Alesha & Peter’s wedding at Desert Foothills

Alesha and Peter’s wedding at Desert Foothills was just beautiful. Lovely people, great family and tons of joy.

Sneaks and peeks

I’m so bad at blogging these days…so here’s some sneaks and fun shots from the past two months!

Matt & Alyssa’s wedding at Desert Foothills

So fond of Matt and Alyssa. From a wonderful engagement session up in Cave Creek to this beautiful wedding at Desert Foothills. I’ve shot at this venue a ton now…never gets old!

Brooke & Thomas’s New Years Eve wedding at Warehouse215

This was my fourth New Year’s Eve wedding in a row and I couldn’t imagine spending it with better people than Brooke and Thomas! Not to mention a past couple of mine, Julia and Pete, were related to Brooke! Made the entire day so much fun.

Plus hanging with my friend Courtney Larson who second shot, Riette from Warehouse 215 and a host of other awesome vendors made the event perfection. Hope you enjoy these images!

 

Wedding Coordinator/Planner // Hitch without a Glitch, Janet Marhover
Invitations // Minted.com
Wedding Dress Shop // Vera Wang
Hair and Makeup // Royal Glam Crew
Flowers // Blissful Blooms
Ceremony Music // Adrienne Knauer
Cake // Donut tower for Rainbow Donuts
Reception Music / DJ // Impact DJ AZ (Elliot Mogerman)
Caterer // Copper Square Kitchen
Live Event Artist // Dave Wilhelmsen
Videographer // Matthew Nelson
Linens // La Tavola
Couch & Coffee Tables // Prim Rentals

Alexis & Alex’s wedding at Carefree Resort

All the feels for this wedding. Alex and Alexis were incredible to work with, from their engagement photos to a wedding day where their nerves were high. But the moment they saw each other for the first time, they cried, they relaxed and the rest of the wedding was a party.

Please check out all the amazing vendors at the bottom!

Wedding Coordinator/Planner // Lisa Smith
Invitations // Paperless Post
Wedding Dress Shop // The Faded Sunflower
Bridesmaid Dress Shop // Azazie
Men’s Formal Wear // Men’s Warehouse
Hair and Makeup // Lisa Smith
Flowers // Flowers by Jodi
Ceremony Officiant // Lisa Smith
Ceremony & Reception Music // SKM Entertainment
Cake // Cakes by Elizabeth
Lighting / Decor // Lanae Johnson
Caterer // The Carefree Resort
Videographer // Antik Media

Mike & Lia’s wedding at Wrigley Mansion

A favorite wedding from last year that I finally got around to blogging (thanks Joanna)! Mike and Lia were so amazing to work with, from a beautiful engagement session in Sedona to this wonderful day at Wrigley Mansion.

Thank you both for being a blast and I hope to see you guys again down the road!

This was 2017

I usually get this blog post out before the end of the year, but aside from two weddings I had to shoot in the last three days of 2017, I took some much needed time off. So January 1st it is! It was a crazy year…the busiest one for me so far in many ways. Mostly on the storm chasing front. I drove more than ever before…35,000 miles during the spring, about 14,000 during the summer. Long days on the road and many, many days away from my family. Two workshops during the summer down in Tucson. It was incredibly rewarding, but the grind was wearing. I welcomed the offseason big time.

Being able to switch gears from storms to portraits I fully believe helps keep me balanced. I photographed 32 weddings and did around 52 other photoshoots. I met some insanely awesome people this year, traveled to cool locations and captured some super fun events.

This blog post is in chronological order. I released four time-lapse films this year which are scattered about in the midst of waaay too many photos below. But I took out so many ones I loved out already, I couldn’t cut anymore. These posts are also just for me personally, to be able to look back and quickly remember what happened in a year.

Highlights for me are of course the four films, but a road trip through Oregon with my buddies early in the year, a trip to California Adventures with the family, adding our pup Winnie to the mix, having Anderson Cooper walk in to a wedding reception, a rainy shoot in Sedona, an Antelope Canyon elopement, the McLean tornado, two plains storm-chasing tours, incredible mammatus and asperitas sunsets, visiting Montana twice, a trip to Holland with Jina, taking Lyla and Eli along for a late June chase in Colorado, haboobs in southwestern AZ, a landspout tornado in downtown Phoenix, lightning at the Grand Canyon (FINALLY), shooting a wedding in a monsoon downpour, photographing a wedding where Lyla was the flower girl, seeing families I love for late year Christmas photos, taking some last images of my late Grandma and finally, seeing an epic rocket launch.

Thank you all so much for your support during the year, it means so much to me! I hope you enjoy this look back at 2017!