Bianca+Kyle+Kyler | Utah Family Photography

A few weeks ago I needed some practice, so I took some shots with my friend Bianca and her family.

There were some other babies there, too, one's belonging to Deena and Monique:

Spectrum Vision | Utah Professional Photography

While I was home for Christmas, I went to get my eyes checked. Turns out they're pretty much exactly the same as they have been for the last five years, or so. Anyhow, it was nice to get some unscratched glasses and a new set of contacts (would it be safe to mention that I left one pare of contacts last all of last year? Oops.)

Anyhow, my dad is business partners with an optometrist, which means I get a lot of eye stuff free, but also that I take pictures for them whenever needed. I get glasses, and he gets some pictures of himself and his store. Fair trade. So, here are some pictures of Dr. Dortch and Spectrum Vision.

They have some really friendly staff there!

This is the pair that I ended up getting, except I got the silver frame, not the blue ones shown here.

And here's my dad.

Shelah | Utah Portrait Photography

A few days, I took some author photos for my friend and fellow MFA student, Shelah. Here are some of my favorites from the session:

I did take them in color, but I am such a fan of black and white that I decided to just post the black and white ones. I think they really make her eyes pop, and I just like how classy they are.

I recently read a photographer's statement that when you photograph someone in color, all you see is their clothes, but when you photograph in black and white, you see their face. I am not convinced that this is true 100% of the time, but I think it true enough that I can't get the idea out of my head.

Fun with a plastic Lens

I got the Diana lens attachments for Christmas. These are the test shots I did in my parents' garden on Christmas day. The soft, not-quite focus of the plastic lens with the awesome colors of the Nikon make for some great pictures, I think. I am looking forward to playing with these more soon. These were taken with the 55mm lens, some with its macro attachment.

A Walk In California

While I was at my parents' house for Christmas, I went on a walk to my favorite part of their suburban neighborhood: a wilderness preserve.