Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Friend

The last few months have been a whirlwind of emotions I had a close friend pass away unexpectedly, he took his own life, I'm so sad that he's gone. I thought I would just post his obituary that his wife wrote about him because she says it best. I will really miss Jason he was truly a good man.

Jason Crowther
Husband and Father
Saratoga Springs, UT-Jason Bjornn Crowther, age 34, passed away on November 12, 2012. He was born on May 22, 1978 in Provo to Bruce and Cathy Crowther. He served an LDS mission to Frankfurt Germany from 2001-2003. He married his "girl" on October 17, 2003 in the Boise Idaho Temple. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The very first thing that attracted me to Jason was how genuine and generous he was. Always there for people. He probably would've been a rich man if he wouldn't have spent his money on everyone else. It made him so happy to buy people things. As a bachelor he loved taking groups of people out to dinner and paying the whole bill. As a dad and husband he loved buying his boys treats at the gas station. He loved bringing me home surprises. Pajama pants, purses, jackets, chocolate, gardening gloves, laundry baskets. Everything and anything. He loved it. When we found out we were having our first child and that it was a boy, Jason was so excited. Especially to name him Bjorn. Such a special name. Then we were blessed with two more boys and I don't know if there ever was a more happy, proud, daddy. Each time we found out we were having a son, he was on top of the world. They brought him more joy than anything. I asked my boys to tell me some of their favorite things about their dad. And this is their list. Playing with him, buying donuts, snuggling with him, buying treats, going to the gas station, playing catch, playing with Walker, buying iPods for us. He had a special bond with each boy. He drove Bjorn to school every day. Even though he could never leave on time and made Bjorn tardy every day, I appreciated him wanting to have that time with his son. Bjorn loved snuggling with dad on the couch and talking or playing on his iPod. He loved when Jason would tell him stories. He loved Jason and truly knew he had a cool dad. Isaac never let Jason leave without a couple hugs, 10 million "I love you's", knuckles, high fives, and still he would cry when dad left and say "I need to give dad a hug!" He would settle for calling him and telling him "I love you." He made it clear that he loved his dad. He adored him. Little Walker lit up any time he saw Jason or heard his voice. I never even tried to hold him if Jason was around because it was no use. He wanted his daddy. He would sit on the bathroom floor in the morning and watch Jason get ready. Walker melted Jasons heart. Jason sure knew how to treat a girl. He always made sure I was comfortable and had what I needed. He would rub my feet every night. He made me feel like I was the worlds greatest chef because he would take a picture of the dinners I made and send it to his friends. He always thanked me for the way I kept the house and took care of the kids. He always let me know how he felt. I loved feeling loved. Jason loved his business. He was so personable and wanted to do everything to make people happy. He had a way with people. They automatically felt connected and comfortable with him. People would share their life stories with him. I would tease him about being a therapist on the side. He had that comfy couch in his office and people felt connected to him. He loved it. I would joke with him about all his "photographer girlfriends". You all made his business what it was and I'm forever grateful. Jason loved his mom and 5 sisters. He had a special way with them. They made him into the man that he was. Sensitive, kind, loving, generous, hardworking, observant, nurturing, full of compliments, good friend, affectionate. A down right good man. He is deeply loved and will be missed more than words can say. The world will not be the same. We are grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ that teaches us that families can be forever. This earth life is a small moment. We will see him again. I know it. We will live our life to honor him and show our love to him. He was adored by many nieces and nephews who looked up to him and cherished their time with him. He is survived by his wife Amy Crowther, his 3 sons Bjorn Bruce Crowther, Isaac Neil Crowther, and Walker Jason Crowther. His mother Cathy Crowther and his five sisters Kim (Ian) Erickson, Jen (Rich) Tolman, Tonya Lloyd, Tiffany (Chad) Campbell and Kristen (Jake) McMichael. He was preceded in death by his Father Bruce Bjornn Crowther. A viewing will be held Sunday November 18, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Harvest Hills 5th Ward Chapel. 2101 N. Providence Dr. Saratoga Springs, UT 84045. The funeral will be held on Monday November 19,2012 at 11:00 am with a viewing at 10:00 am at the Harvest Hills 5th Ward Chapel. 2101 N. Providence Dr. Saratoga Springs, UT 84045. Interment will be held at Wasatch Lawn Memorial 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City Utah. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Amy Crowther Donation account at Zions Bank, Jason Crowther Memorial Fund at US Bank, or via paypal at Our deepest thanks to all who have contributed, helped, reached out, and loved our family at this time. We are forever thankful.

I think the hardest part for me is understanding why he had to leave. I've never had anyone close to me take their life and so its been a little tough for me to understand. 
I had know idea he was suffering from depression. He always had a smile on his face, always. 
I also did their family photos at the beginning of September they were hanging out, laughing and joking around, smiling like we always do and then 2 months later he's gone. As time passes it gets easier to deal with it but since I worked with him with my clients I'm reminded about him daily because they want prints...where do I send them now?! He was the best and took really good care of my clients too. 
I'm excited for the day that we will meet again, laugh and talk about the silly pictures that you'd get and all that good stuff. I'm thankful to have known such a good man and now I have another good friend, his wife Amy, she has been amazing thru all of this and has been a great example to me.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Snow Days

This winter has given us so many snow days. And why not enjoy the snow with a photo shoot since I don't ski I'll just set up a session with a willing model. 

Friday, November 02, 2012

This post is about Gabe

Each year I try to do one session of the kids but as they are getting older its hard to get those sessions in. This year I came home from a family session, there was about 20 min before the sun was to set. I grabbed Gabe and we walked down to the neighbor's yard/field and had a little session to document this boy's growth (or shall we call him a man).

Love him so much. He is turning into a wonderful you man. He's been thru a lot with anxiety.
We are so proud of you Gabe, for pushing thru and wanting to do what is right. You are going to be an amazing missionary and wonderful husband and father. So proud to be your mom.


Thursday, November 01, 2012


You see that sweet innocent little face? He is definitely sweet but innocent I think not! He can do so many naughty things. Let me name a few.

  1. A whole bottle of glue on the carpet
  2. 2 bottles of fingernail polish remover on the carpet
  3. A brand new bottle of fabric softener on the carpet
  4. 2 liter bottle of soda dumped on the carpet
  5. Bryn's chocolate candy's given to her by a secret admirer
  6. Shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom countless times
  7. Shaving cream all over the bathroom
  8. Gatorade on the carpet in his room
  9. Pencil and crayon sketch's on the walls
  10. I think I've already mentioned him drinking aftershave...and that's to name a few :)
Gotta love that face!