Friday, September 16, 2016

Morgan, Cactus Shadows High School Senior Portraits | Phoenix, AZ Senior Photographer

Ahhh Morgan! I could NOT wait to share this senior session!!!

Morgan found me through one of my senior models who happens to be her step sister! Sisters both seniors at the same high school. How fun!

I met Morgan and her mom at the end of summer at the cutest little coffee shop near her house to plan her session. I had already scheduled a session in Sedona so I asked her if she wanted to do the following morning. It's rare that I shoot in the morning because the light scares me a little but I knew with trees, possible clouds and just the pure magic of Sedona, that it would be okay.

From the moment I met Morgan and her mom, I could tell it was going to be an unforgettable senior session. She is an aspiring photographer herself. Without any training or a ton of knowledge yet, her eye is already incredible! I am so impressed with the photos she has taken of her friends. She appreciates the art of photography and had a specific vision for her session. Instead of posed photos, we were shooting for more relaxed, editorial, and free spirited just like Morgan. I could. not. wait!

On the morning of Morgan's session, we met super early for hair and makeup by the fabulous Monique of Monique Flores Hair and Design.  Morgan wanted loose curls and a nautral glam look as she doesn't typically wear much makeup. Monique NAILED it! Morgan's natural beauty came shining through without being hidden by a crazy amount of makeup. It was so perfect.

We were off to our first location. It was behind my hotel off of the main strip or I think they call it "uptown" of Sedona. The resort had access to Oak Creek. We were surrounded by Cottonwood and Sycamore trees. It was an overcast morning with a little sun peeking out giving us the ability to shoot almost anywhere. In just one spot, we had huge rocks, gorgeous trees, water and tall grass to work with. All elements that we have to search high and low for here in the Phoenix desert.

For Morgan's second outfit, we continued to stay on the property where we found some gorgeous weeping willow trees. The green with her blue worked so well together.

After we were finished with the lush green, we made our way slightly north to a less-than-popular trail. I had never been so wasn't sure what to expect. As we reached the parking lot, Morgan and I both looked at each other with satisfaction. There were gorgeous views of red rock, some tall wispy looking grass (yep, that's the technical term!), and was just the spot we needed for her long cream dress. I even did a little twist to finish the look. When we were there, it began to rain just a little. If you look closely, you can see it surrounding Morgan. She totally embraced it and just danced in the rain. My kind of girl!

The very last location is a special spot for Morgan. It's where she loves to hike. I had never been so again didn't know what to expect. Hello! Yellow wildflowers! It did NOT disappoint at all. And Morgan's pink flannel shirt and jeans could not have gone better. I was SO excited! Besides being right next to the bathroom (read: it did NOT smell good!), being able to shoot in a field of flowers with this incredible girl made my photographer heart so so so happy.

Morgan! You are GORGEOUS, my friend. I am so grateful you chose ME to be your photographer. I can not wait to see what you do in the world of photography and to see where it takes you. Thank you again for all your awesome visions and ideas. I love love love your photos and hope you do too!

EDIT: I can't finish this blog without mentioning Morgan's AWESOME mama, Meggan. Meggan, thank you soooo much for being the best assistant and for driving us around. You made this such a memorable day. Thank you!!! Lots of love!!!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Megan, Class of 2017 Xavior Prepatory Senior | Phoenix, AZ Senior Photographer

Where do I begin with this session?! 

I know! ...that it was so much more than just a high school senior session. Getting to know Megan and her mom (dad was pretty awesome, too ;) was such a joy! 

A few months ago, I got a very nicely written email from Megan saying she came across my website and wanted to do senior photos with me. I gave her and her mom a call later that night to chat. The decision was made easily. We would be doing her photos in Sedona (!) shortly after she got back from a trip halfway across the world for World Youth Day! She didn't recall ever going to Sedona even though she had been at least once, it was guaranteed to be a tad cooler than here in the Valley and Sedona is well, gorgeous! 

Once she was back to the states, the planning began! Instantly, I fell in love with Megan the moment we met for her consultation. She has the poise and sweetness about her that made me want to be her best friend. We planned her outfits, location ideas and what we were wanting to make sure we captured.

The day of the session finally arrived. We both made hotel arrangements in Sedona so we didn't have to drive back to the Valley later that night. We gave ourselves plenty of time but did not anticipate the dreaded Sedona traffic. It took over an hour to go what should've taken 15-20 minutes. Despite the delay in getting started, we both survived and still had the BEST time ever! It was all smiles and laughter from the first click of my shutter. 

Another curve ball thrown at us besides the traffic was the weather. I say this all the time, but we are so spoiled when it comes to rain in Phoenix. It just doesn't do it often so we don't really have to plan around it. At 12:30pm, the storm clouds started to roll in covering all of Red Rock Country. And I'm not just talking a few gray clouds, the entire sky was super DARK! The contrast of the rocks and the dark sky were even more incredible than when the sun is shining. Megan and her family could've gotten discouraged but instead we all embraced it. Somehow, we even dodged a crazy downpour that was just a mile up the road from us. Instead, we had a few sprinkles and were able to utilize the clear umbrella. Megan's personality shined brightly in every one of her images because of her positive energy and attitude. Love her!!! 

In a few short hours, we squeezed four different locations in. We started in Oak Creek splashing in the water, stopped by Tlaquepaque for some fancy architecture, drove over to Cathedral Rock, you know throwing hats and strutting up and down the road, then ended at some pull off where Megan hiked up a hill in heels all for an amazing views of Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock.  We shot until there was absolute no light left. 

When I posted Megan's sneak peek, her mom wrote the most amazing words about the experience that I had to share. "We were blessed in finding Adriane to capture these special milestone moments in Megan's last year of high school. Adriane is FABULOUS!! She has truly made her passion and mission of illuminating the special beauty of each young woman she gets in front of her lens a reality! I saw first hand the attention to detail and energy she invests in her clients as I chased behind her for 3 hours in Sedona!! She has a special quality about her and I would highly recommend her!! I can't wait to see the full package of photos!! Thanks Adriane!!" 

She sure knows how to make some feel incredibly special. This is by far why I do what I do. THANK YOU, Veronica for your kind words!!! I am so incredibly thankful for all of your help. You were the best assistant and made the experience that much better. 

And Megan, I am so thankful you found me and that you chose me to be your senior photographer. Good luck on the rest of your year at Xavior Prep! You are such an beautiful person with a BRIGHT BRIGHT future ahead of you. Xo,