I've been wanting to see Salt Lake City for a very long time. I don't know what it was about it that made me yearn to see it so much but its been on my top 5 list of places to visit in the US for a very long time. Its one of those places that you don't hear a ton about but whenever you do, it looks or sounds amazing. I was always hoping I'd get hired to photograph something there sometime in my career. I had a few close calls but nothing official.
Back in March I went to a photography get together and a few of the attendees at that lived in SLC. I had a great time with them and from that moment on I knew I had to visit as soon as possible. I set the plans in motion in the summer when Southwest offered some super cheap deals to locations around the country - one of them being SLC. And then to make the situation even better, I was hired to do a family session out there. Everything just lined up nicely and I was pumped to see the city.
What I didn't expect was how amazing it was. Everything. The people I was with, the city, the surrounding towns, the weather, the mountains ... everything. I fell in love pretty hard with that city in just a couple days. If you have a chance to see it, don't hesitate. Its breathtaking. I've never seen scenery like this in our country before. Its a hidden gem for sure. Everywhere I turned my jaw dropped. No iphone picture, or even any picture from any camera I used, did it justice. The settlers that founded that town knew they had a gem on their hands.
But better than the view was getting to shoot and hang out with some of the best photographers in the world. It was humbling to be part of such an amazing crew - and to be welcomed in. I loved every second hanging out with everyone and I can't wait to get back there someday soon. It was basically 3 full days of eating and shooting. Can it get any better than that? If you have a few minutes and want to see their work, here's some of the photographers that were there - truly incredible:
Ryan Johnson ( He and his awesome wife, Janelle, hosted me. I can't thank them enough!),