Brett & Claudia

A fateful wrong turn led me to this jewel of an orchard tucked right in the heart of Salt Lake City. Within minutes, I’d staked out a photo shoot, struck a deal with the owner and talked my friend Claudia into modeling for me.

Brett told me he isn’t photogenic. I think he lied.

18 years of marriage. 6 kids. Pretty fabulous.

September 27, 2008
September 30, 2008



  1. Annie

    September 29, 2008

    Gorgeous! Such beautiful color. (And couple. And location.)

  2. sarah

    September 29, 2008

    STUNNING… you are going to have to show me some of your secret hiding places for photoshoots when I come for a visit in Dec. Great location.

  3. Lettie

    September 29, 2008

    Is it an orchard where they let you pick your own apples? I would love to know where it is! Maybe you don’t want to post here where it is because it is (like Sarah said) a secret hiding place.

  4. Crystal

    September 29, 2008

    Hi this is Claudia’s (in spanish ;))little sister Crystal. I just wanted to tell you what an amazing job you did! Thank you for capturing them so well, although I know it wasn’t that tough 😉 Love, Love the great photos, all your photos actually! Did you know I call them my original Ken doll and Malibu Barbie!

    p.s. I think Brett lied too!

  5. twoelves

    September 29, 2008

    I love the colors in these shots. She’s been married 18 years? Wowza – she must have been about 12 when she got married b/c she still looks soooo young! How funny that we were at an Apple Orchards this weekend too.

  6. Michelle

    September 29, 2008

    Yeah, Claudia is my age and Brett is in his mid-forties. If they weren’t so nice we’d have to hate them for being so beautiful!

  7. Christie

    September 29, 2008

    I don’t think I can be friends with you anymore. All your friends are drop-dead gorgeous, and I’d hate to be that one ugly friend that people feel sorry for. Get a few more uglies like me and then we can talk, okay?

  8. katherine

    September 29, 2008

    Yea, you did it Dad!!!!!!

  9. Monica

    September 29, 2008

    Amazing photos Michelle!! Clau and Brett looks so beautiful. I can’t believe you got my goofy brother in law to look like a stud! I love it!

    Moni (claudia’s other little sister)

  10. Jan Russell

    September 30, 2008

    What a gorgeous pair! How did Claudia sweep her hair into an updo in the middle of an orchard? Clearly, you both have amazing talents! These a beautiful pictures!

  11. Claudia

    September 30, 2008

    My dear Michelle and company, thank you for the awesome comments. My Dad even looked at this in Mexico. Blogspot comes fully translated in Spanish, comments and all. He said he hopes I’m not pregnant after pictures like that! Yikes! He wanted to know what “drop it like it’s hot” meant. LOL!Thanks Crystal! Anyway, you are amazing and I hope everyone gets in line to be photographed by Simple Joy, Simple Beauty. What a treasure.

  12. duchess

    September 30, 2008

    What a beautiful couple.
    How sweet they are together.

  13. Blue

    October 4, 2008

    I like the chickens! 😀

    yeah, they’re beautiful. so are all their kids…and you’d never guess that claudia birthed 6 babes with that bod. but she did. and still looks like that.

    if she weren’t as beautiful a person on the inside as the outside, it’d be simply impossible to hang out with her.

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