Peter | High School Senior Session at Granite Basin Lake
"One day when you wake up, you will find that you have become a forest. You have grown roots and found strength in them that no one knew you had. You have become stronger and more beautiful, full of life giving qualities. You have learned to take all the negativity around you and turn it into oxygen for easy breathing. A variety of beautiful birds rests inside your mind and you call them memories. You have become an increasingly self sustaining thing of epic proportion. You should be so proud of yourself and how far you have come, from the seeds of who you used to be." | Nakita Gill - you have become a forest
I can't think of a better way to put into words what it means to be expecting a child. The amazing excitement. The nervousness. It is such a beautiful time. This gorgeous mama to be is Yelena Coil. Not only is she breathtaking on the outside, she is just as much on the inside.
Dave and Yelena live in Phoenix and made a trip up to Prescott for their maternity session. Everything about that evening was perfection. The light was amazing and every time the breeze caught her gown I couldn't help but be taken a back. Lena was even brave enough to get into the lake for some truly stunning images!
I'm so honored to have them in my life. to call them friends. I cannot wait to meet their son! Only a few more weeks to go!!
Fall is in full swing and that means family photo season is too! I adore this family!! I had so much fun exploring, playing and occasionally being silly in front of the camera for the Austin Family.
Meet Todd, Melissa and 4 year old Abigail Austin. I've know Melissa since I was 15 years old. It has been the absolute best watching her grow into the beautiful woman, wife and mother that she is. Photographing those you love is one of the most rewarding things as a photographer. Capturing these moments means the world to me. Enjoy these memories for a lifetime!
It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a fun cake smash session with Super-Laken!
Oh my goodness what an adorable session this was! I cannot believe a year has flown by already! As soon as little Laken's mommy told me about her cute idea for a super-hero themed cake smash session I was so excited. While she put together the perfect outfit, I grabbed a sharpie and set to work on a childlike, whimsical cityscape backdrop. What cake smash would be complete with out the perfect cake? It was so cute it was almost hard to watch it get annihilated...almost! I adore this little guy and feel like his session was exactly what we had in mind.
I met Ann Marie and Curtis at the L'Auberge de Sedona for their engagement session. Moments after pulling in I was greeted by Ann's beautiful smile and soon after I had the pleasure of meeting some of her family. It made me so excited for their wedding. I can already tell what a warm and caring family they are.
We found ourselves walking from one lovely spot to another. There were certainly no shortage of places to photograph! The resort is truly a hidden gem tucked away creek side. Rain drops from the afternoon's heavy monsoon still hung on leaves and roses. The creek had risen and was now as red as the rocks that surround it. Laughing while enjoying the company and surroundings, I had a great time photographing these two. I love how Ann Marie and Curtis's engagement session turned out and I know their wedding will be just as amazing!
Confession: when I first got my camera I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. None. I knew I had a deep love of photography. I knew I wanted to be good someday. Really good. And I knew that there was only one way that was going to happen. By having an ever growing thirst for knowledge. I took a few classes and in the beginning really struggled with even some of the basics. My first college professor told me to think of photography as painting with light. After that something clicked. To this day I learn best with gear in hand and every now and then I grab my camera and set out on a creative shoot. It gives me the chance to explore and try new things. Try. Fail. Try again. And AGAIN. Blossom.
I am so fortunate to have had people who nurture that thirst. Sarah is one of those people. She "gets it." See Sarah is an entrepreneur herself. Her passion and drive came together this year when she opened her beautiful hot yoga studio - Vinyasa Fit (take a peek inside). It seemed only natural to contact her about getting together for a fun and creative shoot. The result was a gorgeous light bathed session on a rolling hillside.
Thank you Sarah for allowing me the opportunity to get back to the roots of what I love. The reason I first started.... a simple love of painting with light.