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!
Gilbert | Chandler Grandparent Photos
Grandparents are the best, aren’t they? They spoil our kids rotten, shower them with unconditional love, and they would do anything for us. They have such a special bond with their grandkids that only a grandparent understand (and it doesn’t hurt that there are no rules, no bedtimes, and always extra dessert at Grandma’s house, right? ❤️) This sweet grandparent photo session was a gift from their daughter, what a special treat! We had delightful weather at the Arizona Farm Bureau for our session out by the beautiful lake. I love the silos in the background, is that weird? Some people look at those and think they are in the way, or that I’ll have to Photoshop them out later, but I see something really neat and unique. Gilbert does have a strong agricultural history after all!
So… when is the last time you scheduled photos just for your little ones and their awesome grandparents? That long, huh? Let’s change that! Send me a few details and lets get some beautiful memories for your parents to treasure!
Gilbert | Chandler Newborn Photos
This sweet mom was a little frazzled when we met. Her little one was already 14 days old, and her first round of newborn photos didn’t really turn out as she’d envisioned. She was crossing her fingers for a do-over that was amazing before her little one was too old. No pressure! A friend and client put me in touch with her through Facebook and I am so glad she did. I hate the thought of anyone not having beautiful, precious shots that they are in love with of their tiny bundle, because they just grow so stinking fast! I was so relieved when things went perfectly, despite the sun playing peekaboo, and I was able to get some beautiful shots of her tiny features, adorable faces and big beautiful eyes, as well as some of their first days as a family.
I absolutely love when I am invited into a brand new little family’s home to capture those sweet first days when they are just getting to know their little one. It is a stressful, chaotic and absolutely amazing time, and I know just how important these images are to you because I am a mom to 3 myself. Newborn photos are best done between birth and about 10-12 days old if at all possible, so be sure to get choose your photographer and get penciled in on their schedule well before your due date so you can cross that off your list of things to do when baby comes. My newborn sessions are all done right in your own home, and I do everything I can to make things as easy and stress-free as possible for you. Ready to get your little bundle on my schedule? Send me a few details and I’ll be right in touch!
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