Brianne Heiner Photography: Blog en-us (C) Brianne Heiner Photography (Brianne Heiner Photography) Sat, 08 Jul 2017 19:13:00 GMT Sat, 08 Jul 2017 19:13:00 GMT Brianne Heiner Photography: Blog 120 80 Adventure Sessions Fist of all-  This is the first session I am introducing as being shot as a team by my sister Laura Fafard and I!  Laura is a fantastic photographer and is going to begin shooting her own sessions for Brianne Heiner Photgraphy in a few months. I am so excited for this! I know she will bring an inspiring passion to capture emotion, movement, and joy in her sessions.  

My favorite thing to photograph is my children exploring!  I don't know about your kids....but if you put my kids in a field they will have a hay day! Picking flowers, finding bugs, pretending the shelter of trees is an enchanted tent...  

Big changes are happening with my business.  I want to focus more on photography with depth and emotion.  I want to photograph things that matter. Remembering your children playing matters.  Recalling their free spirits and rich imaginations matter. 

The pictures below are only very lightly directed.  They led the way and we followed.

ADVENTURE SESSIONS- introductory price- $350 plus tax  (Can be done with just children or include parents as well)



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Gracie + Zack engagements I'm so excited for these two and their wedding coming up!  It is for sure going to be the perfect country affair.  I love that they both came dressed up in ways that showed who they are.  Their styles went together flawlessly!  At the end of the shoot it started POURING on us!  So, of course we got some romantic kissing in the rain shots!  And hair!?  My husband doesn't have red hair, but he has 2 brothers that do.  I was HOPING AND PRAYING that at least one of my children would end up with red hair.....alas..... maybe I should try to dye my hair red?  I've done it before and it looked pretty dope.  haha....I just said dope......    Hair and make-up by @taliawhatcottmua

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Rachel and Eric Engagements      Want to know how to have perfect engagements!?  Be like these guys -RELAX AND HAVE FUN! There are other things you can do as well of course, but this is the most important factor!  They were so great at just being together, trusting me, and playing!  My favorite kind of session.  When you let your guard down, your shoot will really show who you are as a couple.  And these 2 are bubbly, playful....and obviously soul mates.


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Clara + Eric Engagements I sit here in my bed surrounded in pillows.  One under my back, one under my legs, a few behind my head...because I am extremely uncomfortable!  I am 7 months pregnant with my 4th child and this is by far the hardest pregnancy I have had.  I don't know how I am going to make the next 2 1/2 months without drowning in my own tears.  Mostly due to rib and sciatic pain...not so much emotions....I feel pretty happy! But sometimes the discomfort and pain makes forget that ;)  Maybe I am a wimp because I usually have fairly easy pregnancies...but, not gunna lie.  This one sucks.  On the bright side....I am SOOOOO excited to meet our new little one!  We decided not to find out the gender so I am on pins a needles for the big day to come! 

I have my last session of the year this week, so for the next 5 months that I will be taking off I will be focusing on getting caught up on the INSANE amount of blogging I should be doing all along!

This is Clara and Eric!  I did their engagements about a year and a half ago in spring 2015.  They were so cute and in love.  I saw them a few months ago again at a wedding I was shooting.  It is always fun to see people again!


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The Hemming Family This session was last summer and, you know me, I am just now getting around to blogging it!  This sweet family lives in my neighborhood. Now they are expecting another baby girl!  

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Sam and Jack - Mommy & ME This is my sister and her little guy.  We did this little session under the shade of a tree behind my grandparents house.  I LOVE these kinds of sessions.  They are so sweet and special.  A mommy and me shoot isn't one that some of you might consider a primary priority but I think they are SO important!  Think of when Jack is grown how much he and his family are going to treasure these pictures of him and his mother at this precious time!?  They will become an heirloom and family treasure.  

His mother, young and beautiful. Him, during a time when she was his whole world.

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The Tam Family We met on a saturday up at Tibble Fork.  It is so sweet to see a couple with their first baby!  Don't get me wrong, I love the energy (and chaos) of a bigger family too!  But there is just something simple and sweet about a couple focused on this one perfect little being....   This is one of the reasons when I do family pictures I like to suggest that each parent gets individuals with each child... even if there are 5 kids! Think of what a keepsake that will be for that child! This was such a fun peaceful shoot.  This little guy was curious and serious...with a little tiny smile sneaking out every once in a while....So sweet.

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San Diego Snuggles We went to San Diego for a family vacation this last week. It was so wonderful to get away with just our little family and spend some relaxing time together.  We stayed in the Gas Lamp Plaza Suites for one night and it was the cutest historical hotel!  That is where we did this 5 minute photoshoot.  I love these kinds of intimate and special.  My only wish is that I could have been in them! Alas, someone had to take the pictures.  In any case, my husband such a good man.  These kids are so blessed to have him as their Dad...and I'm so blessed to have him as my husband.  This past year or so has been a little hard for me as a mother, and trying to juggle that with photography.  He has been there every step of the way, doing anything I asked of him and all the other extra things I didn't ask for, but needed.  On a less serious note (but I am serious!) isn't he so handsome!?  I am one lucky lady..... If anyone is interested in these types of photoshoots I would LOVE the opportunity!  In home shoots are so special, and I think will be some of the most treasures pictures because they always come with an extra dose of real emotion.

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Grandma + Grandpa My favorite place in the world is my grandparents house.  My family and I have gone there every summer growing up and I still go there with my family every summer now. It is a place where I walk in and can instantly breathe deeper, and feel my mind clear.  We don't really do a whole lot when we are there.  We help grandma pick beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes.  We make food and attempt to clean up after ourselves.  We have cooking competitions, play games, take naps.... My mom plays the piano, while my sister and I fight over whose turn it is to sing a song. We swing on the giant swing set overlooking the garden till it is too dark to stay out without the mosquitoes eating us alive.  I bother my grandma with sewing projects that she probably doesn't want me to do (on account that I don't actually know how to I have to ask for instructions for every step). We go up in the mountains and have a picnic, pick flowers, and hike up to the top of Jaws. We watch the sunset from the back window...with the tree that is in the pictures below silhouetted on the skyline.  It is a place I bring my children every year and they are growing to love it as much as I do.

And the last, yet most important aspect of being at my grandparents house is that they are there....  My grandpa telling jokes that I only sometimes understand.  My Grandma working so hard in her garden, making macaroni and tomato juice soup (I know it sounds gross, but it is THE BEST.) My Grandpa mowing the lawn with whatever toddler is there at the time. My favorite laugh of Grandma's that sneaks out when she really thinks something is funny.  

I can hear her chuckling now thinking of telling them that this is the most special place in the world.  I think she would believe me, and yet the other part of her would think of all the hard times that I don't really know about.  I have experienced the ideal version of this home; the one were my troubles can be forgotten, and my heart can feel light.  However, I know that there have been hard times.  That they have worked together to make this the home that it is.  They have worked, prayed, laughed, cried, dealt with loss, and gone through so many phases in their life in this house.  What I have appreciated the very most is the love I can feel they have for each other. I wouldn't say that they are excessively mushy together, but it is one of those things you can feel tangibly when they are near.

Their children and grandchildren rotate through their home ALL SUMMER.  They have given us so much throughout the years, just by being there, and always making us feel wanted and welcome.  I feel certain when they meet our Father in Heaven again, that He will tell them He is so immensely proud and pleased to call them His own; for they fulfilled their mission here by creating a place of peace for their family.  A true Heaven on earth, for us, their children, to call home. 

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Michael + Kaitlyn This was my favorite shoot of 2015! It was also featured by Utah Bride Blog, which was very exciting for me!  It was the first time I had ever submitted anything anywhere, so I was nervous and SO excited when they said yes!  The location was perfect, the couple was many things went into this shoot that made it perfect. I thought I would list them for all you engaged couples out there wanting to know how to make your engagement session as wonderful as this.  (of course, we are going to exclude the fact that Kaitlyn and Michael are unfairly beautiful ;).....)  ALL of these can be applied to any kind of shoot (family,maternity,ect....) this goes for everyone!

1) THEY TRUSTED ME COMPLETELY - This is the MOST important thing.  When I am at a shoot and I feel that the couple totally trusts me and isn't worried about controlling the situation themselves, it unleashes my confidence and creativity!  So, pick a photographer you LOVE and trust them.  They will feel it, and you will be allowing them to do their VERY BEST job!

2)They came with a GREAT ATTITUDE -  Nothing will kill a shoot faster than if you have someone who is not happy about being there.  Not only will it effect the pictures, it will effect the way your fiance' feels when they go back and look at the pictures.  They will remember how unhappy you were and that will always cast a shadow on the experience and pictures.  Also, kind of the same with the first point, your photographer will feel it and although they will probably still do a great job, a poor attitude will not help unleash their full potential.

2)Their CLOTHES FIT -  Nothing will look worse than if your clothes don't fit you well.  I always suggest that as you are deciding what outfit to wear, to have someone take some pictures of you in them Then you can see how they look in a picture.  Also, wear something that you FEEL amazing in.

3) They wore outfits that MADE A STATEMENT!-  Personally,  my favorite thing is when the girl wears a dress!  Dresses just make the shoot feel high-end and really make a session pop!

4)Kaitlyn got her HAIR and MAKE-UP PROFESSIONALLY done-  I cannot emphasize enough what an impact this makes!  Sure, you think you do your make-up just fine....but I PROMISE you that a professional will do a better job. #fact :) same goes with your hair.  Cassie Brimhall (instagram @cassie_brimhall , 801-341-5041)  did Kaitlyn's beautiful hair and Make-up and it looked FANTASTIC.  It is an investment into your pictures....and I promise it is worth the money.

5)They RELAXED and had fun!  I realize this one is a little tricky since everyone has different levels of comfort with getting their pictures taken, but just try your best.  It really will show in your pictures.  Also, a good photographer will be able to help you out with this.  Pick someone who you can feel comfortable with and enjoy their company.  

6) Last, but certainly not least, pick a PHOTOGRAPHER THAT LOVES their job.  I am pretty sure that clients never question when I am doing an engagement session if I am having a good time.  My husband occasionally has come to assist me and he has asked me before, "Are you REALLY that excited?  Or is it just to make them feel good?"  Although I do love that it makes the couple feel excited and confident... YES, I REALLY AM THAT EXCITED.  I sincerely have a BLAST when I am shooting, and I think is has a huge impact on my client's experience.

NOW without further adiue............

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Ally + Mattson - part 1      One of my favorite parts about being a photographer is getting to do sessions for friends and family!  This is my brother-in-law, Mattson...and the lovely lady is my future sister-in-law, Ally!  Yes, he was 13ish when I got that makes me feel a little old.  Didn't I just barely get married!?  I guess not.  10 years flies by.  I am so excited for them!   They are so sweet together. Selfishly, I am also excited because I am getting alot out of this marriage because.... Ally is awesome! And we all know that awesome sister-in-laws are an important part of life. :)  I should know, I already have 5 others who are ALL amazing!

    We had quite the adventure getting to our location.  There was a little (aLOT) more snow than I was expecting, and we took Mattson's little sedan.  We might have  definitely did get stuck in the snow and a couple of kind Utah truck drivers had to pull us out.  haha- Makes for a good story later, right!?  This is the first half of the session.  Mattson was a trooper.  Both Ally and I had boots on, but he was walking around in dress shoes!   He was quite cold, but was a great sport and didn't complain one bit.  (Which you photographers out there know.... we REALLY appreciate that!)  He seemed to just be content to get to cuddle with his bride.   We drove to a second location; I'll share that half another day!

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The Finau Family This might be my favorite family session of the year!  The Finau's were so wonderful and kind. AND most importantly, they totally trusted me and did whatever I said!  I love when people do that! :)  And yes, that is all real sky.  AMAZING hu?

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Rachel+ Mitch I was so excited to do this session, mostly because I had/have a GIANT crush on her red hair. I mean, LOOK AT IT!  When I would go to fix it in the session, seriously, I was in awe.  Never a tangle.  When I said this to her, she said, "oh, yeah, when it's straight it doesn't really tangle."  Are you kidding me!?  serious hair envy.   It started misting/sprinkling during the session.  In one of the pictures you can see the drops around them! Rachel and Mitch were so cute together.  They are married now and Rachel was a beautiful flawless bride.  In Rachel's words, this is how they met...

"Mitch and I met in beginner social dance class at BYU.  Both of our inspired mothers forced us to sign up and we agreed under certain conditions. Mitch said he would stay if there were some cute girls and I said I would stay if there were some fun guys.  The first time we met, we were trying (and failing) to dance to 'Shake it off'.  After half of a semester of dancing and flirting, Mitch FINALLY asked me out and we have spent every day together since!"



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Shane and Alisha I grew up with Shane's family.  They are wonderful, he is wonderful, and they would make fabulous parents.  Feel free to share this post and get the word out there that Shane and Alisha are waiting for their child!
The poem accompanying this post is by Teri Harrison. (Altered a little bit to apply better to their current situation.)
Here is a little something they wrote for you to read about them.
"When Alisha and I were first married, we received some marriage advice that stuck with us. We were told to do everything we could to "keep each others' love buckets full," meaning we should do everything we can to love and serve each other with all our hearts throughout our marriage. We worked hard to do just that. Then, after trying for a year to get pregnant, we found out we couldn't have kids on our own. It was the hardest thing we have experienced, but we braved it together. Time helped us heal, and after a lot of consideration, we decided to apply to adopt. And just a few months ago, we were approved! We created a profile on and have been trying to spread the word. 
A few weeks after we were approved, Brianne (who I grew up with) asked if she could take pictures to help our adoption profile stand out. We said YES, and a few days before our schedule shoot, we found a literal love bucket. We brought it along to the lavender farms, and now we have photos that capture exactly what we want expectant birth parents to see. We can't wait to find our little one to fill our love bucket."
“Longing for a child to love,
We wish upon the stars above.

In our hearts we always knew,
A part of us is meant for you.

I think how happy we will be,

Once we adopt you, making us a family

we dream of all the joy you’ll bring,

Imagining even the littlest things.
The way it will feel to hold you tight,

And tuck you in every night.

The drawings on the refrigerator door,

And childhood toys across the floor,
The favorite stories read again and again, 

And hours of games with make-believe friends.
The day you take our outstretched hands,

A journey will end, but our lives more complete.

thinking of memorizing your sweet face, 

We dream of our first embrace.
  We promise to give you a happy home,

And a loving family all your own.

A house you'll make more complete,

With laughter, smiles and tiny feet.

A parent is one who guides the way,
Know I will be there everyday.
You'll rest easy as each night you sleep,
A lifetime of love will be yours to keep. Longing for a child to love,
We wish upon the stars above.
In our hearts we always knew...
A part of us belongs to you. 

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The Jones Family I met up with the Jones family while I was visiting  my family in Missouri where I grew up.  I found this field out in the country and the little old man who owns it was so kind to let us use it.  Dawn and Austin are childhood friends of mine.  I have many happy memories going over to Dawn's house, and visiting the lake with her family.  It was so fun to see them and experience them later in life as the family they have grown into.  They have a beautiful daughter Loralie.  She is spunky and has the most fabulous hair.  Spencer is everything you would expect from a little boy...mischievious, funny, and energetic.  He also has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.  Here is his story from his mother.....

"Spencer has always kind of walked funny and I always thought I was the paranoid mom because friends, doctors, and other moms would say, "oh, he'll grow out of it."  Spencer never grew out of it.  It wasn't until I started to get him ready for pre-school that a teacher noticed.  The rest is history.  After years of going to doctors and asking what was the matter, one doctor finally decided to check a 'what-if'...  Her 'what-if ' became and 'it is'.  June 2014 Spencer was officially diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  We had no prior history in my family and yet here we are. Duchenne affects one in every 3500 boys. There is absolutely no cure....and it is 100% FATAL. It affects every single muscle in his body including his heart, because, as luck would have it, the heart is the most powerful muscle in the body.  How do you move on knowing that's your fate?  You just do.  You have to, for him.  So, for now we live life like it's normal.  We let Spencer do whatever 5 year old boys do; he runs (albiet slowly) because he won't get to later in life, he rides  his bikes, plays with cars, and dreams big dreams."   ---Dawn Jones

They sell shirts annually during his birthday month (JULY!!) to help with his medical expenses. If you would like to be a part of helping Spencer and his family, you are in luck!  Go to and buy a cool shirt.  It's a small gesture that can go a long way. 

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Jordan and Brynn This Mother-daughter session is definitely one of my favorite sessions I have ever done.  The sky was beautiful, the desert was beautiful, the light was beautiful, and my subjects were beautiful!  Little Brynn was  such a was a little chilly and windy, but she just loved on her mother happily.  I want to narrate this post with the lyrics to one of my favorite songs.  My Mother, my Daughter by Janice Kapp Perry

Sometimes when I see you, my daughter, my own,
My heart fills with love seeing how you have grown.

Your hands, once so small, are so clean and pure.
Your heart filled with love helps my own soul endure.

The prayers that you speak give me faith to go on,
And the smile in your eyes gives me hope for the dawn.

Then I wonder why and give thanks

that I was chosen to be your mother.

The seasons come; the seasons go; and I see you grow.
The light of faith is in your eyes; I saw it long ago.

I weep at your sorrows, smile when life is fair.
I speak your name in each tender prayer.
So reach for your dreams, for every good thing,
depending on my love, my dear daughter.
 I’ve watched you, dear mother, each day of my life;
I’ve seen how you smile through the joy and the strife.
I’ve needed your love and have known you were there.
I’ve seen how you help to bring answers to prayers.
The world that surrounds me is blind and unsure;
But with you as my mother, I’m safe and secure.

Then I wonder why and give thanks

that I was chosen to be your daughter.

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Jessica and Marks Arboretum Formals! We met up the night before their wedding at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  It is SOOOO beautiful!!  So green, and beautiful!  Mark and Jessica are so obviously in love and are kissing and snuggling at every possible a photoshoot where that is all we do isn't a stretch for them at all. :)  They are so cute!

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Amy and Nathan's Reception! This reception was a blast!  There was singing, dancing, laughing, guitar playing, toasting, and oh yeah.....MORE DANCING!! Venders: Amy Gallup did the beautiful flowers, Dress by Vera Wang, Groom's custom suit from Perfectly Fitted, Food and venue: Thanksgiving Point

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Chelcie and Brayden's first look! Chelcie and Brayden are wonderful!  I now totally understand the sentiment that photographers talk about when they say that they SERIOUSLY LOVE their brides and grooms.  I can't really quite describe it.  I have done 2 weddings now and I can honestly say that I don't think I will ever forget either couple.  There is something about being a part of this part of their lives that makes your heart want to burst for them and know you could never forget them.  I love Brayden and Chelcie. What an amazing benefit to this job!  I get to find more people to love! I read a quote today...."in the end I want my heart to be covered in stretch marks"  I think it applies.  If I do this my whole life, think of how many people I will get to love!  Brayden is quiet, loving, kind, and looks at Chelcie the way all girls dream of being looked at. (oh, and he's a pilot! hence the airplane tie clip :)...)  Chelcie is genuine, easy to talk to, bubbly, and the sweetest girl you ever will meet.  Their personalities fit together perfectly.  This session was up above Sundance right at Aspen grove trailhead.  He saw her for the first time in her wedding dress looking as perfect as a woman can, they danced to their wedding song, and I am the luckiest because I got to be there!  Truly a privilege and something that I do not take lightly.  

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Cohen is 1 year old! My sweet babe is 1 year old!   This little shoot was interesting to do  :)  He wasn't super cooperative, but he sure made up for it in cuteness! I ended up with 3 different kinds of light cause we attempted a couple times throughout the day.  All the props are things people have made for him.  The light green blanket was made my my mother in law, the quilt and pillows were made by my mom, and the feather canvases in the background were painted by my sister Laura for his room.  I bought the bird but I included it because he LOVES it.  Every time we pass it  in the hall he get excited and wants to touch it and he says, "tweet tweet tweet!"  

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