Trying to catch up on spring weddings, there was so much goodness!
I’ve known Abby for years, she and my daughters are the same age and her mom, Jeni, happens to be one of my best friends.
Cute Abby got married a little younger than her mom had envisioned (haha) but they embraced true love anyways and had a beautiful backyard celebration at my friend’s amazing home. Here’s a few favorites from their bride/groom formal session and their reception. Truth be told, I’m posting the green to remind me that the summer heat that has killed off that spring vibe, will be back again some day. 😉
Here’s to love!
The morning of workshop shoots started with this amazing bridal shoot at the Tumbleweed Sanctuary. It was styled perfectly. Taught by the amazing Savan Photography. I will write more about this, but it was my first time back to my film roots in a wedding setting. I shot these images on my 35 and also on a medium format camera and I love how they turned out, especially since we were shooting in full sun the whole time. Can’t wait to add film work to my portfolio and availability.
I was able to attend this amazing photography conference again this year and came back SOOOOO pumped to step up my game. This year it was held in Palm Springs at the Ace Hotel and even though I’ve passed by those windmills lots of times on my way to the beach, but I’ve never really explored this amazing town. It is so awesome! I’m definitely going back again soon.
This year, I was able to photograph two amazing styled shoots. Both were amongst the Joshua Trees (which are so fun!) at an amazing venue https://www.tumbleweedsanctuary.com/ . The desert is my friend so the Joshua Trees added some dimension I don’t usually get. We were actually supposed to shoot this session inside Joshua Tree National Park but had a not so nice park ranger kick us out (weird since everyone seems to shoot there), but we made do and it worked out. This beautiful family drove from Oregon to be our models. They were seriously such well behaved kids (maybe the car shock helped haha) and their family connections were all natural. There were 12 of us shooting so space was tight but I managed to sneak in some shots that I love and am excited to incorporate some of these more connective techniques into more of my family sessions!
Love me the golden sun!
<![CDATA[If you don't know who Becky Higgins and Project Life are, you need to check them out. Becky has been a master in the memory keeping industry for years! Check her out at @beckyhiggins or www.beckyhiggins.com and her project life app. You might not know this about me, but I used to teach scrapbook classes years ago. I have always loved photo taking and photo keeping! I'm a little slower on the keeping part on my own personal photos but you know the saying, the shoe maker's children rarely have shoes! Right?! Sadly that's a truth. I'm trying to be better.
Becky recently reached out to me and asked me if I would share some tips for their newly released podcast "Tips for a Successful Photo session".
You can hear the podcast here. And read the show notes here.
I share a lot of things with my clients in my session guide and as we set up our sessions, but thought I would post some of them here too:
This is what I shared with Becky as tips from a photographer’s point of view (and they shared a lot on their podcast too):
Hope this helps you too!]]>
<![CDATA[When someone asks me to travel for weddings, I'm soooo in!
Chris and Ashley got married in Payson, Utah so me and my hunny decided to make a little road trip out of it. Utah does not disappoint, it's canyons are unmatched. I do love my Arizona desert but this is stunning too!
We did their bridals ahead of time and then the wedding was the next day at the Payson Temple and then a reception up in Highland.
So happy for this cute couple!
<![CDATA[Oh how I love my niece Victoria. And Arizona. And beautiful weddings. And love. And first looks. And stunning florals. And lots of color. And veils, long veils. And the sun.]]>
<![CDATA[This kid. He's just awesome. Student body president, athlete, smart, handsome, and a super nice guy (most important of the qualities!).
I've photographed his family for years and I love that I often get to photograph their senior portraits, weddings and more. Clients that become friends and feel like family are awesome.
Go make your mark on this world Conner!
Also headed off on a two year service mission for the LDS church. ]]>
<![CDATA[What do you do when it's 100 degrees plus in Arizona in the summer? Shoot anyways!
This is Max and Camille and I photographed their actual wedding at Stonebridge Manor last fall. They are adorable and were so gracious to agree to be models in this styled shoot (who doesn't want an excuse to wear their wedding dress again, right?!).
Cactus is finally popular (I'm an Arizona native so it's always been popular with me) and is on trend right now and I wanted to do something rustic and bright and fun and that embraced all of the textures of Arizona. I shoot in the raw desert all the time, but this was fun to set up amongst this old building in the middle of a mountain for some added texture.
I admittedly still have soil and some cactus needles in the back of my car from hauling a good amount of these potted plants to the shoot. Totally worth it!
Florals: Emily Burton Floral Design
MUA & Hair: Erin Pace Makeup
Decor & Rentals: Simple Means Events
<![CDATA[Brandon and Carolyn came out from North Carolina for their Arizona wedding at Stonebridge Manor. Their wedding was full of classy details, and let's not forget to talk about how stunning of a bride Carolyn was. While we were taking their bridal images, she all of the sudden remembered that she didn't have her veil and then her whole bridal party realized they left it at the AirBnb they had stayed in and it was now nowhere to be found (all of this frantic calling was going on while we were taking family formal shots). With or without a veil, she was beautiful and Brandon agreed. They are a darling couple.
Venue: Stonebridge Manor
Florals: Jan Dekker Designs
Cake: Piece of Cake Az