Fall Colors

Yesterday my buddy Kristopher Orr called me sporadically and wanted to go shoot some fall colors. Those of you folks in Utah may have noticed that, although the fall was gorgeous this season, the colors were relatively short lived. They were here, we got some frost, and they were gone (essentially).

We wanted to try to get some cool photos, but we couldn't decide where to go. Ultimately, Miah, Toph and I opted to go up Provo Canyon and hike up just a little above Mt. Timpanogos Park, and there's this cool little gully that is somewhat sheltered from the wind. All-in-all, we ended up choosing wisely because all three of us came away with some stunning images. Here's a couple of my favorites for your viewing pleasure.

Miah and Toph Enjoying the Leaves

Miah Shooting on Lee's Camera

Kristopher Posing

Shot up toward Mount Timpanogos

Miah caught in the act

It was like a full tunnel. Pretty cool.

Cliffs overlooking the mouth of Provo Canyon

My personal favorite

"I have no idea what's going on right now."

Some perdy leaves

"I'm cool because I shoot on film..."


Longboard Demo Days

Longboard Demo Days 9/9/09 from Parker Alec Cross on Vimeo.
This is footage from the final Longboard Demo Days party brought to you by Milosport, Red Bull Energy Drink, Arbor, Sector 9, Never Summer, and Gokiburi. Thanks to everyone who came out to play with us and end the summer with a bang. Cinematography and post-production by Parker Alec Cross, music by The Album Leaf.


I've recently fallen in love with portrait photography. For those of you who know me, I cherish the outdoors, and the beautiful creations that God has provided for us to experience. In my church there is a children's song that goes as follows:

"Whenever I hear the song of a bird,
Or look at the blue, blue sky,
Whenever I feel the rain on my face,
Or the wind as it rushes by,
Whenever I touch a velvet rose,
Or walk by a lilac tree,
I'm glad that I live in this beautiful world
Heavenly Father created for me!"

I love the outdoors more than I can express, and the natural world has oftentimes in my life taken a greater importance than my intera
ctions with people. Strangely enough, I forgot that when God created the world, it was following his rest on the seventh day that, finally, after everything that he had done so far–creating the heavens and the earth, separating the light from the darkness, dividing the waters from the firmament, creating the grass, herb, and fruit trees, the fowl, the great whales, the cattle, creeping thing, and beast of every kind, that He created male and female in His own image.

It hasn't really been until recently after doing heaps of portrait work that I've developed a greater appreciation for the crowning achievement of the Lord's work, namely, mankind. As I go through and retouch each portrait I shoot, I'm reminded about how beautiful people really are, and at the same time how incredi
bly imperfect we all are. It has this incredible way of leveling the social playing field, and helping us to all feel closer to God. I hope you enjoy these photos.

Summer 2009

It's been several months since my last blog post, and I figured it was time to get on the ball. I have a moderate excuse, that being the fact that I did recently move into a new house, and I don't have internet yet, but more on that later.
Summer 2009 has been totally epic, and I'm unbelievably stoked on how much fun I've been having, the new friends that I've met, and the great photos I've been blessed enough to take. Here's a quick photo recap from my adventures: