses these "beefed up" versions.  The Blues just POP out and I just love what this processing did to little "T's" skin!  
Thoughts anyone?  Not sure what a PC does to these super bright images...but they look great on my Mac!
~Until later

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Summer Days...


My son and I went to the neighborhood park today.  We had so much fun splashing in puddles, riding bikes and climbing like monkeys... we'll, let's just say that my son had fun doing this, not me.  A few weeks ago, I tried to barrel through the tunnel on the jungle gym and just about got stuck with my pregnant belly being about the same size as the tunnel!  A neighbor was walking by at the time, and I'm sure he was wondering what the heck I was trying to do... or maybe he was thinking that he needed to call the fire department to come get me out!  So, I've decided I need to not make a scene anymore, and leave the child's play equipment for well.... children.  At least for now....until I can get my body back!
Well, just thought I would share...I just can't believe how much I love my little guy.  He's growing up so fast and becoming sooo much fun! 
Later everyone!

Monday, August 25, 2008


Remember this family?

Well, they invited me back to shoot some pictures of Jen's "roots"...Mom, Bro. and Sis.... What a beautiful family.  Thanks for having me shoot for you again, Jen and Andrew!

Do you like color or sepia better for this shot?  Please share your thoughts, anyone!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Brandy + Tyler= Married Now!

Here's a few of Brandy and Tyler's wedding day... online gallery should be up tomorrow...someone say a prayer that it will upload correctly for me!!! I'm having a heck of a time with it!  

More of "The Dress"

Ok, I officially need a lesson in how to upload multiple images.  I hold my breath each time I try and upload a new one....and it usually only let's me upload a few at a time!  How frustrating!  So I gave up early tonight with just these two images because I am trying to upload a wedding to it's online gallery and that isn't working either!  Arrrggghhh!  I guess I just need to get some rest and start fresh in the morning!

Anyhow, enough of that.  Here are a few more of my cute little niece in her beautiful dress.
What a cutie pie! Until next time- Jessica  


Preview of "T's" baptism dress photos

Here's a quick preview of this beautiful little girl's photo session.  I'll post more later...gotta run, but had to at least post one!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Long Time No See...

So you've been probably wondering where the heck I have been... Sorry to have neglected my blog!  I've got some great stuff to show you, but little time right now and for some reason blogger won't upload my pictures!  Brandy and Tyler, you're proofs will be up tomorrow or Wednesday evening.  I was going to post a few photos here, but blogger is not working for me... Thanks to those clients who have been extremely patient with me!  We have been busy with our move (we are finally in our new place!)... and if you haven't heard by now.... I'M HAVING A BABY BOY IN DECEMBER!  Yeah, I know... I'm a little slow to announce it...  between the nausea and major siatic pain, I haven't been a happy camper.  But we are excited for this little boy to come into our family.  

For those who want to book a photo session this fall, hurry and reserve your spot.  I am taking only a small amount of sessions because of my pregnancy and they are filling up fast.  I'll try blogging again tomorrow night, cross your fingers that I can upload an image or two!

Signing off-

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Brandy's Bridals

Here are some more from Brandy's bridal session.  Enjoy!  And for all those who visit my blog, please feel free to leave a comment... I would really like your feedback.  Thanks for stopping by. Oh, by the way, I figured out how you can click on my images and make them larger.  So you can do that with these photos (all except for the first one... I don't know why!)

Friday, June 20, 2008

The face of Bliss Portraits

Ever wondered WHO Bliss Portraits is?  Well, here's a few photos.  I had to share them to show you just how well my friend Raquel Allen captured me!  Remember the photo exchange I did with her not too long ago?  Here's a glimpse of the results.  You can check out her portraits that I shot of her a few posts back.  

To see her amazing work, go to  Thanks again, Raquel, for all the fun!  Let's shoot again...I think I've got a connection with an up and coming model if you are interested!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Photojournalistic Family Session

This family came to me wanting photos that were very natural and candid.  We did the shoot in and just outside of their home.  They were so laid back and so kind.  I just looked through all of their pictures tonight and man o man... there are so many beautiful shots, I don't know where to start!  I have to get up super early and my husband is going to kill me for blogging while he's trying to sleep, but I couldn't resist posting just a few.  I will post some more later... there's too many fun shots to keep them a secret!  I also have more of Brandy's bridals and her wedding day to post.  I'm sooo behind!  We'll, enough jibber jabber... let's get to the good stuff... the photos!  Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. I'm not sure why my blog will not let me create images that you can click to enlarge.  Someone help!  I want my images to be viewable!  

Friday, May 30, 2008

Stunning Bride

Brandy has seen more of her bridal proofs, but I just had to share this favorite image from her session.  I think every woman dreams of looking like this on their wedding day!  To top it off, she is the sweetest person!  I'll post more of her bridals soon.  Can't wait to shoot your wedding in a week, Brandy!  See you soon!  

(for anyone that understands blogging... will you please tell me how to upload an image larger, with the option of opening a larger window?  I'm either really blonde or blogging is a pain and inconsistent!)  I wanted this image larger.... oh well!

San Diego Beach Shoot

We used to live about an hour and a half away from San Diego and WE MISS THE BEACH!  We went on a family vacation last week with Nathan's parents, his brother and his wife and their cute, cute, cute little girl!  They requested that I take their family pictures and I jumped at the opportunity!  I will post more later, but here are a few for teasers.  Thanks for visiting my blog!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Fun Family in Urban Setting

Emily is my friend and the sister I never had.  We've only known each other for a short time, but our friendship is so tight that I feel like we've known each other forever!  We had a blast cruising through the alley ways of down town Salt Lake for their family photo shoot.  I loved all the colorful backdrops of the buildings and thought it was so funny when a scruff man drove by and yelled out his window "Why in the $!@#* are you taking pictures here?!  It's so @#%$* ugly!) Oh well, I guess we all see things differently.  So I don't know if I was having a moment of insanity, but I didn't even bring an assistant... and boy, did their little one like to run and not sit still even for one minute!  I owe you more pictures because of this, Em!  So here's sneak peak of this beautiful family... you all should be models, I'm tellin' ya!