Now Booking 2012 Seniors

Summer is winding down in Utah and my favorite season will be upon us soon. Fall is such a magical time of year and I love shooting pictures when the air is crisp and the colors are golden. One of the best sessions to shoot in the late Summer and early Fall are Senior Pictures. I have had countless seniors tell me that they want to wait for Spring to shoot their pictures, but in Utah it doesn’t make much sense. The springs in Utah come so late that it is difficult to get green in your pictures and still have time to send announcements out.  So my suggestion…Take fall pictures!  I am now booking sessions in SLC and the Uintah Basin. I will be in the basin October 4th to the 7th and I only have 4 spots open for pictures.  If you are interested in booking a session please contact me by phone, text or email!

 

 

xoxo,

Tonya

To Whitni

I am not a wonderful writer, and I might never be. So today I am writing straight from the heart, not for my readers, but for me…and my sweet Whitni. About 8 months ago my best friend Whitni was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive ovarian cancer. Although her chances of survival were miniscule she fought with all her might and last Sunday she lost that fight.

Yesterday at the funeral her Dad came up to me and told me that I saved her down in Roswell, but the truth was she saved me. Her and Jared were our only family down there and I would have been so lost without them. I love them both so very much and I can’t wait to see Whitni again someday. Whitni I love you so much. Thank you for being the best friend anyone could have ever had. Thank you for loving Paige like she was your own and lastly thank you for eating all my oreos, bread and butter, cheese puff balls and any other deliciousness we could come up with. I miss you more than you would ever know.

Love,
Tonya

You can read Whitni’s obituary here.

 

Emily

Oh Tonya my dear. I am so sad you lost such a good friend. From what I’ve seen and heard, you were a great friend to Whitni, and her to you. I know what it’s like to cling to a friend in a strange and new place. Sometimes life just seems so damn unfair! Loves to you and your family.

Whitni was truly a wonderful person. I’m so sorry for your loss. Find comfort in knowing you will meet her again someday. I happy that you two were able to share such a sweet friendship, one that may only come once in a lifetime.

So sorry for your loss. She will always be remembered in your beautiful pictures. xo style, she wrote

Announcing another Photography Class…

Hey friends. I am so excited to be teaching another Photography Class in Vernal on Wednesday, September 7th. Basic Photography I is all about learning to use your SLR camera. We will be learning how to shoot your camera in manual mode, understanding light, nailing your exposure and basic composition. I strongly believe that the best way to learn is to shoot your heart out and get your work critiqued. So we will have a bunch of that too! The last class will be a shooting field trip. Fully adjustable digital or film SLR camera is required.

Don’t let the “Basics” part of the class name fool you. If you are still not nailing your exposure in manual mode 100% of the time, you will learn something in this class! I absolutely love the art of photography and have a true passion for teaching others about it. I hope you will join me for this fun filled class. I am limiting this class to 10 people and I only have 6 spots left. If you would like one of the remaining six please email me info@tonyapeterson.com and I will send you information on how to sign up. Hope to see you soon!

xoxo
Tonya

Heather

Hi there, I was wondering if you have any upcoming classes for the year 2014? I would love to take it as soon as possible.
Thanks
-Heather

It is a raspberry sort of day

I don’t know if you have checked out our weight loss blog The Chubby Girls Diary yet, But you should! Last week my brilliant sister (you should check out her blog too) wrote an article about fresh raspberries. It was so well written I wanted to share it with you here too. I also couldn’t wait to share the pictures of my Lemon Raspberry Yogurt Pops on here. I have really enjoyed playing around with food photography. So here is the write up my sister did for our blog. Love her!

 

When I was a kid we used to visit my Grandma Udy in Salt Lake a lot. My Aunt Jerrie lived in the house next door. Jerrie had a raspberry thicket running along the east side of her house. I spent many summers picking raspberries and eating them from the vine with out a thought to washing them.  I’d come back inside, my stomach a little sick and my fingers stained red. No one ever got after me or any of the other cousins. Jerrie was such an amazing woman and loved all of us so much. She’s been gone a while now and I miss her a lot.  She was an amazing cook and I learned how to cook for an army from her. James always makes fun of me because I don’t know how to cook for three people, but three hundred, no big deal. My amazing cousin Darci Nash inherited her amazing ability to make chocolate fudge cake (she does amazing wedding cakes by the way if you’re in need of one!)

While at my mom’s house for the Pioneer Day Weekend with the whole family, my mom told Bridget and Paige she had raspberries that needed to be picked. Tonya and I promptly pushed them out of the way and flew out to pick them (raspberries before motherhood, seriously).  As the girls pushed their way in and helped pick the berries, I caught them sneaking a few, just like Tonya and I used to do at Jerrie’s house, completely oblivious to the fact they needed to be washed. It made me miss Jerrie but warmed my heart to know the tradition of picking raspberries has been passed on to another generation of little girls.

We decided to try Lemon Raspberry Yogurt Pops and you should be glad we did. Cool, tangy, creamy and sweet, these little beauties will satisfy your summer cold/sweet cravings with out the fat of ice cream.

A few things about them – we used Greek Yogurt (my favorite, versatile staple) in this recipe. Normally, I advocate buying fat free yogurt because in most recipes you can’t tell the difference. However, for these I recommend the full fat kind…..wait! Don’t leave! Trust me, we tested both kinds of yogurt – full fat and fat free and decided the full fat had a creamier texture and didn’t leave a weird aftertaste.

Consider this though, a serving of Greek Yogurt is eight ounces (a full cup) and although it has about eight grams of fat, these ice pops were only two ounce servings, so you’re still getting less than two grams of fat. Not bad for a dessert. Each one of these puppies only have 100 calories, and they will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy!

You have to try this delish summer recipe.

We are also giving away a $25 gift certificate to Sunflower Farmers Market to one of our blog readers on The Chubby Girls Blog. All you have to do to enter is go to our blog and leave a comment. We will be drawing our winner at 5:00 p.m. MST TONIGHT! So get entering!

Nick + Amber

There are a lot of reason I love living back in Utah, but maybe one of the best reasons is being able to go to more family functions. I hated missing weddings, birthdays, baptisms and big family dinners when I live in New Mexico. About a week after we moved back Alex’s cousin Nick got married to the lovely Amber. I was so happy to snap a few shots for them on their special day. Amber and Nick, you are both adorable. Love you both so much!

This is my favorite picture from the day. They are so sweet.

Their reaction when they saw each other was so amazing and sweet. Best EVER!

Amber. You are gorgeous.