To sign up for our class  click here.

The upcoming Photography Essentials classes are as follows:
– August 28th | 7:30-9:00 pm | Orem, UT.
– September 4th | 5:30-7:00 pm | Chandler, AZ
– October 2nd | 6:00-7:30 pm | Blanding, UT

It is $50 per person with space limited to 12 photographers.

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Here is a little bit about the class:

I have attended a couple workshops where I realized that the person teaching actually had no idea what they were saying. One guy told me that he chose his exposure by taking a picture on auto mode and then he would change to manual and set his exposure to the same thing. In case you were wondering that is not how you should chose your exposure.

But, then I took wonderful classes & workshops where they taught me not just the rules but how to achieve the results. “There needs to be light in your subject’s eye” is great advice. But, it doesn’t really help me achieve anything. I want to show you HOW to get the light in your subject’s eye and what that actually looks like.

First: 
In the class we will cover lighting. We will talk about the difficulties in back-lit photos and how to over come them. We will talk about well lit photos and capturing that light in your subject’s eye. I will show you all the ways I screwed up and the ways I did things right. We will also talk about shooting in at mid-day for a bit. 

Second:
We will talk about exposure. I will talk for a moment about the incorrect exposure and what you lose when you over or under expose. Then we will talk about manual mode. I will teach you about your aperture and answer any questions you have about how it works. We will talk about shutter speed and ISO and how they work together with your aperture. And most importantly we will talk about how to determine your exposure. We will talk about why you would shoot with a quick or slow shutter, and what to do when there is little light. And how to avoid all those stupid motion blurs.

And finally: 
We will talk briefly about composition. We will cover mergers, the golden mean, the rule of thirds, leading lines and breaking the rules. It will be fun.

Bring a friend and you both get $5 off.

 To sign up  just CLICK HERE. 

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Here is a little bit about Illuminated Moments:

Illuminated Moments is my photography studio. I am Kara. Hi. 😉

I have been taking pictures for over a decade. I have been taking pictures and actually knowing what I am doing and how to re-create it for about six years. Anyone can take an incredible photo, but most people don’t know how to do it again. Let me explain.

If you take enough pictures you are bound to come up with something good eventually. But, if you are shooting without actually knowing what you are looking for you can’t really determine what made that one photo that you took outstanding and so you can’t do it again. You are still guessing. You are still taking 300 photos and looking for the one good one. I took a lot of good photos when I was first starting out but it wasn’t until I invested in some decent education (and a lot of practice) that I learned not only why they were good photos but how to do it again and again.

You know the anxiety you get at the end of a photo shoot where you just hope that you walked away with something good, something they will love, but most of all something you are proud to show them? Once you hit a point where you know that you know what you are doing and you aren’t pretending anymore that kind of goes away. I used to rush home and load my photos as quickly as possible so I could see what I really had. And either stress more or relax. Now, it takes me about five days to make it around to my newest photos. It is a lot less stressful cause I already know what I have. Does that make sense?

I officially started my photography studio in Phoenix, AZ in 2009. I worked mostly weddings for the first few years but picked up mostly family sessions and portraits when I moved back to Utah.  In the last five years I have shot 65 wedding,  56 engagements, 144 families, and 137 portrait sessions. My worked has been featured on WeddingWire.com, WeddingLDS.com, LDSBrideblog.com, GlendaleAZHistoricalSociety.com, BoojumTree.com, OneWed.com, and DurangoWeddings.com. We have also been published in the Wedding Chronicle Magazine, Durango Weddings, Arizona Bride, and Wed AZ. We won the Bride’s Choice Awards from Wedding Wire in 2011, 2012, & 2014. 

I don’t know if you find any of that useful but there it is. Do what you want with it. lol I also always say “we” instead of “I” because I am always working with very talented people and I never deserve plenty of credit for the images that I create. I also have good models, good assistants, a great hair and makeup team, or good lighting help to make me look great.

Also, I do want to mention that Illuminated Moments is my family’s only source of income. I do this for a living. I do it because I love it. I do it because I am darn good at it. And I do it because my family would starve if I stopped. This is just not just a part time hobby for me. I know what I am doing. And I want to give each of you a better general knowledge than I started out with. 

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 So go ahead and CLICK HERE to sign up. I will see you soon. I’ll bring the cookies. 😉

So, half of Preview Tuesday fell on Wednesday this week. I have reached that point of the year where I have a lot of weddings to finish up, which takes time. It also means that God thinks he is funny so I have tech issue after tech issue for like a month straight. Yesterday, was another of those tech issues. So, I was forced to give you Preview Tuesday on Wednesday.

This family is a good looking family. But, more importantly when I met them at 6 and said, I don’t love the light out here. They were more than happy to meet me in an hour to give the light a much softer look. I loved that. And it totally paid off.

And you have to admit that sharply-bulldog mix is quite possibly most adorable thing on the planet. Her name is Dot. Isn’t that the best?

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Plott Family | Preview Tuesday – Blanding, UT Family Photographer

I like this family. About three of so months ago Sara was hanging out at my Girls Night Out Expo with her big andView full post »

Tayten & his Parents | Preview Tuesday – Orem, UT Family Photographer

So, how cute is this little family? Michaela actually won a free session from me at the Girls Night Out Expo inView full post »

Meyer Grandkids | Preview Tuesday – Blanding, UT Photographer

I month or two ago I took photos for the whole Meyer family. Then Shurell emailed me again to get some photos of herView full post »

Generra’s Cute Kids | Preview Tuesday – Southeast, UT Photographer

Seriously guys, how cute are these kids?? I can’t get over their bright blue eyes. And they were so much fun toView full post »

Perkins Family | Preview Tuesday – Southeast UT Photographer

I like the 4th of July because so many families come back to town. My little town of 3,000 swells to three times thatView full post »

Olsen Family | Preview Tuesday – Blanding, UT Family Photographer

Whelp guys. It finally happened. It has been almost seven years and I have finally done. I forgot about a photo shoot.View full post »

12 Hours Old | Preview Tuesday – Blanding, UT Photographer

First of all, this wasn’t really my shoot. I just really wanted to share the photos. I mean, I did take them.View full post »

Harvey Girls | Preview Tuesday – Blanding, UT Photographer

These girls!! They are just too cute to handle. I have been so excited about this session for ages. We hit a fewView full post »

Prescott Photos in the Woods | Preview Tuesday

Almost five years ago I took the photos for Crystal & Ryan’s wedding. I got to meet Crystal’s counsin,View full post »

This is my little sister!! Isn’t she gorgeous? We are ten years, one month and three days apart in age so I can never lie about my age because she always knows the truth. I am a decade older than her.

I seriously love Emry. She helps me at work, she helps keep my websites running, and mail shipping out on time. She plays with my two year old and laughs almost as hard as he does, she is so smart, she has a 4.0, she is the language sterling scholar, she is very funny, and she used to bring me all the best books to read. I would live her slightly more if she still brought me all the good books to read.

She is a senior this year. And I secretly hope she stays nearby cause I really, really like her here.

I am happy she let me take her pictures seeing as no one in my family EVER gets their photos back. Seriously, I don’t have time to actually finish free sessions. But, I promised she would gets hes back before she graduates, so here is the first preview, even though it is a day late.

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Hannah | Preview Tuesday – Class of 2016

Hannah is a senior this year! We have a ton of ideas for all her pictures this year so this is really a preview of theView full post »

Jamie’s Summer Preview | Class of 2016 – Blanding, UT Portrait Photographer

This is Susan. Well, Susan is not really her name but I was forced to change it because she has the same name as myView full post »

Kerri – Class of 2015 | San Juan County Senior Photographer

It is rare anymore that I post entire sessions but I needed to send my media manager a how-to video anyway so I thoughtView full post »

Pedonie’s Senior Portraits | Preview Tuesday – Blanding, UT Photgrapher

I really like San Juan County because 1) the seasons actually change and 2) I can drive about 20 minutes in anyView full post »

Megan’s Springtime Senior Portraits | Utah Portrait Photographer

This April I did something I have never done before: Mini Sessions! It turns out I have been missing somethingView full post »

Cait – Preview Tuesday

My last Class of 2014 senior. Isn’t she lovely? I thought so too. 😀 And sometimes the wind only pretends to beView full post »

Jens – Preview Tuesday | Utah Senior Photographer

Seniors! Seniors! Seniors! Jens did all kinds of fun things his senior year and I love props so I kind of had a blastView full post »

Megan – Preview Tuesday | Utah Portrait Photographer

A month or so ago I decided there was a need for a day of senior mini sessions. I had a bunch of kids asking me forView full post »

Austin – Preview Tuesday | Utah Portrait Photographer

Just keeping these senior sessions coming! This is Austin, he loves his mom so much he agreed to let me take hisView full post »

Hannah is a senior this year! We have a ton of ideas for all her pictures this year so this is really a preview of the whole year. Hannah is a cheerleader, a tennis player, and ton of fun so you can expect to see her throughout the rest of the year modeling for me. Just wait, it will only get better from here.

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Oh, and that AMAZING necklace she is wearing in the last three is from Chloe & Isabel. So are the earrings and her ring. Awesome choices.

Emry | Class of 2016 – Southern, UT Portrait Photographer

This is my little sister!! Isn’t she gorgeous? We are ten years, one month and three days apart in age so I canView full post »

Jamie’s Summer Preview | Class of 2016 – Blanding, UT Portrait Photographer

This is Susan. Well, Susan is not really her name but I was forced to change it because she has the same name as myView full post »

Kerri – Class of 2015 | San Juan County Senior Photographer

It is rare anymore that I post entire sessions but I needed to send my media manager a how-to video anyway so I thoughtView full post »

Pedonie’s Senior Portraits | Preview Tuesday – Blanding, UT Photgrapher

I really like San Juan County because 1) the seasons actually change and 2) I can drive about 20 minutes in anyView full post »

Megan’s Springtime Senior Portraits | Utah Portrait Photographer

This April I did something I have never done before: Mini Sessions! It turns out I have been missing somethingView full post »

Cait – Preview Tuesday

My last Class of 2014 senior. Isn’t she lovely? I thought so too. 😀 And sometimes the wind only pretends to beView full post »

I like this family. About three of so months ago Sara was hanging out at my Girls Night Out Expo with her big and adorable pregnant belly telling us that her kiddo was due any day. Now, look how cute that little boy is. We had so much taking pictures and the kids are too cute.

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Don’t lie, that last picture made you laugh a little bit didn’t it?

Baby Girl Murray | Preview Tuesday – Blanding, UT Baby Photographer

Baby sessions are fun but they can be very time consuming. I mean, you can’t bribe or talk an infant intoView full post »

Tayten & his Parents | Preview Tuesday – Orem, UT Family Photographer

So, how cute is this little family? Michaela actually won a free session from me at the Girls Night Out Expo inView full post »

Meyer Grandkids | Preview Tuesday – Blanding, UT Photographer

I month or two ago I took photos for the whole Meyer family. Then Shurell emailed me again to get some photos of herView full post »

Generra’s Cute Kids | Preview Tuesday – Southeast, UT Photographer

Seriously guys, how cute are these kids?? I can’t get over their bright blue eyes. And they were so much fun toView full post »

Perkins Family | Preview Tuesday – Southeast UT Photographer

I like the 4th of July because so many families come back to town. My little town of 3,000 swells to three times thatView full post »

Olsen Family | Preview Tuesday – Blanding, UT Family Photographer

Whelp guys. It finally happened. It has been almost seven years and I have finally done. I forgot about a photo shoot.View full post »

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