October 08, 2011

Soapbox Saturday - Katie Dudley Photography

I am seriously giddy about today's post.  I get to introduce you to an amazing photographer who just took our family portraits - Katie Dudley.  I can't say enough good about her.  Wow.  First off, she's an amazing photographer.  (Obviously.)  Secondly, she was SO good with our boys who - despite sweet pictures of them on this blog - can be quite a handful.  She totally knew how to work with the boys.  She's a mother herself and I felt like she "got" us.

Okay, want to see some of my favorites?  Here we go.  She let the kids jump around and play while she shot some candids.   I love these because they really capture what my kids are like.



She also got some great ones of us together, which is what I had wanted most.  I have so many pictures of my boys and my husband, but none of us together.


This picture is definitely going up somewhere.  My husband and Rex have a really special relationship and this picture says it all.  Daddy and mini-daddy as we call them.


When I first started talking to Katie she had mentioned doing some studio portraits.  Sometimes when you think of studios you think of those cheap department store studios where a young girl uses a gross, old feather duster to tickle your child while he screams.

Katie's studio is GORGEOUS.  I want to move in.  She has completely sold me on studio portraits.  Look at this picture of Baden.  It is so clear and the lighting is amazing and the dark background makes him really glow.  I'm a huge fan of the studio now.


 Katie suggested we bring some of the kids' favorite things.  Baden has the puppy Pillow Pet that he adores.  He named it Bo-bo-honky.  He carries it along with his blanket everywhere.  I love that I have a picture of him with it.  

We also do a lot of wrestling on the bed at home.  The boys just wear muscle shirts to bed, so these pictures are also totally us.


She also got great pictures of the boys individually.


This one's my favorite of that bunch.  I also wanted to steal the props.  SO cool.


"How old are you?"  I love that she captured this age where he still answers that question with his fingers and full concentration on his little face.


I'm sure you've heard me say how hard it is to get a nice smile from Baden.  She nailed it.


She even got a fun one of the two boys together.


I adore this photo of our family.  I love photos that seem natural and less posed.





Lastly, she snapped a few of me.  This was actually really nice.  I hadn't even thought of it until she suggested it.  The only pictures I have of myself are self-timer ones where I'm showing you a skirt or shirt I made.  Now I actually have pictures to use for bio stuff.  Yay!  Thanks for making me look so great Katie :)
Okay, so now you see how much Katie rocks.  She's also offered to give all of you readers a fun deal.  Here are the details:



 Those accordion albums are SO beautiful and I think they'd definitely make gift giving a lot easier.  What grandparent wouldn't love one?

To see more of Katie's amazing skills you can stop by her web site HERE.

Thank you SO much Katie.  You have given us beautiful memories to keep forever.

Thanks for stopping by.

30 comments:

  1. Wow - these are amazing! You all look so happy and the pictures of you guys together are so special. Kudos to you Katie - wish I lived closer, I've been looking for a good photographer!

    Cinera

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  2. Great photos! And can i just say, I love how you dress your boys. I have a boy on the way, and I can't wait to dress him in amazing things like you do!

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  3. i was gonna comment on this.. deal or no deal!! the pics are gorgeous!! and your fam is adorable! the one of Rex witht the hat over his eyes is just to die for! love it all!! you look beautiful!

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  4. Love the pictures!! I love the smiley Baden ones, but still love crusty Baden in the family photo! lol

    And, might I add, you have gorgeous eyes!!! Even in B&W they pop!

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  5. Those are such great pictures! I have a ton of pictures of my boys and my husband but none of us as a family that isn't funky from being self timer in our living room. Family portrait is definitely on our list to do, hopefully we can find someone as talented as Katie around here. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I'm blushing! Thanks so much Cheri, LOVED getting to know you and your three boys :)

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  7. I only WISH I lived close enough to have Katie take my photos! She is AMAZING! Next time I am in Utah Katie is my go to Gal. Besides being a great photographer, she is just a great person. It's nice having people like Katie in your life and to work with! She is truly honest in her work and wants the best for you and your family.

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  8. CUTE pictures! Your family is adorable!

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  9. We just got our family pictures taken this morning and my 4 year old is wearing the same plaid orange/gray shirt as Baden. So cute! Love how all your photos came out.

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  10. Okay, MISSY!!! I will not allow you to put yourself down, saying "Thanks for making me look so great"....You are an absolutely beautiful person...fantastic creativity and I wished I lived close because I know my son would have a ball with your sons!! My son actually has the same dog pillow pet!! The pictures came out AMAZING!! Your family is absolutely gorgeous!! So no more crazy talk, okay?

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  11. These are wonderful photos! I love the ones jumping on the bed :D so cute and so natural. im way excited to live in Salt Lake now, I totally need to take her up on her offer.

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  12. You look stunning! All these pictures are so great. Beautiful family!

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  13. Love the pictures! You have an adorable family!

    -Ameryn
    ohsonifty.blogspot.com

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  14. You've got great hair!

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  15. Beautiful family pictures!!!! You have such a beautiful family!

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  16. Beautiful pics! And Rex looks just like his dad! My son had a bo bo daddy stuffed clown! The one of you is really very pretty!

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  17. She really "got" you guys. I would be plastering those puppies up EVERYWHERE! Wow! Wow! Wow! I think I might call her.

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  18. Katie is a wonderful photographer, but having such goodlooking models makes it so much easier:)

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  19. WOW! Those are so amazing and you are GORGEOUS!

    Every year I struggle with whether or not to dole out the cash for family pictures, but when you end up with shots like these there is no question that it is worth it!

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  20. Super cute pictures! Your family is so cute and you are so beautiful! You rocked it girl!

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  21. Your family is sooo sweet!

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  22. Great photos. We just got our proofs back from our family photo shoot this week too. I still have to choose the ones I want edited. I am excited about them though. I hope that my finally results are as nice as yours.

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  24. I love your blog, and the photos are fantastic!

    One comment: please don't call those shirts "wife-beaters".

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  25. how fun! Love the ones of the boys on the bed in their undies. really, really cute.

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  26. Holy cow!! I went from one picture to the next and each time I thought it was my favorite! I really like the one of the boys on the white couch and the one of Rex kissing your cheek. What awesome family pictures.

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  27. WOW! These are amazing photos! I love that she caught one of Baden's grouchy glares lol ;) Perfect family pictures.... and HELLO... your picture is AMAZING! You look great Cheri :)

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  28. You are one pretty lady Cheri!

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  29. Fantastic photos! She did a great job! Adorable family :-D

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  30. Great photos. We just did the same colors for the photos of my two boys. Even the exact same shirt as your youngest on my youngest! Hilarious! Thanks for sharing.

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