Friday, January 7, 2011

The Pearson Family - Estrella Mountain Park

She is the principal of Kyan's former school. She is one of the biggest reason's that it was so hard to take him out of the school to put him in his "home" school, which was just built in our neighborhood. Her son was in Kyan's class too. There were several boys that were such good friends, probably drove their teacher crazy, but they were another reason I didn't want to pull him. When she asked me to take their family photos, I was so excited! Excited that we were finally able to meet up and get them taken for them before the holidays!
They are a beautiful family!

Her mom and dad and her grandma and grandpa joined us for the shoot as well.
Her grandma cracked me up and insisted that it wasn't "Cheese!" said on three, but "Cheesy Sex!" I just about died the first time it came out of her mouth! Hilarious!

My favorite of the two kids together.

Big brother, little sister. I love that she is checking him out. What is she thinking about?

Once she figured it out, she loved it!

Love this family shot!

My Favorite Picture of 2010

I get the opportunity to shoot lots of kiddos being a photographer, and while my own children get pictures snapped of them all the time, it is usually in candid moments. It is/was rare that I took them out for their own photo shoots together (Lola loves her picture taken, so she goes by herself a lot!!!!) so when they were game for their second one of the year I grabbed the camera and we headed out. Of course I bribed them with cinnamon rolls from What-A-Burger on our way home if they behaved and it worked! I NEEDED (ok, just really wanted) a picture of the two of them together, both looking at me, smiling. Nothing goofy, just nice pictures of my babies. In this ten minute shoot, I got several that I fell in love with, but one that stood out more than the others, when I saw it on my screen, it was the one that gave me goosebumps, making it my favorite picture of all of 2010:

PS - From approximately the first weekend in November to the middle of January (booked up until next weekend), I have had shoots (even sometimes 3-5) every weekend, with the exception of Christmas weekend off . I shoot on the weekends because I am a teacher. Last year, I was not this busy. Business is picking up! I am very excited and with both school and pictures, I am so busy, but loving it! I am even going to take a little leap and run an add in one of the west valley high school newspapers! I look very forward to what 2011 brings!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Crispell Wedding - Westbrook Village Country Club

Last Saturday, New Year's Eve, I had the opportunity to shoot my first wedding ceremony and it was so much fun (but I am not going to lie, I was nervous)! I am very excited to get back out there this weekend for another one and then again in April!

While the girls were getting ready, the boys had some fun with their pictures! This one is a surprise for the bride, Justin pretending to take off...wish I could be there to see her reaction when she opens this photo up!

That photo should have set the tone for how this ceremony was gonna go down, but they had a few surprises up their sleeves, like busting a move down the aisle, instead of a slow and steady walk! It was so cute to watch the wedding party and then the bride and her dad dance and it brought a smile to every person's face in the room!

The ceremony was beautiful.

I love the look on both the bride and the groom's face. SO. IN. LOVE.

Another trick up their sleeve, the first dance!
Not your typical slow dance, but one you could really shake it to! They looked like they had been practicing a dance routine, where she did most of the leading!

The cake.
He fed her so sweetly while she smashed it in his face!

They almost forgot to toss the bouquet and garter! Always an entertaining part of the evening...the girls fighting over it, while the boys run the opposite way!

I had some crazy shadows inside the club and try as I might to get this cake topper without it, turns out I like the shadowed picture better!? Go figure.


Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Crispell