Front Porch 50th Anniversary Session | St. George, Utah

Dennis & Lurlene

My parents are fantastic and I love them so much. Looking at these pictures makes me happy! I’m drawn into their love for each other that they showered us with growing up. They were married June 4, 1970, and this year they will celebrate their 50th Anniversary. 

Over a year ago my parents moved from their home in northern Utah to St. George, and this is the first time that we were able to visit them at their new place! All 10 of us (our 4 kids, spouses, and our grand baby) loaded in two cars and drove the five hours from our home to theirs to spend several days over the holiday break.

My mom once said, “We’ve always had a home, we just moved it to different places.” Such a profound truth! It was fun to walk into the entryway of their new house and immediately feel at home – first, because they are there, and second, because you see familiar furnishings and the photos on the walls, and hear the clocks chime and tick-tock, and it’s like nothing has really changed! Oh, and eat Mom’s pancakes. That stays the same no matter where we eat them!

My parents’ marriage has, at times, been rough due to financial stress, family tension, health problems – just like anyone else, I suppose. My dad is currently fighting constant dizziness and disorientation that have worried him and my mom enough that they didn’t make it to our son’s wedding a few weeks ago, and I know they really wanted to come. Thus, our trip to be with them became that much more important and appreciated!

I always go into a photo session with an outcome in mind. With my parents, I wanted to show their genuine love for each other, especially the love my dad has for my mom, and I wanted to show him as he really is – a happy, kind, peaceful person.  With all the service my mom has rendered my dad lately, I think we kids may forget that it goes both ways and they love and serve each other. I also wanted to catch them dancing, because the two of them dancing in the kitchen is a treasured memory of mine. From day one of their courtship they have been complete opposites, and I admire them so much for the harmony they have been able to create together. And since it was my mom’s 74th birthday, I also wanted a couple of her by herself, and she wanted some of her honey by himself.

The biggest challenge for this session was we couldn’t go much farther than their front porch due to Dad’s dizziness. I’m so happy that he was actually feeling well enough to sway back and forth a little. The serious, reflective photos are so tender to me and show the love they have for each other!

“I just looked at the wonderful photos you captured of Dad and me. Thank you so much. I really enjoy them. Its been ten years since we had some taken… I think you should be proud!” – Mom


Hello, and welcome to the blog! I’m Deniane (pronounced Denny-Ann) Kartchner. I’m a lifestyle portrait, event, and commercial photographer based in northern Utah – I capture milestones for families and individuals and help organizations and entrepreneurs showcase what they do!

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ky & kannah


Ky & Hannah, our son and daughter-in-law. I remember when they were first dating, they jokingly said their “couple name” was Kyannah. Would they, will they, name a little girl this name? I guess we won’t know for awhile, since they are having a boy, and his name is … Ryker.