Saturday, August 11, 2012

Stepping back...

...temporarily while I adjust to life. 
As most of you know, my "real" job is teaching, it has been for the past 10 years.  I have jumped grade levels before, but none such a big change such as this one (from 8th grade reading to 2nd grade, at the elementary school where my kids attend) and I need some time to focus on what is right in front of me and especially my family.

 I will be back, don't worry.  Just need a little bit of time. Thank you for your patience.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Senior Photo Session: Destiny

Where do I even begin with this girl?  When she was my student she drove me up the wall {just ask her, she will tell you the same thing...HA!}, but the second that she moved onto high school she became the one and only student from that class that still kept in contact, whether it was a text message to let me know how high school was going or to stopping by the school to fill me in on her life!  Something tells me she is the same way with her mother...
...and I can see where she gets her good looks from!  That second picture is the funny, sweet, and crazy girl that I LOVE!

She has sent me business and even pushed me to put myself out there just a little by advertising in her high school newspaper!  She is graduating this year from my first class of 8th graders that I have ever taught and I couldn't have been more honored when she asked me to take her pictures to commemorate such a major event in her life!
 She has some of the most piercing eyes in the entire world, I can see why she was picked for that category by her senior class for the senior superlatives yearbook page!

This was one of my most favorite shoots to date.  Destiny's inner and outer beauty shined through so naturally the entire time!  She has an infectious smile, so much so that you can't help but smile back when you look at her {or her pictures}.  I am so proud of the young lady that she has become and I look forward to what the future holds for her.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Casillas Family - Estrella Mountain Ranch

I had the chance to meet up once again for with the Casillas' for their annual family session {think this is our third year in a row?!}, just in time for Christmas cards!  This year they chose to have them taken at Estrella Mountain Ranch and what a beautiful morning it was!

 Love this one.  Who do you think the kids look like? 

 And Kristin, I made her take this one and I am so glad I did!  Isn't she pretty?

Had another great year with you guys, looking forward to next year and excited to see what location you pick!

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Pape Family - No Place Like Home

This years family pictures came with an exciting place to shoot for the Pape family.   
 There is no place like it and no better of a setting than it to shoot for this family, as they just moved into their new house a few months ago.

It was fun to capture a family in their own element, a place where they feel the most comfortable.  
No where fancy or showy.  No place with bells and whistles...just home.

 Sydney is a beauty. 
And her mama is too.
Can you see their matching dimples?
 This is my favorite picture ever of Holly.  I can't put my finger on why, maybe because it is not posed, but rather a candid moment of her laughing at Sydney behind me doing silly things?!  Either way, still my fave!

Thanks Pape Family, for a great evening at your home.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mr. & Mrs. Newberry - Payson, AZ

 This was wedding was not just any job for me.  This was so much more than that.  When my cousin Hannah asked me to be the photographer for her very intimate wedding held in Payson, AZ, I was honored {and nervous} and only hoped that I could do it the justice that she deserved.  It is hard to believe that she is the same little girl that I used to spend my summers babysitting, making up silly games out on the front porch to keep us busy!

As a matter of fact, I spent the majority of my childhood with the three special people you see above!  If they weren't at our house, my brother and I were over at their house, eating macaroni and cheese off of scratched up Rubbermaid plates that my aunt swears were clean or jumping on the counter to reach the highest shelf to eat those special chocolate chip cookies, or building the grandest Lego town for hours upon hours!  

 Love them and this weekend only reminded me of just how much I miss being little.  Being together like we were felt just like we did growing up.

And before we get to the wedding day pictures, I have to one of my favorite pictures of my uncle.  He pulled out his pockets right away for this shot...any thing for his little girl!   And what a beautiful wedding he helped to provide. 

The day started off with a run to the store to get the bride-to-be a Mountain Dew!  Girlfriend needed one and somehow it seemed to calm her down {is that even possible?  It does not feel right saying!}.

Hannah's dress was stunning and seriously had the tiniest waist line I have ever seen.  It fit her like a glove.

I feel like the ring shot needs to be just more than the bride and grooms hands wearing their new rings, although I do think those pictures are important too.  But with any wedding that I shoot, I try to use the elements of the location to get a creative shot with the rings, as it represents just where they were on their special day.

Hannah and Will did NOT want to see each other before they said, "I do!", but we did manage to have some fun {without peeking} before we went outside!

Their ceremony was beautiful and performed by my cousin {one of Hannah's older brothers}, while being serenaded by a strings trio.

 After the ceremony, I whisked the newlyweds for some pictures with absolutely stunning views!  Some of them felt like we were on top of the world.  The sky could not have been a more perfect shade of blue!
 Showing off her "Something Blue" with the blue writing on the bottom of her ballet slippers!

This idea was "pinned" by Hannah on one of her boards and as soon as I saw it, I emailed her and told her to bring an old book up to Payson!  Both Hannah and Will were a blast to shoot these shots, they felt like it really got to showcase all of the "sides" and was a great representation of who they really are!  I begged to keep the book for future shoots, it was so fun!

One more of their rings.

Thank you so much for allowing me to play such a BIG part in your very special day {what most of you don't know is that their reception was held in my backyard later that evening, so after the wedding, my mama and I got in the car to drive back down to the valley to help set up for that}! 

I really BIG love you both and look forward to many Christmas Eve's in the future crushing you in a fierce game of Apple's to Apple's! 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Noah - One Year Photo Shoot

 Oh he sure is cute, huh?!
Little Noah is turning one very soon and I had the pleasure of meeting up with he and his mommy this past Saturday to capture some pictures of him!
Noah happened to be one of those little guys that just cooperated for the camera and did not fuss {until he was put in his adorable Halloween costume}, no matter where we put him!
And his style!?  So adorable!  Loved his turquoise chuck t's and his little hat!  Too much!

Told you he was cute!  
Happy Birthday {soon} Noah!