Sunday, August 31, 2014

An Offer You Can't Refuse

 I've said this before, but I have breast cancer. Plus, life has been complicated. I now live in Riverdale, Utah. I've  had to put photography on hold, but I am ready now to persue one of the things i love to do most. Take pictures. Specifically, portraiture.

The following is an offer from me:

Dear Utah Family and Friends,

I am giving away FREE mini-foto sessions. I need to get out of the house and do things and taking pictures is my forte. I need to find good foto locations. I need to meet people. And I need to decide if opening a photography business in Utah is what I want to really do. I need your help.

This is what I am offering.
1)      One (1) hour of on location photography. Could be an individual (baby, child,  adult—anyone, any age.) Could be a couple, family or a group—preferably fewer than eight individuals. It could even be a session with a pet—or include your pet in a session.
2)      You will receive a CD (or supply me with a USB-drive) with 6 to 8 edited images and the printing rights to those pictures. (If you want to buy all of the unedited images from the photo session—approx. 25-35 jpg files—you may purchase them for $35. If you would like additional edited images they are $15 each.)
3)      I will go to a location of your choice. I am willing to travel as far North as Logan, Utah and as far South as Mapleton. East and West is limited by the mountains and Great Salt lake. I am letting you pick the location because I want to discover the best photo locations in Utah.

I am limiting the number of sessions to twelve (with only one (1) per family) and they must be taken between September 1, 2014 and October 16, 2014. I may decide to schedule more photo sessions starting October 25th, but I may not be able to promise to have those images processed in time to print for Christmas. 

Please feel free to contact me (Tina Gardner) either privately on Facebook or email me at to set up your free photo session.  You may share this with your own  family and friends.

Thank You!

 Candid images of EL Jay with Beardo and Emma with Beardo taken while in Monterey. Beardo is Emma's furbaby--thus my furgrandbaby. Beardo is a tiny, spirited tough dog who loves to play with My Little Ponies and act macho. He was recently attacked by a pittbull and survived.

 El Jay at our favorite beach on the Monterey Peninsula--Lover's (of Jesus) Point.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Journey Back into My Past

All of these images were scanned from portraits I took. 

I took most of them between the ages of 16 and 18--back in the 70's.

I made the self-portrait of myself with my then fiance in July 1983--at age 21. I made the last picture in this group in about 1987--at age 25. 

I am a classically trained film photographer who fell in love with digital photography and haven't looked back yet. I post these to show that even as a teen I had natural talent and earned skills as a photographer.  

I discovered photography at the age of seven. 
I knew then what I wanted to do with my life. I knew back then that I really was good at what I dreamed of doing. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

See a Penny.....

 While engaged in doing a family foto shoot this little girl found a shiny penny and offered it to me.  Afterall, it was just a penny.  

 I told her if she found a penny and picked it up, all the day she would have good luck.

Suddenly, this mere penny took on new meaning and she decided to keep it. I was happy to see her eyes sparkle and her huge smile.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Garden Bounty

When we moved to my dad's house in Riverdale The Boy wanted to grow a garden. It was getting late in the season for planting, but we went ahead and planted a few things. We are now beginning to harvest and eat the veggies. 

Around our home everyday can be an opportunity for a lifestyle photo shoot. I can do the same kind of home fotos for you by creating images that share a glimpse into your lifestyle.

Its a Dog's life.

 This image is more about the awesome morning light than it is about Bessie. I saw her sitting there and I fell in love with the shadows. Bessie the Cow is my brother Waynes dog. She came with her name when he adopted her, because she is mostly white with a few black dots.

More morning light. Champ (who now lives with us) came out into the hallway to check out what Mom was up to with the other dogs. I like the little glimpse of the messy bedroom beyond her.

Twister loves to sit looking out the doggy door. 

Bessie will sit in this window seat watching for Wayne to come home. I think she looks a bit like Nipper, the RCA/Victor Iconic dog.