This couple was an absolute blast to work with, we began our engagement session journey at a local shop in Old Town Scottsdale. After walking a few blocks we stumbled upon a Starbucks and just had to stop for tea, any girl who needs Starbucks as much as I do is a winner in my book. After our quick tea stop, we ventured through the rest of beautiful Old Town Scottsdale , capturing images with beautifully greenery and ended our session in an alleyway..yes and alleyway! They trusted my vision and the photos came out wonderful! I can't wait for this couples September wedding!!!
This wonderful family first took part in a Spring Family Marathon back when their little one was just a tiny six month old baby, now this little lady is two years old and we have been lucky enough to document their family growth ever since. Over the year and a half we have photographed at a few different locations, but this time around we wanted to go for a more desert look, which I absolutely love! Head on over to view our feature at Heather Renee Celebrations!
How beautiful are they? I can't wait to photograph them again!
I was lucky enough to first photograph this beautiful couple on the Del Mar beach during their engagement session. We got to see first hand just how much they love one another and how fun they were to be around. Their wedding day was filled with elegance, style and charm from the first minute it started. The couple first began their day taking part in a traditional ceremony held at a historic Old Town San Diego Church, her lace dress and his classic tuxedo were absolutely perfect. Their reception was held as the luxurious L'Auberge Del Mar, where they held an evening dinner outside on the patio overlooking Del Mar's relaxing ocean water. As they exited the reception as bride and groom they were surrounded by a tunnel of sparklers held by their family and friends , making this the perfect ending for their special day. Here are just a few of my favorite's you can also view more at our current feature at the San Diego Style Weddings blog.
Jenive and Tony first met as fourteen year old high school kids, she was a cheerleader and he was a football player. Because she was a shy girl, he managed to get her to talk to him and they quickly became inseparable. It has since been 9 years since and they have become best friends and soul mates. Tony knew she was to be his wife and so he asked her parents one month before he decided to pop the question to help him plan the biggest surprise. His parents planned a huge 2017 New Years celebration, Jenive thought nothing of it, she got dressed up and headed to her parents house surrounded by her family and friends. Exactly one minute before midnight Jenive, along with her family and friends headed to the back patio of her parents house. They enjoyed champagne glasses ready to toast the new year. Just as Jenive walked outside she noticed a sign made out of sparklers that read
"Will you marry me?"
At that moment, Tony knelt on one knee asking for her hand in marriage. Jenive broke down in tears and couldn't believe after 9 years he was finally proposing to her!! Of course she said "Yes!"
As I thought about their engagement session, I wanted to create a session just as romantic and special as their proposal. We decided to use inspiration from the most romantic day of the year... Valentine's Day!
Here are just a few of the fantastic images captured, to view more, view our feature on Contemporary Weddings Magazine.
Jenive and Tony , I wish you all the best as you enter married life. I hope you enjoy all of the wedding planning and your big day!
Jenny & Michael had the wonderful idea of starting their engagement session at The Taco Guild which is not only delicious but a unique and wonderful atmosphere. The Taco Guild is the very place they had their first date, so not only a wonderful area to photograph but sentimental as well. We then traveled through Downtown Phoenix , stopping at The Phoenix Art Museum to capture a few more modern images that fit their style.
When I look at Jenny and Michael's engagement photos, all I can think is OH MY GOSH YES! This couple is exactly the type of couple I love to photograph, not only are they super stylish but they are fun and loved to laugh.
We hope these images make you smile as big as they make us smile , and we wish you all the very best as you enter married life.
Julie first contacted me via email and explained that not only would like she like for me to photograph her wedding BUT her wedding was a surprise! She was surprising her wonderful fiance with a fully planned evening wedding. She cleverly camouflaged her wedding as a surprise 30th birthday celebration so all of their closest family and friends would attend and nobody would spill the beans.
Julie had arranged every single detail of this event, which took place at the fantastic Phoenix City Grille , down to the Justin Timberlake suit & tie inspired color scheme. Which I later found out was Desiree's favorite album. I sat and watched as their family and friends entered in excitement as they knew this couple deserved so much happiness.
As I watched everyone take their places, to my surprise in walks Aneesh from The Morning Mess radio show! Turns out he is absolute best friends with the couple and was there to officiate the ceremony, how beautiful is that?
So the moment arrived, the moment Julie entered with Desiree. She walked into the private dining area and was completely floored by the outburst of cheers. As the cheering quieted, Julie took the floor to explain the Desiree that this evening was not just about celebrating her birthday, this evening they would become a married couple.(Cue the tears)
And with that beautiful kiss, the ceremony & their married life begins.....
Since the evening limited us on lighting and space, we decided to take some time on a different day to photograph them as an official married couple.
This weekend we spent a much needed relaxing weekend at the Los Abrigados Resort & Spa celebrating my mom's 59th birthday. As a surprise we booked a weekend getaway for my mom , so she could relax and have fun. As a kid, we frequently visited Sedona during the hot Arizona summers so this place holds a lot of special memories. As a family we began walking through the lovely shops located in downtown Sedona and took a look at all the amazing artwork from local artists.
After viewing all the amazing art pieces, we traveled to the gorgeous Chapel of the Holy Cross , there we viewed the fantastic Sedona redrocks and lit a candle inside the church as a reflection of our many blessings.
After all of our walking and a delicious lunch at The Oak Creek Brewery we settled at our resort and enjoyed the beautiful Sedona Oak Creek for an impromptu photo session. I happened to take our camera to snap images of our family and decided since we were all in a beautiful location what better time for a family photo right?
Let me introduce my loving, crazy and sometimes probably a little too loud family.
With the past few months being our busy season and add in a trip to the Dominican Republic, Miami, celebrating our sons 12th birthday, the holidays and battling a nasty cold, our family photos were placed on hold. We might not have planned this session and coordinated fancy outfits but I think we did pretty good, wouldn't you agree?
What a great trip and wonderful way to celebrate my mom! Without getting too emotional or sappy, I will just say this, my mom is the BEST mom. She raised us to always have confidence, faith & empathy towards others. My kids are the light of her life (My brother and I are convinced she likes them more than us). Mama, growing up with you as my role model has taught me so much and continues to teach me on a daily basis. I have learned that being a mom is the one and only job that matters and I intend on doing it as well as you . Love you mom, "To infinity and beyond".
I first met Sina at a local Starbucks on an early Saturday morning, she walked in gave me a huge hug and grabbed herself a nice caffeinated drink. We immediately clicked, she is the warmest and funniest girl I have met in a long time. We quickly began discussing her upcoming wedding details , she glowed as she talked about her groom to be and gushed over their love story.
Time flew by as we talked and before we knew it an hour had flown by, we had sat and talked about her upcoming wedding and life in general like we had known one another for years. She immediately booked her special day with myself and we went on our way. The months flew by and before we knew it, it was time for her big day.
As December 2nd approached, I anxiously geared up for this wedding, I just knew the wedding party and couple were going to be one to remember.
I entered the beautifully decorated Sheraton Cresent Hotel and immediately entered Sina's room to find this stunning bride casually walking around with her friends, forgetting she was the most beautiful woman in the room. She gave me a warm greeting and I was on my way to elegantly document her day.
Sina & Michael thank you so much for allowing me to document your very special day. You two were one of the absolute best couples to work with and definitely know how to throw a great wedding! I wish you so many happy years to follow and can't wait to watch you grow as a married couple.
Venue: The Sheraton Crescent
Dress: Her mother's , yes you read that right, that gorgeous lace number is her mother's gown!
Cake: Adie's Cakes
Every time I photograph a senior session, I am reminded of the good old high school days from oh so long ago. I remember the football games, my pom poms (Yes I was a cheerleader & dancer) , pep rally's , lockers and those crazy uniforms, I forgot to mention I went to private school so we all looked alike on campus. It is so refreshing photographing a high school senior and just listening to their excitement for the future. The education plans they have, the various career choices they would like to make and the tiny bit of sadness you can hear in their voice because the end is near.
Senior photos have vastly changed since I was a senior , we won't say how many years ago but let's just say 'Nsync was a big deal. I remember heading to a chain studio for photos, running into half of my classmates and taking photos leaning over a giant number representing our class year. They were so cookie cutter and borderline cheesy, now senior sessions are so unique and glamorous. Mariah was introduced to me by her godmother who gifted her this photo session as a graduation gift , she was nervous at first but after 10 minutes she was a natural model, just take a look!
Gorgeous right? I told you! It's hard to believe she was nervous when we first started, she truly came out of her shell and towards the end she had to take a selfie of course.
Wishing this beauty the best of luck as she exits high school and enters her college days, enjoy them as they go quickly.
As a photographer, every week I typically photograph a family session, senior session, wedding or a child's milestone moment. Once in a while I need to break my routine and just have some freedom with my Nikon. I had this idea about a year ago to use colored smoke bombs and somehow use their colors to create an artistic photoshoot. I met with my GORGEOUS model at a remote desert location, we quickly set up our smoke bombs and just photographed the results.
This session was a break for me, after completing this shoot I realized that it is very important for myself to break away and just be artistic. This was a form of therapy, I was able to be creative in a different way than during my client sessions. Don't get me wrong, I can feel creative during weddings and etc, but this was just a different form of creative flow. I have so many ideas for upcoming shoots so stay tuned!