Sailau Schwenke – Pageant Photo Shoot

Published earlier —  A couple weeks ago, Sailau Schwenke came into my studio with her dad just as we closed. She needed some images for pageant, so we set up an appointment. A couple days later she came in with several traditional polynesian outfits. At first I thought we were just doing traditional pageant head shots, but it turned out better than I thought. She had her sister and a friend there to help her get ready. Each time she would come out the dressing room with an outfit and hairstyle, I would then try to match it to a background. One outfit had orange tones in it (which is what is displayed in blog) that turned out really nice. I thought it would make a great stock photo, and had mentioned to her. She seemed interested. When they picked them up they were really excited about the photos. It’s always fun to do something different, something that challenges me to go beyond the norm. I really enjoyed working with her. Another exciting episode in the life of

Giving more than what they expect.

I really enjoy helping my clients have the best experience when it comes to their portraiture needs.

First; I find out exactly what they would like to have done.

Second; I show examples of my work and we explore all the possibilities in order to create the best solution.

Lastly; We set a plan in motion and then get to work!

… Ultimately, my goal is to create an experience and products that are far beyond my customers’ expectations!

Please go to my testimonial page and find out what several of my clients have said.

Looking for a photographer…

I talked to a client who had a bad experience…

…which brought me to this;

Every year there are more photographers joining forces in Utah.

So finding one that is good and reliable is tough thing to do if you are new to the area.

The best way is to ask for referrals and then check them out.

You don’t want one who is here today and gone tomorrow.

Scott Hancock


Photographers Galore!

I’m beginning to think that there are more diverse photographers photographing everything from individuals, family, weddings, kids, infants, babies, seniors, commercial, etc. in Utah than anywhere else in the US.

There’s so much amazing and diverse talent in this geographical area than anywhere else.

Trying to find that one and only photographer that fits your personality and needs and price has got to be the most difficult thing anybody can take on.

Sometimes we rely upon friends and relatives who have recommended a particular photographer. But even then, sometimes that one photographer just doesn’t fit the bill.

There’s also the consideration of how long one photographer’s been in business over another; whether they have 10, 20, 30 years of experience. And how about the equipment they use, whether using film or digital, and the quality of the equipment. How reliable they are producing your order on time, or at all, in some cases.

There are so many different scenarios that you can’t really know about. It can be scary. I’ve heard a lot of horror stories where people still haven’t received their wedding photos which were ordered several years ago. Then there’s the photographer who just started his business, and you as one of their first new clients, discovered they just went out of business after shooting your wedding. If you’re lucky, you haven’t had any of these experiences.

I wish I could say what would be the best thing for you to do, but it’s a very personal thing. I would suggest that you ask for testimonials, find photographers who have been in business at least 10 years, look at a lot of their current photography, and make sure you like the products that they offer. (Namely the type of albums they use, frames, bound published books, canvas wrap portraits, Christmas cards,etc.) Another thing to consider is that he or she has a studio to shoot in. In Utah we have four seasons and sometimes you can’t always shoot outdoors. Now I do know of clients who would have you shoot everything outside no matter what time of year! Of course that’s not a bad thing LOL 🙂 Most importantly, make sure you go in and meet the photographer.

With the advent of the Internet, checking photographer’s web sites is one of the most convenient things I can think of to help you select a photographer. Looking at their galleries will help you decide if they shoot what you like without having to go to each and every studio.

Hopefully the work is current and consistent with everything he/she shoots and that his best is not just a small percentage of the bulk of his work.

The bulk of my photography found on my web site is current. There are a few images I keep around because they have become more like logos, identifiers, or icons to my business. But most everything in my galleries are within the last two years, so that should give you a good indication of what I am currently shooting.

I’m always looking for new and innovative ways of photographing my clients, so.. the convenience of my studio helps me a lot in the diversity.

Some people think my outdoor portraits are from the canyons when actually they’re right here around my studio.

Another little niche that’s been an integrated part of my business for over 25 years is the makeovers we do right here in my full-service hair salon. We offer glamour makeover photography.



A photograph is more than just
A gift to bring or send.
And more than just the likeness of
A relative or friend. 

It is a kindly greeting and
A memory to hold.
Of happy times and pleasant things.
However new or old.

It is a mirror that reflects
Companionship and cheer.
And now and then the wistfulness
That turns into a tear.

A photograph is something to
Adorn a desk or wall.
Or carry in a pocket and
Display to one and all.

It is a faithful portrait
The smile that friendship shares
To add its sunshine and to show
That someone really cares.

Author; Unknown