Kayla Kumer Bridals // Utah Wedding Photography

I've been robbing y'all of these pictures. That's the only explanation. Because this is a crime. I've been dreaming about posting these pictures since the moment I took them and then life happened (as always) and here we are. 

I want to give a particular shout out to my girl Angelica (The Bald Stylist - check her out). She's one of the HMU artists I work with and she knocked this out of the ballpark.

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Kayla was a pretty quiet gal when I first met her. To be honest, I was convinced she thought I was crazy because she was cool as a cucumber and I am a spaz. So when she told me she wanted to do bridals I was concerned. How was I going to get her to feel comfortable with me? How am I going to get her out of her shell?!

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I wasn't wrong. At first Kayla seemed quiet, mild-mannered, and sweet (she stayed pretty sweet haha). But my friends, that is the magic of Bridals (or formals if your partner comes with). When you come to bridals, your dress is freshly cleaned, your flowers prepped, and your veil ready. 

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You sit in the chair and my baby angel HMU (hair and makeup) artist Angelica puts you at ease from the very first second. She talks to you about herself, she listens, or she gives you peace and quiet - whatever you need. She involves you in the process, so you truly feel and look exactly as you wanted to for this day. It's a test run for the wedding sprinkled with fairy dust, I swear. 

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I might have been there for your glam session (whether it was va-va-voom or sweet neutral glam), I might not have. Either way, afterward you and I get to hang out. I'll be honest - the first 10 minutes are awkward 99% of the time (unless you're a goofball like myself). But then... something awesome happens. 

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This. 

You become a model. 

Whether you believe it or not. Whether you feel like an idiot, or have always known you were born for this. It happens. Every time. 

I've seen it with the quietest of folks, and the most over the top characters I know. 

And isn't that what it's about? Treating yourself on your big day (or a couple weeks prior to your big day). Don't you get to feel like $1,000,000? I think so. And I love helping you do that. 

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ps. I shot some of these on film and it's always fun when I can sprinkle that love around. 

Sofia & Aaron Engagements // Utah Photographer

Dear Aaron, 

Two years ago today we set out on a journey that has changed my life. Thank you for being my best friend through it all. You have filled my days with laughter and joy. You have been my shoulder to cry on through many difficult times. You help me see my strengths and let me know it's okay to have weaknesses. Our relationship has helped me grow into the person I am today because you have taught me how to be courageous and stand up for myself. I'm so blessed to have such an amazing person by my side. I promise to be there for you in all the ways that you are there for me. As we continue on this journey together, I look forward to seeing the way we change and grow as a family. I love you with all my heart and can't wait for the rest of forever with you. 

love, 
Sofia

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The love letters kill me every time. These guys were so fun. They showed up READY and posing like it was going out of style. *Bless* Honestly, I wish they'd let me just hang out with them on the reg. 

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See? Killing the game. And Sofia's glam? That's from my love Angelica Galindez (The Bald Stylist - look her up)

I've been thinking about starting a series of Q&A type posts - where I answer the top questions I get as a photographer. Trying to come up with a name, so send my way any clever puns you have because puns are my fave. 

I wanted to start with one that I struggled so much with my first year of photography - and I'm pretty sure I've talked about it elsewhere, it's that prevalent. Through the years it has gotten better (*Three years?! :O *), but it's still an issue for some brides. Here we go. 

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"Do I have to have professional Hair and Makeup?"
 

- all my brides at the beginning

 

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The answer:

Girl, you don't have to do anything you don't want. Promise. That being said, getting your hair and makeup done will take your experience from a 7 to a 35 (on a scale from 1-10). Yeah. That powerful.

For lots of reasons:

Plain and simple - the camera really does wash you out. A TON. Cameras/lenses are, in simple terms, "fake eyes." As much as they try, they'll never be able to perfectly interpret the world the same way our eyes do. That translates to sometimes reading the contrast on your face...well, not super there. This is a problem. Your every day makeup (usually) just won't be up to the task. It just won't create enough contrast (highlights and shadows) on your face.*Bless the contouring gods*

 

This isn't an everyday situation. Even if we're doing a lifestyle shoot, in your home, in your PJs (ok, maybe in your PJs, we'd be going for a different look/feel - but don't get distracted!), you've paid money to have me there. You've probably thought at least a little bit about what your outfit will be, and hopefully, you've also thought about how to display these. A lot has gone into this experience. Why, in heaven's name, does this sound like a day for you to look like every other day of your life? This is the *one day* you get to dress up and look (and feel) amazeballs. 

 

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"But I really, really hate makeup"

Again, the point of this is not to shame you into anything. This is your day, and my #1 priority is that you feel golden, if that means no makeup - no makeup it is. But, when you work with professional HMUAs (hair and makeup artists) they know all the tricks of the trade. Including, getting that natural, soft, effortless, "I woke up like this," look. It really isn't about forcing you into drag, or to look like KimK. Heck, it's not even about "enhancing what's already there" - it's about making sure my camera/lens knows where your eyelids end and your eyelashes begin. 

"But I don't have that kind of money"

Girl, I got you! All of my wedding packages include an HMUA (I work with a few and they're all gems). So you don't even have to worry about that cost anymore! Let us pamper you. Plus, my girls know how to make the Beyonce, and the girl-next-door feel equally comfortable. Nobody will beauty blend without your consent. Promise. And if you can beat that face for the gods already, then sit back and enjoy - if you really feel you don't need/want the service, while it's included in the price, you definitely don't have to make an appointment (but you best show with your *glow* up).

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Love is my favorite. Making you (and your boo/family) feel amazing is my second favorite. Educating clients a very, very close third. I'm gonna help take this, kinda awkward, sometimes stressful, experience, and walk you through every step. Because when that happens - you look like this in sessions: relaxed, gorgeous, happy, in love. And isn't that what we're all here for?

 

So what do you think? Any ideas on a title for this little series? Any things you've heard from photographers that you just don't get, or have thought was unfair? Let me know.

 

Love you guys!

Robmary 

Ps. as for my last post, I'm doing much better - thanks for all the love. I honestly have the best clients.

 

 

 

 

 

Dtha & Vien Engagements // Let's get P E R S O N A L

I like to add a little about my subjects each time I post about them, but for weddings - it's a little different - I "shoot" these people three times (usually). Engagements, Formals, Wedding day - so you'll end up hearing lots about them. But this also posed the conundrum: What additional content can I create for the in-between?

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So I thought I'd share a bit about myself. 

And in efforts to match my spirits lately.

I'm gonna be transparent with y'all. 

No sugarcoating here. When you're going to school full time, have a full time day job, and are running a business, your mental health hits the fan real quick. 

It's the worst. 

And lately, I'm in an awful funk. I stare at my screen blindly, trying to figure out how to do menial, simple tasks. I become exhausted, and often hide in bed (if I have a minute to be home). I eat the same three things (if I eat.) Overall, it's sad.

but.

I pull myself out of bed. Throw on a sweatshirt. Show up to the mountain/park/location of your choice. and boom. 

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You guys change the game every time. My clients remind me how great it is just to step outside. To meet new people. To see love from a new perspective: a couple in love, high school senior about to embark on a new journey, brand new parents - all of it. 

So there are days, where getting out of bed (and yes, editing, answering emails, blogging) feels so heavy. 

But there are days, when I get to hang out with y'all. And make memories for you. 

Those days, crush the other days. 

Thanks guys!

So.

If I'm a little behind. Send me a text/email/carrier pigeon.

Remind me how much fun we had! 

I promise your pictures/work is already done. I'm probably just avoiding my computer like the plague and the idea of sending those out (and by default typing up an email) seems daunting. 

Know I love my work, and take it incredibly serious. 

I invest all my time and money in to making sure this experience is smooth and wonderful for all my clients.

I am working on my health. 

I appreciate and love all my clients for their patience, and understanding. 

And to other creatives out there, if you're feeling the same way - you're not alone. I feel you, I love you, reach out - lets create something beautiful. 

 

PS. I fully read the title of this post to the tune of "Let's get Physical" by Olivia Newton-John every time.   

HMUA: Stacey Lopez

When your friends grow up...

"Ayyy yay yay Destiny,

The love we have for you, words are not enough. As parents, we have never regretted a single choice that led to you, you are the best gift God has given us. When we see your brighteyes and beautiful smile, we see sunshine. You are our life, but always remember be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you've dreamed of. We will always be here for you, you will always be our Cosita Bella. We are looking forward to watch you grow and flourish into a bright woman, but for now we will soak every moment we have with you. 

Love you Destiny."

-Mom and Dad

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I met Salina when I was 14 years old. In orchestra. She looked exactly the same as she does today - was equally kind and gorgeous. We were friends for many years and went through many things, then lost touch. She moved several times. I stayed in contact with the other girls in our group but figured I might not have contact with Salina again (home girl is not about that social media life). Then out of nowhere she found me! She'd had this beautiful doll and wanted pictures of her. You bet your butt I snuck as many pictures of mom and dad as I could!

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This might be silly but seeing these pictures, after all the experiences we shared... gets me a little teary eyed. I've always been incredibly lucky. I've always had wonderful female friendships, I know many girls are not so fortunate. 

I am proud of every single one of these powerful women, of who they've become. Their choices have all been different, yet they all embody so much of who I hope to be still, even now as a "grown up." 

Very, very fortunate.  

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To make matters worse, her kid was extra cute - I didn't stand a chance! #sap

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Shawhan Family Minis

My dear Liam and Alanis,
Your smiles bring me overwhelming joy. Your sweetness melts my heart. And your beauty lights my world.
Never let anyone dull your flame. Never let the world harden you, touch the world with your gentle heart. And what ever life has in store for you, it is my hope that you remember these things:
Believe in yourself. Follow your dreams.
“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
Have dreams for yourself and work hard to make those dreams come true. If hard work is not enough, then fight for it.
Laugh often. Cry when needed. Love much.
Laughter warms the heart, a good cry releases the pain and love heals all.
Think before you speak, you will gain more respect with a well thought out opinion. Speak from your heart, what you say will be forgotten but the way you make someone feel never will.
Never put your energy into judging another but rather into being a good example for them to be.
Spread your wings, take the world head on and be strong and independent!.
I love you, 
Your mom and daddy !!! 

- Karla and Bobby Shawhan

 

I'm always convinced Weddings are my absolute favorite, but then... another family steals my heart, and forgetaboutit.

Mini sessions available this weekend only. Location of your choice, only a couple slots left. Book here

Spring Styled Shoot

I've been wanting to do a shoot like this for a while. I'm lucky enough that I have wonderful people in my life who support my bursts of creative energy and humor me. Nora is one of those people. From day one, she has played in front of my camera - from my "I'm not sure how to pose you" days, to here - she never once stopped believing in me (I'm really lucky, I have a couple of these gem humans around). So here is my interpretation of those stunning spring wedding editorials but with a Palestinian bride. The whole idea of this was to add some diversity to the wedding mix. 

The vendors involved were also A M A Z I N G. We weren't sure if we were going to move forward because it was so close to Valentines and they all came in and saved the day - with stunning work and professional ethic. #heaven

Enjoy.

 

Dress
Mary's Bridal.
www.marysbridal.com
FB: facebook.com/marysbridal
Insta: marysbridalslc

Flowers:
Blushing Rose Floral (Sarah Asay)
www.blushingrosefloral.com/
FB: facebook.com/BlushingRoseFloral/
Insta: blushingrosefloral

Calligraphy & Paper Details:
White Lily Lane (Jessica Packer)
whitelilylane.com/
FB: www.facebook.com/whitelilylane/
Insta: whitelilylane

HMUA:
Angelica Galindez
www.styleseat.com
FB: facebook.com/imthebaldstylist
Insta: imthebaldstylist

Model:
Nora Abu-Dan
Insta: yoitsnora

Photography:
Robyese Photo (Robmary Juarez)
www.robyese.com
FB: www.facebook.com/robyese/
Insta: Robyese
 

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The Boyer Family Photos

Looking back on my life as a single 20-something year I thought that life could not be any more exciting than going out on dates, taking road trips with girlfriends, or coming and going as I pleased. Looking back I now realize that I did not understand what true happiness was until I became a wife and eventually a mother. The future has never been more excitable and yet terrifying to me. Having Lincoln has awaken so many hopes, dreams, and fears that I think most women go through becoming new mom's.

The thought of him growing up in a world that measures how harsh of insult as a form of intelligence and cleverness worries me. What will his friends in school be like? Will he truly learn to love and accept people different from him? When will he stop needing me and how will I cope with my baby growing up? However, those few fears take a backstage to all the exciting things I imagine our lives will be like. Will he be like his daddy? What will our first trip to the Pumpkin Patch be like; hopefully he'll love Halloween as much as I do! Will be into sports, horses, or chasing girls (like daddy)? Everything has become new and exciting now that we have him in our lives. We honestly could not be any more blessed with our smiley happy boy. Even though his hobbies consist of eating his sweaty toes and peeing in the bath, we could not be more in love. Having our pictures taken as a family has conserved my memory of that same happy boy as a baby that I will truly cherish forever!

 

This family was adorable and in love! That precious baby was seriously the happiest, calmest baby I've met. Mellow as can be. Makin' me baby hungry. Also, my husband (who assisted me - carried the furniture) will befriend every single one of my couples and it's my favorite. As serene as everybody looks, the boys spent quite a bit of time stressing over the Utah football game being watched on one of the phones. Always an adventure! 

PS:  was looking to shoot in the studio for the longest time. I've tried several ones in Salt Lake, and I have to say, this is my favorite. I wish I could convince all my clients shoot here! This along with the incredible magic that is my Hair and Makeup Artist - my work was a breeze. 

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Elia & Erik Wedding

Before the wedding, I heard thousands of stories on how the first few months of marriage would be. We were told it was going to be difficult because living with a person is completely different from dating. What those people didn't know is that Erik and I have been attached at the hip for the past 4 and a half years. I knew cleaning wasn't his favorite, just like he knows not to make me angry when I'm hungry. Im not going to say it wasn't an adjustment but the way I see it, marriage means I get to hang out with my best friend EVERYDAY for the rest of my life. It really doesn't get much better than that! - Elia

 

 

 

Elia and Erik are best friends and you can tell from a mile away. Her laugh is incredibly infectious and he knows it - takes him two seconds to get it out of her. Their first dance was to "I Love You Baby (Can't Take my Eyes Off of You)" by Frank Valli, and that will go down as one of my favorite first dances. They spent the whole dance reveling in each other, singing out loud, spinning, holding each other tight and the room as full of their energy. 

Love them, and loved getting to be a part of their special day. 

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Lindsey & Sergio Christmas Minis

 

Hermosa mia, I love you. There is no way  to properly describe how much because my love for you keeps growing each and every day. I never imagined finding such a perfect woman for me. And now I cant imagine life without you. You continually amaze me and over fill my heart with joy. I love and cherish you with every fiber of my soul. 
 - Sergio to Lindsey

 

 

Alas, the Christmas Season is upon us. I'm so excited to be starting a new year and seeing where this wonderful venture takes me. These two were a delight, and so in love. It's always fun to have a couple who wants to try new things and is down for anything (even climbing in heels). Merry Christmas! Remember - from now until Christmas, I'm offering Mini Sessions - these are more affordable, shorter, and less images. They're also seasonal! They go away. I know. But email me and we'll get you taken care of!