All posts tagged bridal portraits

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Valerie & Steve | Mesa Wedding, Wright House, Tucson Reception

Boy have I been excited to post these. Many of you might have seen a couple photo tweets with some teasers, but I had such a blast working with Valerie & Steve on both their engagement portraits (at the Tucson Ritz-Carlton) and now with their awesome wedding. The temperature had cooled down the week before their wedding, but the day of their wedding our wonderful sun had to rear its nasty hot flares in our direction. It was bright and got hot very quickly . . . but their pics were definitely hotter! They were married at the Mesa LDS Temple in Phoenix and then shortly thereafter a wonderful luncheon was provided at The Wright House, which was my first time at this venue. Very Victorian and romantic setting for a great reception (or luncheon in this case). Awesome interiors and cool courtyard = win!

After some great frames at the Wright House, we traveled back to Tucson for an evening reception at a local chapel. A very fun and very unique wedding day for me! Congrats again to Valerie & Steve!

For the photographers, this wedding set was processed almost entirely with Presetopia Presets v2 which just came out this week! Make sure you grab your copy while they are on sale. Sale ends Nov 9th!


LOVED this exit shot, sooooo hot!

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Fun candid of the guys being guys

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I normally don’t post formals, but I thought I’d post this as a demo/lesson about lighting. The 2 pictures here are nearly identical, taken within 2 seconds of each other. The one on the left is “natural” light, meaning only ambient light was used. The one on the right used “artificial” light (known as a flash) to enhance the scene. Both are great portraits in my book. BUT, it just goes to show how lighting can dramatically change the mood or feel of a portrait. The one on the right required a VERY powerful flash, which most photographers I know shooting these days don’t care to lug around. It’s not needed, but, every photographer should know why they are lighting their portraits the way they are!

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phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

Different angle

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

EYE EXPLOSION! Couldn’t resist tweeting this one, so cool . . .

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The Wright House courtyard, lovely place indeed

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

This one is almost straight out of camera, EPIC

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

Loved this other courtyard shot. You can see some lens flare, and the flare ended up highlighting the bride & groom!

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Totally candid, so fun

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

I LOVED her flowers. They remind me of Andi’s flowers from Tubac, except not roses of course

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

Check out this awesome window light!

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Another great formal portrait of the bride & groom!

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

This place had way too much awesome natural light coming from every room

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

Mmmmm, love the background, its like butter!

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

Classic reception kid, reception’s always have them :)

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

The father/daughter dance was just so sweet. So many teary eyes during their dance

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

Little backstory: Cake cutting obviously going on here, but, Steve thought he could sneak a fast one by Valerie and not allow her to feed him the cake, so he took a bight of his own and got what he deserved :)

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phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

Another great sparkler exit. Valerie & Steve were a little late with their exit and most of the sparklers had extinguished by then :( Still was fun!

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Post-Wedding Portraits with Amanda & Jason

I had a great opportunity to work with one of my amazing couples from this summer in shooting some post-wedding portraits. I had set out to create one pic I had in mind while driving to the location, something very scenic, creative and warm. We headed just north of Tucson, back to Saddlebrooke for a 1 hour session.  The clouds provided an awesome addition to this one pic, hope you enjoy it! Thanks again Amanda & Jason!

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What is cooler than an abandoned, run-down, hurricane destroyed resort? St Croix Wedding Photographer

Not much in fact.  While on my stay on the beautiful island of St. Croix (US Virgin Islands) I had a chance to take some scenic drives and take in the beauty.  While out driving on the very far east end of the island, I stumbled upon an old hotel/resort right on the beach.  I knocked on some doors in the area and spoke with some long time locals about it, it had been completely thrashed and destroyed in hurricane Hugo of 1989.  A category 5+ that apparently most Americans are clueless to.  Anyway, it was the coolest place for some edgy and grundgy bridal portraits.

I texted Amber & Carraig to see if they would be up for it (after all they were enjoing their honeymoon already).  Luckily they were, and boy were they in for a treat.  It doesn’t get much better than this ladies & gentlemen.  I felt like James Bond with the whole exotic island, ravished old hotel, awesome weather with a beautiful bride to photograph.  I could only have dreamt about something this cool!

Enough jabber, enjoy the awesomeness :D

For the photographers and photo-junkies, here’s some quick setup shots taken by the groom (my assistant as well!)  Check out this hotel, isn’t it AWESOME?

It’s quite necessary to even lug around tons of expensive lighting gear to an island.  Good photographers never leave home without it!

Just Amber | US Virgin Islands Wedding Portraits

I keep getting subliminal text messages from the bride & groom about them wanting to see more pics, and even though my current mobile setup for editing and posting numerous photographs isn’t quite what I’m used to, I can get a few more :D

Every time I look through the images I’m just super excited about them, and you can probably tell by now!  Here we go with just a couple more of just Amber . . . then a post to come just of Carraig and the bling.  Thanks again all who have helped me get to where I am now!

This one could easily be the new cover for InStyle Weddings!

Virginia Tech & Radford | Wedding Engagement Photography in Virginia

Although this week involved little sleep, long hours of flight and sore shoulders from hauling all of my gear through the airport, I would do it again in a heartbeat! I had a blast with Jennifer & Scott for their engagement photos, who are getting married this coming June. I might be a little biased as she’s my sis-in-law, but I think their engagement photos are the most romantic pictures to date :) Radford University and Virginia Tech University make great locations, and you can probably tell that Virginia is a bit greener than Arizona. Our family is really excited for them, and I’m just really excited about their photos.

I was surprised that the sun doesn’t set till around 8:20 there, so it was an interesting change! Enjoy . . .