shayla lilian

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


when one of my besties, beth, asked me take her maternity photos, i was both excited and nervous about it. i won't name any specifics, but we've all seen those cringeworthy maternity photoshoots...ha you know the ones i'm talking about...and i really wanted to avoid that. because i think when done right, they can be really fun, pretty photos to document that time in a lady's life. and i'm so happy with how these turned out! we shot them up big cottonwood canyon and the colors were incredible. plus it helped that this lady is a real beauty! she and her husband, strater, were so much fun to work with and i cannot wait to meet their bound-to-be-beautiful baby boy :)

Monday, September 29, 2014


last week i was in a little photoshoot for the awesome company, hoodie love. it was a lot of fun to be a part of and to work with some great ladies! these are just a few we snapped on an iphone and i can't wait to share more in october :)

Saturday, September 27, 2014


last weekend nicolaus and i spent the night up at a park city cabin. on accident.

we went up to our friends, kerry and austin and baby cedar's going away party (they're going to spain for a year and this was the last time their whole family would be together until they get home) and we ended up staying up until about 3 in the morning chatting and laughing and catching up.

around 2am when mama jo suggested we stay in one of their spare rooms, we gladly obliged. the next morning i was awoken with delicious "thinnies"  (aka their family's version of the most melt in your mouth crepes you can imagine). then we just spent more quality time with their family, took a few family photos for them and went out for lunch on main street. it felt like such a good mini-weekend getaway and we loved getting to hang out with the best family. we would happily crash their family reunions anytime :)

Saturday, September 20, 2014


ever since watching the movie balto as a kid, it's been a dream of mine to see the northern lights. and nicolaus and i heard that there was a chance that we would be able to see the northern lights from utah last weekend! so on friday night, we headed up to payson lakes and found a little camping spot with a perfect view of the northwestern sky. turns out, the northern lights were not visible from utah with the naked eye...but we did see a lot of pretty stars, fall colors, breathed in some fresh, mountain air and heard a whole bunch of elk calls in the night. so that was cool. and i can still live with the hope of a trip to alaska or norway to see the northern lights one day...

Thursday, September 18, 2014


i feel like so much has been going on lately that i don't even know where to start.
i guess i'll just start rambling and see where it takes me...

+ my good friend jordan got home from her mission! every time i see her i can't believe i'm seeing her in the flesh. haha and it's been so fun to have her and her hilarious sense of humor back in my life! it also made me realize a) how quickly a year and a half goes by. and b) how much can change in a year and a half.

+ went to a baby shower for my friend beth and a bridal shower for my friend chelsea! in the same day. #utahlife ;)

+ nicolaus and i booked our tickets to AUSTRALIA for this christmas!!! i am counting down the weeks until we get to go to that beautiful, sunny country and hang out with all my relatives.

+ been doing photoshoots and planning photoshoots that i'm so excited to share with you, dear cyberspace. plus the bridal shoot i did for studio stems over the summer was featured on utah bride blog, which was awesome!

+ working and settling into skullcandy. working full-time definitely leaves less time for midday adventuring, but i can't complain because i love the company and my job :)

Monday, September 15, 2014


for september's book i read listened to slaughterhouse five (i have a forty five minute commute to and from work everyday, so i went to the library and got a bunch of books on tape cd to listen to, so i don't feel like i'm wasting my life away).

i've seen a bunch of kurt vonnegut quotes around that i really like, so i was really excited when slaughterhouse five was at the library. it was my first vonnegut book and i really liked his style. the story bounced all over the place and played with the idea of time travel, but it still somehow made sense and seemed like that was the only sensical way to tell this story. it was raw and captivating and told the story of a soldier, billy pilgrim, who hated war and wasn't too fond of life in general. he claims to have visited an alien land, transcended "earthly" time, and was at the firebombing in dresden in world war II.

it was a really, really good, unglamorous book about war and life. but definitely left me wanting to read something a little more lighthearted for my next book...aaanyways, here are a few favorite quotes from it:

"everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."

"so it goes."

"americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue."

"all moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist."

"it is just an illusion here on earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone, it is gone forever."

"why you? why us for that matter? why anything? because this moment simply is."

"but she did look back, and i love her for that, because it was so human."

Sunday, September 7, 2014


i took our friends, brittany and grayson and baby everett's, family photos over the weekend. they have the cutest little family and it was a good time to hang out with them and take their photos and get outside and get some fresh canyon air. my friend, amanda, tipped me off to this amazing location up provo canyon and i was drooling over how incredible it was! i felt like i was in the sound of music. and i loved it. plus all of the leaves have started changing colors?? which i'm pretty mind blown about. i'm not quite sure when summer decided to end and fall decided to start...but i will say the prettiness of it all almost makes it worth the evening chill in the air.
oh, and if you'd like to see more of this adorable family, you can here on my website under "family sessions."