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ashley + troy // wed

It’s hard to write so little because there is so, so much to say.  Much of it really isn’t mine to say either, so I’ll leave it with this: Ashley + Troy are one incredible couple.  By saying that they have really been through a lot together would be a serious understatement.  The amount of personal sacrifice and hardship that people go through in life hopefully equates to greater appreciation for life’s joys and blessings…and Ashley + Troy are the epitome of happiness, joy, kindness, love and respect…all with great abundance.  It truly was a special honor for me to participate in such an amazing event for both of them.  I knew that they would be an incredible couple to photograph ever since Troy surprised Ashley with an engagement session, and it just so happened to snow that day.  Coincidence?  I think not.

stevie + kyle // wedding, mesa arizona

If you haven’t seen enough of these awesome folks, then here’s another 30+ images from their wedding day.  We started super early at 6:30am at the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple in order to have the best light for their portraits.  I don’t shoot in the morning very often, but this day was different in the quality and color of light, creating an almost pastel palette of colors and tones.  I loved it, I should shoot more in the wee morning hours more often . . . the only problem is maybe finding people who would be up for it :D   It was a pleasure working with them and their families on such a beautiful day, I couldn’t have asked for more.  Later that evening we traveled back to Tucson for their wedding reception at their wonderful home.  One of the best receptions I’ve attended, maybe because they built their house knowing they would be hosting weddings there!  They rocked an awesome photbooth (see post just below this!) and the decorations, food and fun was definitely a night to remember.  Thanks again to all who partied with us!

Also a big thanks to my assistant for the morning, Jeff Ambrose.  Always a pleasure to have you come!

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mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

Jeff’s shot on the right

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

Jeff’s shot on the right

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

Jeff’s shot!

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

Jeff’s shot!

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

Loved this groomsmen shot

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

I was impressed to find out how much Stevie actually helped with the reception, a lot of the food was made by her!  They were delicious too :)

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

Awesome decorations on their patio, couldn’t believe how much time they put in to all of it!

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

mesa arizona wedding photography portraits tucson

See more of our wedding portfolio at our Arizona Wedding Tucson Photography portfolio.

saundra + michael // mesa, arizona wedding

Saundra + Michael finally tied the knot almost 2 weeks ago in Mesa AZ.  Everything about working with them has just been a real pleasure, like old friends hanging out and having a good time.  Both of their families are just wonderful and it was my honor to have been able to participate in such a special event for everyone, and I can’t wait for her sister Stevie’s wedding in just a few weeks.  Then I get to enjoy all the crazy partying with awesome people all over again!  Congratulations again to Saundra + Michael, I wish you both the best!

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mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

mesa arizona tucson wedding lds temple photography portrait

saundra + michael | BOOTH!

I can’t wait to share some of Saundra + Michaels’ amazing wedding portraits (there are just SOOO many awesome ones), but I thought I would share some of the wild and crazy BOOTH shots we did at their reception.  I don’t think I’ve taken so many BOOTH setups EVER, but the crowd all got in to it and they made it a killer success!  Best reception entertainment your money can buy :)   Wan’t a crazy photobooth at your wedding?  Only one place to get the best . . . here’s proof why:

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arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography

I also had a great time with my good buddy Sam Hassas who came to shoot the reception and booth with me, and my new friend Jeff Ambrose who is also a very talented photographer from Phoenix. I couldn’t resist.
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arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography
arizona tucson photobooth event party wedding photography

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!

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

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!

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

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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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?

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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

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!

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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

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

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