Big life changes….

I’ve had some huge life changes lately and took the time to step back and analyze my life a bit, thus the gap in my posts… I closed a chapter of my life and finalized my divorce. Its been a long process, almost 7 years! I moved from the community I was raised in and lost a lot of friends and family in the process. I changed my photographic specialty to follow my dreams, and in doing so sacrificed a regular income and the comfort of doing what people expected of me.  Being a single mom with 5 kids at home has been a hell of a ride.  I have grown and changed a lot during the past 7 years. I like the person I’ve become and I love the growth and freedom. My kids and I have grown into a TEAM… we make things work and we are closer and stronger than ever. I am so blessed!

I’m so grateful to work with so many amazing, creative people who have pushed me and helped me along the way.

I hope to continue the change and growth and I am determined to continue with my creative pursuits wherever they lead me.

Here’s to a happy journey… 🙂

It’s that time of year again… the dreaded headshot update!

Carole Jones - Commercial photographerBeing a photographer, people assume I’m comfortable in front of a camera….well, I’m NOT. I put off getting my own headshot like putting off a root canal! I’m good at excuses! I need to loose 10 pounds…retouch my roots….get a new hairstyle…oh…and what should I wear?

I know I need to update my headshot every year, but it’s not fun! I do it to keep my website and social media profiles up to date. I also suggest that people update their headshot when they do a major hair color or hairstyle change. For men, facial hair has become popular and it surprises me how many times I meet someone in person and they don’t even resemble their headshot! You may love that photo you had done 10-15 years ago because you looked so young, but seriously, your headshot needs to look like YOU! It needs to be a nice, professional version of you – recently.

SO….to practice what I preach…I did it! I scheduled a time and got it done! I wanted to go get my hair styled and get a new outfit but decided to try to keep at least one of my New Years resolutions and “quit procrastinating”. So here’s my new headshot. It’s not fancy or glamorous it’s just “plain ole me”. It would have been good to have someone style my hair because it went all wild on me! I wish I was younger looking or prettier but if you see me around town, I’ll be recognizable and in reality, that’s what counts anyway, isn’t it?

 

Looking for set, food & wardrobe stylists for commercial photography projects in southern Utah

I’ve had a hard time finding set stylists, wardrobe stylists and food stylists in southern Utah. If you know any who does high quality, detailed styling in our area, PLEASE send me their contact info! I have had to get people from Salt Lake City and Las Vegas to do my projects. It adds a lot to the overhead of producing a shoot, I’d rather use locals if I can. So do me a favor and be on the look out for people that would like styling work.

Studio updates …Location shoots coming up!

Hey, I’m glad to say that the new studio is coming together and we’ve completed our first couple of shoots here. It’s been a bit of a “rat race” for me. Moving is always a pain but to add to the fun, I’m also gearing up to be out of town shooting on location for the next week or so. Because of that, I’ve been trying to wrap up and deliver all of my current assignments and get things put together on the home-front too.  Then there are the last minute details of the trip to deal with! This project has been a couple of months in the making and I’m anxious for it to go well.

I’m excited to be going to California. We are mixing business with pleasure and making a mini-vacation out of it. We are going to be shooting at some awesome locations then spending a few days in San Francisco. I’ve never been to SF before so it should be an adventure.

stock photo from Pexels.com
stock photo from Pexels.com

The office will be closed October 24 – November 3, 2016.

Wish me luck and if you have any suggestions of what to do in San Francisco PLEASE COMMENT!  Yes, we are going to Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and riding a cable car while we are there. BTW….I’m a “wanna be foodie”, so give me ideas folks.

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Macro Monday in Southern Utah 

My first periscope of Macro Monday 🙂 I haven’t posted video from Periscope before … so sorry about the skinny vertical format. It’s a learning process for me. It was also my first time using the new Case Relay from Tether Tools. It’s an awesome way to power your camera via standard electric outlet or using an external power pack. The best part is you can switch power packs without interrupting your time lapse! Helps avoid so many headaches!!!!

 

Yay! It’s spring!

I know I’m jumping the gun…and we will probably get a spring snowstorm just to foil my gardening plans… But I don’t care! Woohoo!!!! I love spring! I’ve had a slow week in the studio so I’ve spent the week at home cleaning the yard and starting on some gardening. It’s always rejuvenating to spend time out in the fresh air, but springtime is special. It’s the start of a new gardening season and a time to plan and dream of the harvest.  My green house has its starts going. I have fresh herbs for vinaigrettes so I’m a happy camper. I hope my fellow gardening nuts are having a great spring too!

Panguitch, Utah Balloon Rally 2014

I took my children to the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally last weekend. It was a nice change of pace.  We had a great time watching all of the hot air balloons and of course taking lots of pictures.

After we the launch, we had coffee at the Little L’s Bakery in Panguitch. After a much needed triple shot latte and fresh donuts (balloon launches are EARLY) then we went exploring.

First we went to Panguitch Lake, then to Mammoth Creek where the children played in the water and did some hiking. Next we went to Cedar Breaks and hiked the Alpine Pond loop. The Alpine Pond area is about 2 weeks from peak bloom. So if you want some great wildflower photos plan accordingly! We saw lots of wildflowers of about every color. I would have been more impressed if I hadn’t been there for the peak bloom last year 🙂 .  The Alpine Pond is in Cedar Breaks National Monument. So plan to pay park fees. I invest in a National Parks Pass each year, if you visit a National Park or Monument more than a couple of times a year its well worth it. For individuals over 62 can get a lifetime pass for only $10!

After that we went and hiked to Cascade Falls near Navajo Lake. It was a short hike, less than a mile. We were there in the middle of the day so it was a bad time to photograph it. Half of the fall was in deep shade while the rest of it was in harsh sunlight. It is difficult to get a decent photo of it without risking life and limb by doing some rock scrambling on the steep slope covered with loose rocks. It’s all barricaded off so I’m pretty sure it’s not allowed. We decided to just be happy with the view we had 🙂  Safety first! (The nicer photos on the link are not possible without leaving the trail…which is prohibited.)

Next we had a picnic at Duck Creek, then headed home. It was a long day!

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My 10 yr old son took this photo of his sister enjoying the balloon launch
My 10 yr old son took this photo of his sister enjoying the balloon launch

 

New Location! St. George, Utah

As of May 15, 2014, we should have our new studio located at 348 N. Bluff St., #206, St. George, Utah; open for business. Please stop on in and check out our new location! We are looking forward to serving the Saint George community.
Our mission is to use our vision, skill & creativity to help businesses communicate THEIR message with images that bring attention to and reflect the true value of their products or services.

Coming soon…pics!

 

Surprises on Canaan Mountain – Photo Safari

My friend Heber took me and a group of friends including my 9 yr. old son and 17 yr old daughter,  to a place on Canaan Mountain that he thought we would enjoy photographing.  It was beautiful and amazing!!! It ended up being a 12 mile hike. First he took us to a spot known to locals as “white wave” (probably because of it’s similarity to the  “wave” in the North Coyote Buttes Wilderness Area, a world famous destination for landscape photographers.

Well, our local version was stunning!  I think the Canaan “white wave” gets less visitors per year than the Coyote Buttes Wave gets in a day.

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Next, we hiked south toward an area known as Tumarru Towers. On the way we went to an area where there was a big aspen grove and ferns every where. I was amazed at all of the wild flowers and lush vegetation in areas on top of Canaan.   It can be hard to remember that we are  in a hostile desert environment.

Then we headed to “Tear Drop”,  which is an outlook that looks over the entire area. It’s a beautiful view of the Hildale/Colorado City area.  Just as we reached Tear Drop, it started to rain! Within minutes there was a big waterfall going right off the mountain next to us! It was amazing…then as fast as it came it was gone. We hiked back to the water canyon in a drizzle. We were cold & wet in JULY in the desert. As we neared the canyon to descend we could hear a distant sound that sounded like wind blowing through the trees…as we got closer to the edge it became a roar. It was an amazing site..there was a flash flood tearing down the canyon. We watched and waited for awhile for it to recede. After it slowed, we hiked down the canyon. It was suprising how much the trail had changed. Rocks & boulders were washed down and at one point a big pine tree had dropped down the canyon about 50 feet or so tearing out a big section of the trail. Not once on our adventure did I feel unsafe. I was hiking with an experienced guide who knew the area well and was prepared for almost any emergency.

It was a long, tiring day but it was definitely worth it!

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