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debbie + aaron // chicago

Last week I had the awesome privilege to travel to Chicago and hang out with Debbie & Aaron.  They showed me around, we ate some awesome food, and we got some awesome photos in the mean time.  I hadn’t been to Chicago since 1994 so it was wonderful to finally go back and see what an amazing place it is!  Debbie & Aaron are getting married next March in Tucson and I really cannot wait for their wedding!!!  Thanks again Debbie & Aaron!

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sonya + eliezer // engagements

Another fun engagement session, dogs always make it fun!  We started at the University of Arizona and then headed to the downtown area for some more urban portraits.  Beautiful light (albeit a tad hot out), but I had a blast working with Sonya + Eliezer.  Can’t wait for their fall wedding when it will be much cooler too :)

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lindsey + brian // engagements

This is one of the only times I have ever been up to Mt. Lemmon for any kind of portraits.  Lindsey + Brian love the outdoors and we decided it would be a great location!  I need to come more often because it was just downright beautiful up there.  Fun + love always works out in the end, and I can’t wait to post their wedding images too!  Congrats to Lindsey + Brian!

Tara & Chris | Engagements

2 posts in one day, it doesn’t happen very often, but, Tara & Chris definitely have it going on with their pics.  It’s been a long time running since I first met with Tara & Chris, a lot of things have changed with my business and style.  I don’t know if she planned it this way, but they sure planned it assuming that I would get better and better at what I do instead of taking their engagements over 1 year ago.  They have a TON of amazing pics and it was a struggle for me to pic the very favorites for the blog (I’m sure they will attest to it too)!

We started at a local theater on the northwest side of Tucson.  The theater manager was totally awesome and gave us some sweet access to the theater and their amenities, so be sure to head over to Tower Theater and see what makes them different than the other theaters.  We then traveled over to an Ace Hardware and just had some good ole’ fun in a new location.  We finished off their session with more awesomeness at the University of Arizona.  So many great locations, so much fun.  The end of the day produced some wicked awesome light.  Can’t wait for their wedding come March!

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

tucson engagement portraits theater university arizona wedding photography

Valerie & Steve – Ritz Carlton Engagement Portraits

Well, many people were impressed that I got to shoot at the Tucson Airport with unlimited access to anywhere I wanted to shoot. Well, I think I might have almost topped that this week! I got special corporate clearance from the Ritz Carlton in Tucson, and I had full access to the Championship golf course and club house, the entire afternoon with NO ONE ELSE THERE. Yes, you read it: full access to a world class golf facilities with an awesome couple, amazing lighting, and a large can of awesomeness. Only time limited our creativity, but boy was it an opportunity. Valerie & Steve were a blast to work with and look forward to their wedding come August! We started out in the downtown area for a little bit, then headed to the Ritz golf club and had a blast. Tiger Woods has won the Championship Match Play Tournament at this course a number of times . . . this place was EXACTLY like you would see in the really high-end magazines and stuff . . . top notch! I hope that someday I can go back, but I doubt I’ll get that kind of opp again. NOTE: You never know where you’ll get here in Tucson if you just drop my name :) Thanks again Valerie & Steve, you’re the bestest!

tucson ritz carlton golf wedding photograph arizona

tucson ritz carlton golf wedding photograph arizona

tucson ritz carlton golf wedding photograph arizona

tucson ritz carlton golf wedding photograph arizona

tucson ritz carlton golf wedding photograph arizona

tucson ritz carlton golf wedding photograph arizona

Oooooh, loving the light on this one!

tucson ritz carlton golf wedding photograph arizona

tucson ritz carlton golf wedding photograph arizona

tucson ritz carlton golf wedding photograph arizona

tucson ritz carlton golf wedding photograph arizona

tucson ritz carlton golf wedding photograph arizona

tucson ritz carlton golf wedding photograph arizona

Mt. Lemmon – Michele & Terry | Arizona Wedding Photography

I was up on Mt. Lemmon 2 times in the past week, and each time was just absolutely beautiful. The weather is amazing, and it is a fairly pleasant drive (if you are the one driving . . . I got a little carsick while I was passenger). It’s a nice break from the Tucson heat for sure, but most importantly for Michele & Terry, it was the start of a new relationship. Terry popped the question to Michele almost 2 years ago at the Iron Door at the very top of Mt. Lemmon at Ski Valley. Quaint restaurant for sure (I went back a week later and their food was awesome), and the staff was very accommodating to allow us to photograph on the location! We didn’t spend too much time indoors, but we had a ton of fun outdoors for sure. Terry’s Harley is so rad . . . it has soul, a big whopping loud soul too :) They are getting married this coming Friday, I bet they are sure excited and can’t wait to see them again!

I love it when clients can let loose and have a little fun!

mt lemmon tucson arizona wedding portraits photography iron door

mt lemmon tucson arizona wedding portraits photography iron door

mt lemmon tucson arizona wedding portraits photography iron door

Beautiful window light . . . you can’t buy light like this!

mt lemmon tucson arizona wedding portraits photography iron door

mt lemmon tucson arizona wedding portraits photography iron door

mt lemmon tucson arizona wedding portraits photography iron door

OMG!  I think eye cried looking at this picture, my eyes couldn’t take it (I also risked my life and camera hanging out my trunk trying to get this one [thanks to Kyle for driving!])

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Andi & Tony – Tucson Zoo Engagement Photography

OK, so I’ve been waiting a long time to finally go to the zoo. It was WELL worth it, very fun place! It was actually smaller than I remember it, but it was still a whole lot of fun. Andi & Tony let it loose and man was it a blast! You guys rock! I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard during a session than with the turtle . . . and rolling . . . you’ll see in pic #3 I was already on the ground laughing . . . good times! We wrapped up at the zoo by the time they closed and they meandered on downtown to enjoy the rest of the great weather. It got a little chilly but still had a heck of a lot of fun. Here’s just a few, was hard to pick there were so many good ones! I can’t wait for their wedding in Tubac!

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tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

OK how cool is THIS!

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

tucson engagement photos zoo reid park wedding downtown

Crystal & Todd!

Big kudos to Crystal & Todd for a fun day on Tuesday! We headed over to Trail Dust town for some fun portraits, made a quick stop at Long John’s (yes, the fast food joint, you’ll have to ask them all about it!) and then stopped off at the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch to finish up their engagement session.

Beautiful day for some awesome portraits, and their fun and laughter was just contagious :P   For all you photographers, processing was done with my own LR presets, Presetopia.com for details.

Crystal & Todd are getting married on probably the best day of the year . . . Feb 21 . . . my birthday :)   Thanks again guys, it was a lot of fun!

tucson wedding photography crystal todd
tucson wedding photography crystal todd
tucson wedding photography crystal todd
tucson wedding photography crystal todd
tucson wedding photography crystal todd

This is inside an indian teepee, kinda fun . . . tucson wedding photography crystal todd
tucson wedding photography crystal todd
tucson wedding photography crystal todd
tucson wedding photography crystal todd
tucson wedding photography crystal todd
tucson wedding photography crystal todd
tucson wedding photography crystal todd
tucson wedding photography crystal todd
Wow, this one just came out amazing.  Super sun flare for ya :O
tucson wedding photography crystal todd
tucson wedding photography crystal todd

Emma & Danny

I had a super awesome time with a new couple I am working with, Emma & Danny.  They are getting married in January and it was time for their engagement photos, and a beautiful day it was!  We went to the La Encantada mall (big thanks to Melanie for allowing us on the beautiful property) and just had a blast there!  Beautiful place, hard to take a bad picture with a great couple and great location.  Anyways, the original plan was to go to the Zoo afterwards for some more photos, but it had closed at 4pm :(   For some strange reason I was under the impression that it stayed open later, but I was wrong I guess.  We left La Encantada mall and headed downtown for some more casual type portraits where we wrapped up the evening.

Super awesome couple, great locations, what more could I ask?  Thanks again guys, you are the best!  Here’s a couple teasers . . .

tucson wedding photography emma danny

tucson wedding photography emma danny

tucson wedding photography emma danny

tucson wedding photography emma danny

tucson wedding photography emma danny

tucson wedding photography emma danny

tucson wedding photography emma danny

tucson wedding photography emma danny

tucson wedding photography emma danny

tucson wedding photography emma danny

tucson wedding photography emma danny

tucson wedding photography emma danny

tucson wedding photography emma danny

tucson wedding photography emma danny

tucson wedding photography emma danny

Jessica & Josh | Downtown Tucson Engagement Portraits

I had a super-awesome e-session (engagement session for photographer lingo!) downtown yesterday with Jessica & Josh.  I’ve been super excited to finally work with them since we met back in May.  Their wedding is in about 1 month from now which I can’t wait for as well!  Although it was nice weather, I was hoping for a little bit of sunlight, but the clouds loomed ominously overhead the entire time.  One of my biggest dreams is to shoot in some heavy rain . . . but we didn’t get to that yesterday.  They were both so comfortable and relaxed, it made my job look easy!  You guys rocked my day yesterday!

PS: thanks to my friend Travis for getting some behind-the-scenes shots of me working.  Always fun to see myself in a different perspective!

Me in action here (I need a haircut, 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)


Cheryl & Josh – Downtown Tucson Engagement Portraits in Arizona

What do you get when you combine an awesome couple, super cool location, great lighting and lot’s of energy? You get Cheryl & Josh’s engagement pictures! We headed downtown for what was going to be a moderately warm day, but the only thing that stayed hot was the couple! They didn’t stop, just one awesome picture after the other. We even had to stop and take a water break, it was that much fun! We just kept on walking around and found some of the coolest locations, like graffiti walls, abandoned buildings, parking garages and much more. If you know Cheryl or Josh, be sure to let them know how much you liked their photos!




















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 . . .