Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sierra, Buckeye Union High School | Arizona Senior Photographer

Epic Session Alert!

When I hear, "Have you heard of ________?" And I haven't, I get pretty excited. Sierra and her mom told me of a place where they went many times growing up. The location not only sounded cool but it had sentimental value, too. I could. not. wait.

I met Sierra and both of her parents at her house so her dad could drive us out to the dam. First, we had a pit stop at her high school to break into a school bus. We didn't actually break in because her parents seriously know everyone in their town and had the code AND keys. They had all of her jerseys lined up on the seats. What a perfect way to capture Sierra's senior year in which she played FOUR sports all four years. I loved that her school colors happened to coordinate perfectly with the school bus.

We left the school and made our way to a teeny little town of about 120 people. I looked it up on Google! It was definitely out in the middle of the desert but oh so gorgeous and did I say gorgeous?! We found so many spots around and on the bridge. Oh, and the bridge. There isn't a whole lot of authentically "old" things in Arizona but this was one. What a treasure! Sierra's dad was so incredibly cute keeping us all safe with his authentic traffic vest to ensure no one got ran over. There was one car that came by while we were shooting so we were lucky he was there to protect us! Even though we may have made fun of him a little while he was doing it.

We ended the session back towards their house in a cotton field. Her parents knew the land owners, too! The sun was setting. The sky were cotton and candy goodness. And Sierra's brought her A to the Z game! We ended the session with throwing some confetti and there may have been a little dancing with my big baby bump. Sierra's session was so much more than a time to get senior pictures. I will never forget the memories we made that day.

Sierra! I have absolutely LOVED getting to know you this week. You are INCREDIBLE and are going to do INCREDIBLE things. Good luck playing soccer in NM. Don't forget about the little people....ah! Xo,

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bailee, Cactus Shadows High School | Phoenix, AZ Senior Photographer

Oh Bailee. This girl sure knows how to make people laugh. Out of all the applications I got for the ART Senior Model team this year, hers had me laughing out loud.

We had THE craziest day of weather. Because Bailee was getting hair and makeup done, we needed to make a call if we were going to reschedule or not. After refreshing the weather app like a million times, we decided to go for it. I got to the location early and as soon as I stepped out of the car, my face was getting wet. With rain. I wanted to cry! I think I did cry a little or maybe that was just the RAIN. GAH!

Bailee arrived and the rain STOPPED! Instead of crying from sadness, I think I cried with joy. The leaves were just turning yellow so even though the skies were incredibly dark, the location was bright and colorful and throw Bailee in there to brighten the day even more. Bailee was herself totally going with it and still making her mom, my assistant and I laugh...a lot.

We worked quickly at the first location squeezing three outfits in. The rain was still holding off so we went to the last location where Bailee got in the water. This is when it started to rain again. I forgot my storm jacket (rain cover for my camera) at home so I literally put a Walmart white plastic bag over my head and camera to protect it. Don't worry, I had appropriate holes in it so I wouldn't suffocate! Bailee gave me a lot of grace and just kept doing her thang. There were even a few images where it made some really cool foreground bokeh as if it were on purpose.

By the time the session ended, I think we were all soggy but hearts were full. The weather may not have been ideal or what we're used to in Arizona but it was perfect to capture this incredibly bubbly, fun, a little uncoordinated which was so hilarious and funny girl!

Bailee, thank you for being on my model team this year. You have such an incredible personality and are so much fun to be around. Thank you for being YOU and letting me capture you in all your glory. HAVE the best time at U of A!!! Smiles,

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Koryn, Perry High School | Phoenix, AZ Senior Photographer

When I first started my business, I did mostly families, babies and newborns because that is the stage of life I was in. During that time, I met a gorgeous mama and her just as gorgeous daughter. We had the best time in downtown Chandler >> you can check it out here. After that session, I became very interested in teen photography. I didn't really know what it would look like or how to get started but knew that's where God was leading my heart. Fast forward almost four years later and not only did I follow my heart, but I got to have Koryn in front of my camera again. Insert HUGE HEART EYES!!!

During our planning facetime calls (because we sort of live on opposite sides of the Valley from each other!), we discussed including Koryn's horse in her senior pictures. Then, it was discussed that all FOUR of her horses would be photographed. This was something new for me, but I couldn't WAIT to meet her besties.

A huge part of Koryn's life is competing in rodeo on the weekends. Koryn booked an Ultimate Session so the hair and makeup artist came on set with us to change up a few looks. Koryn's horse trailer worked amazing for in between hair and makeup changes especially because it was a HOT day and the trailer had a full bathroom with AC included.

Another first for me was where we went. I had always wanted to check out the Salt River but never had a chance to go until now. We were able to hit up FOUR different spots. The second location is where we brought the horses out. It was kind of crazy but we had seven adults assisting. I couldn't have done it without all of the help especially because it was a busy day at the river. Many of the kids passing were so interested in petting the horses and the sun kept coming in and out of clouds and one of the horses was afraid of water and the list could go on but Koryn was a NATURAL and I just kept shooting. So a huge shout out to her mama, their horse handler friend and a family friend, my assistant for the day, Breanna, and our hair and makeup artist, Monique!

The last two spots were near Saguaro Lake, another location I had never been to. It was GORGEOUS! The skies that night were INSANE! It was as if someone hand-painted the sky with the most incredible colors of pink, purple, blue and orange. In fact, the sky's colors were so intense, it was a lot darker than normal and the light around us was very very warm and it almost felt foggy. We were all in awe.

Koryn, I am sooo incredibly grateful I got to see you and your mom again. You are growing into SUCH a gorgeous human being. You are incredibly talented and are going to do such amazing things. Good luck at college!!!!!! And give your babies a kiss for me :)