The Hull Family // At home


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“I promise, this street is never this busy”

Surprised by the amount of neighbors that drove by, while shooting the Hull family in front of their home, they assured me that it wasn’t normal cul-de-sac traffic. I didn’t mind, though. Car honks and catcalls from neighbors always adds a fun energy.

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Future so bright

This one kept trying to sneak these specs into the family picture but mom and dad wouldn’t have it. The look on her face when I asked her to grab them for a shot was priceless.

Photographed September 2018


David Archuleta // 10 years ago


“Hello David, I’m Matt”

American Idol had ended, his first album was out, and David was the talk of the town. He had just returned home to Utah from performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and was late to the shoot because he had to lose a van full of girls who were following him. We turned a neighbor’s garage into a make-shift studio and David was on high alert anytime a car passed by. It was a grey November afternoon. I was nervous/excited. These are just a few things I remember from this first time meeting and working with David. I was fortunate to work with him again a number of times after — from assisting on his second album cover to shooting images for magazines and an overseas album.

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Black tie affair

I had picked up the shirt and pants at Target. I thought it would be fun to dress him up but keep it youthful with the Chuck Taylor’s — which were his own. I’ll never forget trying to get my assistant, Lindsay’s, attention, while I tied the tie on David. I was trying to get her to take a behind-the-scenes picture but she wasn’t catching on. After a few failed “read my mind through my eyes” glances at her, David finally turned and said “He want’s you to get a picture of this.”

So much for being discrete.

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You can view and read more from my original post in 2009 here.

Photographed November 2008


Haley and her siblings


Can I bring my sister … and brothers?

What started as a test shoot with local model, Haley, soon turned into a family affair, with her sister and brothers tagging along.

I had them bring a few things to wear and, along with a couple items that I brought, we put together a look on the spot and took to a beautifully rugged field in Springville, Utah.

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Like old times

This shoot reminded me a lot of when I was first starting out — learning how to use a camera, shooting with friends, having no plan and just messing around — trying to take those pictures that I hoped I could. It was just the type of shoot I needed to do.

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Photographed September 2017


Grant & Zoi // Bridal session


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Little Zoi’s all grown up and getting (got) married

I’m sure if you scrolled long enough through this blog, you might find a couple photos of a very young Zoi. I’ve known her and her family for a number of years and I was stoked that she asked me take her bridals (as well as her engagement pictures) for her and Grant.

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Photographed September 2018

Want to get your pictures done before the big day? Contact me! I’ll shoot a pre-wedding-day any day — that way I don’t have to deal with relatives and their camera phones.

Just kidding.

But, seriously.


A Simple White Shirt - Revisited


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Ten Years Ago

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since I put a call out on Facebook for some willing subjects to step in front of my lens. All I asked was that they wear a white shirt.

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A Saturday in the studio

This may have been the biggest personal project that I took on, at the time. I had blocked out a Saturday and scheduled a majority of the subjects one right after the other — spending 15 minutes or less with each individual. It was a great exercise in getting a stranger relaxed in front of the camera in a small amount of time.

The Square Magazine office acted as the impromptu studio space — a space no larger than a small living room. Black fabric and a single strobe completed the rest of the set-up.

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Photographed October 2008