Photo Session Giveaway!

Just in time for the holidays . . .
It could be your lucky day! Today I'm giving away a photo session over at the Good Life. To find out how to win, go HERE.


Baby Kai | NICU Hospital Portraits

This family is so awesome! Mom and Dad are total rockstars who do hard things (like having a baby during law school, graduating at the top of their class, and then having another baby in the NICU) and make it look easy breezy.

Baby Kai was born with some pulmonary problems, but he is doing great now! I photographed him on one of his last days in the NICU. This is my favorite type of shoot--one where I can just let the family love on a new little baby and document the interactions.

There is truly nothing like parents' love for their new little life. It's magical.

Oh, and in case you missed it, these images were featured on Let the Kids Dress Themselves this summer.

Are you having a baby soon? Let's talk about documenting the birth with a birth story! Leave a comment, email (alli@allismiles.com), or call (801.232.7572)!


Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Far too much to list here. I hope your Thanksgiving is joyous, filled with loved ones and overeating. Mine certainly will be.


Smith Family Portraits.

Here's another great family session from the archives. This cute little family now has another darling little boy! I've been photographing this family for a few years now, and it's so fun to watch the way they change and grow. Little Tucker was brand new the first time we did family portraits, and now he's a great big brother. Kids are so fun! What are your kids doing right now?

Let's schedule some fun family portraits and capture your kids' personality before they all grow up!


One year ago today.

I know every mother out there says it, but it's true: where did the time go? I dare say it flew right past me and left me a mess of jabbers and diapers and all things drool-covered.
One year ago, this very minute, we welcomed this sweet being into our arms, lives, and hearts.
One year ago, our world as we knew it unraveled and started anew.
One year ago, I became a mother, a title I will hold near to me forever.
One year ago, we learned what it means to be truly exhausted.
One year ago, we learned what it means to love unconditionally.
One year ago, this baby stole a piece of me and filled me a thousand times over.
One year ago seems like yesterday.
Happy birthday, my baby bear. I love you itsu made mo. Or in our language: a deeky deeky deek.
All images by Kim Orlandini.


Pettit Family Portraits.

These images are from our fun session this time last year. It's amazing to look back and see how much and how quickly the little ones change. These kids have so much personality and spunk, and they definitely give their gorgeous parents a run for their money.

Let's play in the leaves and create memories for your family. Contact me!


On stress.

Sometimes it's easier to focus on the storm clouds and ignore the surrounding beauty. I'm grateful for my faith that helps me through the hard times.

"When in situations of stress we wonder if there is any more in us to give, we can be comforted to know that God, who knows our capacity perfectly, placed us here to succeed. No one was foreordained to fail or to be wicked. When we have been weighed and found wanting, let us remember that we were measured before and we were found equal to our tasks; and, therefore, let us continue, but with a more determined discipleship. When we feel overwhelmed, let us recall the assurance that God will not overprogram us; he will not press upon us more than we can bear." -Neal A. Maxwell


11.11.11 | A Day to Remember.

Many thanks to our troops, past and present. America is still the greatest country in the world.

Remember, book a session today (think, what a great Christmas present?) and get 11% off the session fee.


Family photos with a toddler. And a discount.

Fact: every toddler has a meltdown during family photos.

You've coordinated attire, combed hair, avoided messy foods, packed toys, and offered bribes. And your toddler still melts down.

Take a deep breath. That's where I come in. Family portraits simply provide an opportunity to create family memories. Let's play games, sing songs, and capture your family's love on film.
Space is limited! Call me (801.232.7572) or shoot me an email (alli@allismiles.com) to book your family photo session before the holidays! Bonus: if you book today or tomorrow (11.11.11), receive 11% off your session fee!


Looking forward to a lazy Sunday.

I'm taking another licensing exam for the Utah bar tomorrow morning. After that, we're hitting up our favorite restaurant and then spending much of the rest of the weekend lounging with my two favorite guys. Perfect way to celebrate *hopefully* the end of my days of studying. This is what a lazy autumn Sunday looks like for us.

What's your favorite thing to do on a lazy weekend afternoon?


Mindy & Jonathan | a mini maternity session.

Talk about pregnancy glow. I shot Mindy and Jonathan's mini session just in time, since their little one arrived 5 weeks early. This mini session was perfect. See the rest of the images HERE.
The holidays are just around the corner! If you need an updated photo to go out with your holiday greetings, shoot me an email, quick! alli (at) allismiles (dot) com.