January 30, 2009


My dear friend Natalie Norton, a Hawaii based photographer, will be in Salt Lake next week! I'm so excited to let everyone know that she will be doing a limited amount of shoots for ONLY $100.00.  
I don't have to tell you what a great deal this is, but I will!  Natalie is an incredible photographer!  She is who I choose to take our family pictures.  I love her and I know that you will too!  
Here's the scoop:
DATE: Monday, February 2nd 2009
LOCATION: TBA but most likely somewhere in the down town area
DETAILS: Shoots will be in 20minute increments throughout the day
Shoots will yield 20 edited "photographer's favorites" which you will receive on a disk with a copyright release for printing 2-4 weeks from the time of the sitting
She will create an online gallery of any additional images from the shoot
Pricing is good for immediate family only
this is great for engagements, bridals, family portraits you name it!
Pets and props welcome!!

If you are interested please e-mail her ASAP, because she will book up fast! 

Here is the link to her blog PICS AND KICKS.

ALSO, to all of you aspiring photographers:  She is offering 2 hour 1 on 1 development coaching.   Natalie is a writer for DPS, and a wonderful business women!  She had been an amazing influence in my growth as a photographer from day one.  I love her like a sister.  She is my "go to gal" when I need advice.  ANYONE who is interested in taking their photography to the next level should contact her immediately for pricing information via email  natalienorton@gmail.com

I am sure that her availability is limited and she will book up very fast.  It's a good time to get head shots for your marketing too!

January 29, 2009


As I mentioned earlier this month I will be in Hawaii in April 8th-18th.  I've gotten some solid dates now so I'm going to post the days I will be shooting on Oahu and The Big Island.  I have NORA, TALA, HI'I and KIERSTEN on a wait list so you guys get first priority for you time slots.  The remaining are open to anyone else!  The fees are$400.00 up to 2 people, $450.00 for family up to 5 and $30.00 for each person over 5, of the same family.  Fee includes all printing rights to the best images from the shoot fully edited on a DVD.  If you have ANY questions at all please contact me at OMI@OMIPHOTO.COM





I will be flying back to Utah on the 18th.  We'd love to see as many of our friends as we can while we are in town!  Please call us if you are free!


LITA......(msagato@hotmail.com).  She has won our little give away this afternoon.  Just for fun Haven wanted to pick out the "runner ups."  In this order: Tori Nichols, Sepa Sete-Hafoka, Ruthie (my sister).  You don't win anything guys, but hey...it's pretty cool to see you guys were...oh soo close!  LOL!! Lita...e-mail me the address you'd like me to send your BARNES & NOBEL card and I will get it out to you!  Thank you all so much for your support!  40,000 visits really isn't that much, but the fact is when I started this blog 9 months ago I had three people visiting daily.  Me, Myself and Mom.  I am appreciative of every single comment, and every person that has given me encouragement!  THANK YOU AGAIN!

January 28, 2009


If you follow my Tweets, you already know that we started our trip by missing our plane. In my prior life, I would have had a total freakazoid moment, but I'm proud to say we just shrugged our shoulders got out the phones and started trying to get on the next flight, which by the way you can do with just a few buckaroos.  Disney was so great.  We have a few wonderful friends that work for Disney that gave us park hopper tickets.  Thank you Fritz, Mahealani, DJ and Jenika for your generous gift.  I will never forget it!  We went nearly every day we were in Florida.  Another BIG thank you to Rachel and Abe Mills, for letting us stay in your awesome time share.  The days we didn't go to the park we were swimming in 70 degree weather all day long, searching for sea food restaurants and Thai food!  BEST TRIP OF OUR LIVES!  

The first day in the park we went crazy. We bought ice cream and Popsicles on every corner.  We ate every meal there, and bought a pair of shoes for Golden.  We even got the kids autograph books and lanyards for the famed pin trading.  I know some of you are thinking.  AND? What's the big deal about that?  Let me give you some family history.  I have absolutely no memory of ever purchasing anything at Disney Land...(okay I lie...I had a churro and a strawberry Popsicle in 1995.)  We didn't have money growing up, but let's be honest.....I'm not a genius but $5 a Popsicle is a little too much for any free thinking economist.  Our family food experience was rice balls, and fried chicken, made with Dad love. We drank from the water fountains, and I never even bothered to ask for a toy, cause I was a smart girl. I knew what planet I lived on and it wasn't no Disney Land toy purchasing planet. BELIEVE YOU ME!  So by the end of this "open wallet" Disney day, I was pretty much feeling a fool! Haven, Ryder and I were walking past a trolley of light up toys.  Haven asked for one and I replied, "OH, I don't think so honey, that's a waste of money."  Two seconds later,  Nick runs up to us with two "waste of money" light toys and hand them over with a big smile.  Anyway, I wised up the next day, went to Walmart,  purchased a slue of very low priced Disney goodies and toys, packed them in my bag and pulled them out all day long.  Black market Disney paraphernalia saved the day!  
Thanks Emi for coming with us and all I can say is there is no place like home.  Vacations are so much work!  

January 26, 2009

Just in case you forgot....

I was worried you might have forgotten how cool I was while in Florida. So I felt it was best to post some pictures of me in action, just for safe measure. Check out the girl admiring my jump rope skills from behind (on the far right). To the untrained eye, you might think the girls face says "Who the H@#$ does that 30 something think she is?" but its not what she's thinking. Clearly NOT! LOL!

Ahhh main street Disney: a magical place.

40,000 VISIT GIVE AWAY....

Man...These 10,000's are coming faster and faster. We have just touched down from our flight back from Florida. It was so lovely, and warm. It was like winter didn't exists at all. I have a ton of stories, but I need to get my life in order before I get carried away into blog land. Anyway...sorry not so creative, but I've got 5,000 pennies ($50.00 for those of you who live in Anti-mathville with me.) in form of a gift card for 1) Barnes & Noble 2) Amazon.com or 3)B&H

To enter: The usual! Comment on this post with your name and specify which of the AHHmazing gift cards you would prefer! If you are picked I will need an email address, and an actual location to ship your AHHmazing gift card. Haven will draw a random winner on Thursday, January 29th at noon (one entry only please!!)  GOOD LUCK!! Again, I can't tell you how grateful I am for all of your support and kind words!

January 21, 2009

Missy and KD + OMI

KD is still working on her hair school portfolio and these totally ROCK if I do say so myself!  Again, BIG thanks to my cousin Missy Carter!  She's such a natural.  Let me know how New York goes sis!  LOL!

Mills Family 08

You may recognize Abe as one of the vocalist of Jericho Road.    I met Abe and his wife Rachel at one of Nick's work parties and was immediately impressed with how fun and friendly they seemed.  I was excited that I was going to get to work with this beautiful family and get to know them better.
I love photographing couples....anytime, but I especially love to photograph couples who have been together for  a long time with a few kids.   I'm not sure why, but after we get settled in with our families and lives, and get real comfortable with our spouses,  we don't really take the opportunity to capture that relationship (in pictures).  I LOVE when I get the chance to do it.  I encourage everyone out there to take the time and effort to be photographed, not just as a family, but as a couple!  Love is beautiful and so easy to communicate in images.
Thank you Abe and Rachel for letting me be a part of your new family memories.  I can't get over how good looking these kids are, and how cute you two are with each other.

Nick and I are taking the kids to Disney World tomorrow, for a few days.  The Mills are kindly letting us stay in their Orlando time share.  We are so excited and I am sooo grateful to you both for such an awesome gift!  SOMEONE HAS FINALLY HEARD MY PLEA FOR SOME SUN AND OCEAN!!  YEAY!  I've been saved!

January 20, 2009

The Sorensen Family 09

This shoot was special for me because I have had quite a few sessions with Jodi and the girls but not with Rory, and the boys! I know that Jodi was really worried about how we were going to get the kids all together, happy, and sitting still!  It was actually pretty easy and fun!!  Have so much fun in Hawaii guys!  I'm really excited for you!!  THANKS AGAIN GUYS!!