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gina & jonathan // jw marriot tucson wedding

It’s hard to put in to words how incredibly awesome Gina & Jonathan are.  They were so relaxed and ready to party, and let me do whatever I wanted for their portraits.  I could immediately tell it was a close group of friends that came in for the wedding, and most of them had known each other for 15+ years.  Needless to say the dance floor was off-the-charts crazy!  Such a beautiful day with awesome people, my job doesn’t get much better than this.

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heather + scott // ritz carlton wedding

It feels surreal typing this, but this is my last wedding of 2012 and it definitely went out with a bang! Heather + Scott had an absolutely gorgeous wedding at the most beautiful venue in all of Arizona. It was a family centric event with lots of emotion, surprises, laughter and fun. Thank you for allowing me to capture such a special event in your lives!

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brooke + rick // wed

I’ve known Brooke & Rick for a few years now. It all started back when I was part of a big contest to give away an amazing engagement prize to one lucky couple. All over Tucson, by the thousands, people submitted their love story to the local news channel for a chance to win an all expense paid engagement package. It included a lot of amazing goodies, including a very expensive and beautiful Tacori diamond ring. The one rule was, that if you were selected to win, you had to propose to your fiance. That is precisely what Rick did, and I was there to document their proposal. Fast forward 2 years later, Brooke & Rick got married last month and it was one of the most special, loving, emotional and fun weddings I’ve ever experienced. Their love is so apparent, and they were surrounded by many friends and family that shared the same feelings. This is a wedding that I will always remember. Brooke, Rick, THANK YOU.

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sonya + eliezer // tucson wedding

Wow. Thats really all that comes to my mind whenever I think of this wedding. They wouldn’t stop smiling, kissing, loving each other. The day was filled with lots of family, friends, laughter, tears, fun, and a lot of love. This is a real wedding, with real people, and I enjoyed every single second of it. Thank you guys for trusting my vision and allowing me to be part of your day!

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lindsey + brian // wedding

What an incredible wedding!  Lindsey + Brian seriously planned the perfect day.  Everything went soooo smooth, it was definitely meant to be.  The Stillwell House is one of my favorite local wedding venues.  It offers a unique setting with a lot of charm and variety mixed in.  A very emotional morning and ceremony was topped off with a smashing reception party that had some serious groove to it.  Thanks for letting me come tag along!

Briana & Ricardo | Hacienda Del Sol Tucson Arizona Wedding

Awesomefragilistic. OK maybe that’s not a word, but I was trying to think of something hip and cool to describe how cool this wedding was! Brianna & Ricardo are the worlds coolest newlyweds right now. So if you see them, make sure you get their autograph. I’ve had such an awesome time working with both of them and feel honored to have been able to photograph their wedding! They traveled from Texas (Tucson is home) for their wedding and picked one of the coolest places in Tucson: Hacienda Del Sol Resort. I shot Melissa & Brad’s wedding here 3 months ago as well for all of you blog stalkers that can remember :)

I knew this would be a fun wedding when we met for the first time back in December for their totally awesome engagement photos. Brianna and the girls started at Gadabout Salon for hair and makeup, then we all boogied over to the resort to get ready, awesome portraits and a party like none other. The week preceding the wedding was very beautiful weather, and we were hit with a scorching day during the wedding. Nonetheless, we had a rockin time and cannot wait to start working on their totally awesome album. Thanks again to the both of you!

For future and potential brides, here’s some info on the wedding:
Dress and Bridesmaids Dresses — Alfred Angelo
Flowers and Linen Rentals — Creative Arrangements by Sylvia
Cake — Busy B Bakery
Guitarist — Dr. Thomas Patterson
DJ — Double Play DJ’s
Mii Sculpture — Paul Pape Designs

WARNING: 50 AWESOME PICS BELOW. If you are at work and don’t have 20 minutes to spare, bookmark now :)

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brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

Awesome shot grabbed by my assistant Kyle!

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

As they were walking away from the ceremony location, I’m here walking backwards grabbing this shot.  10 seconds later, I trip over a small sidewalk lamp and fall flat backwards.  Luckily I was in the shade, and the crowd in the sun, so I don’t know if many people saw it.  I’m still hoping it turns up on YouTube :)

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

Another awesome candid by Kyle

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

Yes, that moon is real :) brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

Kyle grabbed this one as well, as you can see me in the far right of the frame.  Grandma was triumphal in her dance with Ricardo and is now accepting her applause by the guests :) brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

All natural light.  Do you think a non-professional can grab these?  NOPEbrianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

katie & denis | 4.18.09 @ stillwell house | tucson arizona wedding photography

You’ll remember Katie & Denis’ awesome engagement photos we took at the very end of last year (in fact, the 2nd to last photoshoot I did for 2008) and since then I had been really looking forward to their wedding.  They are such a fun, genuine couple that are truly in love.  I didn’t know much about their story until Sergio (the best man) gave his wedding speech/toast at the wedding, and what a fun and amazing couple they are!  Sergio, who undoubtedly gave the very best wedding speech (Lib’s was just as awesome as well!) I’ve ever heard in wedding history, insomuch that I really felt like I got to know Katie & Denis so much more and how wonderful a couple they make!  The light throughout the whole day was beautiful (thank you AZ, you’re always kind to me) and it was just a blast to be there with them.  The Stillwell House is always a fun place to shoot at, awesome details, superb staff and awesome food as well!  Thanks again guys for allowing me to work with you both on such a special day, I feel so lucky!

Also. big props to my buddy Sergio, sergiomottola.com, who flew down from Seattle for the weekend and came and shot this wedding with me.  You can see his stuff on his blog!  His style is such a breath of fresh air, he definitely beats to the tune of his own drum and copies no one.

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Wowzers!  This ringshot is near the top of my favs, including their other ringshot you’ll find below!

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

Loved her hair, isn’t that gorgeous!?

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

Fun group of good lookin girls, hard to take a bad pic!

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

This should be the cover of a magazine for sure!

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

Amazing light during the ceremony, gotta love this kind of stuff!

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

Almost every wedding, the guests will be missing this kind of reaction of the groom when he sees the bride walking down the aisle.  Everyone always looks down the aisle at the beautiful bride (like above), but miss the sweet tender expressions of the groom.

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tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

There’s the beautiful lighting again, man, it was awesome!

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On technical standpoint, this was my favorite lens of the day.  Gotta love the wide 24L loving, just fantabulous

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

Hard to say which one I like better.  But I bounced my flash on Sergio (the photographer) who was off the side, and also held a napkin up near the flash to create this effect.  You don’t need fancy tools to get the job done some times, just some ingenuity :)

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tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

Love this dance shot, I love how everyone’s attention is all on them!

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

St. Croix, USVI Photography

Of course a photographer travels to an exotic island in the Caribbean to photograph an amazing wedding with an amazingly good-looking couple . . . and then doesn’t share the “other” pics. I do enjoy shooting landscapes, but I really just enjoyed the beauty of the island and relaxed. Of course this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to photograph such a beautiful place that I HAD to take my big camera and take some snaps. I love doing panoramas, as you’ll see at the bottom. I do hope that these give you a glimpse of the island of St. Croix in all it’s beauty. There is a lot to see, more to learn, and even more history that made this trip so memorable to me. A big thanks goes to Mr. Bidelspacher from the east end of the island for the historical information that he so willingly shared to me, that made me better enjoy my stay . . . immensely. Can’t wait to go back!

Something special that I learned prior to coming to St. Croix was that my great-great-great grandfather lived here when he was part of the Royal Danish army.  He later moved to Illinois and thats how part of my family came to the states.  It was meant to be that I go back and visit!

This is part of one of the larger intact ruins left from the Danes.  There are many many old sugar mill plantations on the island, some preserved and some not.

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us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

This is near the pier in Fredriksted (West Island)

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

Some of the Fredriksted Buildings.  The architecture on the island is beautiful, very unique.

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

This was taken during the “rehearsal” for Amber & Carraig’s wedding.  Killer awesome sunset!!!

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

This is the Rust Op Twist sugar mill.  One of the largest and very well preserved still!

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

I took a snorkel tour to Buck Island, one of the most pristine beaches in the entire world (I’m not making that up either!)  JFK came to Buck island in the 60s and designated Buck Island the only National Underwater Park.  It is very well preserved and has some of the world’s best snorkeling.  I can tell you first hand it was absolutely AMAZING!  Below is the world famous “Turtle Beach”.

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This was taken from our sail boat of the very very east tip of Buck Island, right where the boat ‘docked’ and where we snorkeled for an hour.  The water is really that clear, there is no magic or tricks here, it was simply that amazing!

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Again, another from Turtle Beach, with a view of the north central part of the island, Christiansted.  I took a quick dive here, the water is absolutely amazing.  There were a bunch of small, clear transparent fish swimming everywhere.

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A view of the east end of the island.  Just past those hills is the eastern most property of the USA.

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

Here is the south east bay.  Near here is the Divi Carina Resort/Casino.  You are looking at Grape Tree Bay, and on the very left side of the pic is where we shot Amber’s bridal pictures in the old, run-down resort hotel.

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

From atop a hill in the pic above you can see Isaac’s Bay, one of the less frequented beaches due to its accessibility.  On the other side of that hill is Jack’s Bay, supposed to be one of the most beautiful parts of the island.  It’s a good hike to get down there!

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One last one from the other side of Turtle Beach on Buck Island.  Amazing day to take some pics!

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

Emma & Danny – Mesa & Tucson Wedding Photography

As many of you know already, Emma & Danny were married this past weekend in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple, and their reception and ring-ceremony followed afterwards in Tucson at the Westward Look Resort.  It was the first time I had been to Westward Look and boy was it fun!  The post below shows how much fun it was, if you didn’t see the photobooth madness!  It was such a pleasure working with their families, everyone was so outgoing and easy to work with!  There’s quite a buzz circling the facebook pages, gotta check it out if you have not yet!

Thanks again Emma & Danny, you guys are super awesome!

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mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

There is something about this one that I LOVE!!!

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mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

Check out the bling!  Beautiful ring! (ok I didn’t mean for that to rhyme)

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mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

One of my all time fav groomsmen shots

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Can you see how versatile one couch can be, yet make a picture sooo sooo different?

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

My uber-cool assistant Travis grabbed this one, I love Danny’s expression!

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Travis got this awesome detail as well . . .

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

I usually have my assistants grab candids while I setup for formal shots, they always come out better than the formals :(   But thats a good thing :)

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mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

Smashing!

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

mesa tucson wedding photography temple westward look resort phoenix

Amber & Carraig: Wedding Photography in St. Croix, USVI

Well it’s taken me a while to finally prep and finalize Amber & Carraig’s complete wedding set.  3 days of working makes a lot of pictures, a lot of hard drive space, and a lot more time making them more awesome :)   A lot had to do with my frustrations with my computer giving me problems and errors left and right (PC), thus slowing down the process.  Ironically, using my Macbook while on the island was a fresh experience (long time PC user, but loving Mac more and more).  Combine PC frustrations + newfound Mac loving, and well, it makes you want to get a new Mac (coming soon . . .).  Enough of that talk, but more on their images.  Not much more to say, just enjoy the photos!

Tons of awesome details, awesome bling, relaxed expressions and a lot of fun.  Thanks again Amber & Carraig for letting me be part of something so special and intimate!

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st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

A couple more | St Croix Wedding Portraits

It’s so hard to not have time to look through all of their pictures, let alone want to work on them instantly. But, while doing a quick gander (2 hours is quick for me!) through some of their post wedding pics, I just had to share a few . . . they are that good.

Back in the early 1800s, St Croix was owned and controlled by the Dutch. It had a heavy slave population (like most of the Caribbean did) and they produced a lot of sugar cane. This sugar was manufactured in the sugar mills, and some of these old 18th century mills are still on the island. We took a couple of fun portraits near the Rust Op, and then later headed down to Sandy Point (one of the nicest beaches on the island). Fun day, nice weather . . . these photographs far exceeded my expectations (and they were very high to begin with!). Enjoy :)

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us virgin islands wedding photography
us virgin islands wedding photography
us virgin islands wedding photography

Jennifer & Scott -Utah Wedding Album Design

I’ve been busy working on a couple of new designs, not just for some wedding albums but other new and exciting products and wanted to share with you a new album spread I completed recently.  This is another Asukabook design, 10×10″ book with 40 pages.  I’m excited to get this one done, it’s going to be way awesome!  Stay tuned for some more product photos, including our Senior Portfolios . . . they are hot!

You’ll also notice a little change to the images . . . the old frame (the white border with my logo on it) seemed a little too detached from me, so I thought I’d make it match a little more to my brand.  Would love to hear your comments!

Here is the album cover

Jennifer & Scott – Salt Lake City Wedding Photography

I have been a little behind on posting these pictures, but I just couldn’t wait any longer!  Jennifer & Scott were married on June 24 in the Salt Lake City temple, and it was just a beautiful day.  We actually took all of their fun pictures the night before so that we were not sweating the day of the wedding in the heat!  Boy was it a good idea because their night pictures were just awesome.  It was especially fun to be with them at this location because that is where I was married, 2.5 years ago!  Time flies . . .

The reception followed the evening of the wedding day and it was just a gorgeous room with lots of character and fun details.  The food was great (especially the pie buffet!)  Now, back to designing more albums . . .