Each year I take my children to the local LDS temple to do photos. The grounds are gorgeous with flowers and the whole landscape is well taken care for which makes for amazing temple photos.
I started when my daughter was 1 year old. I was learning how to work my camera and it was a perfect opportunity for me to learn how to capture a very active child. The pictures turned out more amazing than I thought they would by a long shot so when she was 2, I knew I had to do them again.
These photos are taken in front of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) Provo Temple (not to be confused with the more recent Provo City Center Temple). This LDS temple was opened on February 9, 1972 and is located on the benches near the mouth of Rock Canyon so it has gorgeous mountains in the background. It is one of the busiest temples in the church out of over 145 temples throughout the world.
One of the main things that attracts me to taking photos at this temple is the temple grounds. They are gorgeous with long walkways up to the temple which is perfect to capture little feet walking towards it, smelling the flowers along the way. This temple also has two beautiful water fountains that end up being way more fun for the kids than I ever want it to be. Luckily there’s a long walkway up to the water fountains so I can grab a few photos before they “accidentally” (as they claim) get wet.
I have enjoyed taking these photos almost every year of their lives. It has been a good way to document each year and how they’ve changed. Plus there is just something so adorable about little legs and feet walking. My children are best friends and I love to watch their excitement each year as they arrive on the temple grounds. They race around to each beautiful flower, almost get stung by the many bees, and eventually wear out and lay under the trees for some shade. I’ll usually take a snack for them as a reward for being so adorable in their photos and they are more than happy to eat it while watching all of the people go in and out of the temple.
With our most recent move, I decided it might be a good idea to take photos at a different temple to mark our change in location. It was definitely a good idea until over a year passed and we never did our yearly photos. So one gorgeous winter morning, I got my daughter all ready for the day and we headed to the Mount Timpanogos temple. This one is located in American Fork and was opened in October 1996 and is the recognized as the 49th temple built.
The grounds are laid out differently at this temple but it is still gorgeous. When we arrived, it was closed which was perfect for some photos.
As much as I love Spring for the gorgeous flowers for temple photos I think these turned out amazing. I love the light, the snow, and how gorgeous it looks with the leafless trees. We may just have a new time of year to do our yearly temple photos.
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