A couple of weeks ago, I met up with incredibly talented Lois Zozobrado for a quick shoot for an upcoming article in Chandler Lifestyle Magazine. I’ve now been in the East Valley for just over a year, but this is the first time I’ve had an opportunity to shoot in Downtown Chandler. I’m kind of in love! We decided to aim for just after sunrise so the temps were cooler, and the crowds lighter. The crowds were not only lighter, but they were completely non-existent, which was perfect! We pretty much had the run of downtown all to ourselves, and still didn’t even scratch the surface of all of the interesting and unique backdrops in the historic downtown district. I absolutely cannot wait to go back and explore more nooks and crannies. Downtown Chandler is an awesome backdrop for senior photo sessions, but also for smaller families. And the sunrise light, oh my, so beautiful! If the life sized CHANDLER sign on city hall is on your bucket list for Fall photos, sunrise is best time for perfect light.
Here is a little sneak peek of our session! Be sure to subscribe to Chandler Lifestyle’s digital subscription to see the full article in the August edition, and read all about this amazing local teen’s accomplishments.
Seal Beach Maternity Photos
Last week I packed up the kiddos and headed west to the beach and Grandma’s house for some cool ocean air and summer break shenanigans (read:Disneyland, duh!). While we were there, I got to meet up with these sweet parents – to – be, who also happen to be some of my very favorite wedding clients from the past, for a sunset maternity session on the beach! (If you haven’t seen their amazing Disneyland fireworks finale shot, go check that out here!!) I ordered up a gorgeous sunset with no icky marine layer just for them, and while I got what I wanted we also got gale force winds. Proof you really cannot have your cake and eat it too. I also maaaaay have stepped backwards right into a hole that had been dug in the sand… and fell. Hard. It was probably quite the sight, me hitting the ground, holding my camera straight overhead so it didn’t. PSA people, fill in your holes when you leave the beach!
I love that I can keep in touch with my awesome Orange County clients who I’ve worked with for so many years, and on vacation to boot. I’ll be back for a little more summer fun, Fall break, and then Christmas! My Orange County Fall minis have just a couple of spots open, and they are both at this same gorgeous location – the Seal Beach pier. If you can’t snag one, or want a longer session all to yourself, I do have limited dates open this Fall in August, October, and after Christmas in December.
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!
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.
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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