Sunday, March 29, 2015

Jessica, Gorgeous Class of 2015 Senior | West Valley, Arizona High School Senior Photographer

Last year, I had the pleasure of photographing one of the girls who helped watch our boys. This year, I got to see her again and photograph her sister, Jessica, for her senior photos! With the discovery of Hassayampa last year, I had a specific spot in mind for a senior. Jessica's mom wanted to get a few family shots as well so I asked if we could try it out and everyone was on board! And thank goodness, because they were all the BEST assistants!

It was a little warm for a March day in Arizona, but with all the trees and thick woods, it was quite enjoyable. We ended up hiking quite a bit to a perfect spot in the river. Since Hassayampa is an underground river, there are only certain areas where it surfaces making for a constant nice flow of very shallow water - hello! Perfect for a senior to get her photos in! We put some music on, and just enjoyed the gorgeous scenery. Bliss.

We ended in the parking lot with some family {and sister} shots. What a perfect ending to a perfect afternoon in the little oasis in the desert.

Jessica, thank you for being up to explore a new location. You are so beautiful inside and out. Your fun personality totally made this session. I just adore your adventurous spirit! Good luck with your last month of high school. You have a BRIGHT future ahead!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Team Bubba, cancer SURVIVOR! | Surprise, AZ Photographer

“Life is 10% of what happens to us and 90% of how we react to it.” ~Charles Swindoll

Back in October, my dear friend Michelle of Michelle Praskins Photography told me she likes to do a free session giveaway every October for a family affected by childhood cancer. Her son had Leukemia as an infant and is thriving and healthy today so she likes to give back to families who have to face the ugly C word. I asked if I could be part as God has put it on my heart to help these families as well. By joining forces, we were able to bless multiple families instead of just one.
Because of our crazy holiday schedules, we did the sessions in February. We met up with three of the chosen families at the overgrown area we both love shooting in. It was an incredibly overcast/gray day so we even got to shoot in the wide open field. It looked like we were in a farm in Wisconsin, not the desert in Arizona! 

I got to photograph this family while Michelle did the two others. There is one more family who will be getting photos done at a later date. Stay tuned. 

Meet Team Bubba. Richard is only nine years old and was diagnosed with Stage 3 Liver Cancer in September of 2013. He and his family fought the cancer and he beat it! “You are cancer free” was spoken to him in November. Praise God! 

Our session started with the kids being rather shy and giving me a ton of posed smiles, then we headed out into the alfalfa field where the real fun began. Richard and his sisters danced to happy, ran (in slow motion – which was HILARIOUS – and normal motion) at me, and Richard got to do some modeling towards the end. I was almost in tears. What a courageous, sweet boy with a sense of humor. 

Thank you so much Team Bubba for driving all the way out to the west valley for photos. Meeting all of you was truly an inspiration and a joy. Lots of love,