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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.

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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…

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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…

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Something fun from yesterday’s senior session with Hannah.

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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…

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Bill and Chelsea…two amazing people. From their engagement shoot up on the Mogolllon Rim to their beautiful wedding at Camelot Farms last Saturday…these two were meant to be. Friends, family, sorority sisters, fraternity brothers and even Chelsea’s horse Karma made an appearance. And then just when you think you’ll walk down the aisle like a normal bride, someone surprises you with a horse-drawn carriage. It was that kind of day. As always, major thanks to Trista from BTS Event Management, and her team of awesome girls, for putting together a fantastic event. Matiana Mitchell killed the design and decor! And to…

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(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark iii, canon 16-35mm f/2.8 l, 24mm, f/11, iso 200, 20 sec, composite // buy print) This was probably one of the more dangerous photos I’ve ever taken. It’s also my favorite lightning strike of the summer. I was parked well off the shoulder of the offramp here on 339th Avenue, well to the left of this frame. I was shooting in this same direction, but even though there were amazing bolts all over, the composition was boring and just didn’t look right to me. So before I could change my mind,…

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(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark iii, canon 50mm f/1.2 l, iso 100, f/5.6, 25 sec // buy print) A massive release of electricity explodes over the town of Whetstone, Arizona…with the cities of Huachuca and Sierra Vista off in the background. Taken along Highway 90 on a night where I dragged all three kids with me to southern Arizona when the wife was out of town haha. It was an amazing night overall. Before this I photographed a lightning storm with the Milky Way in full glory for over an hour. You can see that…

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Katie and Dave were the perfect couple to handle a day like September 27th. Not only did it rain, but it rained hard. And stuff got knocked over. As Katie said during the reception…”Thank you all for coming out despite the HURRICANE we had awhile ago.” Roads were flooded, trees were everywhere, signs down, the venue lost power for hours and we couldn’t even think of doing photos anywhere until it stopped raining. But the rain did finally break. The sun actually was out for a few minutes. And we raced against time to get all the family and wedding…

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(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark iii, canon 35mm f/1.4 l, f/10, iso 100, 15 sec // buy print) Oh you know I love lightning. Here’s some more from that September 15th storm over Eloy that may have dropped a brief tornado.

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(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark iii, canon 35mm f/1.4, f/4, iso 400, 1/500th, handheld 9-image stitched pano // buy print) The summer monsoon in Arizona came to an end this past weekend when a major transition event in the form of a intense trough moved through the state and caused flooding and tons of damage. We storm-chasers live for these events, which don’t seem to happen but every 4-5 years. There was a tornado risk as well, which is obviously unusual for our state. As timing would have it…I was actually shooting a wedding on…