Geddes Family


 I had the opportunity to capture this families photos! They have the most darling little families with such cute kids.

{Portraits} Snow Snow Snow


 The temperature was in the teens, but we braved the cold and snow and took some photos! It was so much fun to drink cocoa, laugh a little, and snap some pictures! Oh how I love winter.

we met santa!!

Remember the Christmas concert last year when we almost met santa?


Well, this year we actually did!

We waited in line patiently, while watching little kids sit on his lap and profess their wishes for Christmas. He always comes in on the last song and conducts the final part of Sleigh Ride. You can see all the little kids getting excited about him coming down with his bells and ho-hos and huge beard. I love Santa!

{Portraits} Sarah

I got to take photos of the stunning Sarah yesterday. We knew each other when we lived in North Carolina, but now we are both living out here in Utah! She is a model and actress and it was so fun to be able to take some pictures with her.

Ice Skating for days :)



 For YWs we went ice skating! It was quite a struggle at first because I was so afraid of falling on the ice. I only fell once because I wanted to photobomb my friend's picture and I came too fast and then ran into her, and we both fell down! I was finally getting the hang of it when we were leaving. Which means, the next time I go I'll be pro!
I thing Tuesday nights are my favorite nights. Mutual is awesome!

The First Snow of the Season!

The world changes when it snows. It's quiet. Everything softens. - Gilmore Girls

The first snow was this week! I couldn't stop gazing out of the windows of my classes and waiting to be able to go outside. I couldn't even wait to see the gorgeous white powder that covered the ground! Hazzah to the winter season :)

{Portraits} Megan!




 I honestly had so much fun taking these photos yesterday! We were at a loss on where to go to take them, but I think they turned out okay. This was the first time shooting in RAW format and in manual settings, so it was a new adventure for me! The skies got really dark really fast, so we switched our focus to some low light photos that turned out kinda creepy. So much fun yesterday!

PS this girl is such a trooper. I call her whenever I want to try something new out and she models for me, as you can see here, here, here, and here.

Holiday Photo Special!


Those of you in the Utah County area, I've got big news! Starting today, if you book a session between now and December 18, your session is only $50! And you get a disc of the edited images, which is perfect for your holiday cards! You can browse my previous sessions here on my blog or on my facebook page.

You can email me at kianatbates@hotmail.com for inquires!

Junior Preference


I am still trying to finish all the fortune cookies that were taped on my garage!


Our day date included taking the Frontrunner up to City Creek and walking around and drinking hot cocoa. It was fun to just walk around and go to the stores in the mall :)


 We made pizza and sculpted ice cream. There was so much pizza that we made! It was so delicious, too.


 The theme of the dance was Great Gatsby, or 1920s. Holla to my first dance!

Band Banquet!



We got together to eat, drink (water), and celebrate this year as a band family! It was a bittersweet moment because it meant that it really was all over. This year has been the hardest, most challenging, but most rewarding band season ever! We put in countless hours of work and we finally achieved our best show; our last show. I'm sad to see this one go, but I'm so excited for next year!

Braces-less!


Holla to that braces-less life! Yay to no more metal in my mouth :)


GRAND NATIONALS 2013


We had to meet at the high school at 4:00 that morning. Yikes! We were all super tired but super hyped! We took had a layover in Denver, but safely arrived in Indianapolis around noon. We had the rest of the day to party and hang out at our hotel and just have fun waiting for everyone else to come on the other planes.

We went to bed early because our prelim performance was quite early the next morning. The performance was scary... I felt so alone, just like they said we would. The stadium was massive and absorbed our sound like a sponge. It felt like I was the only one playing and I was afraid. It was not the best performance that I had, and I regretted that because it could be the last performance I had.
The indoor practice really helped everyone's spirits and made us more confident if we were to go on to semi finals. We had to just trust that we would be able to keep going and perform our best next time.

We finally found that we had made it to semi finals and that we had drawn an early morning spot. We packed up and got back around 11-12 and were up again at 5 the next morning. We were warming up in the same room as a band with our music, but we didn't let that throw us. We managed to perform our most amazing, stunning, fantastic show, and we all felt closure. I no longer felt alone, and I no longer felt afraid of the massive stadium that we were playing in. I didn't care if we made it to finals or not because that was the best we could have ever done.


We had a couple of hours to wait before we found out if we made it to finals or not, so we headed over to Steak & Shake for some delicious shakes! It was such good food and shakes :) We walked around booths and stands and looked at all the cool nationals swag. We managed to watch a whole bunch of bands and they were fabulous!
We didn't make it into finals, but we came up at 17th in the nation! It was such a rush to be able to perform in such a grand stadium, and it was quite the trip.


We got back to the hotel room around midnight and ordered a pizza around one. We aren't allowed to leave our hotel rooms, but the delivery man came straight to our door! We got a large peperoni, a large meat lovers, and boneless chicken wings! Yum yum yum.
One of our friends who was in a room one floor down and one floor over wanted some pizza, so we decided to go on our outside deck (while it was pouring rain) and try to swing some over in a bag (pictured above) tied to dental floss. Sadly, the bag broke, and our precious pizza fell flour stories, slid on top of the pool rooftop, and landed on the ground. Our next plan included stuffing the pizza in the chicken box and throwing it over. That actually worked! But by that time, I was sufficiently soaked.
We didn't get to sleep until 3:00 that morning, but at least we didn't leave until noon that day!

 The trumpet girls all wore our girl shirts the day we were traveling. Yayayay! I am so glad they turned out the way they did!

The busride to the airport consisted of 36 mountain dews (supplied by the wonderful tuba section) which were consumed in 30 minutes. The kid next to me drank four, while I could only stomach one. Yikes!

Aaaand, we barely got out of Indy because of tornado watches. Thankfully, we were able to leave, but had to fly through some turbulence. Yay for being home!

St George 2k13


 We took the busride down to St George and practiced. We sweated harder than we had all year in the first 15 minutes of that rehearsal. We were on fire. It was so excellent, I couldn't even describe.

My friends and I started a tradition of going to the temple and doing confirmations every year when we go down to St. George. It felt so great to take time out of our sweaty day and get to feel the spirit at the temple.

Redrocks (the state championship) was Friday night. It was a great great performance! It only made us more excited for region the next day!

Region was superb. The finals performance was stunning. It was the most amazing thing that I have ever participated in, in my whole life! Ah. So so good. Winning was, well, just the cherry on top of the cake!

 The typical kissing the trophy picture!


The Sunday after, we go to the church services as a band. It is so great to see all my friends in that kind of setting! And afterwards, we all walked over to the temple :) I love band!