Figured I could start off the new year introducing myself. My name is Kenny and I have been a professional photographer for 6 years now. I've taught photography for 3 of those years. I specialized in kids and families for a long time, shooting almost 5,000 sessions. I have 2 amazing little girls that I'm a complete sucker for. 3 if you count my amazing wife. We've been married for 6 years. I love the outdoors, specifically camping and hiking. The quickest way to my heart is a box of donuts. I
Happy new year! Anyone else hates January? Seems so bland after December and all the activities and holiday cheer. Then January pops in like that annoying coworker who is always super negative. No holidays, no fun. Just crappy weather and lots of dad gloomy trees.
*Sorry for the long post. Oh man. Where do I even begin? This week has been filled with so much love and joy, but it's also been one of the hardest weeks ever. We brought home our second little girl last week. And the adjustment to two kids has been a slap in the face. I was ready for the sleepless nights and the jealous two-year-old. I was NOT ready for the mental problems it would bring. I am usually so ashamed to talk about this because as a man, husband, and father I'm supposed to be strong and unwavering. But I have crippling anxiety. About EVERY FREAKING THING. Something as simple as a pain in my side can lead down a path of thinking I have appendicitis and I need surgery and suddenly I'm stressing about paying our bills while I'm out of work. I was 22 before I even realized this was not normal. And even once I did I was so ashamed to bring it up. I felt like I was a failure. I felt like everybody else can deal with life just fine but I was broken. I felt unworthy. Broken. Failed. Pathetic. Sad. Scared. It was very hard for me to admit I had a problem and to seek help. This was have broken my very being if it weren't for my wife. She has been my everything, my rock, and my biggest support. Even though I take a medication sometimes I still get overwhelmed. The only thing that helps is opening and talking to my wife. At the beginning that was the hardest thing on earth. All the feelings of failure and not being a 'man' came flooding back. It's easier now, but i still have a hard time admitting that I have a 'mental problem' because it sounds so....bad. But I am here to tell you it's okay to talk about it. You MUST talk about it. You're not broken. You are not a failure. You're just different. And being different is what makes you special!
Because my wife and I have been so blessed this year we want to do something for someone else. We would like to donate a family sessions to a family in need or that deserves its. This is not a giveaway. I would like people to nominate a deserving family. You can send me a DM or comment on this post and just comment on this post. My wife and I will go through all the entries and will announce the family on christmas eve!
Two days, two amazing opportunities. • Yesterday I had the privilege of flying over the Great Salt Lake for a product shoot for @grip6belt in a Cessna 180 and while flying I captured a ton of amazing shots out the window. This one is my favorite by far. Today I had an experience that trumps all others. I watched my amazing, strong, beautiful wife give birth to our second little girl. The strength my wife has will never cease to astound me. She gave birth to a beautiful 6 pound 15 ounce little girl with lots of blonde hair.
Not my typical post. But I came across this picture I took just over a year ago and it hit me in the feels. I was able to give my very pregnant wife a priesthood blessing last night. It wasn't anything earth-shattering or crazy. But I felt incredibly blessed to be able to give my amazing wife a blessing to help her through these last couple of weeks.