Brianne Heiner Photography: Blog en-us (C) Brianne Heiner Photography (Brianne Heiner Photography) Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:06:00 GMT Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:06:00 GMT Brianne Heiner Photography: Blog 120 80 Home Sweet Home- The Deans Family Snuggling in bed, to picking rhubarb grown from her grandmothers original plant, to feeding the neighborhood horses....Just ordinary loveliness.  My favorite kind of shoot.  These shoots aren't about pretending that life is always perfect.  It's about taking the treasured parts of an imperfect life and capturing them so that they are protected in your memory and treasured by family yet to come.  It is a substantial contribution to your family history.  It's important and well worth the investment to get pictures that are more than posing.  They are your happy truth.

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Becoming a Mother I love being pregnant....not every single part...but as a whole it is one of the most beautiful experiences.  All four of my kids are now little people, with opinions and unique personalities.  I had the privilege of carrying them for the first 9 months. 

Each time I became a mother with each of my kids, I was changed and new all over again.

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before.The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” - Osho

This strong mama had her baby a few months ago.  I loved being a part of documenting this lovely part of her motherhood journey. Read through Page's thoughts on becoming a mother.  It is a sacred time of life.


"Cliches have always been corny, or so I thought, but becoming a mother made all the cliches true. It has been the hardest, yet most rewarding thing I've EVER experienced, and I've never loved anyone as much as my daughter. Becoming a mother has brought me closer to God, because the love I have for Charley is the unconditional love Christ has for us all, and up to this point I didn't know what that was like. My experience hasn't been easy, but it's has been refining. Because of the work God has done in me I have never been a better version of myself, and for that I am so grateful. Becoming a mother has made me grow into the person God has always meant for me to be, and I will always strive to be the mother Charley deserves."

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Fancy in DC My youngest brother in law got married last month!  So, of course we all indulged in getting super fancy for the event.  This is my sister-in- law and her cute family and I like to think sweet angel Lance was there in spirit to make it complete. 

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Sam + Madeline - This was real life! I know I'm posting this off season but I don't really care.  Cause I went back and looked at this session from this past fall...and not to be arrogant or anything ;)  But I LOOVVVVEEEEE it!  I was the most amazing night and the sky gave us an fabulous show.    Please bless all the engagement sessions in the world come to me....cause guys, we will have so much fun.

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Waking up admidst bliss and chaos.. That's the world us moms and dads wake to- bliss and chaos.  Bliss because these amazing humans are ours to have.  Chaos because know... ;)

They started the day piled in bed.  If you don't know....that's what happens when you are a parent.  No longer are you awoken by an alarm at a time you planned. Nope, you have built-in unpredictable roosters now! 

They pile in bed, giggling so loudly in a room that was deliciously silent 5 seconds before.  Sometimes though your grumpy grogginess you force yourself to remember painfully soon, it won't be like this.  So, right now, the moment you will dream of 50 years from now is here.  Right now.  It is lovely, filling when you choose to be present.  Their cold morning feet press on your legs, and their little faces so close you can feel their eyelashes brush against your cheek. 

And some of those mornings you meet the eyes of your spouse with a look that says...these are the days.  These are the mornings we will talk about.


**Home Sweet Home Sessions are 2 hours where we document your favorite parts of family life, as it is. 

Fun activities and most importantly small moments. 

Text me to schedule 206-398-9923

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The White Way of Delight If you don't get the title, then you are seriously missing a crutial movie in your life. This orchard is sooooo pretty and rememinds me of Anne Shirley riding in the wagon with Matthew Cuthbert when she names the Orchard "The White Way of Delight.

This session took place right after most of the blooms had gone in most of the orchard...but then you get these amazing blooms on the taller trees! There really there isn't a bad time to take pictures at this amazing place.

The Nash Family went to the same church as my husband and I during the fist few years we were married. (like 10 or so years ago) I remember the first Sunday they came to church....We lived in an area that didn't have alot of young couples, so when we saw the Nashes, we had a couple crush on them! They were fresh victims for us to force into friendship...haha is that soo creepy? (yes, yes it is) Alas, they didn't live there long, so our hearts were broken.

I was so happy when Karyn contacted me 10 years later to do this shoot! In fact, we are doing another shoot with them later this year and I am sooooo excited! I have 2 more spots left for session at this pretty orchard. Text me to get on the schedule!


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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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