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Craig and I loved seeing everyone’s pictures and reading the comments.  It was really hard for us to pick just one winner.  I really wanted to pick every single entry!  We decided that the winner is……

Nicole Lindsay!  Congratulations Nicole!  Here’s what Nicole said about her photo and family:

This is a really goofy picture, but honestly, this is the only (current) family picture that we have of all of us. I used to not like being photographed, but lately I have been going through all the the photos of my kids as they are growing up and it makes me sad to say that I am in very few of them. I am always the one on the other side of the camera. I have been trying to include myself in more photos, but I have a hard time asking someone to take them for me!
I have a ton of pictures that I wanted to share, but I want you to see my cute little family in all of our silliness because that is who we really are!

Nicole send me a message on Facebook or email at and we can schedule your session!  I really want everyone that entered to have the opportunity to have their family photos taken, and as a thank you for entering I will offer half off your session fee (savings of $75).  Thank you to everyone who entered!  I am thrilled that you took the time to be in a photo (my own fear!) and send it in.

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  • Belinda Fanjul Olsen - Thank you to everyone who entered. I loved seeing all of your photos Kirstin Roper Nicole Lindsay Szilvia Kovacs-Kerbs Alison Mackay Monson Lynsey Clark Bell Mallory Davidson Lundell and Valery Bunnell.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Lindsay - Oh my goodness! Thank you so much Belinda! I am really, really happy and grateful you guys chose my photo! I am super excited to have some current pictures with me and my kids (and hubby too!) to hang in our new house (when we are finished building!)ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Bunnell - Yeah! I am kind of partial because these are my grandkids. They are my cartoons and I love to watch them grow!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Egan Winkler - Congrats @[1030971653:2048:Nicole]!! @[839750467:2048:Belinda] you are going to fall in love with her kids! Such a cute family!!ReplyCancel

This week has been an interesting week with a few curve balls thrown my way.  My great husband showed me this website and I LOVED it.  Perspective is everything!  Click on the ‘make everything okay’ button below.  Be prepared to smile 😀

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  • Belinda Fanjul Olsen - Thank you Craig Olsen for showing this to me. It made me smile!ReplyCancel

  • Terra Howard Huff - Hill….ari….ous! Thanks for the smile! Love you!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Fanjul Olsen - I wish tonight I was watching SYTYCD with you! Miss having you guys so close!ReplyCancel

“I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine – she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights.”  -Terri Guillemets

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about families. We watched the movie ‘Hook’ last week with some friends. I loved the quote by Maggie, “He’s a mean old man without a mother.”  It made me chuckle and think of the value of a mother.

Last week marked the 17 year anniversary of Craig’s mom passing away from ALS also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Craig was just nine years old when his mom died.  I’ve never experienced such tragic loss.  I love it when we get together with Craig’s siblings and they share various memories of this amazing woman. Craig especially lights up when he sees photographs of her.  There is so much power in a photograph.  He gets really animated when he tells me stories of her cooking, their holiday traditions or stories of her being a teacher.  Each photograph I see of her just makes me love her even more for being the center of an amazing family.

This brings me to something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. A photograph is able to tell a story and preserve tangible memories. Photographs are one of the few things that appreciate with time.  I learned the deep impact of this when a couple months ago I was visiting with my sister in law.  She pulled out photos of her parents, photos of the family, letters and journals that were her mom’s.  We giggled at the silly photos.  We chuckled at how people looked so different. Most of all, we were all very moved when we found the last batch of photos taken of their family and of their mom before she got sick.

I’m sure that many of us, myself included, fall into a trap of either being the one behind the camera all the time or we refuse to have our photo taken.  Despite how much I am around cameras, I still get nervous to have my photo taken!  I think that’s normal. Today I challenge each reader of my blog (myself included!) to pull out the camera.  Take a quick snapshot of yourself with the people you love.  Each life is precious and you never know what will happen to ourselves or those around us.  Don’t wait to lose those twenty pounds.  Don’t wait for that perfect hair day.  Don’t wait just because your kids are in their pj’s.   Don’t wait for anything!

As an incentive to encourage you to take a photo of yourself with those you love I’m going to offer a contest!

Go to the Belinda Olsen Photography fan page on facebook and upload the picture you take of you and your loved ones.  In the comments write what you love most about the people you chose to photograph.  (don’t forget that you need to be in the photo too!  Use your camera timer or get a friend to take the photo!)  Come back to the blog and leave a comment that you posted your picture.  Craig and I will pick a winner based on creativity of your photo and the comment you write.  The winner will receive one complimentary session that will happen in Cache Valley by the end of September and $100 in print credit. Retail Value of $225!  Our winner will be announced Friday August 13th here on the blog.  Don’t wait!  Go and pull out your camera!

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  • Belinda Fanjul Olsen - Read my thoughts about family and enter to win a complimentary session and $100 in print credit. A value of $225!ReplyCancel

  • Alison Mackay Monson - I”d love to enter but I’m in Iowa and won’t be back to visit Utah till December. 🙁 Sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Lynsey Clark Bell - I posted a picture!ReplyCancel

  • Alison Mackay Monson - I did it! My daughter and I entertained ourselves with the camera today and took a bunch of pictures together that it was hard choosing just one!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Lindsay - I posted a picture! Thank you for the opportunity for me to share a picture of my loved ones with you!ReplyCancel

  • Valery Bunnell - I posted!ReplyCancel

  • Kirstin Roper - I posted!ReplyCancel

  • Szilvia Kovacs-Kerbs - I too posted one!ReplyCancel

  • Candid - It’s imtriapeve that more people make this exact point.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Fanjul Olsen - @[122801607:2048:Alison Mackay Monson] still enter! I’ll work with you if you win!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Fanjul Olsen - Happy Birthday @[203101675:2048:Lynsey Clark Bell]!ReplyCancel

  • Alison Mackay Monson - I’m on it!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Fanjul Olsen - Way to be Alison! That’s exactly what this contest is for!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Fanjul Olsen - Very fun Nicole!ReplyCancel

When I photograph a wedding I always encourage a bride and groom to take formal photographs before their wedding day. This is a growing trend in photography that I love!  Formals are a great opportunity to ensure beautiful photographs are captured of you without the hustle and rush of your wedding day. If possible, I also love to capture the first images when a bride and groom see each other for the first time.  Those are special and priceless moments!  Because these images are taken weeks before your wedding it also allows time to have photos of you on display at one of your wedding events.  These photographs do not replace your same day wedding photographs, but are done in addition to them.

On my wedding day we actually had freezing cold winds and a snow storm that made it not as fun to be out in the snow. (It was January, which is a COLD month in Cache Valley).  That day at the Logan Temple there were several other weddings at the same time (ironically one of them being Chelsea, Chase’s sister!).  We were lucky and photographed our formals on a day that was more temperate for us to be outside.  Taking our photos before our wedding day allowed for us to be wherever we wanted, without rushing around other people.

I loved the opportunity to visit the Salt Lake Temple and photograph this beautiful couple.  Chase & Yeon Mi definitely know how to have fun!  We played games and laughed throughout our session together.   Yeon Mi’s wedding dress is gorgeous.  I think that it is perfect for her personality and I’ve never seen a dress like it.   To see their engagements click here.

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A special thank you to my second shooter this day, Ryan Olsen.

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  • Kirstin Roper - I love the reflection!ReplyCancel

  • Chase & Yeon Mi. Married. » Belinda Olsen Photography - […] Hills and Yeon Mi’s family took great care to decorate and place their engagement and formal pictures throughout the entire room.  This cake cutting was one of the most memorable (and messy) cake […]ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Fanjul Olsen - ha ha ha thanks @[1060980507:2048:Carrie Rae Powell] I have a new commenting system on my blog that I love!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Powell - Nice! ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Fanjul Olsen - Thanks @[1059643057:2048:Kirstin Roper] I have loved a lot of your recent work and your horizontal scrolling on your blog. (super unique!) I can’t wait until our next family get together to see you and chat photography.ReplyCancel

Craig  and I were ecstatic when we found out the Jones family would be visiting from Pheonix.  Craig and Charlie were mission companions a few years ago in Bastrop, Texas.  We’ve loved keeping up with the Jones family and knowing what their up to.  Last year we visited them in Phoenix and the year prior they visited us in Logan.  We wish that we lived closer but are grateful for things like facebook and blogs to keep us up to date with what the other family is up to.  The one sad thing about seeing their family once a year is their little guy grows up soooooo fast!  I swear that it was yesterday Charlie was calling us to tell us that Christina was pregnant!
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At first little Shawn started out really shy and with a lot of energy!  He loved running around the park and didn’t want anyone, and I mean anyone to catch him! I blame the lack of a nap on the fact that Arizona doesn’t have daylight savings time  😀  I tease, I tease!  Arizona, I love you!

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By the end of our session little Shawn was being a ham.  Look at that cute little face!  This is yet another reason I absolutely love being a child photographer.  How can you look at this picture and not have a giant smile on your face?  I love little kiddos!  I also love my job!

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  • Belinda Fanjul Olsen - Thanks Christina Choules Jones and C Michael Jones for coming to visit us! We enjoyed our time with you.ReplyCancel

  • Szilvia Kovacs-Kerbs - Very cute pics Belinda! Love ’em!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Fanjul Olsen - Thanks @[667192463:2048:Szilvia Kovacs-Kerbs] Your little family is growing so fast and cute 😀ReplyCancel

  • Szilvia Kovacs-Kerbs - thanks so much! They’re growing a little too fast at times! 🙁 ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Fanjul Olsen - I hear that often from parents. It’s a good thing you take a lot of pictures to capture their moments. You’ll cherish those photos!ReplyCancel