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gomez family // family documentary

A while back I took a venture into a different approach for my family portraits.  The style, as I and others may call it, is called “family documentary”.  Normally photojournalism is completely undirected, unaided “life as it happens” moments where NO intervention or planning has been made to create a photographic opportunity.  It is raw, it is real, it is exactly what the story tells.  Now this isn’t always what we want to see with family portraits, we always want to look our best, and of course, like we like each other :)  If you missed this first post I made, go see it now, it’s worth a look (besides the fact it was also shot on film).  This to me is showcasing what life is like in an average, everyday normal family’s life.  For the most part I try and stay completely out of the way with little to no “direction”.  We will plan out a schedule per se, but then it’s up to the family to just be themselves.  For the many many families that have seen this first session above, it connects with people on a different level because it’s very easy for most families to just “be themselves”.  A lot of families will come to me for family portraits feeling a little shy, unsure or uneasy about what the actual “photographic creation” will be like.  My number one goal is to make sure that EVERYONE is having a great time and is comfortable, and when I’m not directing you, posing you, or telling you to do something, most people feel like “themselves” and end up completely enjoying the entire time working with me.  So, while I still enjoy doing family or couple’s portrait sessions where there is definitely some directed portraiture, being able to relax and “be yourself” definitely makes the entire experience a little bit more fun :)

Clearly this was the case with the Gomez family!  I was delighted to find out that they LOVED this concept and approach and I was even more excited after getting to know them as a family and what they might like to include in their own personal “documentary”.  After maybe 3 minutes, their son was an absolute ham for the camera for the entire day and everything was just a blast.  It was a little work on my end just trying to keep up with them :)  With careful planning, a creative mind and just having fun, these are moments that will be cherished forever . . . I love being able to be a part of something that will be handed down through the family.

If you know the family, are friends or even complete strangers, share a comment for the Gomez clan . . . I’m sure they’ll love it!

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tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

The more and more he went through the slides and tubes, the more the static made his hair stand up

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

Digging for treasure, they just found something

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

The rest of the evening was spent with family and friends preparing for dinner

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

They both wanted to show off the tomatoes that they found

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

Such hams, this might have been their first ‘wet-willie’

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

While dinner was cooking, they found out that the “water main” was leaking and it was now their job to find it and fix it :)  such an amazing imagination

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

Making sure their fix was working

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

A new leak sprung, time to fix

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

Post-dinner DQ run

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

kevin // tucson senior

Kevin is one of the first sibling-seniors I get to photograph . . . I photographed his sister’s senior portraits almost 3 years ago!  Seems like a long time to me, but I’m glad that I get to work with the family again.  Must have done something right :)  We photographed Kevin’s portraits during the muggy monsoon season here, and the clouds were definitely epic that day.  Golf, good looks and a star soccer player is a winning combo for me.  I LOVE doing the unique and custom stuff . . . as much as I love doing standard portraits, incorporating personality into every session is something I always strive for.  Hope I nailed it this time :)  Thanks again Kevin!

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tucson senior portraits photography soccer sports golf storm high school

tucson senior portraits photography soccer sports golf storm high school

tucson senior portraits photography soccer sports golf storm high school

tucson senior portraits photography soccer sports golf storm high school

tucson senior portraits photography soccer sports golf storm high school

tucson senior portraits photography soccer sports golf storm high school

tucson senior portraits photography soccer sports golf storm high school

tucson senior portraits photography soccer sports golf storm high school

tucson senior portraits photography soccer sports golf storm high school

tucson senior portraits photography soccer sports golf storm high school

tucson senior portraits photography soccer sports golf storm high school

tucson senior portraits photography soccer sports golf storm high school

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!

Bisbee AZ – Matt & Mary | Engagement Portraits in Arizona

Wow. That pretty much sums up how cool Bisbee is, with an awesome couple, on a beautiful day! Bisbee has a long tradition (in my memories) of old antique shops, art galleries, fantasticly rustic buildings and great hot dogs. I didn’t get to sample the hot dogs this time around, but I did the others! If you have not been there, please check it out. Don’t forget the really cool mine tour, definitely worth it.

Mary & Matt are getting married later this July, but it was a total blast to work with them. It was hard to put down the camera (ever) because they were always doing something new and fun. My friend Travis came along and shot some video work for me, which hopefully in the near future I’ll be able to post on the blog (for all you that are wondering how cool my engagement sessions really are!)

(NOTE: I don’t have my fancy border people always ask me about because I’m doing this from my laptop in the Virgin Islands, didn’t have that much time to work on it! Updates to come)