Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile


This young man’s smile makes me smile every time.

For more from this challenge, visit the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile.


Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence


I love this quote from Aldous Huxley. In music, there are moments of silence that are as important as the moments of sound. They allow you to breathe. They allow your audience to breathe. Without them, music becomes chaos and frantic noise.

For more from this challenge, visit the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Starts with N


This is my nephew, who is a masterful violinist and has his black belt in several martial arts. He will graduate from high school this spring, and I think he is rather nifty.

For more from this challenge, visit Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter N – Must Start with the Letter N.

7-Day B&W Challenge: Day Two


Linda at Living with my Ancestors invited me to join this challenge. Here are the rules:

• Post a B & W photo for 7 days.
• 7 black and white photos of your life.
• No people.
• No explanation.
• Challenge someone new each day.

I would like to invite anyone who is interested in participating to do so. I would like to specifically invite Marilyn from Serendipity with the understanding that there is no obligation to participate!

Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors: April 20, 2017

Exchange Place in downtown Salt Lake City has some amazing older buildings that are great for a more urban but still classy shoot.

For more from this challenge, visit Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors – April 20, 2017.

Thursday Doors


These amazing doors are to the old City and Country Building in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The lovely girl posing in front of them is my cousin’s daughter. She picked this location for her senior photos. Great choice.

This is my entry for Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors challenge.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Props

When doing a shoot for a child or high school senior, I tell my clients to bring things they are interested in. For small children, I suggest parents bring favorite toys. Having something familiar can help them relax and brings out really fun things in their personalities. Too many props can get in the way, but a few well-selected ones really help to make the portrait shoot more memorable and more fun for your clients.


Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.