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hart family // corpus christi family portraits

Another awesome family in the Corpus Christi area, we went to the Texas State Aquarium, the USS Lexington (aircraft carrier) and then spent some time on the beach.  I loved being able to just tag along with their family doing things that they would normally would do.  Their son is a little ball of energy and could run around all day, and he kept me on my toes for sure!  Thank you thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

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

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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

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’

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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

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

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Making sure their fix was working

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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

greer family // family portraits

This past weekend is always a wonderful weekend, being able to celebrate the Independence of this blessed country we live in is hard to capture in words. But, as I was sitting in church yesterday, singing our beautiful National Anthem, I was reminded in it’s fourth verse what makes it so memorable and special to me:

“O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

I hope we all (Americans or citizens living in this amazing land) remember the many, many great and very serious sacrifices of the men that signed the Declaration of Indepence and the many thousands that fought to protect our Freedom.  I believe that we live in a land that was preserved by God and it is our duty to help keep that reason prominent in our minds and across the nation.

Now, what better way to celebrate this great nation than by sharing what I believe to be at the core of our mortal existence, and the fundamental core of our nation: the family.  The Greer family contacted me a while back about creating family portraits that were very dear and important to them.  Shannon mentioned that it could very well be some of the very last portraits where the entire family is together and I thank them for trusting me with such an important occasion.  If you know them, you’ll know that they have an AWESOME family and I was proud to be able to help create something so meaningful!  Thanks again, look forward to working with you all in the future!

We photographed a LOT of individual families, some fun a crazy individual portraits, a LARGE group photo, and even a group portrait where ALL the grandkids are smiling . . . that’s an accomplishment itself :)  Hope you enjoy!

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tucson family portraits arizona group desert photographs

tucson family portraits arizona group desert photographs

tucson family portraits arizona group desert photographs

tucson family portraits arizona group desert photographs

tucson family portraits arizona group desert photographs

I LOVED these, there are so many more too, this is just a tip of the iceberg of fun

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tucson family portraits arizona group desert photographs

Aren’t they a good looking family?

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And the reason this all started, they are 2 awesome people with one amazing family, thanks Greers!

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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

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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

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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

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

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

tucson family photojournalism portraits arizona photography

Open House Success!

Wow, it’s hard to know where to start saying thank you and where to start grovelling for all those that have helped and supported me in getting the Studio off the ground! The Open House was a success and I thank everyone that was in attendance and helped make it a great evening. I wish I had more time to speak to everyone that came, there were quite a few people that showed up and made greeting everyone a little difficult, but it was still very humbling and awesome at the same time seeing everyone that came. I hope you all enjoyed it!

Now that the Studio Open House is over, I think I can start thinking about getting back to work on actual client projects, it has consumed so much of my time!  I feel proud to show it off though, it looks sweet!  My blog is definitely happy that I’m back on here, it’s been neglected a bit :(

My dad goofing off before everyone was arriving.  I can honestly say I owe all my success to him!

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I swear, I had no part in their plans, but I loved it though :)

tucson photo booth professional wedding photographer studio open house arizona southern portraits

Good friend and photographer Stuart!  thanks buddy

tucson photo booth professional wedding photographer studio open house arizona southern portraits

Dan’s wife just had a baby last week, crazy to think I shot their wedding 2 years ago!

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New friend Shannon, also another local photographer

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Craziness, someone must have spiked the punch

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The ice cream must have been THAT good!  Big thanks to Penguins Frozen Yogurt for bringing the treats!

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Purse-snatcher, thats what happens

tucson photo booth professional wedding photographer studio open house arizona southern portraits

Lovin’ the beard man

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My wife made it in to one of the BOOTH pics :)

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Travis knows that Heidi could take him down any day :)

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Some good friends over at Jones Photo!  They hook you up big time

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tucson photo booth professional wedding photographer studio open house arizona southern portraits

They were famous at the party, atleast they should have been, they have the 2 largest prints in the Studio, gotta check them out they are so awesome!

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Another purse-snatcher, it was probably a Coach bag so I don’t blame him

tucson photo booth professional wedding photographer studio open house arizona southern portraits

tucson photo booth professional wedding photographer studio open house arizona southern portraits

We tried to get some more moolah in the air, but weren’t too successful, I still liked this one though!

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I must have made some good Salsa last night because it was rubbing off for sure

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Their baby is THE CUTEST ever

tucson photo booth professional wedding photographer studio open house arizona southern portraits

Long story, don’t ask

tucson photo booth professional wedding photographer studio open house arizona southern portraits

Can’t wait to shoot their engagement portraits, it’s gonna be SWEEEEEET

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All around good times from everyone

tucson photo booth professional wedding photographer studio open house arizona southern portraits

I think this one is the best of the night, I snapped this frame just as Aurora was about to burst into laughter, gotta love it

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My brother and his girlfriend, they were stumped at what to do but this defined he moment; exactly

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Baby was crying beforehand until we snapped this frame, I don’t know why he couldn’t have joined in on the fun!?

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So serious, they make it look like everyone that DOES NOT wear a spoon on their nose look weird

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Good friend and assistant Kyle couldn’t get enough of these things, they were good.  Not many people ate them, I have like 10000 in my fridge still, maybe I should throw another party?

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Studio Shots! Open House Aug 27th

Was a little bit in a hurry Saturday evening when I decided to take some quick pics of the new studio setup. It is nearing completion of all the small details still left. There is still some furniture and decorations that needs to be put in and some definite cleaning to make it perfect for the Open House! I am trying to send invitations to everyone, but just in case you do not receive one, here are the details:
August 27th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

I hope everyone that wants to come is able to do so! If you are a prospective or new client and just want to stop in and say hi, please come on by! If you wouldn’t mind simply RSVPing in the comments below that would be awesome! Thanks again everyone, I couldn’t have done it without all my awesome clients!

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tucson photography studio senior portraits high school weddings arizona tubac

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!

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tucson family portrait photograph stone cayon oro valley marana

Kunz @ La Paloma | Family Portraits in Tucson Arizona

I finally had the chance to photograph a young family, who happen to be really good friends of mine, at a location not too distant from my home. La Paloma has a small “basin” before the entrance to the resort that is just a fun place, beautiful views and lush grass. The weather could not have been better! Wow, I wish it would stay like this the rest of the year, it was awesome!

Anyways . . . Brandon, Liz and Taevin are just one of the cutest families out there. Liz is expecting their 2nd son and they wanted to get their family portraits done sooner than later :D I had a blast working with them . . . I have to say, the final pic (the nice formal family pic) is buttah! That background is amazing!!!

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tucson family portraits desert sunset cactus photography

tucson family portraits desert sunset cactus photography

That was a fun shot . . . I wish I could be a kid again, lol

tucson family portraits desert sunset cactus photography

tucson family portraits desert sunset cactus photography

tucson family portraits desert sunset cactus photography

tucson family portraits desert sunset cactus photography

tucson family portraits desert sunset cactus photography

tucson family portraits desert sunset cactus photography

I’m pretty proud of this one :D   It’s like buttah I tell you!

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My Family

It sure has been quite a while since my family worked out a time for our own family portrait . . . the last time being just before Karen and I got married . . . 3 years ago.  Time flies, still can’t believe that it has been that long, but, definitely still overdue for a nice family portrait.  I happened to remember a super-secret location only known to very few people (well, maybe not, but I like to think I know something special).  Near the wonderful Sabino Canyon there was this dry riverbed (more likely a stream even when water is in it!) that just looked beautiful.  There was even some colorful leaves still on some of the small trees, so we got lucky.

The lighting was beautiful and sensational . . . and with al little help from some Pocket Wizard radio triggers, taking the photograph was the easy part.  Luckily everyone was good sports and we wrapped it up pretty quickly :)

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Richie & Dhara | family portraits in Bisbee Arizona

I had another great session in Bisbee, it’s hard to not like that place!  It’s full of life, character and weird/interesting things . . . very easy to photograph.  Anyways, Richie & Dhara were great subjects, very easy to work with and a lot of fun to be with!  I’m very excited for them as they mentioned that they never had very good photos from their wedding, and never had engagment photos . . . so these are their post-wedding “engagement” type photos :)   They are also expecting their first child soon, so congrats again!

Dillon Family | Family Portraits in Tucson Arizona @ El Conquistador

I had such a blast with the Dillon family a week and a half ago, and have been a little slow at getting their pictures up on the blog. I was able to work with Brett and his Senior Portraits a couple months back, and now they all got together for a large family portrait. It was a beautiful day out with clear skies and nice weather, it couldn’t have been nicer. El Conquistador is the backdrop if you had not noticed. I must say that I laughed a whole lot with them, they are just an awesome family to be around!





You’ll see why I laughed a lot, they were just very spontaneous and fun to with! You’ll have to ask Brett what he was after with that last one . . .