Gotta love Mt. Lemmon in the summer. Here are a few from Holly and Robert’s engagement session, shot mostly high in the pines.
My last post was in December, 2012. That is crazy. I promise, it’s not because I’ve been slacking. A few fun things happened in 2013, including this little guy:Being a stay-at-home-dad-wedding-photographer (two official job titles in one) over the past 3 1/2 years has been a challenge, but getting spend so much time with my boys, watching them grow, has been amazing and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. On the other hand, obviously, my time is very limited. Most of the time I’m able to work is spent simply getting the job done – shoot, edit, design, print, deliver, repeat. Hence the reason this blog has been neglected for 17 months. The shift in priorities has been from growing to maintaining.
With that said, I really miss sharing my work! So although it will require quite a bit of back-tracking, I’d like to share what (and who) I’ve been capturing since my last post. I’d love to dedicate a single blog post to each wedding, but I simply can’t (the 9 month-old next to me agrees), so posts will most likely be random favorites. Here’s just a glimpse of the awesome people I’ve had the honor of photographing over the last year+.
Amanda and Matt celebrated their first anniversary on the 11th of November with a portrait session… a very easy way to ensure that they’ll never forget it! They were such a pleasure to hang out with and photograph. We wandered around downtown for a bit before heading out to Gates Pass hoping for an amazing sunset. The best lookouts were packed full, maybe due to the perfect weather, so we missed out a bit on the sunset. However, being an “available light photographer” (the lighting kit in my camera bag was available) has its perks. We ended up hiking a bit and finding an awesome little spot to get creative with some off camera lighting.
Thanks to Shannon K. Photography for the opportunity to photograph this couple!
Just a short post today with a few favorites from an awesome recent family session. These kids were full of energy and were best photographed “on the run”… literally. I’m sure I looked like a dork chasing them around with the camera, but honestly, that’s my favorite way to photograph kids. I managed to get a few semi-stationary portraits of the kiddos…
First of all, a huge thanks to Shannon K Photography, an awesome Gilbert/Phoenix area portrait photographer, for referring this awesome couple to me! Shannon was their first choice, but was booked.
Back in April I had the opportunity to be a spy photographer. Unfortunately I felt more like a creeper than a spy. Ryan contacted me (after Shannon’s referral) interested in secret photos of him proposing to his girlfriend. “Of course!”, I thought, and envisioned breaking my cover, introducing myself to Heather after he proposed, and proceeding to do some fun celebratory portraits of the newly engaged couple. That is until he told me that it had to be a COMPLETE secret, even AFTER the proposal, because he planned to surprise her with framed prints later on. So my job was to creatively capture this proposal in such a discreet way that Heather wouldn’t even notice she was being photographed… Wow. No pressure. We picked Agua Caliente Park, known for its abundance of birders and hobbyist nature/wildlife photographers. I brought my wife and son along to seem like just another dad shooting pictures of his family… with a huge white telephoto lens. Subtle. Due to our perfect planning and my ninja-like stealth (a.k.a. creeper skills), we were able to pull it off. Here are a few of the shots I got:
Several months later, I was thrilled to hear from Ryan again, this time interested in an engagement session at the same park (the proposal was their first visit there). It was great to finally meet Heather and explain that I’m not really a creeper. Turns out she saw me and even mentioned it to Ryan, who just played it off like I really was a creeper. Thanks Ryan. :) I had such a blast photographing these guys. Thank you Ryan and Heather! I hope you have beautiful wedding day.