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Best of 2012

I can hardly believe that another year has come and gone, and I can’t even begin to express my gratitude to all of my clients, fans, critics, supporters, antagonists, blog-stalkers, and anyone and everyone that has helped me become a better photographer.  I never knew that my business would become what it has become today.  2012 has been the best year ever all thanks to you.  The ones who come back looking for more, who keep pushing me to try something new, to be better than I was the day before, and to those that offered the harshest critique.  Thank you.  Thank you all.  I have high hopes for 2013!

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asher // baby

Asher is such a cute, handsome little boy!  I was honored to photograph his family portraits just a few weeks back.  Ever since I knew my wife was expecting our first child, photographing these little kids has made me even more excited.  Can’t wait for my own now!

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landon // ABC lifestyle

Two years ago, I was shopping for a christmas gift for my little nephew, I walked into a book store looking for a fun book for him. We found a great little baby book, the kind with the fabric swatches that imitated the fur or skin of all different types of animals. That’s when the idea came to me: a photographic baby book. I had never enjoyed the baby photos that were popular at the time (the fufu sleeping babies, dressing them up in clothes they never wear, doing things babies would never do, all for the sake of a pretty “cute” photo). Naturally, the idea kept on churning in my mind for weeks, but I filed it away as something that I would get back to in the future. I wanted it to be ultra simplistic, a creative medley of colors, activities, emotions and expressions. Great photography combined with great graphic design would be the focus of my next big creation.

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nora // baby

Laura + David + Nora are one cool family.  If you missed their maternity portraits, you won’t want to miss it.  Little Nora came less than 2 weeks after their maternity session, and all I had seen until now was the most adorable photos from facebook.  Nora really is one of the cutest babies I have ever seen.  She was as calm and as quite as can be, a terrific sport.  A new family portrait wouldn’t be complete with the other furry family members as well :)  Looking forward to some more in the next few months!

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tucson baby infant newborn portraits photography arizona

tucson baby infant newborn portraits photography arizona

tucson baby infant newborn portraits photography arizona

tucson baby infant newborn portraits photography arizona

tucson baby infant newborn portraits photography arizona

tucson baby infant newborn portraits photography arizona

tucson baby infant newborn portraits photography arizona

tucson baby infant newborn portraits photography arizona

film + family

When I first got involved with photography, like most people, I learned on a digital camera.  While I love the benefits and advantages that the digital realm can offer in terms of quality, workflow and many other things, I have always had a passion for the look and feel of film.  Now, when I look at old film photographs from the early century and how it has evolved as film formats have changed, the colors, contrast and depth of field has always enamored me.  I’ve shot some film over the past 4 years in my career and have loved the approach and look of the images, but the workflow and technical side of taking that image from an analog source to digital has been a struggle.

Not too long ago the opportunity arose to purchase the film camera of my dreams and I jumped on it.  Ever since I became acquainted with the many different medium and large format cameras, the Contax stood out to me above all others.  Since the acquisition of the 645 camera, I have fallen in love with how fun photography has become!  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE photographing people, families and real moments on digital.  But, the approach I take for photographing on film has really different, REALLY fun, and with a look that cannot be duplicated with digital.  So, like any boy with a new toy, I wanted to go out and play and have some fun with the new camera and get to know its characteristics . . . as well as the many challenges I’ve run into with bringing the analog images into digital format to create the many awesome products that I offer.

My good friends Lashley & Tania (I’ve known Lash since I was literally 4 years old) were due for some new family portraits and it was the perfect opportunity for a day with the new system.  My approach was to document their family, as they are, with no real direction, so that in 10 years they could look back on these photographs and remember what it was like as a young family.  A lot of most portrait photographers work (and I’ll admit that some of mine as well) is very contrived, “fake” in the sense that the photographer is trying to create something that isn’t necessarily true.  Accompanied with this style is a LOT of digital manipulation (not my style!!) to tweak, alter and create something that wasn’t there before (adding textures, altering the focus, changing skies or scenery).  I don’t have a problem with that, it just has never been my style.  Occasionally I’ll have done some extreme edits, but  99% of all the photographs that you see on my blog have not been doctored, altered or really tweaked in any way.  I have always tried to capture my portraits as raw, real and full of emotion.  While I do add some oomph to contrast and colors, or correct for crooked horizons, most of the photography you see isn’t very far from what the reality was.

Enter my approach with film, reality is pushed even further.  Everything is real, no doctoring, no contrived smiles or poses, just pure life as it happens.  A lot of this style and influence comes from my good friend Evan Baines (who primarily is a wedding photojournalist), but it has pushed me towards a passion about photography that I have somewhat divorced for the “rockstar” type images.  Since the beginning of the year, I’ve attended many national and worldwide conventions and have seen a LOT of some of the VERY BEST photography being created today, it really is quite phenomenal.  Since these conventions, I walked away doing a lot of self inflection on my own style, and what I want to accomplish as a portrait photographer.  Had my scans been better, I would love to include the actual border of the film, just so you can see that the composition and everything else about the photograph was straight out of the camera.  Below are scans I did myself, and boy was that time consuming.  But, to me, the portraits and documentation is very real, almost tangible in that you can almost feel like you were there watching.  I hope this is something you’ll all enjoy, and expect to see more of it in the future!

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tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

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tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

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tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

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tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

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tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

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tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

Mathur Sneak Peak! | Family Portraits in Tucson Arizona

Two posts within 12 hours, crazy I know!  I just couldn’t contain my enthusiasm for this family’s portraits we did on Tuesday!  This little boy should be a model for all sorts of baby stuff, because he could really “work it”.  Enjoy!

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tucson family portrait photograph stone cayon oro valley marana

I think my eyes melted because this shot was so awesome!  Couldn’t he be a model?  He could in my book!

tucson family portrait photograph stone cayon oro valley marana

tucson family portrait photograph stone cayon oro valley marana