“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox
I had so much fun at this particular shoot. The Arizona mountains made for an amazing backdrop and I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of people to photograph.
This weeks post is another throwback. I am really enjoying taking the time to reflect back on shoots that were done months ago and examining how much my life has changed over the course of just a year. This year has been full of major life changes and adjustments. Some of those adjustments include adding more to my ever-growing list of things-to-do. As I manage this new balancing act and make progress in my extensive list of projects, it is nice to remember a time in my life when it was, ever so slightly, less busy.
This shoot included Jacey Reuther and her family. She has two of the cutest boys ever, and in the traditional little-boy fashion, they were more interested in everything but taking pictures. These are my favorite kinds of shoots. Photographing just adults is way too easy. If you ever want to challenge yourself as a photographer, throw some children into the mix. Photographing children is so authentic and provides the opportunity for some great candids. Kids don’t feel the pressure of getting the perfect photo and sometimes that is exactly what is needed in order to get that perfect photo. I loved being able to photograph these boys and their family and I love the results of this shoot.
Today’s pictures are from an in-home lifestyle session that was completed a while back. I went to the home of Chrissy and Gary and we took some time to bake a pizza, hang out with their fur-babies, and experience what an average day in the life is like for them. They have two cats named Ori and Baymax and a dog named Cooper and they are all just as full of personality as their owners are. In August 2015, Chrissy started her own business named Pretty on Paper. Recently, she made the decision to move on to other endeavors. Chrissy is one of the most open and honest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I wish nothing but the best for her moving forward and hope that whatever she does next brings her happiness. Here are some of the photos from that shoot, I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed spending the day with their family!
One of the perks of being the child of a photographer is free photos for every event! Along with saving some money, I get to witness my kids experience these milestones in life while also getting a free pass to take as many pictures as I want. These pictures were taken at my eldest daughters prom. My daughter Caitlyn attended the dance with her boyfriend Mikey and their mutual friend Blake. The old saying is that three’s a crowd, but in this case, three was the perfect number! I’m officially counting this one as a success.
This photoshoot was to commemorate baby Braylin turning one. Having raised five babies myself, I found myself reminiscing on my children’s first birthdays throughout this shoot. Although many more birthdays have come and gone, and although they like to argue the point, my children will always be my babies. The time goes by so fast, I wish someone had warned me about that! As Braylin progresses through life, her parents will probably wonder where the time has gone, just like I found myself doing. They’ll fondly remember her adorable chubby cheeks and her baby babble along with everything else that comes with this age. I just hope that when that time comes, they can pull out these pictures, and be taken back to this point in time.
These photos were taken back in spring before the hot summer days started to settle in. Every year, spring in Arizona is laughable. Spring in Arizona is one of those things where if you blink you will undoubtedly miss it. However, this year, we were lucky enough to experience an extended spring. Being the opportunist that I am, I tried to take advantage of every minute of the cooler weather. On one of these bonus spring days, I went out with the Cembrano family for this multigenerational photoshoot. Please enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them… and as much as I enjoyed our extra long spring!
Tasha Root, the expectant mother, is such an interesting and selfless person on top of also being drop-dead gorgeous. Getting to work with her and her son was such an enjoyable experience. This photo shoot was very unique and served two different purposes: One was to commemorate her adorable son’s third birthday and the other was to announce the gender of the baby to the future parents. Yep, you read that right, Tasha is a surrogate mother. This reveal was very exciting, because although it was not her first time being a surrogate, it was the first time that she had been pregnant with a baby girl. Speaking as someone who has done the whole pregnancy thing five times — being pregnant is TOUGH. Yet somehow, Tasha makes it look so easy! I strongly admire Tasha for graciously incorporating surrogacy into her life and for giving families the most precious gift of all. Shoots like these are what makes me love this job and I am so thankful for the different types of people that this line of work has brought into my life. I hope you all enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Life is just a big sea of collective moments. Don’t try and control the tides. Choose your moments wisely. Cherish these moments and hold them dear, so you can sail effortlessly with the winds of change.
I took these photographs of Candice in an abbey in Ireland. The entire time, I felt as if I was shooting inside of a storybook. It was an absolutely indescribable feeling that can only be felt through experiencing it firsthand. Ireland is such a magical place, the whole time that I was there it felt as if I had stepped inside a time machine. It felt almost as though Father Time himself had simply forgotten about the country as a whole. I have never again felt the same kind of peace that I felt while visiting Ireland and I can only assume that I’ll be searching for that same feeling for the rest of my life. While we were taking these photos, an adorable dog that belonged to the abbey joined in. He was a true natural and struck a few poses alongside her. Her beauty alongside our newfound furry friend was more than I could ever have asked for out of a shoot. Until next time, Ireland.
Engagement photos are some of my favorite photos to shoot. Some couples simply radiate love and Rex and Heather are one of those couples. This beautiful couple paired with a location as beautiful as the Mcdowell Mountain Preserve was a match made in heaven!
I met this amazing mama about 4 or 5 years ago. She is also a photographer and was looking for some assistance on a newborn shoot with twins. I was thinking I wanted to focus solely on newborns at that point in my career and jumped at the opportunity to help. In exchange for my help, she offered me her professional wisdom. And in the creative arts, that can be priceless. Fortunately for me, I got so much more out of the deal that she did. I didn’t just get some business tips, I gained a friend.
So happy to share in this moment and to have watched her family grow from 3 to 5. Rennai is an amazing wife, mama, and photographer.
Sometimes I am just completely taken back when I am doing a newborn portrait session. It is like a lifetime ago that my own children were babies. On one hand it feels like a fleeting distant memory, and then in an instant the new babe before me will do something that takes me all the way back to when my kids were little. For this at home newborn session, it was all the baby yawns. They really pulled at my heart strings reminding me of my first born son and his perpetually adorable yawns.
Please enjoy this snippet of Baby T, born Sunday July 15th, at 11:27pm.