Friday, December 5, 2014

Living in AZ and loving it!

Phew! What I November we had!

First off... We moved to AZ!!!! YAY!!!!!

I miss Idaho way more that I thought I would. For crying out loud I've spent the last 8 years trying to get back to AZ and now that I'm here I miss it! But I think that's just the way life is. 

It's been so great to catch up with a bunch of old friends, spend lots of time with my mom and sister, and have decent shopping options. I am loving photographing on a regular basis now. I will be posting some of my favorites from November soon. 

Here are just a few images from the Facebook Profile Picture Party that we did the first weekend we moved. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Facebook Party! - Gilbert AZ

Isn't it about time for another Facebook party?

Come join Kate Mower Photography at our 
Fourth Annual Facebook Profile Picture Party! 

At the home of Nate and Kate Mower
4313 E Juanita Ave, Gilbert, AZ 85234

Saturday, November 8, 2014
from 6pm to midnight

Come with your friends to be photographed in a 
studio setting by Kate Mower. Then choose your 
favorite image and it will be uploaded to facebook 
for you to use as your FB profile pic. 

Book a session that night and it’s FREE! (Deposit still required)

Only $5 a person. Come and go. All ages!
See you there!

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Petersen Family

Josh Petersen is a phenomenal photographer. I know him because we both worked for Gugelman Photography in Rexburg. This year Gugelman sold his studio to Josh. 

I get my family portraits taken every year. This year I had Josh take mine and I in turn took some for his family. I can't wait to post the ones he took of me because they are truly stunning (in my unbiassed opinion). I loved being photographed by Josh and even learned a thing of two just by watching him. I highly recommend him to anyone in East Idaho.

Here are a few of Josh and his beautiful family:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nail Party! Featuring Nail Utoepia by Tessa!

A few weeks ago I was at the park and I saw this chick with the cutest toe nails I have ever seen! I had to go up to her and ask her where she got them done. She said that there was a girl named Tessa who did nail airbrushing parties and then gave me her number. 

I called Tessa and scheduled my party. It was..... AWESOME! 
Not only was it so much fun to have a girls night with my best friends but we all went nuts for our nails. I get so excited every time I look at my feet.

I am so sad I discovered Nail Utoepia by Tessa a month before I move to Arizona. I wish I could have a nail party every month for the rest of my life.But there's hope! Tessa has a brother in law living in Gilbert AZ! (What are the odds right!?) So someday I hope she comes and visit her brother in law and then I can throw a nail party in AZ. 

If you live in Rexburg please contact Tessa. If you don't want a party she does them individually at well at her home. You deserve cute toes!

My toes are the teal and white chevron. So trendy :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mower Grandkids

A few weeks ago two of my sister in laws came up to Rexburg and stayed with Nate and me. It was so great to see them! Before they left it dawned on us that all of the Mower grandkids were together, so of course we ran outside to snap a picture. What amazes me is we had limited clothing options but somehow we were able to pull something together. 

Ladies and gentlemen I give you..... the Mower grandkids!

Do you know what is crazy? 
Neal (far left) and Sharlie (far right) are only 5 days apart! 
Sharlie makes Neal look like a tiny chubby bald baby.
She looks more like Darrow's age (middle) who is 4 months older.

Also Blaine (second from the right) and Erik (second from the left) are 4 months apart! 
They look more like a year apart. 

I guess I have short kids.
Cute, but short.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jackson WY trip with my parents

I just came across some images from a day trip I took with my parents in May of 2013. My parent's were visiting me in Rexburg and my dad started talking about wanting to do something cool. I told him if he was willing to wake up at 3am to go drive to Jackson before sunrise then I could take him to some amazing places and we could take some landscapes. He agreed and the next day we made the long, early drive to some of the most scenic places on earth. Blaine came along with us and we had such a great day! 

Before we headed home we ate breakfast at The Bunnery. It was fantastic! A definite must for all traveling through Jackson. 

Here are some images I took as well as a few behind the scenes action:

The Teton Mountain Range.

My mom and dad in front of the Mormon Barn.

Me photographing the Mormon Barn. 

 My mom holding Blaine. He was such a little trooper.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Best News Ever! Kate Mower Photography is moving to Gilbert Arizona this November!!!

Yes, you read correctly! Nate and I are going to be permanent residents of the East Valley and are open for business! It's been a long journey but it's finally time to set me free back to my native land. While Nate is dreading the 120 degree AZ summers I am grateful to escape the -20 degree Idaho winters. 

We have loved our time in Rexburg, but both know it's time for a new chapter in our lives and that chapter starts with running our own studio full time. That's right! I've been growing and learning for the last 5 years and it's finally time to spread my wings and give my all to my business! There is a fire inside of me that has been pushing me to run my own studio and my dreams are about to come true! 

How will it work? Well, Nate will run my studio and I will do all of the photography! We're such a great team and this will allow us to spend maximum time with our kiddos and give us the freedom we need to run our business the way we want. We are so excited! After working for the last five years for one of the top portrait studios in the Nation, I am ready to take what I have learned about how to run a successful studio and take a leap into what I know will be a huge growing experience. 

Thank you! Yes you! Past clients, family, friends, random person who stalks my Facebook and blog, and anyone who is reading this post! We love you and appreciate your support! 


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wedding Reception Idea: S'mores

Last saturday's wedding featured the cutest idea at the reception that I just had to share with you guys! They had a table set up to make your own s'mores! The table featured little burners to roast your marshmallows, chocolate squares, and cookies. Not only were they delicious, but it was such a fun activity and all the guests love it. There were a variety of flavors of cookies and chocolate so that you could mix and match to get different flavors. This is something I haven't seen before and just loved the concept! 

What fun reception dessert set ups have you seen?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Top Ten Tips for Getting Kids to Smile for Pictures

Your kid is always full of smiles.
Those smiles brighten your day and touch your heart. They look like their true self when they smile. 
Then along comes the day of your family portraits and your kids are giving weird fake smiles or no smiles at all. How frustrating! 
Well, not to worry, we're here to save you!
Here are some things I have learned while photographing 
children over the years, and I hope it gives you 
an advantage on picture day. Best of luck!

Top 10 Tips for Getting Kids 
to Smile for Pictures:

#10: Let them pose themselves for a while.
The kid doesn't want to listen? Great! Listen to them for a while. Just let them know that once they do it their way they are going to have to do some of your poses. Kids are great at making their own poses and sometimes their poses capture their personality better than making them be where they don't want to be. 

#9: Take the photos individually 
and digitally stitch them together
When you are trying to get a group shot, but the kids aren't cooperating, try taking the photos individually and digitally stitch them together. This is a great technique when you have a lot of smaller children. This allows the photographer to focus on each child to get the best shot of them. You can then choose your favorite of each child and arrange a family photo with all smiles.

#8: Interact with them.
Tickle them! Throw them in the air! Hang them up-side-down! You know your kid. How do they like to play? Not only does this generate genuine smiles from your kids, but it also gives action and a fun family look.

#7: Smile back at them.
This is advice for both the parents and the photographer. Sometimes when things are getting tough I just come out from behind my camera and say, "Hi! We're just going to stop for a little minute and just smile at each other," and I give them my best smile. They will usually smile back at me and then I take the pictures. Parents can also encourage smiling by being happy themselves. It's hard to smile when your dad is furrowing his brow and telling you to smile. It's much easier if the parents are good examples.

#6: Bring someone close to them along for the shoot.
Someone who loves them and knows what they like can be a huge asset to getting those big smiles. They can stand right behind the camera and smile, clap, dance, etc., putting your kid at ease and lightening the mood.

#5: Let the photographer take the lead.
I have had to kick parents out of the room before because the kid could not concentrate on me or what I wanted from them. Could you look at a camera and smile with three adults shouting at you giving you commands? It gets pretty hectic. You can offer your assistance, but please help under the photographer's terms. They should know what they're doing and things will work better if you give them control.

#4: Let them say silly words.
I can't tell you how many great smiles I get from children who say potty words. They say "poop" or "stinky bum" and I respond with "Oh my goodness!!! What did you just say!?!" That's when I get my best laughs. Let them know that we don't normally use potty words, but just for the photo shoot they can say anything they want! Boys and girls ages 2-5 seem to really love this.

#3: Get in a good mood before the shoot.
Getting ready for your photo shoot can be so stressful! Don't pass that stress on to your kids. Your mood will set the pace. If you are yelling and they are fighting just before the shoot, the atmosphere is off to a bad start. Although it can be difficult, try your best to grit your teeth and keep positive so that it can be a better experience for everyone.

#2: Don't bribe them to smile.
I am all for bribing kids during a photo shoot, but not to get smiles. Bribes can be great for cooperation and endurance. Stuff like "you can get ice cream afterward if you are obedient," works like a charm to catch their attention. However, it has NEVER worked to get a real smile. Smiles come from being happy, not from bribes.

#1: Be calm! 
Don't get upset. Don't get angry. If things are not going the way that you pictured in your head then relax. You cannot force anything, so just enjoy the experience. If you get upset then not only will your kids follow your actions, but you will not look happy yourself. We want you to look happy too!

If your kid still doesn't smile, don't sweat it. Some of my favorite images of my children are when they weren't smiling...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Gilbert AZ - Indoor Portraits $50 Special

Escape the heat with beautiful indoor portraits!
Gilbert AZ   •   July 1 - 15   •    $50 Session