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lauren // senior

Another fun senior session a few weeks back with Lauren!  She is a talented dancer and really knows how to pull off that ‘vogue’ look well :)  Thanks Lauren!

Brooke & Rick | Tucson Engagement Contest Winners!

For the many of you that followed the “Platinum Engagement Contest” sponsored by Sheffields Diamonds, myself and the other sponsors, the contest ended last week and the winners were selected. Brooke & Rick are a very deserving couple and their love is so tangible its awesome! As part of the contest, I provided the future bride & groom with a complimentary engagement session, and also to document the amazing day they were about to have. The winners received the following: 1ct Platinum Diamond ring by Tacori, engagement session and photojournalist documentation of their engagement, Allison limousine provided the transportation to the Imagen Creative Hair Salon, return to the Westin La Paloma who also provided a complimentary 1 night stay in one of their awesome suites, including dinner and so much more. The day was set for a truly magical afternoon and I was so excited to be a part of it. I must say, I’ve photographed some pretty special events and traveled to some really exotic places, but this engagement is not only the second real engagement that I have photographed (see Amanda & Jason’s for the first!), but, this one ranks up there with the most memorable moments I have photographed.

The day started at the Imagen Spa for their pampering. Rick obviously didn’t need a hair trim, but the staff was very accommodating for their special event. We then traveled back to the Westin La Paloma for some quick portraits before dinner. Brooke knew that she was going to end the night as a newly engaged women, but she didn’t know how nor when. Rick and I have previously planned the perfect spot: atop the 2nd floor balcony near the ballrooms. It offered a tremendous view and perfect location for such an amazing event. As we meandered around getting some awesome portraits en-route to the final engagement ring rendezvous point, the hotel had prepared a nice table with some champagne and the ring for Rick’s proposal. As we walked up the stairs, I don’t know if Brooke was expecting it, but she must have known as she saw the table, champagne and ring box. It was a whirlwind of excitement, and as much as I wanted to sit back and watch the moment unfold, I was busy trying to stay out of their hair and photograph the event at the same time. I didn’t hear a word that Rick said, but he had obviously prepared something. Of course she said yes and a celebration ensued. I took a few more awesome portraits of their excitement and the awesome view from the balcony and then left to let them enjoy their moment alone.

We met up again as they were ready for dinner and spent a little while more with them. Brooke even trusted me with the brand new ring (which is obviously the most expensive ring I have probably photographed), which turned out to be an AWESOME ringshot . . . won’t lie :) I had to finish it off with something different, so I had a great idea of photographing them going back to their hotel room . . . I think it worked :)

Big thanks to everyone who was involved with the preparation and publication of the event, it was awesome to be a part of it all!

To all you photographers, consider this a sneak peak for the latest presets from Presetopia, Presets v2 baby!


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tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
I’ve never had a manicure myself, but it looked pretty comfortable all the stuff they did :)
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
AWESOME makeup lounge, pretty shnazzy I’d say
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Interior of the stretch Limo provided by Allison Limousines
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
I LOVED LOVED LOVED the sky in this one as she went outside to check the makeup application
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Rick showing off his new manicure
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Arrival at La Paloma, they were SUPER excited about everything, made my job super easy!
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
SO MANY AWESOME THINGS about this shot, hard to even begin! The view was breathtaking!
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
This is also the view from my apartment :) La Paloma has some serious views unlike all other resorts in Tucson
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Not many people were at this dinner location so that were able to enjoy some R&R alone
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Of course, hard not to love a beautiful ring! Shot this one handheld too FTW!
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Escape back to their room, LOVED this concept
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple

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!

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!

tucson family portraits desert sunset cactus photography

Chris in action! High School Senior Portraits in Tucson Arizona at La Paloma

I had a fun shoot yesterday with Chris as we did something a little different than I usually do.  Chris plays on the volleyball team at his school and we arranged to get some cool action shots on the court at the High School.  It was a blast!  Chris was a little unsure I think of how we could make “cool” volleyball shots, but I think we nailed them here.  It was quite nostalgic as well, as it was the same High School I attended too!  I even saw one of my old history teachers, but I don’t think he remembered me :)   Anyway, I approached this like a Nike / Gatorade ad, all those cool action shots you always see in the magazines.

We finished up the fun action pictures and then headed over to La Paloma for some other more formal / casual type portraits.  We barely missed the rain but I think they worked out just well!  Thansk again Chris!

Also to show off some of the cool posters we can create, here’s a little mokup:

 

I was also fortunate enough to have been able to work with Chris’ family for a awesome family portrait out on the east side a couple weeks ago.  Their family was one of the easiest to work with, they just fell in place, looked great!  They make it look so easy to do!  Thanks again!