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    Hello! I am so glad that you're here. Welcome to my blog. My little corner of the world where I share my work and my life.
    I believe in love. I believe in being present for your life. I believe in romance and love that lasts a lifetime. I believe that Starbucks should offer Toasted Graham Lattes all year. I believe my daughter is amazing. I believe in Tuesday night date nights with my dad. I believe there isn't much that prayer, a good workout or a cheeseburger can't fix. I believe that dresses and skirts with pockets are the best ever. I believe in being friends with my brides. I believe all dogs go to Heaven. I believe in having Thanksgiving dinner more than once a year. I believe in jumping up and down when I love an image I see on the back of my camera.
    I believe that every couple has a love story. ...I can't believe I am lucky enough to tell them.

Andrew + Taylor: Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch Wedding

Andrew and Taylor.  The best way I can describe these two is that she is Cinderella and he is her Prince Charming.  …I mean, so much so that one of the little boys at their wedding was convinced that Taylor actually was a princess!!  He stared at her in awe.  And so did Andrew. Taylor is radiant, joyful and beautiful and Andrew compliments her perfectly.  He is kind and protective and loving.  Together, they are nothing short of magical.  A Disney themed wedding at the beautiful Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch was perfectly “them”.  The wedding dress, the colors and and details all came together in a way that made all of their guests feel like they were part of a fairytale.

I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to express my love and gratitude toward Taylor and her mom, Kim.  When I first met with Taylor, she was accompanied by her mom and Andrew’s mom.  We talked about the wedding, our families, our dogs and photography.  It didn’t feel a client meeting AT ALL.  I felt like I was hanging out with my family!  I LOVE mother-daughter relationships and I could tell Taylor and Kim’s bond was super strong.  At the very end of our meeting, they came back to me and handed me a cookie.  “This is for Ava,” they said.  And with those 4 words, I fell in love with them.

I started following Taylor on Facebook and I was able to see how close she and Kim are.  I love their selfies.  I love their relationship.  I love their love.  Shortly after they booked with me, my dog was having surgery.  Taylor text me and told me that they had been thinking about us and hoped it went well.  My heart was full and I was so thankful for Taylor and Andrew, and their families.  They’ve treated me like family from the beginning and were so kind and sweet throughout the wedding day.  They’ve been a true blessing to my life.  For me, photography is not just about pictures.  It’s about relationships with people.  I hope my relationship with these families last forever.
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Andrew bought Taylor a gun as their wedding gift.  Isn’t it awesome!?

 

 

This is one of my favorite quotes of ever.

 

Taylor and Andrew, thank you for sharing your lives, your magical day and your fairytale love story with me.  I wish you all the best and happily ever after.

XO

SIG

 

 

December 11, 2015 - 4:07 am

Tuesday Top 5: The Top 5 Reasons I Love My Brides » My Blog - […] on social media.  They go above and beyond to show their love to me and my family.  For example, Taylor and her mom bought me a cookie to take home to Ava after our initial meeting and then text me […]

Jessyca Sunrise Session

“I believe in God like I believe in the sunrise. Not because I can see it, but because I can see all that it touches.”  ~C.S. Lewis

I swear some of my favorite ideas happen so randomly and at the least convenient times.  Like in the shower.  Or in the bathroom. Or while I am driving.  Or when someone else is talking.  The list goes on.  Anyway, I started thinking about how I wanted to do a session at sunrise.  About 15 later I was texting a client who I had done a shoot for at the beginning of summer and I sent, “What are you doing tomorrow at the crack of dawn??  Wanna model for me?” I explained that it would be at 5am…in the desert…and she had to wear a vintage lace dress I ordered on Poshmark.  And she still said yes!!!  I felt like I proposed.  I was so excited.  We spent about an hour in the desert at dawn and I loved every minute.  Jessyca, thank you for waking up before the sun, braving the potential for snakes, wearing my smelly old lady dress and trusting my random, crazy vision.  You made it come alive and my soul is grateful.

AHHHH, you guys! I am so excited to share this session with you.

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Sometimes I just love a moody black and white.  This will always be one of my favorites.

Jessyca, you are gorgeous!!

Giiiiiiiirl, you can model for me ANY day.  Look at this girl!!

Oh, sunrise, you little devil.  You are magical.

I love some sweet yummy, sunlight.  

I’ll end with my favorite image of the morning.  It’s my favorite because it shows that sweet little bump.  Congrats to Jessyca and her husband, Conor on the upcoming arrival of a sweet baby girl!

I hope you enjoyed this session.  If you’d like to book a sunrise session, shoot me an email!  Happy Sunday!

SIG

 

Alyssa: University of Arizona Senior Portrait Session

I am so excited to share this senior portrait session today!  Alyssa is graduating from the University of Arizona in December.  She is one of the most dedicated, driven people I have ever met.  Between completing her Bachelor’s degree in three and half years, working 3 jobs and completing 28 credit hours in one semester, this girl is amazing!  When I asked what her plan was after graduation, she replied, “Hopefully get a job, move to Maui and save the ocean.”  Yes.  All of that.  Yes!
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Alyssa, thank you for hanging out around campus, sharing stories about our dogs and families.  I can only imagine how proud your parents must be!  I hope my daughter turns out like you.  You are an amazing girl and I can’t wait to see how all of your hard work pays off!

Best,

SIG

 

Arlene + Paul: El Conquistador Wedding

Paul and Arlene are one of the sweetest couples I have ever met.  She is a lady, and a he is a gentleman.  When I met with them, they stressed the importance of having a “family wedding.”  Arlene has 3 beautiful daughters and it was really important that they were included in everything (especially since they were the only 3 guests).  The girls helped with all aspects of the wedding and the whole day was an intimate, family celebration of love.

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Helping Mom get ready!

 

Helping Paul get ready!

 

Arlene’s daughter made their cake!

 

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I am always honored to be a part of any wedding, but small weddings have a special place in my heart.

Because there were only Paul, Arlene and her daughters, I got to sign the marriage license!  That’s what happens when you’re the only other person over 18!

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Beautiful ladies!

 

This is one of my favorite images from the whole day.  I love me some pretty girls in glasses!buy wedding guest dresses online

 

The beautiful backdrop El Conquistador provides.

Paul and Arlene, thank for sharing your wedding, your family and your love story with me.  You filled my heart with joy.

XO

SIG

Jamie + Jaret: DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Wedding

Not meeting a bride before the wedding day can be super scary.  I always try to meet with my brides before booking to make sure that we are a good fit for style and personality.  Jamie was sent to me by a girl who taught with me.  Jamie and Jaret lived out of town so we didn’t have a chance to meet in person before their wedding day.  I was a little bit nervous, but when I walked into the bridal suite, I was greeted with happiness and smiles that made me feel like I had known everyone forever.  They were welcoming and friendly.  It was great!

Jamie and Jaret had planned a small ceremony at the beautiful DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun.  This one of my favorite places to go.  The chapel is purely holy.  Under the open roof with a cross held by wooden stilts, on the rock floor, Jamie and Jaret promised to love each other forever.

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Jamie and Jaret, thank you for choosing and trusting me.  Thank you for being sweet and fun.  Thank you for making us feel important and welcome.  We wish you all the best!

XO

SIG