CJ Wilkes

About CJ Wilkes Photography

Capturing Your Dance In The Rain is such a thrill and joy to me. Being able to look back on those special times through beautiful artistic imagery makes it a worthwhile challenge.
Learning to Dance in the Rain has been very easy for me. I am drawn to Water & Life! The exciting part for me is to teach you to enjoy your moment in the dance as I capture it from behind my camera.
Looking forward to Capturing Your Dance In The Rain
CJ Wilkes

Archive: ‘Engagements – It is Official’

Invites, Postcards, Announcements… and more

Friday, February 1st, 2013

We have options, options, and more options. The options are limitless. Christmas cards, Wedding announcements, Postcards, we even make bookmarks that are a hit at Valentine’s!  Here are just a few for you to look at. I will bring more to you in the near future. Although great to look at, it does not even compare to seeing and feeling them in person. Everyone that has examined these are wowed. Your images truly shine and are complimented perfectly in these printing formats. When you choose a card I will custom design the card for you. We discuss and I give you the option to switch it up or keep it as is. The goal is to make you happy with what you are getting.

I have to say that that Christmas card was one of my favorites. Not only are the kids cute – but the template works perfect for families or children. It is a definite favorite!

I have to say that my 4×9 wedding announcements have had the best feedback! Everyone of my couples have had the greatest response to how amazing these look! Each time I have opened up a new set for examination I just ooo and aaaa myself. What else is cool is that they fit perfectly in a legal size envelope. These cards make sending announcements quite affordable.

The colors are brilliant. There are other sizes and uses for the post card style. You can use them as High School Senior announcements or advertising.

I have also made calendars from these to hand out examples of my own work, made bookmarks for my children, I cannot say enough great things about these.

I am a perfectionist and I have to have my colors just right! I have to have my quality just right – after all, these represent myself as an artist. If you would like a sample of this sent to you feel free to contact us requesting an announcement sample with your address and I will mail it out to you.

M&J Engagement

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Just a note for those that know M and J: Unfortunately the wedding has been called off. However, the images are so beautiful I am still going to share. They are 2 good people who decided that the time and place was just not right for them. They are still friends which is great considering what happy people they are. 

It is not uncommon for me to wait to post engagement, bridal, or wedding images. Many times the couple want me to wait until after they have sent out their invites so that family sees the images for the first time in their invites. M&J were fun to shoot because they were up for a whole lot of fun. We did a little hiking and found some beautiful locations for them to get the best images. They were so in love which made it for quite an emotional high. You will see in the images I post here.

This is M letting you all know that YOU want to be next to have your photos taken by CJ Wilkes Photography! Hahahahaha

This image above is one of my all time favorites. I love the moment when they are working together to create the heart in the sand. Simply makes me smile!

Thank you for choosing me to take your engagement pictures. It was such a great day and adventure!

Engagement with A&S

Monday, July 18th, 2011

I have to admit I LOVE engagement shoots!!!  I love seeing the interaction between a couple looking forward to their new lives together!  This darling couple come from completely different backgrounds and locations.  Thanks to technology they found each other and as you can see – when together they make a great couple who clearly have eyes for just each other.  Aaron and Svetlana chose to have their moments captured at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo and Green Lake.   Both locations have sentimental meaning to them.  The community Center is the place they are having their reception held at.  It is new, modern, sheek – simply cool with a beautiful view.  Green Lake was the place that Aaron proposed to Svetlana and she said YES!  So here I am with the privilege of showing you what a super sweet couple this is and how much fun we had together!!!


I love water shots – I swear my element is water.  Anyhow, one of the things that happen with water is that most the time I end up having to get into the water (which of coarse I love!).  Because of my usually ending up in the water I NEVER wear my phone.  I ALWAYS have it in my camera bags.  For some crazy reason I put my phone in my pocket this time.  LOL – can you guess what happened?  You are right!  I hopped into the lake waist deep with my iphone in my pocket.  Thank goodness I have a really smart husband who was able to save it after it had been drowned.  Bwahahahaha.  Lesson learned for me.  On a photo shoot in the future I am NOT to wear my phone!!!  We all had a really good laugh.  Now tell me if you can tell when in this portion of the shoot I immersed myself into the lake.



The bridal images are gorgeous but will be coming at another time.  Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.  Special thanks to my Assistant Kaitlyn!!!  I am grateful for all the work she puts into the shoot with me.  Again – thank you to Aaron and Svetlana for letting us capture this special time in their lives!


Bride & Groom

Friday, March 11th, 2011

It is one thing to capture the I do’s and moments of it happening and another to capture the beauty of their love in their own special environments.  That is where I LOVE to be.  Taking pictures of them interacting in their favorite locations in their wedding clothes or street clothes.  Seeing all that love and documenting it in the most appealing way possible.  I thrive for these moments.

This particular couple absolutely love Antelope Island in Utah.  They take their family there frequently and it is their home away from home.  The perfect location for them!  The snow also adds another element to the images – making this a very fun and lovely set to cherish.  Enjoy!

Rand & Shaney


Moments like the next image crack me up.  I love the real and the raw.  This is something they will chuckle at for a long time.   Most married couples would agree.  I just caught it on film.  LOL

I love seeing the interaction of a couple soon to be married.  The way he assists her and watches out for her as she has to get up and down from a boulder or in and out of a car.   Just the simple courtesies that make me go awe….  So simple yet speaks volumes!

Marriage is an amazing event because like the next image – you are walking into the vast unknown hoping for the very best, expecting bumps, but knowing all along that you will be doing it together hand in hand.

Thank you Rand and Shaney for inviting me to document this momentous time in your lives.  (The wedding is yet to come so stay tuned :))

Opposing Teams combine to make a great FAMILY!

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

This was a very FUN session.   The uniting of these two families is unique in that this sports loving family come from opposing teams.  BYU verses U of U.  I had to laugh at the taunts – but at the same time they were so loving and in love with each other.  You can truly feel it through all the images.

Thank you Shaney and Rand for the chance to take your pictures for this special time in your lives!!!

First Comes Love

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

I have noticed that when love comes it is obvious!  Reality is that it does not have to be FIREWORKS even though you may still feel that too ;), but when it is there it leaves a special peacefulness that brings with it a very special glow.  The cool thing for me as a photographer is that I get to capture these budding moments that often turn into marriages and families – like with this AWESOME couple.  Matt and Cindy.  It has been so fun to go from engagement – tasteful boudoir – and then get to cap it off with wedding pictures.  I will start by sharing from their engagement and will later post from their wedding in a different blog.

Ok… I have to admit that that last image is what I want to put above my elliptical machine!  I want my hubby to carry me again one day just like this :)  Photographing these two have been a big highlight in my life.   They are not only sweet, but they are involved heavily in the community serving others continually.  I adore them and know that they are a match made in heaven.  Thank you Matt and Cindy for the opportunity.

Blast into the past…

Monday, November 1st, 2010

I love everything about photography but initially had vowed I would never choose to shoot weddings.  I did not mind being second shooter for them but to do a wedding on my own was not what I thought I would ever want to do.  HA – well I was wrong.  Weddings seemed to love me as much as I shockingly loved them!  The ability to bring out my creativity with my photography and the moment opened me up to a new world that I have since become addicted to!  Taking such a sacred moment as a budding love – with the anticipation and excitement of the moment of “I Do” and capturing it all with my camera is the thrill of a lifetime.  Another chance to Document a most cherished moment in time.

Last year I had the opportunity to photograph one of my baby brother’s engagement and wedding.  Here I want to bring you his engagement and wedding images to look through.  I will be inserting different weddings between posts for you to enjoy.

Johnny and Samantha Aug. 2009, Salt Lake City, Utah

Love that blossoms into a beautiful commitment makes for fantastic memories to be captured!  Love you Johnny and Samantha!


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