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Tempe Engagement Photography | Tia, Matt, and Ava too!

Tia and Matt attended McClintock High School in Tempe together without falling in love.  They didn’t find their path to each other until years later at a party hosted by their good friends, Carie and Chad, now a married couple with 3 children. Now it leads them to a destination wedding in Mexico this April.  I can’t wait to head to the beach with them and capture their entire weekend of festivities at the gorgeous Bella Sirena resort in Puerto Penasco.  But before that, we had an engagement session to capture some photographs of their family just before Christmas.   They got some holiday cards out with their new family portraits but the busy season kept me from blogging.  Today, we finalized a beautiful wall display with 6 large canvases to hang in their new home in Chandler, AZ.  I can’t wait for these gorgeous canvases to arrive!  Until then, my three favorite images from their sunset photo session at Tempe Town Lake.

Chandler couple celebrates engagment with photo session at Tempe Town Lakeby Dacia Rolando.

Architectural elements in engagement photography in Tempe, AZ by Phoenix photographer, Dacia Rolando


And when I asked Ava how she felt about Mommy and Matt getting married, she didn’t need any words to share her excitement:

Chandler, AZ girl celebrates her mother

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The S Family.

I got a call from this family and had a new request. They have a family business in transport. My job was to capture them with one of the company’s new trucks. It was so clean and shiny, and then we got hit with rain. So we huddled in the cab while we waited for it to pass and I shot in cramped quarters. The rain cleared just in time for a gorgeous sunset and then we had a little fun in the dark. I have to say though, I expected the lights on those big rigs to be a lot brighter given my experiences driving in front of them. But all-in-all, this shoot was so fun because of a wonderful family with super polite and thoughtful kids. Plus, how often do I get to shoot a big rig? Also, did you know they are technically called Tractors? I didn’t. I thought those were only found on a farm.

Waiting out the rain:
in Cab

Phoenix Family picture at Sunset

on the Tractor in Phoenix

Family portrait In Front Of Tractors

Jumping Tractors

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Phoenix Photography and Holiday Cards.

I have so much I want to blog right now, but planning some high school senior and holiday portraits plus all the fun holiday cards are eating up much of my editing time! Check in on Facebook for sneak peeks of my recent sessions and expect a regular return to blogging by mid-December. I might get an occasional post up before then, but regular updates can be found here:

And if you’re in the need for some holiday portraits in time for Christmas cards, touch base with me soon. My fall sessions are almost full.

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Central Phoenix Family | Allison, Anthony, Xander, and Kingston

I love that my clients don’t take themselves too seriously. It is so much fun to have a shoot when people are willing to have fun, be silly, and just be themselves. The G family and I tried to plan our shoot around Anthony’s work schedule, Xander’s football games and Anthony’s rugby games. And so Allison asked if we could start at 7:30 a.m. instead of 8 so that Anthony could make it for part of the session. Earlier meant better light, so I was thrilled and told her the earlier the better. That’s how we ended up meeting at 7 a.m. a few Sundays ago for quite a bit of fun. Here are a few of my favorites. Thanks guys!


kids and parents

And not taking themselves too seriously with some fun from one of my favorite little shops, Smeeks:
Wax Lips from Smeeks Family Portrait

Lastly, little Kingston absconding with the rest of the Smeeks goodies.

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