Happy Saint Valentines Day! Feb 14 is the day St. Valentine was martyr. His heart is apparently somewhere in Dublin (meaning that he’s buried here). He was killed because he was performing marriage ceremonies for soldiers and young coupled even though marriage was not allowed at the time. What a great reason to have a holiday!
We as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that marriage between a man and a women is ordained of God. We believe that a man and a women can be married in the Holy Temples for time and all eternity.
For Valentine’s day, Micah and I decorated the bedroom to surprise daddy when he got home from work. Of course afterwards, I had to do a mini photo shoot for our guy:
My little brother, Aaron, took these pictures using a Canon 28 mm f/1.8 lens. This lens does a really good job with doing the fuzzy background but having the subjects be in focus. We went up to Big Cottonwood Canyon on a Sunday afternoon to catch the fall colors.
Micah just turned 1 years old and we take a lot of pictures of him. Dallin and I like to take pictures of our family so we can make a book of remembrance every year. It’s a lot of work but every time we look at our past books, we are grateful we took the time and effort to put one together. The book isn’t extravagant or complicated but it’s just a simple book of pictures and memories from the year. We do this in addition to our personal journals and this blog.
For all those who are curious, I used Adobe Lightroom 3 and Adobe Photoshop CS5 to edit and enhance my pictures.
We just recently went to Brigham City Temple Open House. It was absolutely wonderful and beautiful! My baby, Micah, was so interested and intrigued by being inside a temple for the first time. Usually you have to be 12 years old, a baptize member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and receive a temple recommend by your church leaders to go inside a temple. To recieve a temple recommend you have to be striving to keep all of God’s commandments such as paying full tithing, attend church regularly, sustain church leaders, and keep the word of wisdom.
In the Temple worthy members of the church go to make covenants with God. Also in the temple, families are sealed together forever. It’s a place to feel peace and happiness. You go to learn about Jesus Christ and escape from the stress of the world.
The Brigham City Temple has not yet been dedicated and everyone is invited to go inside the temple until September 15, 2012. If you want to go see the temple you can reserve your tickets online. This is something you do not want to miss out on!
This is the biggest group I’ve ever done. I learned a few things…
- Photographers need to be assertive and have a loud voice.
- Don’t rush!
- Learn names so you can position people and get their attention. It works a lot better than “Hey you back there!”
- Don’t use a portrait lens for a group picture! Some of the pictures were out of focus because I forgot to change lens. 😦
- Kiddies get tired so take their pictures first.
- Bring benches and chairs for a nice effect. It’s all about the poses and props.
- If you can’t see me then I can’t see you! Find a window!
- Have fun!
- Take pictures after 4 pm.
- Pray for good weather (Overcast, no wind, and no rain)! If it’s sunny find shade!!