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Hey there...my name is Mike and you've arrived at my blog. If you came from my main website, awesome...take a look around and see all the latest weddings and engagements, lifestyle shoots and of course...storm images.


A frame from the end of last night’s engagement session with Kristen and Jason. Incredible sunset!


Danielle and David live in Berkeley, CA, but decided to have their wedding at the stunning Silverleaf Club in Scottsdale. What a beautiful event. I first spoke to these two back in February over Skype, so finally meeting them in person was awesome! You couldn’t ask for a more perfect day out. Or a more amazing venue. You might lose your mind with all the locations to take pictures…it was endless. Headed back there in December, can’t wait! It was an awesome day. Laughs, tears, fun-filled speeches and PIE. Pie always wins in my book, especially if it’s from Piefection….


Elizabeth and Corey’s day was simple. 12 people, including themselves and the priest…at the serene Franciscan Renewal Center, finishing up in the Lon’s Wine Cellar at the Hermosa Inn. I truly love these intimate weddings, where you really feel like you are a part of what is happening around you. The end of the night was the best, where Elizabeth’s mom surprised her with an A Cappella singer who had such a powerful voice, it was genuinely moving.   Thank you to Elizabeth and Corey for trusting me with this huge event in their lives, and great work by Sip and Twirl…


Jami and Zach…we first met at Postino when I went from meeting one couple to meeting them, almost like speed dating. They loved it, in fact, my groom from the first meeting sat down with them to chat a bit. That’s the kind of people Jami and Zach are. Kind, funny and full of joy. You can tell by these photos. The laughter, the sarcasm, the jokes…that’s Jami and Zach. I’ve never heard such banter during a CEREMONY before and it was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen! Not to mention Zach hates the Bears, so of course…


Sometimes you are too busy to shoot every wedding, even though you so badly want to. Luckily for me, my associate Jeff Ambrose took the reins on Kelly and Brian’s since I was already photographing Bill and Chelsea that same day. And what a wedding it turned out to be! Kilts, flasks, cards against humanity, musical chairs…all at the gorgeous Secret Garden. Brian and Kelly, I’m so happy for you guys, this looked like an amazing day with friends and family…thank you so much for having us capture your day! And I am assuming Brian isn’t an ASU fan? You can check…


My associate photographer Sarah Waggoner beautifully captured Daisey and Andrew’s big day that started out down in Coolidge at St. James Catholic Church and finished up at Noah’s in Chandler. I loved the engagement photos that Sarah also did for them, and these turned out great as well! Congrats again Daisey and Andrew, looks like it was an awesome time…hope you enjoy some of our favorites from the day. And great job Sarah.  


I honestly could talk forever about what an amazing guy Jeff Beamish is, but there are pictures here to look at so I don’t want to hold you back. Jeff is a meteorologist down at KVOA in Tucson and he’s become such a good friend, I honestly don’t think the monsoon would ever been the same here in AZ without him. He supports us storm chasers, he lets me bring in my annual workshop class for a tour of their station and his passion for weather is beyond repute. He got married not too long ago and it didn’t take…


I never even knew about the little town of Tubac, Arizona until someone mentioned it to me last year, and then I drove through it for the first time this summer while out chasing storms. What a gorgeous little area south of Tucson. So when Dustin and Christina hit me up about shooting their wedding down there, I was super excited. What an incredible day. Beautiful weather. A happy little baby named Colette. And a couple so chill and relaxed, well…I personally couldn’t ask for anything more.  Dustin and Christina were actually already married awhile ago, but that was an…


Something fun from yesterday’s senior session with Hannah.


Jeff is one of the awesome meteorologists at KVOA down in Tucson, and I’ve known him for awhile now. He’s so amazing to us storm chasers and I was incredibly honored when he invited me to come down there to snap some photos of his little family! We ventured up near the top of Mt. Lemmon just in time to catch the amazing fall colors. Jeff knows the spots up there! Incredible to see such vivid reds and yellows. Had a blast hanging with these guys all afternoon. It was not only my first time up the mountain, but also…