Sunrise Maternity Session in Chandler
Sunrise ❤ Sessions. I know, I know, I’ve said it a hundred times, but seriously I have never had a client tell me they regretted getting up early for some ah-mazing family photos at sunrise! Throw in a beautiful baby bump, a flower crown, and one of the most photogenic 3 year olds I have ever met, and you’ve got magic.. MAGIC! This stunning Mama was ready to deliver any day when we met up at Veteran’s Oasis Park in Chandler for her maternity – slash – last family session as a family of 3! I think it is super sweet when moms incorporate the entire family into their maternity session. To see the love that little siblings already have for the new baby is just adorable.
If you’ve got a little on on the way, let’s chat about getting you on the schedule sooner than later! Maternity sessions are usually best scheduled around 28-32 weeks, before you get super uncomfortable, and while you still feel like getting all dressed up! Wait too late and any pose can feel like acrobatic torture, too early and your baby bump might look a little more like a fun night at Taco Tuesday! But if taking photos wasn’t high on the to-do list until the last minute, don’t worry! We will work together to craft a session that makes you feel as beautiful as you look, while keeping you as comfortable as possible, and looking stunning. Need some suggestions on what to wear? I’ve got an arsenal of hints and tips, as well as some local options for renting or buying a gorgeous long flowing maternity dress just for your session.
Superstition Mountain Wedding | Britney+Jason
Oh my glory, 2018 just snuck up on me! They say time flies when you are having fun, and I have been having so much fun here in Arizona exploring all of the amazing new landscapes and scenery out here. Too much fun, apparently, to remember to update my blog since *gasp* October! But I digress. What better way to jump back in than a wedding ❤️
You might remember this awesome pair from their engagement session just a few months ago. This past November we met up again at the base of the breathtaking Superstition Mountains in Lost Dutchman Park, for a simple and beautiful ceremony to celebrate their wedding day. I absolutely adore intimate weddings, no matter how small a wedding is every bride should have beautiful amazing photos to remember her day! Intimate weddings are extra magical to me though, when a bride and groom have the people they love most in the world standing just a few feet away, focused entirely on them, you can just feel the love among them! Britney and Jason had just a very small handful of their closest friends and family on hand to witness their commitment to one another, and it was perfect. When we arrived, we hiked out just a few feet past the parking lot to find the perfect spot with a gorgeous view of the mountains behind them. As the sun drops, the Superstition Mountains just light up with the most beautiful glow, and made the most perfect backdrop for their portraits.
If you are planning your small, intimate wedding in the Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, Queen Creek, or Apache Junction area be sure to get in touch to see what kind of magic we can create for you!
Fall Family Photos at Tumbleweed Ranch | Chandler
Tucked in the back of Tumbleweed Park in South Chandler, sits an awesome little historic site and perfect family photo location. With its turquoise house, vintage truck, picket fence and even a small orchard of trees, Tumbleweed Ranch is one of my hand-down favorite spots for families who want something a little different than the desert landscape we live in. It is fun, funky and classic Fall all rolled into one.
This sweet family was a blast to work with. They laughed and joked and genuinely enjoyed their session, which makes for the best images! Because when Mama’s stressed… well, you know how that goes! Mom did an awesome job of choosing their outfits, they were perfectly coordinated with colors that blended well together without being matchy-matchy. And the kiddos did amazing, even though it was still pretty warm, with typical little boy shenanigans and jokes the whole afternoon. A little good old lollipop bribery didn’t hurt either!
Ok, I might be a little obsessed with this location. I mean… look at it! <3 If you venture off the trail just a bit at Veteran’s Oasis Park in Chandler, you alllllmost feel like you have hiked into the middle of the desert, and not the middle of the ‘burbs. Sunrise there is where it’s at, if you are brave enough to wake up before the sun the reward is this! Ah-mazing light, cooler temperatures, and no one else in sight. Your kids will probably protest, but once we get going they’ll warm up to the idea, I promise! Be sure to consider the temps when you plan your attire for an early morning session, it will be chilly but that means you can totally break out the sweaters and boots!
This gorgeous family not only booked a sunrise session with me, but they arrived early, yay! We got the best spots in the best light, and the kiddos were total troopers (they maaaaay have also been promised donuts. Hey, it works!). I love that they even brought Grandma and Grandpa along for a couple of shots. We got serious, we got silly, and we got done by 7:40am so they had their whole day ahead of them, win-win!
So have you booked those Fall family photos yet? Tick tock… what are you waiting for? I am completely booked until late November for weekend sunset sessions, but I’ve got a few dates left for sunrise. And I promise, it will not disappoint.
Sunrise Fall Family Photos at Veteran’s Oasis Park
We all know that sunset is usually the rockstar of Fall family photos, but did you know that sunrise is equally as beautiful? I am totally in love with the amazing sunrise light we got during this family session at Veteran’s Oasis Park in Chandler this week. So pretty!! Veteran’s Oasis Park is the perfect mix of settings all rolled into one easily accessible location. Big gorgeous weepy trees, several variety of cacti, a huge lake, tall grass and a hidden fruit tree orchard. Take your pick!
One of the many awesome things I am learning about Arizona, is that since we don’t do the whole “Fall Back” daylight savings time thing, we can actually shoot at sunrise and its a reasonable(ish) hour! By the end of November, sunrise in Gilbert is not until 7:15am, easy peasy (said no mother ever on picture day, but I digress). This allows me to squeeze in a few more last minute clients and still give you beautiful golden light, even if my sunsets are all booked! It also means substantially cooler weather so you can totally rock those boots and sweaters and pretend that Fall is real when it is 60 degrees at 7am (even if it will be 90 by 3!). These sweet kiddos weren’t too sure about the idea of shooting in the early morning though, so they brought along their teddy bears for their session. ❤️ Is that not adorable? I think every early morning session needs teddy bears, go ahead, bring yours!
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