Brooks is such a sweet little guy and so incredibly alert! He was 7 days old at our shoot and usually newborns at that age just want to sleep. But not Brooks. I tried all the tricks up my sleeve and we only got a short little catnap. But he was such a good boy and we have a strict no-crying policy. Here’s my favorite from his catnap. I’m a sucker for little hands and mouths. Love it!
Scottsdale couple, Shelley and Bob, decided that for their wedding day they were going walk down to the beach and get married. The only problem with that is we all live in Arizona. There aren’t too many beaches here. So their solution was to get married during their vacation in Oceanside, CA, and they invited me along to capture the day.
Shelley has always had a great smile with a lot of love to share. And Bob and his family were incredibly warm and welcoming. I really cannot say enough good things about them, especially their ability to roll with the unexpected and disappointing while remembering what their wedding day really meant. See, Shelley’s brother is a retired priest and he was to marry them. Sadly, he was hospitalized in Texas a few days before the wedding. But one of the blessings of technology is the ability to be places without really being there. And so, they had a wedding via iPhone. Shel’s brother, Father Phil, married Bob and Shelley on the beach in California from his hospital room in Texas. There were a lot of tears, but mostly there was a lot of love.
Roxanne and Mark met in her home town of Tucson. They stood by each other through a year of separation when Mark served a tour in Afghanistan as a member of the National Guard. Shortly after his return, he proposed on a vacation to Mexico. When Roxanne asked me to photograph her wedding at first I said no. I hadn’t shot a wedding before and while any photo shoot is a big deal a wedding is a REALLY BIG DEAL. After talking a few times I agreed and I had the best time–so much so that I’ve shot and booked more weddings since. They were married in the backyard of Roxanne’s childhood home in the foothills of Tucson in May 2010. This is one of my favorite images from their day. It is just the sum of their personalities.
Ava, well, she’s a tough nut to crack. But once you open her up, she’s just delicious. She started out her session not sure she wanted to be any part of our shoot. By the end she was bounding around the yard telling me all about her favorite princesses in between giggles. It is my favorite kind of day.
One of the things I love most about being a photographer is capturing an expression that really is the subject. It’s easy for us to put on our picture faces, but most of the time those faces aren’t the ones our loved ones recognize as really us. And with kids, wow, it can either be really easy or really difficult depending on how many times they’ve heard “Say Cheese!”
Zeke is one of those kids that loves to mug for the camera. At this shoot in 2009, we captured some great shots that were just quintessentially him–pouts and grins. It makes it really difficult to edit down a shoot when I know I’ve really captured someone. So here are a few of Zeke and Ruthie, circa November 2009.