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Kelly Family 2014

I love photographing this family every fall.  This year we headed out to DC Marketplace in Scottsdale.  Enjoy their cuteness:

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Pace Family 2014

If you follow my blog at all, you will definitely recognize this cute family. Baby Rigden was born in September and you can see his first starring blog entry here.  I have been photographing this family since Mom and Dad’s engagement session and beautiful wedding.  You can view a few of their other sessions here, here, and here

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Lambson Family 2014

I always enjoy working with this fun family!  I have known dad, Tyler, since he was in high school.  I was able to do his senior portraits and then their wedding and now their family portraits. Mom, Marrie, is an incredible massage therapist.  She always leaves me feeling great for weeks afterward!  You can see their photos from last year here.

We were even able to get some fun pictures with adorable Aunt Mia:

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Annie is Sweet Sixteen! Happy Birthday Annie

Annie has an incredible mom, for her sixteenth birthday she took Annie to have her hair and make-up professionally done and then we headed out for photo shoot.  Now that is an awesome birthday gift!  This girl is gorgeous, and a natural in front of the camera.  Take a peek:

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McCarthy Family 2014

I have been photographing this cute family every year since I first started my business.  I love having the privilege of watching these cute boys grow year after year.  You can see the grow here, here, and here.

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Meet the Weaver Girls

The biggest compliment my clients give me is referring their friends to me.  And that is how I met the Weavers.  They wanted annual photos of their beautiful girls and so we headed to Greasewood Flats in north Scottsdale for a fun girl session:

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Location, Location, Location!

“Location, location, location!”  We have all heard that saying, but while it usually applies to real estate, it also applies to photography.  As soon as my clients book a session with me, one of the first things we have to decide on is location.  Some people already have an idea of where they want to shoot.  It may be some place that is sentimental to them, or that they feel is particularly beautiful.  But the majority of my clients ask for suggestions.  So this post is dedicated to those of you who aren’t sure where you want to shoot.

Part of choosing a location for your portraits should be based on what type of a session we shooting (bridals, engagement, family, high school senior, etc.) and the type of clothing you are wearing as well as the look you are going for. With that in mind I will show you some images of various locations with a brief description of the look they give:

My first suggestion is Red Mountain Ranch.  I love this location because you can get a variety of looks here.  It has some very deserty areas in addition to green grass and water falls.  And we can usually finish up the session in front of their great pond with an amazing sunset: Another location that is very popular and has beautiful green grass and water, along with a great rock wall and unique gates is Val Vista Lakes.  Oh, and did I mention the funky underground tunnel?

Another fun location with large grassy areas, some water and unique rock work is Layton Lakes:

If you are looking for a more urban feel to your photos, the Mesa Arts Center is a fun location with a lot of fun colors and designs:

Another great urban location is Downtown Gilbert. There are a lot of great colors and textures.  (*But don’t ask for shots on the railroad tracks, not only is it dangerous, but it is illegal and you can get a ticket.)

Sometimes the best places to shoot are places that you would never guess.  This particular location is just a empty lot in the middle of Mesa with lots of great weeds and scraggly old orange groves:

One of my favorite places that gives a natural Arizona feel to the photos is Granite Reef.   You get an amazing view Red Mountain and the Salt River.  (**You must have a Tonto pass to park here.  You can pick one up at a local Walgreens or gas station along the way for $6):

Another great natural Arizona location is a bit further of a drive and has a weird name, but the scenery is amazing.  It is called the Water User Recreation Area and is about 11 miles north of Thomas and Power.  (**You must have a Tonto pass to park here.  You can pick one up at a local Walgreens or gas station along the way for $6):

And one more great Arizona look is a place called Tortilla flats.  This one is about 30 minute east of Mesa so it incurs a $25 travel fee, but it is worth the drive:

And for one last fun location, try Boojum Tree in north Phoenix.  This is a really fun and unique location.  However, they do charge a $75-$100 fee to shoot there so you need to call ahead and pay the fee before our session.

One of the greatest parts about being an Arizona based photographer is all the amazing locations for photo sessions.  We truly are only limited by our imaginations.  So call today to book your session at one of these great locations, or the location of your choice.  Call Stacey at (480) 620-1980.

*Please note that any benches, chairs, couches, old cars, etc used at these shoots belong the client.   I have my clients provide their own props so that they are unique to that family and their shoot so that all my sessions do not look the same.

Also, if you are looking for suggestions on what to wear to your shoot, take a look here, here, here, here, or just type in the search box “what to wear.” :)

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Neil Family 2014

I love this cute family!  It is so fun to see them year after year and watch these beautiful girls grow.

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Happy Seventeen and Happy Seven!

My kids mean the world to me.  One of my favorite things about being a mom is getting to know each of my beautiful children and their individual personalities.  I feel like I have been the same mom to all four of them, and they all came from the same gene pool,  and yet they are each so unique and amazing.  As a photographer I love to have a little photo shoot with each of my kids around their birthdays.  I really want this shoot to capture their personalities at this time in their lives and so they get to choose the location, the outfits, the hair style, etc.  Here are two of their recent birthday shoots:

Tianna is 17, a senior at Mountain View, and she chose the mountains of Utah for her shoot. This is Bella, she just turned 7 and is the baby in our family by ten years.  So, needless-to-say, she is a little spoiled.  She wanted to do her shoot in-studio with a white backdrop and props of her choosing.  Bella recently lost her two front teeth and I LOVE the look of her huge permanent teeth coming in.  This smile is priceless!As anyone who knows her can attest, Tianna has an incredibly contagious laugh. You just can’t be in a bad mood around her.

Bella learned to read last year and so she is becoming our little book worm.

These rings and bracelets are such a part of Tianna’s personality and who she has been throughout high school.

Did I  mention that Bella thinks she is an animal sometimes.  Here she is acting out some of her favorite animals.  Can you guess which is which? I can’t even begin to describe how much I love these girls and their crazy personalities.  They make life worth living!

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Meet The Estes Family

This cute family is about to move out of state, but they wanted to get a fun family portrait to remember their time in Arizona.  Meet the Estes family:

 

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