ASU Polytechnic Senior Grad Photos

It’s ASU graduation session around here! As an Arizona State University graduate myself, I get so excited for all of the newly minted alumni heading out into the wold with open eyes and a bright future, and hopefully some amazing senior photos! If you were too busy actually studying, and senior photos slipped your mind, its not too late! Who says you can’t throw that cap and gown back on for one more fun afternoon on campus? Each of the ASU campuses has its own character and fabulous well known landmarks, perfect for highlighting your time here. The Polytechnic campus in Mesa has the water tower, modern architecture, and even an airfield! Tempe campus highlights include Old Main, Palm Walk, Wells Fargo area and the giant year sign, and Mill Ave. Downtown Phoenix campus boasts modern art, and an urban landscape that is uniquely Phoenix.

As your big day approaches, be sure to get your session booked as soon as you know when you’ll get that cap and gown,  to grab the best dates. Senior photo season is so short, and those dates fill up fast!

 

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Tumbleweed Ranch Family Photos

Getting a perfect natural smile out of kiddos for family photos can be a challenge, but I do love a challenge! I love to use silly smile words that end just right so that the smile looks effortless and not forced – no cheese here!! Sometimes I  use fish, or pizza, or candy, and sometimes I just chat with them about something they love so much they cannot help but smile. This little guy had his own perfect smile word for our session at Tumbleweed Ranch last weekend, beans and weenies. BEANS AND WEENIES!! Oh my word we must have said it 100 times and it cracked me up every time! It certainly did work though, and I even got a few giggles in there, too. This probably goes against everything you think should be true of a photo session, but I think it is great when the kids are a little silly. When we let their adorable little personalities shine through, and catch those sweet faces that you want to remember forever. It also helps throw them off a little, letting them get comfortable with me and my big old camera, and shows them that this will be fun, not torture! So next time you head out for family photos, let those kiddos get the wiggles out. I think you’ll love what happens next ❤

I’m kind of crushing on Tumbleweed Ranch right now. This place is amazing, there are huge fruit trees, Cherry Blossoms ( I think? they are beautiful anyways!), a small field of corn stalks, adorable and colorful old buildings, and rustic (rusty!) old farm vehicles. Everything looks so green and fresh and Spring-like… you wouldn’t even know it was 100 degrees outside! And what I love most, is that there is not a cactus in sight. I love the desert landscape, but I’m a sucker for a gorgeous blooming tree.

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Gilbert Chandler Cake Smash Photos

I looooove cake smash sessions! They are so much fun and no two are ever alike. They are messy and candid and just let the kiddo do their thing, no posing! Most little ones have a blast during their cake smash photo session, but once in a while things don’t totally go as planned. Like this little guy, he has the CUTEST theme for a May birthday, and his Mama got the cutest decorations ahead of time so we could use them during our session. But once that cake came out, his tune changed! So what do you do when your birthday baby cries during their cake smash session? That is totally up to you. I am there to document it all, but you are the boss when it comes time to call it quits. I will keep right on shooting and documenting the fun, because it is a great memory either way! Some of my favorite cake smash session shots are crying ones, including my own little one! Yup, that’s right, even the photographer’s own little princess cried right through hers!

You can check out more of this little dude and his Cinco de Mayo birthday party over here!

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East Valley Senior Photos

It’s May, that wonderful season where flowers bloom, Summer is right around the corner, and a new class of seniors heads out into the world to conquer amazing things! This adorable girl and I had a blast during her senior photo session, checking two super colorful and funky locations in the East Valley. First stop was the Gilbert Art Wall. This amazing backdrop is the wall of a very sweet gal’s property where she provides a space for street artists to showcase their work, and for photographers to bring their clients. It is amazingly kind and generous of her and such a fun space! The art changes periodically, there is a blank space right now and I cannot wait to see what goes in next! Our next stop was Mesa Arts Center. I LOVE love love love this space. I cannot get enough of it! If you are looking for something different from the typical park/cdesert/mountains look, this is the place. There are so many interesting and colorful corners, you just can’t fit it all into one session. The yellow wall and spinning chairs are my hands down favorite!

If you haven’t booked your senior photos, you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a cap and gown, or you are a junior getting a jump on the next year, now is the time! And better yet, grab up to 2 friends and combine your sessions to save Mom and Dad a little dough that they can spend on your graduation gift later!

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