Thursday, December 30, 2010

rachel hagen interior design

So I was given a real fun opportunity this Christmas holiday. I got to meet Rachel Hagen, a real fun, energetic and talented interior designer.

She's now based out of California, but has done a lot of work here in Utah. Her work is modern and fresh, mixed with vintage accents and super fun colors. She needed an update to her portfolio and so began our awesome working relationship. I love interiors, especially picture-perfect ones :)

This home was quite the job. She pretty much designed every room in the entire house, and it wasn't a small home. The thing I loved most about her designs was that they were welcoming. Each space had it's own look, but was very warm and inviting, like you could easily curl up in any one of the corners with a good book and a blanket. I love spaces like that and it was cool to see a home full of them.

Fruit Heights:

The next space which I photographed was a remodel of a kitchen. This kitchen is the central point of the home and it was awesome to hear how much the owners loved their new space. My favorite points: the contrast between the cabinets and the floor/trim and the color of the walls. It was really a soothing room. Totally the kind of kitchen that I would love to cook in on a regular basis.


Finally I went to photograph a really fun refinished basement. There's still some additions (I'm told) that will be made. Of course, when is a home ever finished? Decorating takes time. But this space was super fun. The basement consisted of a bar area, entertainment center and a girls bedroom. I loved the details in the lighting. It really added a mood to the space.

South Jordan:

Of course, these are not all of the photos I took in the homes. To see more visit my facebook page.

Just one last note: All of the interior design work in these photos was done by Rachel Hagen Design. You can find her on the web: her blog and website.

A side note to all the photogeeks: All of these images were taken with Kodak Portra 400VC and shot with my Contax 645, Carl Zeiss 80mm lens.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

omelete for breakfast

Britton loves breakfast. He's lucky... cause so do I. Omelets, pancakes, waffles, even a juicy grapefruit and fruit smoothie. You name it, we typically have it for breakfast. I'll admit that I've somewhat mastered the art of the omelet. I love variety, color and flavor in my omelets... here's how it's done:

organic baby spinach
omega 3 (cage free) eggs
sharp cheddar cheese
crumbled feta
sweet cherry tomatoes
ham or bacon or turkey (whatever is on hand)
organic sweet yellow onion
green, red or yellow pepper
green onions
pepper and salt (to taste)

These ingredients change from time to time... I like to explore based on what's in my fridge. But omelets this morning were YUMMY.

The secret is to sautee the onions and peppers in OLIVE OIL and fresh ground pepper before adding the eggs. I typically do 2 eggs and beat them good before adding to the pan.


Monday, December 27, 2010

Chelsea + Keith, 12.21.2010

By far the weather was the best of the week. I took note... every other day it was rain and sleet... but on the 21st, there was a fresh blanket of snow. It was still super wet and freezing cold, but you don't feel the coldness when you look at a picture.

Chelsea had her winter wonderland wedding, and I was lucky enough to document it. It's not every day that the bride and groom, along with their families, all fly into a location for the wedding. But the Salt Lake Temple has special meaning to these two families, so it was trip worth making.

The day started out in downtown Salt Lake. Vanessa Hill came to her hotel to do her hair and makeup. I've known Vanessa for awhile and have had the pleasure of working with her before. In fact... she did my hair and makeup for my own wedding :)

After the ceremony, we naturally took pictures of their families. To see more of those images go to my facebook page.

But here, in this space I will post just a few more of my favorites (shot with my beautiful contax 645 of course). Chelsea and Keith are so in love! It's always fun photographing a couple that has such natural chemistry and one that is so comfortable together. You could tell that even though they were tired, they were simply elated to finally be married.

Congratulations Keith and Chelsea! It was awesome to be a part of your special day!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas time and such

So I'm a tad bit behind on my personal blogging for the holidays. A lot has been going on here at the Beckham home. This Christmas has been especially fun since I've been able to create a lot of our decorations. Here's a promised post with some images from our lovely decorated living room and Christmas morning :)

Item #1: Tree skirt (double sided with trim)

Item #2: Stockings

The bulk of the fabric for this project was purchased at... drum roll please... DI! That's right. I turned an old curtain into our stockings.

Item #3: Ornaments

I found these cool smaller pine cones in our back yard and spray-painted them with gold glitter. Then wrapped paper clips through them and tied with red ribbon.

Here's how everything turned out:

And then came Christmas morning... Britton surprised me with a lot of fun items for the kitchen. A new frying pan, waffle maker, skillet... he knows how much I love preparing food and how in need of some new items we were! I love how everything is chaotic Christmas morning. It just looks like so much fun!