Anna and I met when she was twelve. Her mother and I worked together at Habitat for Humanity. I remember her smile, you know that kind, that just lights up the room, her maturity and total joy with life. As you can imagine, when her mom emailed me to get a date for her senior photos, I was beyond excited. I couldn’t wait to see what a beautiful young women Anna had become and to catch up. I sure loooove catching up!
Being a photographer in the desert has its limitations. We have sand, cacti, more sand, tan, some pretty mountains and more sand. I do love finding beauty in the abrasive desert but also long for grass and trees so I’m always on the lookout for new locations. Our session was on a Sunday so after church, I had my husband go scouting with me to a spot I heard about a year ago. I walked around a little and knew it had potential. The real exploring happened with Anna and her mom showed up.
Beaming with excitement, I couldn’t control myself when we found grass and some gorgeous evergreens. Yep, in the desert! Anna’s mom asked how I found this place. I exclaimed, “I’m finding it with you now!!!” That’s the best kind of scouting. It’s fresh, fun and gets me out of any creative funk.
Anna was just adorable. It wasn’t difficult getting her to laugh because she giggled most of the session. I love capturing motion and she was down for anything . In just one session, I can’t believe how many different looks we got – water, grass, lake/dock and desert. It was a perfect night with the most gorgeous golden light. This is why I LOVE Arizona in the winter. And Anna totally rocked the beanie and red sweater.
Thank you, Anna, for being up for an adventure. It was an absolute blast getting to catch up and see you and your mom again. Lots of love,art