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mikayla // senior

A few years ago I photographed Mikayla’s sister’s wedding in Phoenix with my good friend Sam Hassas.  When Mikayla called about creating her senior portraits, I was flattered that she had remembered me after so many years!  She had some great ideas on some pretty cool locations, and I had a blast spending the afternoon in Phoenix, and in Scottsdale at the Arizona Biltmore hotel.  New locations are always one of my favorite things for any session, thanks Mikayla!

tara + chris // la paloma wedding

It has been a long time in the works and the day finally arrived that Tara + Chris were to be wed.  That day was Saturday and oh what a beautiful day it was.  The preparation, ceremony and wedding reception all took place at the beautiful Westin La Paloma where we had awesome sunshine and mild cloud coverage for the entire day.  Tara planned out everything to the last jot and tittle, and you could really tell the amount of time that they both had spent planning their special day.  Custom t-shirts, flowers, gifts, cards, shoes, wardrobe, cake toppers, custom “bridal room” door-hangers, a shnazzy pen to sign their license, it was all there and done very well.  We started off the day before noon with their getting-ready portraits.  The amazing Katy Davis from Couture Makeup did such an amazing job, I’ve never seen anyone quite as talented as her.  The flowers, provided by Patty Hunter from Sauliz Floral Dezigns were exquisite!! (She even drove to Phoenix that morning to pick up flowers for the bouquets, now thats service!)  Everything came together just perfectly, and to my knowledge, everything ran as smooth as it could have done.  Thank you SOOOOO much for letting me be a part of such a wonderful event, it was definitely a wedding I will never forget.

Props to my good friend Sam Hassas for coming out and helping me on this wedding.  It’s always a pleasure working with him, make sure to check out his blog!  Big thanks to all the vendors who came out and performed wonderfully for their special day!

Vendors:
Officiant – Cherisse Mills
DJ – Page Repp – Get With The DJ
Videographer – Stepheny Keith – Black Sheep Video
Florist/Flowers – Patty Hunter – Sauliz Floral
Coordinator – Isabell Kim – Westin La Paloma
Makeup – Katy Davis – Couture Makeup
Venue – Westin La Paloma Resort

WARNING: LOTS of images below!

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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 :)

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

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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

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

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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

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

Amanda & Jason are wed! | Saddlebrooke Wedding in Tucson Arizona

It was a very emotional day full of smiles, tears, laughs and hugs.  A day I will not soon forget.  I have been so honored to have known the Dillon family and all that I have been able to do with them, and now seeing Amanda & Jason is just thrilling to say the least.  Many of you will remember their historic engagement session where they just tore it up!  Check out their awesome engagement post to relive their awesome pics!  http://www.spencerboerup.com/blog/archives/238

Their wedding was at the beautiful Saddlebrooke Wedding venue, one of the very coolest venues, in my opinion, in all of Tucson.  Lots of beautiful window lighting, HUGE ceilings and just a great all around place!  Every minute of the day was just awesome, and although it was a long one, it was very invigorating and refreshing to be with a couple so in love with each other.  Congratulations again Amanda & Jason (and to your new families!), I can’t wait to photograph the little kiddos :)

WARNING: LOTS OF AWESOME IMAGES!!!

Awesome skies the entire day, can’t complain with that!

Check out that ROCK!

WOW!  Instant heart-throb, she is smokin’ in this one!  Looks like a top model to me . . .

My assistant Kyle grabbed these 2 great details

Another WOW!

Guys just couldn’t contain themselves, so much that they . . .

almost ran me over!

I loved this one how her dress is all poofed up, she looks like a Disney princess here!

Another great grab by Kyle, Amanda was so excited about all the people come she was always gazing out the windows to see the commotion :D

It was contagious after a bit apparently

Jason became very emotional as he saw his beautiful bride for the first time coming down the aisle

Another great shot by Kyle

Jason couldn’t keep that smile off his face the entire day!

Another great detail by Kyle

The Dillon’s are VERY proud and happy parents :)

If you look past their awesome beauty, you’ll see a small family of deer in the background, haha!

B&G FTW!

I love a couple that isn’t afraid to be goofy and have a lot of fun!

Surprise gift from Amanda’s family to Jason . . . is that Nacho Libre?

Dance shot FTW!

Just STUNNING!

I love the bubble exit, so awesome!

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!

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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!

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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

Featured on TheKnot.com, Congrats Jessica & Josh!

TheKnot.com has been working on a featured listing of a bride & groom I photographed back in October 2008.  It was a very memorable wedding on many regards; beautifully arranged and decorated, wonderful accomodations at the Stillwell House, super awesome couple, and a reception party that could dance like they were dancing for a gold medal.  Congratulations again to Jessica & Josh!

To view their story you can visit TheKnot.com and read the full story. If you want to recap on their awesome pics, visit our blog post here.

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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!!!

tucson family portraits desert sunset cactus photography

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

Tonie’s Album! Wedding Album for Arizona Wedding at Saguaro Buttes

I just finished the design for Tonie & Jason’s album last week and have been waiting to put them up to display.  I had the wonderful assistance of a talented digital scrapbook and designer, Meagan Turnidge, who helped me speed up my time so I can breathe a little more :)   After a couple of tweaks of “my style” of design it was near perfect.  I absolutely love it and can’t wait to get it back!  This will be another 60 page GraphiStudio album and it is going to be GORGEOUS.  You have to see these in person they are so amazing!

Anyway, their wedding was awesome and it was such an honor to work with them!  Thanks again Tonie & Jason, you guys rock!

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!

Reyna – Downtown | relaxed portraits in tucson arizona

This monsoon season sure makes things interesting as far as planning for outdoor portrait sessions.  You never know when it’s going to clear up, and out of nowhere it can start pouring again.  Oh well, atleast I’m not melting anymore :)   Anyway, I had a fun session with Reyna, who is an aspiring photographer and needed some great shots for hew new website.  This was located in downtown Tucson, and it was the perfect time for some great portraits, beautiful weather that wasn’t too hot (but then again I still sweat my head off!)  Thanks for being so awesome Reyna!!

Senior Ambassadors | Tucson Arizona Senior Portraits

Calling all Class of 2009 seniors! If you haven’t made your way over to our Senior Ambassador page, stop what you are doing and go!

I’m excited to start working with the Class of 2009 seniors in creating the coolest, most awesome and beautiful Senior Portraits that you can find in all of Arizona. I’m looking for Ambassadors from a number of different High Schools to help promote our senior portrait work, in exchange for a free package and also cash rewards (more details on the senior’s site). I will start working with the Ambassadors in the final weeks of June and beginning of July. There is a limited number of Ambassadors accepted per school, so apply now if you are interested!