Trashing the Dress

I am always looking for beautiful ways to make art and have fun at the same time, so when Alexandra contacted me to do a Trash the Dress session, I was all over it. Not only is she extremely beautiful, but we had the perfect location in mind and everything — weather, light, temperatures, and location — came together in a perfection that is truly rare. There are so many shots I love from this session that it’s almost impossible to choose which I love the best. So here is a small sampling.

The thing about Trash the Dress sessions is that it’s not actually necessary to destroy the dress; most times, and soiling that happens to the dress will come right out with a quick brushing or a cleaning, and in this case that’s exactly what happened. Alexandra’s dress, even though it was in the river, cleaned up just fine afterwards. So if you’re planning on keeping your dress, we can always find a way to do a unique, fun shoot in it and not do irreversible damage to it.

Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session

I LOVE Maternity Sessions — and This One ROCKS.

I love shooting maternity sessions; I don’t think there’s anything more beautiful than a new mother. She has a glow around her that can’t be found anywhere else, and that happiness is contagious. Please contact me for information about my Maternity sessions and products available.

I was blessed last Saturday to be invited to shoot a maternity session for Trina and her little girl Brynlee, who is doomed to be the most girly-girl little baby on the planet! Trina’s adorable and can’t take a bad picture, and we just laughed and laughed and laughed during the shoot. She wanted to shoot with all the food she’s been craving during her pregnancy, and also with the (seemingly) MILLIONS of pairs of shoes Brynlee already owns.

Trina's Maternity Session<br?
Trina's Maternity Session
Trina's Maternity Session
Trina's Maternity Session
Trina's Maternity Session

Morgan and Brian Engagement Session

Having been around weddings for a long time, it’s easy to tell a couple who is truly good together, and Morgan and Brian are very much the definition of “good together.” What a delightful couple. We met at Tempe Town Lake and discovered that the places we wanted to shoot were occupied with a bicycle race, a wedding and a quinceanera, so we punted and found locations to shoot anyway, and got some lovely stuff. I am excited for their wedding in April!

Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session

Ariane & Ryan, Beautiful North Scottsdale Wedding

November 12, 2011 was supposed to be nasty and raining and cold for Ariane and Ryan’s wedding. We were expecting the worst but got blessed with the best! A beautiful bride and groom, a great family, a fantastic property, and a magnificent sunset to crown a truly exhilarating wedding day. Ariane and Ryan are super sweet, just good people who have terrific chemistry, and it shows in the way they treat one another and also everyone around them. I am grateful to have been able to share their day and to photograph them. Thank you!

You can see the entire wedding gallery on my Proofsets page. Click here and select “view your proofs” to see the whole gallery.

Also, a big shout-out to Michelle of Your Heart’s Desire & Simply Refined Events for her tireless work in making the day go so smoothly!

Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011

Coronado Dons Marching Band

I love marching bands. I was in marching band all the way through high school and on into college, and actually earned money with my mediocrity as a brass player for a while. So when my daughter decided to join the marching band, I was thrilled! She was blessed to be a member of the Coronado High School Dons marching band, which has a long history of quality, pride and skill. I try to make as many shows as I can, and I always have my camera with me. To view the gallery, please click here — this gallery is passworded, so if you are a parent of a Dons Band member, please contact me for a password.

Coronado Dons Drums

Justin’s Senior Portraits

Justin’s a dynamic senior with huge talents. Juggler, performer, flutist, athlete, parkour runner, Christian, and all-round solid young man. We met up last Thursday and did his senior portraits. We had a great time and got loads of fun photos! I would seriously injure myself if I tried three quarters of the things he does with ease. Amazing!

Justin's Senior Portraits
Justin's Senior Portraits
Justin's Senior Portraits
Justin's Senior Portraits
Justin's Senior Portraits
Justin's Senior Portraits
Justin's Senior Portraits
Justin's Senior Portraits
Justin's Senior Portraits
Justin's Senior Portraits
Justin's Senior Portraits
Justin's Senior Portraits
Justin's Senior Portraits

Lisa & Jesse, 19 March 2011

Saturday’s wedding at The Phoenician in Phoenix, AZ was a long one, a beautiful one with a lovely couple and delightful families. Anne of One Fine Day Photography and I were privileged to photograph the wedding of Lisa and Jesse, and we had plenty of time to make beautiful photos for these two doctors who have pledged their lives to helping people who are ill. A fantastic day with a deserving couple who are truly well-matched!

Wedding, Phoenician, Lisa & Jesse
Wedding, Phoenician, Lisa & Jesse
Wedding, Phoenician, Lisa & Jesse
Wedding, Phoenician, Lisa & Jesse
Wedding, Phoenician, Lisa & Jesse
Wedding, Phoenician, Lisa & Jesse

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for Him

So what DO you get for him for Valentine’s Day? Tickets to the game? New tires for his car? Um….

You know he loves you, and you know you love him. The best gift you can possibly give to him on Valentine’s Day is a gift just for him, a gift that is ONLY for him — the gift of you.

An elegant, tasteful boudoir or intimate photography session is a beautiful way to show your love for him. Make him a beautiful photo album, a large canvas art print for your bedroom wall, or a personal series of boxed photographs, and he will always cherish your gift to him.

Schedule your session soon, to allow for the most timely delivery of your images.

Valentine's Day Gift -- a Beautiful Boudoir Session

Allison and Kyle up North in Sedona

On a beautiful rainy day in Sedona, Allison and Kyle were joined together before close friends and family in a small ceremony at L’Auberge Hotel. Initially intended to be outdoors by Oak Creek, the rains came and so we were moved indoors. Allison didn’t let this put a damper on the day, though, and we took advantage of the beautiful diffused light and the spectacular locations to get some stunning photos both before and after the wedding. Allison’s flowers were prepared by Bliss Extraordinary Floral of Sedona to augment Allison’s beauty. Enjoy!

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Allison and Kyle, L'Auberge, October 2, 2010

Kirsten and Tony at The Phoenician

One would think that October in Phoenix is supposed to be COOL. Someone must have forgotten to tell the funny little man who has his hand on the weather switch and changes it from hot to cool, though, because it was a not-so-balmy 106 degrees when Kirsten and Tony tied the knot at the Phoenician on October 1st. Phil Waring joined the couple in matrimony at the gazebo. Kirsten couldn’t have been more beautiful, and Tony looked great in his tuxedo, and the bridal party was jovial. We had fun shooting around the grounds of the Phoenician, and then after the ceremony we went up to the Recreation Center at Cimarron Hills Clubhouse for the reception. The reception overlooked the city lights of beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona. What a beautiful day, even with the heat, and congratulations to Kirsten and Tony!

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010

Kirsten and Tony, Phoenician, October 2010