2012 Senior Models Wanted


Attention all 2012 Seniors!  We want you to be our Senior 2012 Models!  We are currently looking for students in the Salt Lake Valley and Uintah Basin high schools to act as representatives for Tonya Peterson Photography.

Who Can Apply?

If you are currently a junior graduating in the class of 2012, we want you! Being one of our models is easy.  By becoming a model you receive cool perks like FREE session(s), bonuses and products. All you have to do is tell your friends, classmates & family how much fun you had during your session and share your amazing portraits! You don’t have to be a size zero, on your way to the catwalk, super model to be one of our models…we just want fun, energetic and outgoing seniors that will get others excited too! We will only be hiring 1-2 Senior Models from each school so fill out your application now! To apply is simple, just complete our online application found at the bottom of this page. We will evaluate all applications to see if you are a good fit. Selected Models will be notified by phone or email with more information.

Deadlines for applications is July 15th so hurry!  If you know someone that would be interested in doing these please let them know!

Which High Schools Are You Selecting Senior Models From?
Right now we are planning on selecting 1-2 Senior Models from all of the high schools in the Salt Lake and Basin area! If you live outside of SLC or the Basin but would like to be considered for a Model position please apply.

What I Get For Being A Senior Model?

  • All of our senior models will receive at least one free photo session.
  • Photo sessions that are designed completely around you.  No cookie cutter pictures here.  Every session we do will be different and unique to you.
  • unlimited model referral cards to pass out to your Class of 2012 friends.  Every time one of your referrals calls and books a session with us you earn a 10 dollar print credit.  Easy as pie!
  • The opportunity to earn even more free stuff including a flip video camera, an iPad or even a Mac Book Laptop!  The more you refer the more you get!

How Does This “Earning Free Stuff” Work?

It is pretty easy.  We have different tiers for earning free stuff.  The more people you refer that book us, the bigger the prize you can earn!  We will email you the details if you are chosen as one of our models.
If I Am Hired As One Of Your Models, When Do We Shoot the Session?
If we feel like you would be a good fit we will do your session in the early summer.  That way you will have all summer and fall to recruit your friends!

The Fine Print. What Do I Have To Do To Be a Model?

  • Hand out your rep cards to potential clients interested in booking sessions.
  • It does not cost anything to be a senior model. In the end you will only pay for prints you would like to purchase.
  • You will be representing Tonya Peterson Photography all year so we ask that you actively promote us all year. We rely on you and you will be rewarded for working hard!
  • You must complete your full portrait shoot before August 1st 2011.
  • You must have your Parent or Guardians permission to participate in our Modeling program.  Both you and your parent/guardian must sign our portrait contract.
Please be sure to complete the entire Model Application. Take your time and fill it out like you would a job application. We are really looking for models you are fun, outgoing and motivated, so use some of your personality while filling out the form.  Upon submitting the application we will evaluate and notify you if we feel you will be a good fit for representing our studio. We unfortunately can’t hire everyone as one of out models and do reserve the right to refuse applicants that we feel are not a good fit.
To apply to be a model please click HERE.  Good Luck and remember applications must be in by July 15th!!! We will announce our new models on July 17th.

Rustic Elegance Insiration Shoot featured on 100 Layer Cake!

I have been waiting, somewhat impatiently, for the last 3 weeks to show you pictures from the wonderful rustic elegance wedding shoot I shot in Traverse City, Michigan. We had to wait because this beautiful shoot was picked up by the wonderful 100 Layer Cake and this morning it was finally published. I have worked so hard my entire career for this moment, and I am not going to lie, a few tears were shed when I read the post.  So here is the story of how this shoot came together.

About 6 months ago I got an email that changed my life forever. That may sounds highly dramatic, but it is true on every aspect. I got an email from a wonderful blogger and future friend Rhiannon. She had expressed interest in featuring my spring green apple shoot and I was more than happy to have it featured on such a beautiful wedding blog. I also visited her wedding planning website and I was blown away not only by her lovely work, but also because her taste mirrors my own in so many ways. I casually mentioned how I would love to work with her some day and we both expressed sadness that I did not live in the Chicago area (where she was living at the time.) That is when I dropped the bomb…I would fly to Chicago this summer to do a shoot with her. That is how impressed I was, and still am with Rhi. She was surprised but excited that I was willing to do that and she took off with planning at full speed ahead. During this time she moved to Grand Rapids, MI and so our venue changed from Chicago to Traverse City Michigan. I am not  going to lie. Ever since I saw my first Pure Michigan ad on TV I have been dying to go. And I was not disappointed. Not only was Michigan the most beautiful place I have ever been to, but I also got to work with the most talented wedding vendors I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Ok enough talking…you are here to see the pictures!!!

The shoot took place at the beautiful Crooked Creek Ranch on Lake Leelanau. If there is a more beautiful Venue in all of Michigan I would dare someone to show it to me. I hope very much that I will get to work there again.



The models Jen and Nick were an absolute dream to work with.


The flowers…sigh…lets take a minute to full appreciate what a beautiful job Liz at Parsonage Events did. Rhi and I were so blown away. On the way to Traverse City we kept stealing glances into the back seat and asked ourselves “is this real?” Amazing. She was a dream to work with.


Again…more beautiful flowers to look at!

All of the paper materials for the shoot were provided by Michelle Ellen Lee from Papertalk Press. Everything was gorgeous and here attention to detail was amazing.


Our cake was made by the wonderfully talented Kelly Kobus from A Piece o’ Cake. Isn’t it dreamy.



Rhi came up with the most beautiful idea for the guest sign in book. I life size version of a traditional wish tree. Her creativity and taste continue to amaze me.


I have a soft spot for old crates. Like major. When Rhi told me the cake was going to be stacked on them I about died. Literally stopped breathing for a minute or two.


Nicole Ebbitt at The Caramel Jar sent us the most delish salted caramels for our favors. Lets just say after the shoot I ate my fare share of caramels. If you are looking for a delicious favor you should order from her. So amazing.




Be sure to check out the wonderful wedding video from this shoot by Future Focus Media. We were so honored to have Paul and his team there. Watching the video was like reliving the day all over again.

I am so grateful and humbled to have been a part of this shoot. Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors who put so much time and effort into making this shoot possible. Here is a list of all the vendors that were a part of the shoot. Every single one of them comes highly recommended by me and I hope to work with all of them again very soon.

Photography: Tonya Peterson Photography / Styling and Design: Rhiannon Nicole, Hey Gorgeous Events / Venue: Crooked Creek Ranch / Florals: Liz Andre-Stotz, The Parsonage Events / Cake: Kelly Kobus, A Piece o’ Cake / Paper Products: Michelle Ellen Lee, Papertalk Press / Favors: Nicole Ebbitt, The Caramel Jar / Dress: Maggie Torongo, Renee Austin Weddings / Hair and Make Up: Lydia Terpstra / Wood links: West Elm / Videography: Paul and Vanessa Filan, Future Focus Media / Models: Real life married couple, Nick and Jen Doornbos




I am so honoured you were the photographer for this shoot, Tonya :) You are talented, sweet, amazing and such a dear friend to me. Looking forward to even more of these fabulous shoots together!!! xoxo Love Rhi

You totally out-did yourself with this photo shoot!! I seriously am in love with this wedding + you did an incredible job capturing it all!

xoxo, chrissy from the perfect palette.

Thanks Chrissy. Your blog is FAB!

A quick trip to Disneyland + a BIG Announcement!

This past month has been a whirlwind and it doesn’t look like it will be calming down any time soon.  About 2 months ago my best friend asked me if I would go to Disneyland with her. It was so last minute I didn’t know if Paige and I would be able to go but I just felt like I had to. She has that ugly, ugly, ugly disease called cancer and I wanted to have these memories. I am only going to post a few pics here on the blog from our trip. All the pics can be seen on my facebook page if you would like to see them.


I also have a wonderful announcement…We are moving back to Utah. I never thought this was something I wanted, but every time we would visit family Paige had so much fun with her cousins and friends. My business is also much more successful in Utah. But the biggest reason I am excited is that it gets me out of Roswell. I know this is the right move for our family and I am so excited for this new journey in our life. I will be celebrating our homecoming by putting my sessions on sale! Session will be on sale the whole month of July for only $200. You can choose to get $100 credit to be used towards prints or 20 of your favorite images ready to print on a cd. You session doesn’t need to be completed in July, but the deposit will need to be paid before July 31st. If you would like to book a session please email me. info@tonyapeterson.com. I have also changed my phone number. You can now call or text me at 801-824-7778.

Isn’t this print cute as a button. It can be purchased on etsy here. She has so many cute prints.



I’m beyond excited that you guys will be coming home soon. I love your guts!

Portrait Sale + I am coming back to Utah

Hi friends. I am so excited to be visiting my family in Utah starting May 27th. I will be there for a week and I have time for 2 or 3 sessions while I am there. I am also running a special for portrait sessions. Sessions will be $250 and you have two choices. You can either choose 20 of your favorite shots on a disc ready to print or you can choose to have a $150 print credit that can be used through my online ordering and printing. If you are interested in doing this please contact me! And because a post is boring without pictures, here are a few of Paige I shot a few weeks ago. I dare say she is pretty adorable!


Paige took this picture. So proud!


These 4 shots are probably my favorite shots from the whole day. They are so Paige.






Tonya these are such gorgeous pictures. I love the way you styled it…and that beautiful light!! She looks so cute crossing her legs in the last one ADORABLE!!

Roswell High School Prom

Last week I had the wonderful pleasure of taking some prom picture for some of my awesome 2011 Seniors. I seriously loved my Seniors this year and was honored that they asked my to take some pics of them. They all looked great and were so hilarious!



All the pictures from this session can be viewed and purchased here