Light and Life Workshop

Welcome friends to Light and Life!  

I look forward to this from the minute the previous workshop wraps up.  I love teaching, I love working with other photographers, I love getting to know new people in my field, I love learning from young growing together.

I have a fantastic workshop shaping up this year.  Still focusing on the same things as years past, but adding some great new information and wonderful sponsors and vendors.

At Light and Life we focus heavily on working with natural light in all it’s forms.  I want my attendees to feel confident walking into just about any type of light, knowing it’s strengths and weaknesses and being able to work it in the best way possible.  We also focus a lot on how to interact with your clients to make them feel comfortable and be able to truly be themselves and let the connections and emotions between families really shine in your images.  We will also work on composition and creating interest with your work, how to get skin looking it’s best, post processing and lots more.

This will be a full day workshop on May 7th, hosted at my brand new studio in Bountiful Utah, White Space Studios (@whitespacestudios on Instagram).  We will be doing two beautiful shoots, one in studio and one outdoors to make sure we are able to work with different types of light.  We will have lunch or dinner depending on the time and have plenty of time for Q&A and getting to know each other.  

There will be a max of 15 attendees to ensure it isn’t over crowded.  Total cost for the workshop is $425.  A $100 deposit is due at booking to reserve your seat.  Your deposit can be made here 

 This deposit is non-refundable and I’m telling you, you don’t want to miss out on this anyway.  

 Oh and did I mention that every attendee will be receiving a FREE ALL ACCESS hour at White Space Studios to start dipping your toes into the glorious world of studio work, special discounts/offers from our fabulous vendors and a little something something from me?  

My hope is to have you leave this workshop feeling inspired and confident that you can get out there and make beautiful art in just about any situation.   You’ve got so much goodness, creativity and beauty inside you and I just want to help you bring it out.  

Hope to see you soon!


River May

This is River May.  She might be the most adorable toddler roaming the earth today.  Her darling Momma wanted so much to freeze her at this age and stage so full of personality, spunk, soggy diapers and silly faces.   We let her pretty much roam and do her thing and what we captured was her just as she is.  And it’s freaking adorable.

ALSO!  If you don’t follow along on Instagram (@tracylayneportraits), meet my brand new studio!  This is my DREAM space.  A space I’ve fantasized about having but never thought would actually happen.  And it’s here.  I’ve worked so hard to transform this once dark, dingy, dirty gym, to a beautiful creative space and at the cost of sounding braggy, I think I might have nailed it.  Welcome to White Space Studios (@whitespacestudios on Instagram)!  The site is still under construction but will be launching soon.  Until then, here’s a peek…














Bell Family

This family.  They’ve got my heart.  I first started working with them a couple of years ago and it’s so funny to me that their first session was at the very tail end of my Fall season, a time when I am DONE.  So tired and burned out.  I shot their session on my way out of town, heading south.  I looked horrible, felt horrible, it was freezing, I just wanted to get on the road and was so far from enthusiastic about this shoot for those reasons.

Then I met them.  I liked them right away and immediately felt “in the mood”.  Their session went good and we have had several more since and I’ve loved them more and more every time.  Such darling girls with polar opposite personalities of sassy and sweet, and their Momma I now consider a dear friend that I absolutely adore.  My job is one that has brought so many wonderful people into my life and man I do not take that gift lightly.

And this session… it took my breath away.  The light and location and the spot on personalities that were documented make my heart just burst.

Thanks always Bell family.  See you soon.

Ursua Family

Well with the new year in full swing, I’m working on my goal to get more of my work posted here so I’m reaching way back to last summer when some of my favorite sessions were shot.  There’s so many different sessions to come and I know it’s going to fill me right up to finally share them in their entirety instead of little snippets here and there on Instagram.  Photography is about telling a story, and that’s a tough thing to do “here and there”.

Meet the Ursua family.  Yeah they are for real.  Not models.  Such gorgeous people and as sweet and kind and genuine as they come.  We ventured to one of my very places up high high in the mountains for this session and it stole my heart with the perfect family, gorgeous light and a stunning sun set to finish it off.  Hope it steals yours too.

Family Camping Session

Before I get into this gorgeous session… can we all give me a little smack on the face for how awesome I’ve done at blogging this year?  Good grief.  JULY?  I last blogged in July?!  Man… I’ll be honest, in the craziness of life and business, that Instagram is just so quick and easy sometimes that I’ve really fallen back on that as good enough, but the truth is, it’s not.  Each session tells a STORY.  And the whole story cannot be told in an image posted here or there.  That’s what a blog is made for, to tell a story.  New Years goal for me is to set aside time every single week to blog.  I have dozens and dozens and dozens of sessions I want to share and new ones coming in all the time so I’ve got my work cut out for me.  I can do that.

Alright, here we go.  If you follow my work, you know this family.  I don’t mean to play favorites with what I blog, because I LOVE my clients, all of them.  But this family quite literally is family for me, and my dear friend Danna ALWAYS has a great new idea for her pictures, and I can’t pass up sharing.

This family loves to camp.  That’s their thing.  They love to pack up their little camper on the weekends and head wherever they want to head.  I love that sense of careless adventure they have and I wish I had more of it.  We wanted to make this shoot as real as possible so I had no idea what they were wearing, what we’d be doing, they just told me where to meet them and I met them there to document.  It was FREEZING cold.  And in Southern Utah, that’s saying something.  But the cool part was that no one cared.  Everyone was dressed in warm, comfy camping attire, they snuggled together made hot chocolate, a fire, all the things they would have done whether I was there or not, and I am absolutely in love with what came of it.  I hope you feel the same, and I hope you’ll bring me along to hang with your family doing your thing sometime.