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kyle // senior

Kyle is another sibling of a past senior I photographed.  His sister was one of my very early seniors over 3 years ago!  We went out to a very very remote location in Dragoon, AZ…about 20 minutes away from Benson near the base of some REALLY awesome mountains.  It was a mecca for southwest-style locations, with an incredibly awesome dirt road that takes you there…dirt roads + a subaru = fun :)  Kyle is also an accomplished volleyball player!  The final shot below involved ZERO photoshop :)  Thanks Kyle!

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taylor // senior

I think Taylor was a little nervous her portraits wouldn’t be amazing, and boy was she wrong :)  Another great outdoor session near the Sabino Canyon area, finished off with some southwest ranch style portraits.  The light later in the day really gave some great pastel colors, which accented well with her wardrobe!  Thanks Taylor for some being an awesome model!

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kelley + matt // tanque verde guest ranch

So it has officially felt like forever since my last blog post.  May has been a whirlwind of a month and I’m not even close to getting a break yet!  I had a ton more senior portraits, 2 weddings, family portraits in Texas and then a wedding in Seattle.  I’m ready for a break, but can’t wait to share all of these amazing portraits.

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heather + brady // wed

Spring weddings in Tucson are always just awesome, and nothing says “Tucson” like the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch: a dude ranch nestled into the Saguaro National Monument East (think of a forest, but except trees, big Saguaro cacti everywhere).  Cool, comfortable weather and a lot of really great people to be around, it really makes my job such an awesome experience even through a 12-hour day.  The girls started getting in the VERY early morning, I think before 6am, don’t know how they did it and last well close to midnight partying just as hard as everyone else.  Such a fun day, full of emotion, laughter and just great people.  Thank you Heather & Brady!

aaron & sarah // hacienda del sol wedding

This wedding was a little different than my normal approach for most weddings, and for a couple of reasons.  First, it’s a rather small and intimate wedding for close friends and family (which I LOVE by the way); second, it’s also my brother’s wedding; third, I absolutely LOVE the Hacienda Del Sol.  They have hands down the best wedding food at any venue in Tucson!  They’ve been engaged for a couple months now and I’ve been looking forward to their wedding ever since.  My photographic approach to their wedding was primarily as a guest and photographer second.  Since they kept it simple and sweet, there wasn’t a lot of the traditional “bouquest toss” and other events of the day.  It was nice to attend and enjoy a wedding that was more about the company of each other and family, than the party and plans.  I’m super excited to welcome Sarah in to the family!

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tucson hacienda del sol wedding photographer arizona

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My grandma always has a camera in hand, and my sister always has a bottle of Aquafina

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Weather was absolutely PERFECT

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The eyebrow raise, he’s done it ever since he was a little kid

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tucson hacienda del sol wedding photographer arizona

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tucson hacienda del sol wedding photographer arizona

My younger and taller brother

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Had to include this funny one, just wait for it :)  My grandpa, if you couldn’t tell . . .

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andi & tony | tubac golf resort wedding photography

I had a super awesome wedding this past Saturday, it was the first time I had been to the Tubac Golf Resort. Totally amazing! Such a beautiful location, lots of amazing scenery and amazing hospitality from the staff. It was very top notch. To top it off I had such an amazing couple to work with, I was honored to be part of their day. In fact I knew Tony and a lot of his friends from high school, old times . . .

It was a hard to take a bad photograph because the weather and lighting could not have been so amazingly awesome. God definitely blessed us with a beautiful earth and Saturday it looked amazing! I’ve got a lot of photos to post so bear with me, I just loved so many of them! Thanks again Andi & Tony, I wish you the very best!

I couldn’t decide the many cool ringshots I took, but these 2 were my favs!

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This one has a slight edge on being my favorite ringshot ever.

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Gotta love them boots!

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tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

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tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

I loved this candid shot of the guys walking back to their room before the ceremony started.

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How amazing was that sky?  It was like this the whole day, couldn’t have asked for anything more!

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Wow.  This has to be my favorite bouquet shot ever.  Love the texture, colors, everything is working for me here!

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tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

Striking!

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Even though it was blurry, there is a certain air and enigma to this photograph.  Instant classic!

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tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

Another amazing sky shot.  I took a lot that day, its a photographers dream to get these kinds of skies!

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tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

There was some sort of problem with getting the ring on her finger, pretty funny :)

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tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

I love the crop on this, good ole’ 645 format.

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tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

Thats not dirt.  Those are cowpies.  See next image :)

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tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az
Holy smokes!  Thats hot!  Instant fashion model . . .

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tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

So they were trying to decide between themselves subconsciously whether or not to be nice, or smash the cake into each others face.  Tony got the first shot . . .

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. . . but Andi got hers as well :)

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tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

I love the point of view on this one, one of my favorite dancing pictures of late!

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tubac wedding photographer golf resort tucson az

Why the 4 week pause? It was worth it . . .

OK, since I haven’t blogged in about 4 weeks, many have asked me if I have contracted some infectious disease, fallen off the earth or just lost hope.  LUCKILY, none of the latter.  I’ve been preparing for and working on a project that was conceived around that same time . . . and it was such an adventure!  One of my absolute favorite couples I have worked with (and have become really great friends along the way) are Amber & Carraig.  I shot their engagement pictures back in May in the U.S. Virgin Islands on St. Croix.  WOW!  If you didn’t see their pics, do a quick search for them it’s worth it.

Anyway, Carraig’s birthday is today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) and Amber wanted to surprise him with something unique, very special and from the heart.  Supposively Carraig is the world’s best at surprises, so she had to do something cool.  Luckily I came to the rescue with a super cool idea for a photo shoot of just Amber, and one of Carraig’s favorite things, snakes.  Yes, Amber and a large 6ft Columbian Boa.  So, unbeknownsted to Carraig, we made plans for her to fly out from Texas, arrive a day before his birthday, do an awesome photo shoot with the snake, get it printed and framed in time for a grande surprise the following day.  Whew, I had a blast and it was absolutely one of the funnest shoots I’ve ever been on.  I’m glad it’s over now because it consumed a lot of my anxiety, I couldn’t wait for it to come :)   Thanks again Amber!!!

So, in case you jumped straight to here, this is what happens when you have awesome clients that let you take complete creative control to create something electrifying:

tucson portrait photography model snake

tucson portrait photography model snake

tucson portrait photography model snake

tucson portrait photography model snake

tucson portrait photography model snake

tucson portrait photography model snake

tucson portrait photography model snake

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!