Family photographers

Family  photographers

Steve is the goofy one bottom middle and Jenny is the pretty mommy on top of the piano

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Steve Barrus and Jenny Gamboa are the best family photographers in Utah.

They are the family photographers that treat you like king and queen of the world.  Jenny and Steve the wedding photographers team will photography you in the most flattering poses you have ever seen. The Steve and Jenny family photographers tag team will capture all the traditional poses along with all of the fun and crazy poses.


Family photographers began taking family pictures as soon as the camera was invented.  From that time forward  there have been amazing family photographers.   Family photographers began taking pictures in the early 1840’s.   During this period, photography had very little commercial use, but the idea of creating memories of the family day by family photographers was already born. Mainly because of equipment limitations,  family photographers remained studio photographers for more then a century. In the 1800s there were no paper photographs, no multiple photographs, no albums. There was only a daguerreotype portrait on a tiny copper sheet. As the years passed, technology changed how photographs were produced and presented.

Before photographic paper, family photographers used glass plates, tin sheets, and copper sheets. In the beginning of the 20th century, the production of color photographs became possible, but the process was too unreliable (until the 1950′s) for family photographers. Colors shifted and faded after a short period of time, so photographers continued to work with black and white film. While technology led to the invention of new materials used for producing photography film and better chemistry to process it, family photographers techniques remained the same until the end of WWII.

The idea of capturing the event itself was born during the “family boom” after the Second World War. This surge created profitable opportunities for family photographers to shoot weddings without a contract or “on speculation”. Using their new portable roll film based cameras and compact flashbulb lighting, wedding photographers would show up, shoot a wedding and then try to sell the photos to the bride and groom. Some of them were military trained photographers, but most were amateurs who took advantage of the portability of small, newly designed cameras.

Despite low quality results, these family photographers created competition and forced the studio photographers to start working on location. Trying to imitate the studio settings, family photographers would have to bring heavy photography equipment and bulky lighting to family locations. While it was almost impossible to document a full wedding using limited amount of expensive film, even candid shots were posed after the ceremony.

The traditional family photographers style of beautiful poses created in a studio or on location using studio quality lighting has been practiced for more then a hundred years: until the early 1970s it was practically the only style of family photography. A dynamic change in the photo industry evolved changing the traditional family photographers style into a new style called family photojournalism or documentary style: in other words, the style which captures the wedding as it unfolds. While requiring serious skills, talent, and experience this style was misinterpreted as a series of snapshots which any 35mm camera equipped amateur could take. This opened a gate for weekend shooters who could get away with a series of candid shots and sell it under the guise of family photographers photojournalism. While both styles have advantages and drawbacks, neither of them is the primary style for most professional family  photographers today. Driven by the glamorous look of classic photos which still have their places on the covers of wedding magazines as well as technological advantages that allow modern family photographers to document a wedding with less effort, clients began requiring a mixed or blended style of family photography. With the invention of digital photography, new creative opportunities emerged. Digital cameras allow deeper coverage of the event with a virtually unlimited amount of photographs taken, and great design opportunities. While traditional film photography is still widely used, it is obvious that the future belongs to digital family photographers.

Family photographers are killer cool.  They have the best job on the planet.

Family photographers get to photograph  the happiest even people have in their entire life their wedding.

Family photographers sometimes get to eat the great food at weddings.

Thanks for visiting Barrus photography in Utah web site.  We are the family photographers to choose for the most amazing family portraits.  You will not be sorry when you choose Barrus for your family photos.  Your family portraits will be the best family portraits you have ever had.   Once you have come to Barrus photography portrait studio in Utah you will return time and time again for all of your family picture needs.   Absolutely the number one choice for your family photographers.


One of the coolest shots family photographers get is the cake cutting shots.  Especially when the bride and groom smash the cake in each others faces.

Family photographers do have to worry about the weather.  Many wedding events are outdoor.  If the weather turns bad it can be a very unhappy day for the bride and groom

Family photographers love going to the many beautiful reception centers.  Magnolia Grove, Melenial falls, and Heritage gardens are just a few of the great reception centers wedding photographers get to go to