Summer Nights Holding My Littles Tight

Brooke with family during family photo session Summer Nights Holding My Littles Tight

Summer Nights Holding My Littles Tight

You guys!!! My babies are getting so big! I can’t even stand it! I honestly don’t feel like I’m getting any older until I look at my kids and see how fast time is passing me by.  Summer always brings with it busy days filled with activities for the kids (or really all of us) like swimming lessons, sports, vacations, family, birthdays and on, and on. I loved taking a little time out to capture my loves right now, as they are.  It was so nice to take a minute just us.  I want to keep them little like this forever but know I can’t. In the meantime, I’ll look through these photos and reminisce about the summer nights we have left and how I want to hold my littles tight for as long as I possibly can. I am so lucky to have such and amazing partner to go through this crazy life with and want to wish that big guy in the center of our world the happiest birthday today! Mikey we love you to the moon and back. You are the glue that holds us all together and the kids just adore you. I am so grateful for you, your love and the way you always put family first!

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XOXOXO – Brooke

Provo Canyon: Making Memories | Lee Family | Utah Family Photogpraher

Children's Photographer Utah | Brooke Bakken | Utah Family Photographer

Making Memories up Provo Canyon

Provo, and the Utah mountains surrounding this city, have beauty written all over them. Combining the surrounding beauty with the Lee family, especially their two cute kiddos, set the stage perfectly for capturing the memories they made together during their family session.  I mean, I love how Utah just throws around it’s beauty like it ain’t no thang. Might as well, take advantage of it and use it to create some beautiful family memories.

Provo Family Photos | Brooke Bakken | Utah Family PhotographerLee Family

I absolutely adore Lindsay and her crew and I feel so lucky to have met her through the wedding industry. In case you don’t know Lindsay runs a KILLER Hair and Make Up business { Lindsay Lee Artistry} and not only do I refer all of my beautiful #brookesbrides to her but she has also done my own Hair and Make up for countless family photos and head shots. Basically, if I am going to have my picture taken professionally I bring HER in to help with damage control! Not only is she talented but DANG is she just about the sweetest person I know and the most genuine of souls! Lindsay and Cam make a killer team as parents and I just LOVE watching their family grow! The last time I had them in front of my camera that beautiful little girl was on the inside of the belly and Dax was SO excited to be a big brother. I think he has the role down! Watching him with her made my little momma heart so happy. They are the cutest little friends and he just LOVES his little sis so much. Any who…looking through these photos I blogged made me laugh all over again. Kids are wild cards. You never know who is gonna show up and you never know if things will end up the way you hope they do! Watching their silly faces and watching them be tickled made me so happy to have incredible clients that PLAY with their kids rather than doing whatever they could to look at the camera. Life isn’t perfect…so don’t expect family photos to be either….am I right?? Just remember to enjoy the moment, it’s fleeting and ever changing, so embrace what comes and hold on tight!

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Looking for someone to capture your cutie kids now while they’re still little? Give me a chance to capture your moments! Contact me today.

XOXOXO – Brooke

Laguna Canyon | Allegre Family | Orange County Family Photographer

Laguna Beach Canyon Family Photos with Brooke Bakken Orange County Family Photographer

Laguna Canyon

Laguna Canyon with it’s desert feel and natural colors created the perfect neutral setting for the Allegres and their family pictures. I loved  how the pinks and blues stood out so much against the canyon landscape. The girls are adorable and beyond photogenic with their big smiles and bright eyes.  Watching these two little girls giggle, tell secrets, laugh, and tease one another made me homesick for my own sisters! Side note: I also went home trying to convince Michael to try for one more kiddo and give our Charlee girl a little sister. No dice. He didn’t fall for it and closed up shop (the nerve he has!). Ok back on track… Tracy is just about the cutest mom there is (I mean who can pull of cute white pants like her??). I was so excited to finally have our schedules line up while I was in CA and get her and her crew in front of my camera. I absolutely love how she coordinated her colors, but no one was wearing identical outfits or patterns. It gives the image texture and a punch of color and I just love it!  All in all, shooting this family up Laguna Canyon was fun filled and full of laughs.  Tracy, thank you for letting me hang out with you guys for an afternoon! I can’t wait to do it all over gain soon.

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If you {out in Internet land} are interested in a portrait session, I will be updating my travel schedule on my website this week. Be sure and check to see where I will be traveling this year! Maybe we will be in the same place at the same time and can create lasting memories and family magic for you! I can’t wait to hear from you!

XOXOXO-Brooke

Mountain Moments at Big Cottonwood Canyon | Fitch Family | Utah Family Photographer

I am SO excited for today’s Mountain Moments post! For three reasons really….

A – I am showing off an incredibly beautiful family.

B – it’s for one of my most favorite people and wedding industry friend, the famous Kale Fitch!

C – Big cottonwood canyon NEVER disappoints! Those mountains are to die for whether they are covered in snow or super green and create the perfect backdrop for capturing beautiful mountain moments!

Ok but back to Kale…I have known Kale for a while now and met him through weddings.  I have been so lucky to not only get to know him but also his adorable little family! Our kids are almost the same ages and it is so fun to have a fellow entrepreneur to not only talk shop with but talk about balancing home life and work life too! Kale is extremely talented and always my “Go to” guy when it comes to memories and capturing them perfectly!

Mountain Moments

This beautiful Big Cottonwood mountain setting couldn’t have been more perfect for this amazing family of all beautiful girls! Their pastel pinks against the forest green had me swooning! Brit always dresses the girls so cute and this time I even got a few genuine smiles out of them! They are without a doubt the most well behaved children I have ever photographed and I only wish my kids would be HALF as good…I would be in heaven! I apologized to Kale after we shot these knowing full well that my kids were hellions compared to his sweet littles. He definitely got the short end of the stick! Kale, you were meant to be a Daddy to all girls and I can tell how much they love and adore you! Thank you for trusting me with capturing your family each year and allowing me to watch them grow!

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Before this post is over, I want to just show off one of the MANY videos Kale has done for me and my family! I never want to forget how wild and crazy my own little crew is, so EVERY year that we do photos, I also hire Kale to do a family video for me. I take pictures of my kids constantly, but the way he films and the way he captures us, tells the perfect story and let’s me hold on to those in between moments and the ones that I never want to forget! Check out our latest family video. It makes my heart burst with joy EVERY time I watch it….even when that’s been like 25 times!

If you have a moment coming up that you never want to forget, then give me a holler here!!!

XOXO

9 Valentine Ideas and how to make it more meaningful

Valentine floral bouquet

We all know that tomorrow is February 14th, of course, but do you know what to do for your special someone? I thought I would share with you a list of 9 Valentine ideas to make this year’s a little more meaningful. Not saying, I don’t LOVE flowers, jewelry and chocolate but sometimes it’s less about the gift and more about the thought that goes in to it.

Sure, it’s a holiday for all you beautiful couples in love, but guess what? I’m here to share ideas on how to make it so much more than just that aisle at the grocery store full of flowers and a variety of heart shaped goodies. You’ll find fun ideas on how you can make this a day to celebrate all those that you love, or if it’s just the two of you, how to make it a more meaningful day for your ONE and ONLY.

Valentine Ideas shared by Utah photographer Brooke Bakken Valentine Bouquet | Brooke Bakken | Utah Wedding and Engagment Photographer

1. Make Valentine’s Day a Family Event

This is one valentine idea that I would love to incorporate in to my day – having a special family feast that night. What better way to celebrate than to switch the focus from fighting to find a baby-sitter and waiting at an overcrowded restaurant, to a quiet night in with all of our favorite people. Even if it is just the two of  you as newly weds or celebrating as a couple, sharing a nice well-planned and prepared meal together has romance written all over it.

Blush gown with bouquet | Brooke Bakken | Utah Wedding and Engagment Photographer Beautiful individual portrait | Brooke Bakken | Utah Wedding and Engagment Photographer

2. Share love notes

During the week of Valentine’s write cards to each other (even the kids can get in on this). Post them on the mirror in the morning, hide them in the car, or cover the door to the bedroom in heart shaped notes – a heart attack if you will. If you decide to stay in and do a nice meal, this would be the perfect time to share them with each other. You can encourage siblings to write some to each other throughout the week and hide them for each other if you have kids that want to join in on the fun.

3. Write a heartfelt card

Do you want to be part of the huddled masses surrounding the Valentine cards on the day of? That’s not my kind of valentine idea. Here’s an alternative to go along with number 2. Write a personal card that includes all the reasons you first fell in love. What if you included some of the biggest reasons you love them now? Put something on paper that means more than anything Hallmark could come up with.

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4. Get away from work and meet up for a day date or lunch

This one doesn’t need a lot of explaining. If you usually go out at night then switching things up for a mid day meal together can mean more than flowers anytime. Better yet, bring flowers with you to your day date. Time together to me says more than eating my weight in See’s chocolates.

5. Remember the little things they say

The best way to be prepared for V-day is to, you guessed it,  prepare. This may seem like a simple concept but it is so easy to let the day sneak up on you. You don’t want to be scrambling for something the day before or even the day of. Nothing says you mean the world to me like a gift you picked out at the supermarket 2 hours ago. I’d love to say this doesn’t happen but if you’ve been to the grocery store on Valentine’s Day, you know what I’m talking about. Is there a specific restaurant they’ve been wanting to try that they mentioned to you? Or maybe a small item they’ve wanted but haven’t taken the time to go get for themselves. It is easy to forget the little things that are casually mentioned but if you do remember them, you’ll be showing not only that you care but that you listen.

6. Serve each other

This may sound elementary and cheesy but remember those little hand made coupon books that littered your parents drawers as a kid?  Maybe that was just at my house. Anyway, how about giving the gift of service.  How nice would a night off from the bedtime negotiations that take place every night be? Or even waking up to breakfast?  Service can go a long way and bring plenty of smiles along the way.

Valentine jewelry and ideas | Brooke Bakken | Utah Wedding and Engagment Photographer

Close up of pink bouquet | Brooke Bakken | Utah Wedding and Engagment Photographer

7. Plan an activity together

Again, Valentine’s doesn’t have to mean a fancy dinner out on the town.  Is there something you enjoy going out and doing together?  If so, plan a time to do it!  Even if it isn’t on Valentine’s, or during this week, taking the time to plan an awesome activity gives you both something to look forward to doing together. Now that’s a valentine idea I can get behind.

8. Think of others

I bet you’re wondering why a holiday for couples and love would include an item like this.  One thing I have heard of others doing, is sending out love notes and candy and surprising someone with a Valentine that may be feeling a bit lonely this holiday.

9. Make good use of technology

Sure, everybody loves a good hand written love note on Valentine’s, or really any day for that matter, but with text and email access in the palm of your hand why don’t you go ahead and spam that loved one of yours! With this valentine idea, try to incorporate their favorite things into the day or send some photos from your wedding day, engagement, or any of your firsts together that you’ve captured. I know I’d smile if my husband sent me a picture of anything he knew I loved, even if it was a screenshot of my celebrity crush. No pun inteded, but it sends a message that he knows me and was thinking of me.  It’s a simple way to show you know and care for each other, even down to the littlest quirks.

Bouquet photos | Brooke Bakken | Utah Wedding and Engagment Photographer

 

I hope you enjoy these Valentine ideas. It’s the simple and small things that mean the most. The details from your time together, memories you’ve made, moments you’ve captured along the way and the magic that made you fall in love in the first place. Take the time to remember them all with a more meaningful approach to Valentine’s. But remember that doesn’t mean that we don’t all LOVE chocolate and flowers, too. Wink, wink.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

XOXO,

Brooke

Making Time Stand Still | Eden Lee Family | Utah Family Photographer

Close up of son as he leans away from parents

How Can You Make Time Stand Still?

When you first start having kids you can’t imagine ever forgetting what each one of them looks like in that moment. You patiently await the next milestone of crawling, walking, talking, starting school and on and on without ever thinking you’d want to make time stand still. This is where the importance of capturing those little faces comes in.
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You’re too busy thinking you will NEVER forget those individual quirks that are currently providing endless hours of family entertainment to ever think you’d forget this moment in time. Long after the kids have moved out, you will want these memories captured to look back on and remember…the sticky faces, the loving smiles, the 1,000,000 “moms” that were said EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. You get the idea. It’s your life, however messy it is, and you won’t want to forget it.
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Your Beautiful Life…

It’s a fact that the busier you get the faster time flies by and before you know it, that parenting phase begins when you become more of a chauffeur and chef, than an attentive mom relishing in every tiny little moment and detail. Then it happens, you realize your babies are growing up too fast and suddenly you want nothing more than to make time stand still.  Your kids are your whole world, your everything, and when you look back on your life these are the moments you are going to remember.  The good and the bad.Playful moment of mother with sonBrooke Bakken captures sibling smiles in childrens portrait Wife smiles and embraces husband while Dad holds crying babiesUtah photographer Brooke Bakken captures the love Dad has for his three boys Brooke Bakken captures the happiness family brings in family portrait session

Even the Messy Parts

The crying, the cleaning up of the same messes and toy over and over again, and the never-ending noise that comes with endless snuggles and begging for one more story and kiss before bed.  It’s a beautiful mess but it’s YOURS and you don’t want to forget anything about it! Guess what?!  I have a solution for you. Family portraits are the answer to freezing time!Brooke Bakken captures sibling smiles in childrens portraitGiving the thumbs up and ear to ear smile captures childhood momentsMaking time stand still in a close up of oldest child in beautifal black and whiteFunny faces during family photo shoot

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Just the Two of You

Don’t forget about those rare moments when you experience a glimpse of that peace and quiet that was so present before sticky little fingers, endless fruit snacks, and a favortie Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode on repeat creating constant background noise in your life. Just the two of you remembering why you fell in love.Parents shown balancing a baby on each hipLove and laughter by Utah photographer Brooke BakkenBalancing act of family and couple timeClose up of husband and wife embracing and smiling

You know you’re going to miss these days. If you are ready to make time stand still with your family contact me today for more information on family portrait sessions.

XOXO,

Brooke

It’s time to DOUBLE DOWN to WIN with Brooke Bakken Photography!

Win a free photo session with Brooke Bakken, Utah and California wedding and family photographer

My friends! It’s that time of year…I am heading down to LAS VEGAS for WPPI this week and it got me thinking. Who’s ready to play a little game and DOUBLE DOWN to WIN!?

Double Down to Win

Ok, the name of the game is Instagram Blackjack, so get ready because it starts NOW!

How To Play

  1. Follow Brooke Bakken on Instagram at @brookebakken.
  2. Find the DOUBLE DOWN post and give it a LIKE!
  3. We all know the best hand you can get in blackjack is 21, so just tag 21 of your friends who would love to WIN a voucher for a FREE SESSION PLUS HAIR AND MAKEUP with Brooke Bakken Photography and tell them how awesome I am! Then send them over to my CONTACT page via my #linkinbio on Instagram OR BrookeBakken.com/Contact and make sure they put YOUR name as the referral!

     How To Win

  1. When you tag 21 friends, you get BLACKJACK and you get 1 ”chip” to play with.
  2. Earn DOUBLE the chips for every friend who fills out my “Contact” form! One friend fills it out? You have 2 chips to play with! Two friends enter? It’s DOUBLE DOWN time, so you have 4 chips! Are you getting it yet? Three friends fill out my contact form? You are at 8 chips!
  3. Each person who fills out the Contact form on my website also gets FIVE chips to play with! Then they can come to Instagram and play Instagram Blackjack with us to earn even more chips!

The Grand Prize

On February 20th, it’s time to cash in your chips! I will be drawing for the Grand Prize of a Voucher for a FREE session with me, PLUS hair and makeup for the lucky winner! The session can be ANY session, including family, boudoir, seniors, maternity, anniversary,engagements, or bridals*!
*For engagements or bridals, winner must not be under contract with any other wedding photographer.

Easy Peasy, right!? So c’mon over and let’s go to VEGAS, Baby!

XOXO

What to Wear for Family Pictures | Johnson Crew | Orange County

Family walking in the desert by Orange County photographer Brooke Bakken

I’m heading to Orange County for 10 GLORIOUS sun-filled days, so I thought it would be fun to feature ONLY Southern California shoots on the blog while I’m out there, starting with the Johnson family’s dreamy desert session! I have known Tiff and her family for the last 6 years and have been doing their family pictures for the last 5! I have LOVED watching them grow. The best part for me has been the friendship with this beautiful mama right here. She has a heart of GOLD and is a phenomenal woman and photographer! Plus I always know I will show up and she will have her family dressed to the NINES! Since their family looks like models I thought I would take the chance to share my thoughts on what to wear for family pictures! Everyone stresses out SO much about this part…and I want to take some of that stress away!

What to wear for family pictures by Orange County photographer Brooke Bakken

What to Wear for Family Pictures

Figuring out what to wear for family pictures doesn’t have to be a huge fight! Let me let you in on a little secret. It’s called “color pallets!” What is fantastic about choosing a color pallet is that all the work has been done for you! There are super smart and creative people out there who have designed pallets for home decorating, fashion, etc. and they will literally TELL you what goes together!

Another trick? Draw colors from your location and incorporate them into your wardrobe. I LOVE how Tiff drew from the beautiful desert color pallet for their family pictures. The soft rose, sage green, sandy neutrals…it all works perfectly together! Another option is to do colors that compliment your location. Look at the color wheel! If your backdrop has a lot of cyan, find a way to incorporate some magenta details. Is your backdrop a stark white like the Salt Flats in Utah or snow? Try something that will POP like bold (not neon) colors.

My last trick? Be careful with patterns. Try and think more TEXTURE and less patterns. Small patterns are fine…as long as they won’t detract from your faces! Avoid large, bold plaids and super-contrasty stripes. Because more often than not, less is more!

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I hope you all have just DIED over this gorgeous family with me and have some ideas on What to Wear for Family Pictures! I am happy to consult on clothing for all of my clients, so if you have been putting off family pictures because it’s just “Too Stressful,” stress no more my friends! Contact me here to get something scheduled before you talk yourself out of it again!

XOXO

Merry Christmas | The Bakken Kiddos

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry early Christmas!! Since Christmas falls on a Sunday this year I figured I would post this early, as to say Merry Christmas to anyone that follows me, my photo journey and/or my blog! Christmas can be the most magical time of the whole year, and this year I really tried to soak it all in! I feel like after Thanksgiving, the holidays went by in a flash! We did the traditional drive thru of lights in Spanish Fork with our hot chocolate in hand and windows down listening to holiday music. We decorated gingerbread houses, and when I say “we” I really mean I became the decorator while the kids ate the candy that was suppose to go on the houses. We have had a great time with our Elf Fred, and while he doesn’t do anything naughty or crazy because let’s be real by the end of the night my creative juices are dry, but the kids love seeing where he flies to every morning and try to guess where he will be next! We took a visit to Santa and Charlee wanted nothing to do with him the first time, so we gave it a whirl once more while in CA and had success!! We gave him our Christmas lists and let him know we have tried really hard to be on the “Nice” list! We (as parents) have also tried our very best to get the kids to understand that this season is about our Savior and why we celebrate Christmas AND that we give gifts because Christmas is about a time of love and giving. Giving to others, giving more of ourselves and recognizing everything that our Heavenly Father has given us.

 

These three are by far my most prized possessions. They have filled my heart and made it grow in ways I never knew was possible. Their smiles can melt away any bad day that I am having and their unconditional love makes me strive to be a better mom. I am forever grateful for my Heavenly Father and the trust he has in me to take care of his precious littles. Being a mother is harder than I ever anticipated but the reward is far greater than I ever deserve.

I hope all of you have such a blessed Holiday with the ones you love! Merry Christmas to all!

Cape May Family Photography | The Heberts | Brooke Bakken

Sunset beach photos at Cape May by Brooke Bakken

I am SO excited for this blog post to go up today! Not only do I LOVE this family but I LOVE this woman right here!! She is a PHENOMENAL photographer, wife, mother and friend! I have been so lucky to have her in my life for the last two years and I truly don’t know how I lived 31 years without her!Cape May family photography on the beach by Brooke Bakken

How We Met

Kaitlin and I met after I stalked her business page and KNEW I needed to talk all things business with her to get my business running the way I wanted. She is creative, savvy and incredibly organized! Then again she has to be with 2 kids and shooting 40+ weddings a year! So, I emailed her and inquired about mentoring with her via Skype since we lived about 2000+ miles apart! From the moment we were on Skype, I knew I liked her! Although we got off of on so many tangents and she talked a million miles a minute that my hand couldn’t keep up, I liked her! We skyped a few times that first year (aka I paid for her friendship that first year) and I learned a TON from her! Then, she had a wedding out west that she needed a second shooter for and I was SHOCKED when she asked if I could join her in Maui to shoot with her! I honestly to this day don’t know why she asked me, because she has no shortage of talented friends, but I am SO glad she did! But keep in mind we had still never met in person at this point and we just decided to spend almost a full week in Maui together! What if she ended up being annoyed of me? What if my shooting didn’t hold up my end of the bargain? I was NERVOUS! But shooting in Maui over my birthday, instead of staying home in the cold, I was willing to risk it!Unique family photos on the beach in New Jersey by destination photographer Brooke Bakken

I think you can guess how it turned out….we fell in best friend love! 🙂 I have never laughed SO hard in my entire life! We had the best time and it was a trip I will never forget! It was like finally meeting the other half I never knew existed! And now, countless phone, Skype and airline miles later we are more like sisters! It’s weird to have a few days go by where I don’t talk to her. We plan trips and vacations around and with one another. Always scheming on how we can see each other without one of us actually moving our families across the country. But don’t doubt that I have thought of it at least once or twice! She is loving called Aunt Jersey Kait, because if you know me, you know my sister is also Kaitlin and they spell their names the exact same way! My kiddos adore her, and the surprises she sends them in the mail, and even my man loves her (and if you know my husband you know this is HUGE).Sunset at Cape May New Jersey by Brooke Bakken Photography

So, on one of my trips back east Kaitlin asked if I would shoot some family pictures to go one their walls of their beautiful new home. Well, let me rephrase that. She TOLD me I was going to shoot their family pictures, showed me the frames they were going to fill and then told me not to F it up! HA! True Kaitlin form. No pressure! Lucky for me, her boys are not strangers to having a camera in their face or someone bossing them around! I absolutely adore her littles, the special relationship she fosters with each of them and the way her handsome hubby seems to make her melt right into his arms. This session, although nerve wracking, was so much fun and I mean could they BE any more beautiful?? I die.Brothers photos on the beach at Cape May by destination family photographer Brooke Bakken

HEY-HEY IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY

Kaitlin, I love you to the moon and back, with my whole butt (because let’s be real you and I BOTH know my butt is bigger than my heart), and I cannot imagine my life without you in it! You make me laugh constantly, you feed my soul, you help me strive to bet a better mom, business woman and person. The way you are always putting the needs of others before your own is inspiring and I have learned so much about who I want to be, just by being around you. You truly love SO big, and everyone that knows you, knows you are the type of friend that would give the shirt off your back if you knew it would help them. Kaitlin- you are an amazing human being! I hope you have THE best Birthday today! I wish I was back there to celebrate you, but just know I am thinking of you and the Bakken’s love you so much!!

XOXO

 

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