Sometimes all the dominos line up and two people meet who otherwise never would have crossed paths. These two have a story like that. The way they met, it was like it was meant to be and I can see why. Stefanie and Ryan seem to simply fit. Laughter comes easy to these two. They are so sweet to watch together. I think that their session gave me a pretty good glimpse into who they are and what their wedding will be like. I cannot wait.
On their anniversary weekend Joel lined up a series of surprised for Olivia to celebrate beginning with the biggest... He was going to ask her to marry him on her favorite creekside trail. Soon after I arrived I got the text from Joel that they were on the way. Then I heard her laugh carry on the breeze. You see the thing about Olivia is she has the most amazing laugh. It's the kind that makes everyone around her fill with joy and laugh along. The kind that I can still hear while looking at these photos of the two of them. <3 I was already grinning from ear to ear when they turned the corner for Joel's gift to her of a "mini session."
Erica and Dylan's engagement session was just perfect! They are already the cutest, then they went and upped that by bringing along Frankie, their lovable doggie with a winning personality. After chatting about location and wardrobe ideas we decided on downtown Prescott and a more formal look. I adore it! Such a classy look in a classic part of town. This was one of those session where we simply went where our feet lead us. We wandered from location to location enjoying the warm spring light, gentle breeze and abundant laughter. I wish I could have blogged all the photos but then this would be impossibly long!
I can't even begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to their wedding at Capital Canyon Club next year. Congrats on your engagement Erica and Dylan!
Rainey and Tyler's engagement session in the aspens of Flagstaff had a romantic winter feeling that makes me want to grab my favorite throw blanket, snuggle up with a cup of hot coco and swoon! These two are nothing short of adorable! They found all the warmth the needed in each others arms. Surrounded by tall white aspens that stretched for the sky in an effort to soak up the last rays of daylight, we found our own little corner of the mountain. There Tyler added their initials into a young aspen. I'd like to think that one day they'll return and search for that tree. By then it will be old and strong, just like their love.
What a lovely way to spend Saturday evening. Bathed in gorgeous light and with good company. I haven't known Tuesday and Erick long but I can say I adore these two! They have a quiet love. The kind that doesn't need to be shouted from a mountain top, but instead softly wraps them in warmth. I could see it while watching them walk together in a far stretching field. I could see it in her light touches on his arm and hear it in the way he makes her laugh. A love like that I could photograph forever and never tire of it.
I am so excited to be shooting their wedding in June. Summer, hurry up already because it sounds like it is going to be amazing! Thoughtfully planned out with gorgeous details and an awesome couple! I think yes!
Oh goodness! This session is the best part of living where I do. It's horse country! In a world of over the top and "Pinterest-perfect" this session brought me back to simple, pure, good-ness. Briana and Jeremy invited me to their home for their engagement session. I got to meet Cheyenne and Cinnamon as well as their three pups (which cracked me up the entire time). In some of the photos you can see their first home in the background. I know one day they will look back and remember that house and all the memories it holds. And it will fill their hearts with so much love. This is who they are. This is where it begins...
Every time I head north on Hwy 89 to visit my folks in Kingman, I look to my right and think to myself I need to explore my own backyard more. The surrounding area of my town is beautiful in such a unique way. There are fields of tall, dry grass, small rolling hills and Little Thumb Butte popping out from the flat landscape. Simple and peaceful. Liz and Daniel's engagement session on the state land not too far from their home gave me that chance.
Once we got out there, they dropped the tailgate of their pickup and let their two dogs run free. I LOVE that they brought their dogs with them! Dime (ever the worrier) and Birdie (100 miles an hour when he was going slow) made us laugh out loud more times than I could count! In between playing with their fur babies and watching the sun drop low in the sky came the most beautiful moments of this session. The unplanned moments when nothing is posed or planned are perfection. Just purely their love against some gorgeous, hazy back light. Liz and Dan's photos reflected exactly the kind, warm, loving people they are and I can't wait to head to Sedona to photograph their wedding this fall!
April and Miles are adventurous. The kind of people I love to wing a session with because they are up for anything. They have a kind of ease in new situations that lends a soft, natural feel in every photo. It was very clear to me right from the first click that their place of comfort is with in each others arms.
I don't think they could have chosen a more perfect spot for their session. The tones and textures paired with their love makes me swoon! Whether they were snuggled up among reclaimed wood in an old barn (I guess you could call it that! haha!) or dancing on an abandoned road, they were up for having fun. It shows! I cannot wait to photograph these two again at their wedding in June!
I've been excited for this shoot for awhile. It seemed like it was months away then suddenly...Poof! The day was here. I hopped in the truck and headed up to Flagstaff to meet up at NAU. Mara and William are students at the University and had their first date on the campus. We went to the exact spot that it all began with a small picnic under a tree. <---- How adorable is THAT?!
We finished the session by heading to Buffalo Park. Wide open fields and amazing views of the twin peeks made for an awesome background. The light was stunning! A word to the wise when shooting in a field in Arizona.... jumping cactus are most definitely a thing! The struggle is real! You'd think I would know this by now! Oh but it was worth it!!
There are so many things I could say about Kevin and Logan's engagement session. Their session broke my "norm" on so many levels... and I LOVED it! I'm honored that they chose me to photograph their wedding even though I have no prior experience photographing same sex couples. They trust me and my art. That makes my heart so happy. Downtown Phoenix with it's concrete and steel are also different than the knee high grasses of Prescott that I'm used to kneeling in while shooting. All of those things combined to create a gorgeous session that I'll never forget. Love is love. <3 Beauty is beauty. Both are things to be celebrated openly.
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!
The desert truly has a beauty all it's own. Brittany and Hunter's engagement session at The Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona has left me longing to go back and very excited for their wedding. Sometimes everything comes together just so perfectly. After days of monsoon rains the sky was breathtaking. The light even more so. But above all that there were the two of them. It was the way she melts into his arms and the way her looks at her. It was Brittany and Hunter's love that made this session so gorgeous.