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Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine and Utah Valley Bride magazine.
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Mom to 2 cute kids, and married to a talented studio photographer.
My specialty? A fresh perspective with a side of awesome.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Location ideas for Engagement photography

I took the best of the best from the engagement sessions I've photographed in 2015 and 2016. It was so amazing to see all of the beautiful places that Utah has to offer. Utah really is BeaUTAHful! From the grand sky of the Great Salt Lake to the stunning pines in American Fork Canyon, there is no end to the options! Did I mention that it helps to have a taste of 4 seasons to add color and simplicity to my images? Honestly most of the time I just let mother nature do all the work... I just stand there and click. K- but I really do more than that. :)

So here it is! My favorite engagement sessions all in one place!

Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon

Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon

City Creek in Downtown Salt Lake City. Don't try to take the shot in front of Tiffany's or anywhere actually inside City Creek. The security guards will come and grab you! BUT  you can always call ahead and pay their photography fee. The other shots were taken outside the Salt Lake Public Library. 

Salt Lake Public Library and Eva's Bakery. 

Cooks Greenhouse - Call ahead to schedule a time and confirm the photography fee. I think it was $25 last time I checked. 

Summerfest - Second weekend in June in Orem. 

I shot these in our studio. We've recently closed it but you can get this look in any white studio space. 

Provo Boat Harbor

Provo Boat Harbor

Sand Dunes in central southern Utah- google Little Sahara Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes

Garden Park Ward - 1150 E Yale Ave Salt Lake City, Utah

Sundance Resort

Alpine Loop entrance, just a little further up the road from Sundance

State Street - just south of Utah State Capitol

Utah State Capitol


Alpine Loop entrance, just a little further up the road from Sundance

This was on the way out to the Sand Dunes. 

Little Sahara Sand Dunes

Little Sahara Sand Dunes
Cooks Greenhouse in Orem

Cooks Greenhouse in Orem

Cooks Greenhouse in Orem

Blossoms at Utah State Capitol - these blossoms pop first! Usually the first week of April! Absolutely GORGEOUS!

Um... this was a spot off of Geneva Road in North Provo. The blossoms were an apricot tree which blossoms first. 

Thanksgiving Point during the tulip festival

Garden Park Ward 

The Great Salt Lake - I take the Saltair exit and walk out. 

The Great Salt Lake

Oh man... I have no idea how to get back to these poppies. The come out the first of May... maybe Highland, Utah? 

Alpine Loop - entrance to Stewart Falls (Above Sundance)

Downtown Provo, Utah - The Taste, Rockwell Ice-cream, SweetTooth Fairy

Garden Park Ward


Above Tibble Fork reservoir in American Fork Canyon - Check to make sure the construction doesn't interfere with your session.

Pines east of American Fork Amphitheater

Above Tibble Fork Reservoir 

Ready... Set... GO!
Go find all of these places and explore. Create your own images with your style in these super fun places to photograph.


-McKenzie Deakins
Destination Wedding Photographer

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Jamie and Alexis - North Carolina and a cute cabin

Jamie and Alexis mean SO much to me! Not only were they my first same sex wedding I photographed, but they flew Greg and I to North Carolina! Originally they had planned on a beach wedding in Surf City, NC, but Hurricane Matthew had other plans. We moved the wedding inland to what they call 'mountains' (hee hee) Mount Airy. We shot at a darling cabin nestled in the rich large hills of North Carolina. I was SO surprised by how humid it was. My hair wasn't super happy about it, but I LOVED how green it was. 
Now, this was my first same sex marriage I've ever photographed, so I wanted to be sure I was as politically correct as possible. I did some research and didn't really see any difference between this wedding and other's I've photographed. The most important thing I learned from my 'non research' was that I didn't need to do anything different. Love is Love. And that's what I did. 
I fell in LOVE with Jamie and Alexis. I mean come on... the best part about a wedding is the bride. And I had TWO! Whaaaaa! Best ever! Serious. They were head over heels in love with each other and I was the lucky one who was flown out to North Carolina to document it all. Oh yeah! Greg came too! He was the 6 foot tall man who tried to be as inconspicuous as possible. :) 
This wedding was filled with laughter and liquor! I photograph a lot of Mormon 'dry' weddings and it's a TREAT to photograph weddings with an open bar. The party goes all night long and even grandparents join in when the dance music starts. Don't get me wrong... I'm Mormon myself, but there's something hysterical that happens when a little alcohol is introduced to a wedding. 
Thank you Alexis and Jamie for being absolutely darling and beautiful. It means more than you know that you chose ME as your wedding photographer. I love you both! And I need to come hang out with you soon! 

Oh... the three of us. I LOVE YOU LADIES!
McKenzie Deakins
Destination Wedding Photographer

McKenzie Deakins