Senior Pictures at Gardner Village


Last week I had a great opportunity to take my cousin’s Senior photos. I was just tickled pink that my aunt would trust me to take photos of such a memorable time in my cousin’s life!

Whitney in the Backyard

It’s been a while since I’ve roamed around the Salt Lake valley in search for Photo-op backdrops, so the first and really only place that came to mind was Gardner Village. If you live in Utah, and you don’t know what Gardner Village is, you’ve got to click on the link and GO! It’s a walking, outdoor “mall” of sorts. There are quilt shops, antique shops, bakeries, candy shops(the best fudge you’ll ever find). Best of all, it’s beautifully manicured with a creek, gorgeous flower beds, antique buildings and wood structures; all perfect for taking just the right photo. On another note, there are carnivals and events there for Halloween, Christmas and at pretty much every major holiday and it’s a very family-friendly environment.

Whitny at Utility Shed

I don’t think it would matter where we took the pictures, though. Whitney is just beautiful and knows just what to do in front of the camera (she thought she wasn’t photogenic–FALSE!).  Did I mention that Gardner Village isn’t open until 10am? We had the place all to ourselves at 8am; no random folks getting in the way of our photo shoot!

Whitney Jumping by the Cat Tails

I love the fashion photography where the models are jumping up and down. Can you tell?


We had a lot of fun talking about boys.

Whitney in the Grass

Here’s Whitney in her Supermodel pose.


I just love how it all turned out!

I want to get more photography under my belt and I would love to take pictures of someone riding my bike (an old schwinn from the ’60s). Anyone in the Salt Lake area willing to pose for me? Please leave a comment!

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    1. Annie says:

      Melissa they turned out great! We can’t wait to see the rest. You are so talented!

      Annie & Whitney

    2. Amy says:

      Those pictures are so cute! I love Gardner Village. But now I’m in FL and oh, so far away! There’s nothing like that over on this side of the country. Can’t wait to see the bike pictures once you take them!

    3. Melissa says:

      Yeah, I think the bike pics would be super cute, but I haven’t had any takers yet.

    4. alexis Rasmussen says:


      What a great job! I’ll pose on your bike…as a pregnant model!! Ha ha ha! R u back in SLC?

    5. MB says:

      Great pics, my favorite is the one where she is posing by the door – the light was perfect. Also, fantastic scarf!

    6. Heather says:

      Awesome pictures! I love Gardner Village, I work really close to it, I should go there for lunch sometime and see the cute stores. I’m not really photogenic, I need my face to clear up : ( and I don’t know how to ride a bike so I don’t think I’d be a great candidate for the bike model. I’m totally joking about the not being abel to ride a bike but hopefully you’re able to find someone cute to model for you!

    7. Lisa says:

      Hmm … my girls would love to pose for you if you want to use them. They are 15 and almost 14 yrs old and love all things photography oriented. Get in touch w/ me and we can work something out.

    8. em bailey says:

      Miss…what can I say, YOu are so incredibly talented, you amaze me.
      the pics look awsome! whitney looks beautiful!

    9. Collette says:

      I just found your site through Design mom. I’m liking what I’ve seen so far.
      I’d pose with the bike – it is cute enough by itself that my imperfections wouldn’t matter!

    10. amanda ann says:

      hey I went to that high school! I am in love with your blog by the way, totally addicted and wish i could be as creative as you.

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