Chase’s New Glasses

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I love my little guy — he is so sweet and cuddly and makes us laugh all day long. But he is the hardest child to get a decent picture of! He likes making strange faces; when his smile is great, he is doing something strange with his eyes, when he is looking right at me, there is something weird going on with his mouth. It can be very difficult and somewhat frustrating when I tell him over and over, “Just do a normal face!” Sometimes he will return with, “But I thought I was doing the best one ever.” LOL

Chase got glasses last month and I decided it was time to get some pictures of him with the glasses he picked out. I made banana bread (Chase’s favorite!) to bribe him with and asked for “just one great picture” of him wearing his glasses. Chase agreed and told me that he was going to be perfect for these pictures. AND HE WAS!!! I could not believe it — there was not a single strange mouth or crazy eyes in any of the pictures I took of him. If only it were always this easy!

Here’s the hair I am used to seeing:


Love this little guy…

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…and those cheeks!!!


My New Year’s Resolution…

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…to post more! This past year has been wonderful! The first half of the year was packed full of wonderful sessions that I have not shared on my web log. I was so busy that this was put on the back burner. The second half of the year has been just as busy, but for different reasons.

Big news — we moved! We are no longer in Utah and are now in Sunny L.A.! Actually, we are not in L.A., we are about 20 miles South and right against the ocean. We have beautiful ocean views as I walk the kids to school and back every day and perfect weather so that we are able to walk every day! The business has been slowly getting up and running again as we have been settling in to our new home. This next year will be fun as I work to gain a new client base and work on that wonderful word-of-mouth advertising!

For now I will share this year’s Christmas Card and I will definitely post more in 2012 than I did in 2011! Happy New Year everyone. :)

Card 2011web


Merry Christmas

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For those of you who did not get a Christmas Card from us in the mail, here it is…

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!




Brother & Sister

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I just love these two! I have had the pleasure of photographing them a few times now and they just make me smile. :)

Jayden & Haley from Tamra Hinman on Vimeo.

Click here to see all the images from our session.


Memories, Birthdays… and Collin Raye

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I LOVE Collin Raye! I always have — ever since my older sister gave my a cassette of his first album about 20 years ago. “Love, Me” was his first release and to this day it still gets to me the way it did back then. I have probably been to about 15 of his concerts and each one was amazing. He can sing ANYTHING and he sounds just as good (or better) in person, which is not always the case with a lot of artists.

When I was 16, my best friend, my little sister and I took a road trip from our home in Dallas to my Grandma’s house in San Antonio. My parents allowed us to make the 4.5 hour drive on our own and our main reason for going was to go see Collin Raye playing at Fiesta Texas. We ended up getting front row seats and we were in heaven! To this day, my sister and I still talk about that concert and how COLLIN RAYE TALKED TO US! The three of us were wearing matching shirts (because back then it was cool to do that) that said “FBI” on them. In the middle of the concert, he looked right at us and said “Are you really in the FBI? Because you look a little young to be in the FBI.” We thought we were the coolest things on the face of the Earth! Over the years we have laughed about that many times and I have shared that story, along with my love of Collin Raye music, with my daughter.

A few months ago I found out that Collin Raye was going to be playing at a dinner theater in Salt Lake. He was putting on an intimate acoustic show in a theater that only seats no more than 150 people. I knew I had to be there! We decided to get a ticket for Annika as well and give it to her for her birthday, even though the show was about 6 weeks later. We got amazing seats in the third row, right in the middle. The show was this past Friday and, once again, it was amazing! Justin and I made it a point to tell Annika “happy birthday” several times that day and remind her that we were celebrating her birthday then. She probably thought we were crazy. Collin Raye sang some of his biggest hits as well as some new songs and some Rock-and-Roll covers. The best part of the entire night, though, was most definitely when Collin Raye sang “Happy Birthday” to Annika.

Collin Raye signed a print just for Annika and they gave her one of his Christmas CDs as a birthday present from him. It was most definitely a night that she will always remember and one day she will share his music and her story with her daughter, just as I did with her.


Happy Halloween!

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It’s that time of year again. I love Halloween! I love coming up with fun ideas for costumes. I love seeing the kids get so excited to show them off. I love seeing all the kids out in their costumes on Halloween night. I love that not too long after Halloween is Thanksgiving and then Christmas. Now all I need is to move somewhere warm because I am so not a cold-weather person! Here are our 2010 Halloween costumes. Have a Happy Halloween everyone!

We have a Peacock:

A Boy Being Kidnapped by a Gorilla: (the sign says “Please Do Not Feed The Animals”)
James won “Best Overall Costume with this! We have had to explain this one to a lot of people — they keep trying to figure out who is carrying him. :)

And a Traffic Light: (complete with flashing lights and a personalized hat)
Chase won “Most Creative Costume” with this one!


I am honored to work with an award-winning photographer…

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…my very own Junior Photographer, Annika!

Annika entered 3 pictures in the Weber County Fair and 3 in the Utah State Fair and did amazing! I am so proud of her and her pursuit of a very special talent in photography and I am honored to have her as my Junior Photographer. :)

Here are the images she entered and how she placed:

County Fair — 1st place “Human Interest”
State Fair — did not place

County Fair — 2nd place “Weddings”

County Fair — 1st place “Journalism”
State Fair — 1st place “Portraits”

State Fair — 1st place “Journalism”

We were so excited to see how well she did at the County Fair and absolutely ecstatic to see how she placed at the State Fair with as many great entries as there were!


For the Grandparents…

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We were all asked to speak in church today and the kids did such a great job! (I knew they would!) :) Between their talks, James and Annika sang a song while Justin played the piano and we heard from a few people things like “I don’t know what surprised me more, that the kids would get up there and sing by themselves or that Justin could play the piano!” The kids each talked about a favorite scripture story. I’m sure the Grandparents would have loved to have been there, so I am posting a video of Chase practicing his talk. He drew pictures of each part of his talk to help him remember that part of the story. The pictures are so cute! Wish I could show you all of those, too. Enjoy, Grandmas and Grandpas!


Crazy-busy Summer!

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I can’t believe Summer is almost over — It has just flown by! Next week the kids go back to school and I can try to get things back to a normal routine. Of course, I’m not complaining about this Summer because it has been like one big vacation. We went camping several times, Justin and I went to Florida for a couple of weeks while the kids visited their Grandparents in Montana, we spent a couple of weeks in Texas visiting my Dad and brothers, spent a bit of time with my little sister in Albuquerque, and enjoyed West Yellowstone. I haven’t done much in the way of photography during all these vacations, but I did assist my sister-in-law in an amazing Logan, UT engagement and bridal session. While it was fun being the second photographer, I have to admit that it sure was hard to keep my mouth shut and not try to take over photographing this super-cute couple. Here are some of the images I captured from the first of the two sessions.


Sweet, Sweet Baby!

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I’m back from a long, wonderful vacation and it’s time to get back to work! I photographed this little doll before I left. She gave me exactly what I wanted even though we would move her each time she fell back asleep. :)


Talent Show

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Annika was trying to decide which song to sing for the school talent show. I told her that she should do a fun duet with a boy from her class. She wasn’t too thrilled with that idea. James was listening to our conversation and said “I’ll do it with you!” I wasn’t able to be there because I was on a field trip with Chase. Justin was able to go, though, and video it for me. We were told that there would be 2 mics, so having to share one threw them off a little and I need to figure out why the quality of the recording is so poor but they did such a great job! This was the try-out audition. They should find out next week if they made it. Even if they don’t make it, I’m so proud of them for getting up in front of so many people and doing it!


Girls’ Night Find

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Annika and I had a girls’ night a bit ago and went to a boutique where we found the cutest hats and headbands! Krystle had so many to pick from and it was tough but Annika decided on these two. I also bought the sweetest little newborn hat, too, so you can bet I will be using it on the next baby girl I photograph! You can check out Krystle’s Etsy shop here to see several of her other items that she offers.



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Taylor is definitely one of my favorite people to photograph! She makes my job easy. :)


(Almost) Lost Files

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I completely forgot about doing these pictures of the kids a few months ago. I was looking through my personal pictures last week and found these that I never even got around to editing. You can tell Chase was just thrilled with having to get these done. LOL!

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