ANNIE + ROY
The Faces Behind Cosmic Connection
We are well aware that "Cosmic Connection" is an interesting name, but it comes with a story!
Roy and I met and fell in love back in our college years. I loved capturing love and genuine connections and he loved photographing the milky way with beautiful landscapes. We were attending college in Wyoming and knew we would have to leave our tiny towns and venture out yonder to a big city to make our dreams come true. In that moment we decided to turn our personal dreams into a combined goal and Cosmic Connection was created. We are based out of South Jordan, Utah, but we are constantly seeking adventure and travel!
I am so happy you have found our little corner of the internet! Let me tell you a little bit about us. I am Annie and I am half of this whole, with the other half being my husband Roy! We are the ultimate partners in crime - which is great for you because you get us both. We work as a team to make this business successful. I primarily communicate with clients, write helpful blogs, deliver galleries, run our socials, and do photography. Roy spends his time creating unique and creative videos (including reels), working one on one with our elopement/micro-wedding clients and researching new locations.
WHY "COSMIC CONNECTION"?
Yes - We know this is a super interesting name and yes, it comes with a story. Roy and I met and fell in love back in our college years. We met at Northwest Community College in the Photographic Communications department. I was there because I had dreams of being a wedding photographer. I love love and enjoy capturing genuine connections. I knew that I would need to leave my small town of Douglas, Wyoming, and venture out yonder to a big city (which is why you probably found me as a Utah photographer). Roy grew up in the even tinier town of Grover, Wyoming, and was not exactly sure what the plan was, but he was obsessed with gear and technology. He loved the stars and became an amazing astrophotographer... Are the pieces falling together yet?
We met and immediately fell in love. We took our two passions and combined them, creating something unique and beautiful. It is all very intentional - even our logo has the iconic Heart Mountain. This was the mountain we saw every day and it sits between our college town of Powell and the closest town to Yellowstone, Cody, Wyoming. It is kind of perfect, right? Heart Moutain? It doesn't get much better than that for us. We completely dedicated all of our time to learning photography and enjoying Wyoming because we knew we wouldn't get to live there forever. If we were not in the photo studios, you could find us in Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Park. I had a job as a work-study that gave us just enough cash to buy gas and Lunchables. We would jump in my Subaru Legacy and chase grizzly bears, sunsets, and beautiful scenery. We did that every weekend we could until we got that degree.
WHEN WE ARRIVED IN UTAH...
IT WAS SO DIFFERENT! Everything about Utah was foreign to me. Everything. Roy did not even have a stoplight in his town and we found ourselves in a tiny apartment in South Salt Lake. We arrived in 2018 so we have had time to find our footing here, and we are proud of the unique perspective that we offer to the Utah photography market. We offer a different background and a different view of the world. We paid our bills at first by accepting commercial photography positions that allowed us to work in a studio as a team. Every night we would come home and try to build this business from the ground up, completely from scratch, knowing no one here. When it got overwhelming we would take the weekend to explore a new area and imagine a beautiful couple standing there and we started to get to know the area and create a location guide. Ultimately, that is what we truly love about Utah - the inspiring landscape.
WHAT WE WILL OFFER YOU...
Roy and I are very dedicated to authentically capturing your love. A lot of photographers will tell you they want to be your best friend, and even though I can always use new friends, that is not necessarily my style. I believe that whether these photos are about your graduation, your family, your engagement, or your wedding, the common denominator here is YOU! We show up to make this about you and act as a supporting role on your vendor team.
I am very comfortable suggesting poses and directing you and others through our photoshoot. I find that my favorite photos and video clips are the ones where you don't even notice us, the ones where you are so obsessed with your season of life! We aim to create a comfortable and inclusive environment, and sometimes even act as the fly on the wall. When you look back and think about your wedding, I don't believe you should be thinking about me or Roy, I believe you should be remembering the most amazing moments. We will capture those moments so that you have actual, tangible memories to look at and remember even deeper.
Doing this full-time is our dream. Creating these images and videos for you means everything to us. Being able to wake up every day and work with clients like you doesn't feel like work. That was our small-town dream from the get-go - to have a life we wouldn't need a vacation from.