Archives for September, 2009

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Samantha | Senior Model 2010 | Tucson Senior Portraits

It’s been a while since I had the chance to work with Samantha for her Senior Portraits; still getting caught up on a number of things since the big studio open house and I’m just now getting back to nurturing my somewhat lonely blog . . . lot of new things coming up and a lot of new stuff to blog! Samantha was super awesome to work with, very natural in front of the camera and has a smile to die for! She’s very laid back and positive about everything and we had a blast working together. We wanted something custom and unique for her portraits. Samantha used to ride horses a lot, plays softball (and other sports as well) and enjoys fashion and wants to look into modeling. We first headed over to the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch for some relaxed and casual portraits, traveled back to Vail at her high school for some totally rad sports portraits, and then cruised on downtown to work the fashion stuff. My assistant Kyle joined us, along with her sister, and we had a totally rockin’ time downtown. I must say, this is one of my favorite sets to date!

If you’re looking to have your senior portraits done, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of hiring a professional! Sure you can go to the mall, working with a large studio where you’ll be photographed by a staff employee, but you cannot pass up the quality and professional care that we provide. You are capturing your final Senior moments; this is art, not just someone that takes pictures, but a trained artist that knows how to bring the best out of you!


I love the attitude and pose in this one, so hot!
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I think I need to back here to capture that texture on the wall, works so well with the jeans and relaxed pose!
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Smokin!
vail senior portrait tucson benson arizona high school
This should be an ad . . .
vail senior portrait tucson benson arizona high school
Awesome candid from downtown
vail senior portrait tucson benson arizona high school
You can see why she wants to go into modeling, she is such a natural!
vail senior portrait tucson benson arizona high school
Another great fashion shot
vail senior portrait tucson benson arizona high school
This has to be my favorite of the night, and one of my new top favorites! We found this old broken elevator behind a building in a closed off alleyway . . . it had such a cool feel to it and I think we nailed this vogue-esque look that belongs in a magazine ad!
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Another awesome location we found next to the alley here, an old beat up sofa in the middle of nowhere . . . classic Tucson
vail senior portrait tucson benson arizona high school
You probably thought it didn’t get better, but we were heading back to our cars and just kept on finding these awesome locations! Even long after the sun has set, we’re still shooting away and getting awesome stuff!
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Iconic Tucson location, no one has shot it better than this!
vail senior portrait tucson benson arizona high school

Data Management, Backup Solution: For Photographers

First and foremost, I want to mention that this article/blogpost/guide is a long time in the making.  Not that I have been working and preparing my comments for a number of months, but that it has been on my mind for probably one year now.  A lot of friends and colleagues have asked me a lot about my current data management and backup system and I feel the desire to help others better understand the options that are available today.

Although the intended audience for this post is mainly for photographers or anyone who wants a little more insight about digital asset management, it is a good read for anyone who wants to understand how important it is to have a photographer (or graphic designer, printer, etc etc) who takes their digital assets very seriously.  If you were a bride, how would you feel if your photographer had to explain to you that your images were lost, deleted, destroyed.  You probably would not like it and you would probably wonder what happened.  A photographer that does NOT take digital asset management seriously, should not be toying with events as important as weddings.  More after the break.

Wedding Contest: Pop the question and win!

I just wanted to let everyone know about an awesome opportunity for those that are hopelessly in love with each . . . particularly to the guys here.  If you are planning on getting down on one knee and asking your best friend for her hand in marriage, take a look at this contest!

Platinum Love Engagement Giveaway Contest

Sheffields Diamonds is sponsoring a HUGE giveaway: a very beautiful and VERY expensive Tacori platinum diamond ring.  They will be advertising it all over the radio and local TV news, along with newspapers and other advertising mediums.  This is going all out, so make sure you enter the contest for a chance to win an awesome and unforgettable engagement.  I have partnered with the effort and will be photographing the actual engagement (with complete secrecy hopefully), but you will also be dining at the Westin La Paloma, complimentary Limousine services provided by Allison Limousine, and also a pampered spa visit for your future bride provided by Imagen Day Spa. Hard to pass up, so please visit KVOA’s website to learn more about it.

Act now as the contest will be ending October 14th!  Doesn’t it make you want to get engaged all over again? Check out Tacori’s website about their amazing rings . . . just wow!

Kayla | Senior Model in Tucson Arizona

Kayla traveled from Glendale to get her awesome senior portraits done with us and we had a blast! We were almost rained out the day we had planned to photograph her senior portraits, but luckily it had dried up about 10 minutes before they arrived; that was lucky! We used some new locations in the downtown area and exhibited some of her amazing dance talents. I think she has been dancing for 15 years or so which I think is totally awesome. The rain clouds made for some dramatic skies and awesome colors, I love colorful outfits for senior portraits. Thanks again Kayla, glad you were able to make it down to Tucson!

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tucson senior portrait glendale phoenix photography arizona

tucson senior portrait glendale phoenix photography arizona

tucson senior portrait glendale phoenix photography arizona

tucson senior portrait glendale phoenix photography arizona

tucson senior portrait glendale phoenix photography arizona

tucson senior portrait glendale phoenix photography arizona

tucson senior portrait glendale phoenix photography arizona

tucson senior portrait glendale phoenix photography arizona

tucson senior portrait glendale phoenix photography arizona

Melissa & Brad | Hacienda del Sol Wedding in Tucson Arizona

I had the awesome opportunity to work with Melissa & Brad for the wedding party this past June.  I shot some engagement portraits of them over 1 year ago before they had their wedding plans finalized, but they ended up “eloping” so to speak and decided to throw a killer party for their family and friends.  This was the first time I had photographed a wedding at the Hacienda Del Sol resort and boy was I pleasantly surprised how quaint and awesome the location was.  Hacienda del Sol provides a very intimate and southwestern atmosphere that I fell in love with really quickly.  Suffice to say its one of my new wedding venues to photograph at.  Combine that with a couple and family that knows how to party and you have one heck of a party :)

I wish I could give props to those who assembled all of the details for the wedding, the wedding cake, food and flowers were just superb.  Some of the best wedding food I’ve eaten to date!  I love how the sun hit the buildings in the late afternoon and there is just so much ambient space on the inside of the courtyard for available light wedding portraits; so relaxed :)   I get to photograph another wedding here next month and I’m totally stoked for this one.  Congrats again Melissa & Brad for an awesome wedding and awesome couple to work with!

Oh ya, almost forgot that they had a TOTALLY rockin’ photo BOOTH!  All the stops were pulled out for this one, there were a couple of shots that are just off the wall, don’t know if I can post on the blog though :)

Check out the vendors here, they all did a fantastic job! Haceinda del Sol

Man, the Red Door Spa was just awesome, have to give them a hands down on coolness :D

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tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona

These girls were just hams all day long, not even kidding, but it was cute.  One of them even offered me money for every picture I’d take that day.

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Got to LOVE this portrait, those windows are hawt

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona

Love the shadows from the posts, the sun and sky were just AMAZING

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona

Classic Tucson photograph, can’t get this shot anywhere else in the world

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona

Love the retro look of this shot, the cake was SOOO good . . . mmmm, red velvet is the way to go

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona

Yes, it’s a real ring on a real cactus, beat that

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona

Their ballroom was pretty sweet, Casa Feliz, more like Casa de Fiesta Loco

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Watching the slideshow together, priceless

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona

This party was happenin’!  I wish I got the DJs business card, he rocked it the entire night.  This was like 3 days after Jackson passed away, so playing Thriller just meant that much more

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona

Commence CRAZINESS: this is their fam

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tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona photobooth photo booth

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona photobooth photo booth

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona photobooth photo booth

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona photobooth photo booth

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona photobooth photo booth

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tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona photobooth photo booth

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona photobooth photo booth

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona photobooth photo booth

Was it real or fake?

tucson wedding hacienda del sol venue photographer portraits photography arizona photobooth photo booth

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