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Evan

I just had to post this shot of Evan. I was shooting his family walking towards me on the tracks and of course I was laying on the ground.

So as he gets closer and sees me, he just slowly gets on the ground himself and gives me the biggest smile ever.

Loved this moment!

Two frames | Lifestyle

My camera has been busy the last few days and I’ve barely had time to think. Here are two frames from a couple of lifestyle sessions.

Caroline | Newborn

The church I attend in downtown Phoenix is seriously spitting out the babies lately. We’ve already had quite a few this year (including adopting our own tubby little boy), and there are more on the way!

One of the newcomers was little Caroline, born to first-time parents Cody and Jessica. They live in a sweet loft  only a few miles from where I live and it has a sick view of the city. In fact, I’ve been invited to call them “anytime” if I want to sit on the balcony to timelapse a dust storm or shoot some lightning. I may just hold them to that reaaaaaal soon!

I spent a few hours with this adorable family last Wednesday. They have an unbelievably cute dog named Max who is still a bit unsure about this baby and what all the fuss is about. He co-operated on a few posed shot, so we thank him for that. We decided to take Caroline on her first walk outside the building and despite the sweltering heat, we had a great time. It was fun returning to the lobby and having a handful of maintenance staff/property managers all want to get their first glimpse at Caroline.

The little lady had multiple outfit changes and slept most of the time. But she did finally wake up, made all kinds of cute and crazy faces…crying, sneezing, smiling…you name it. I hope these photos capture just how beautiful she is…and how much Cody and Jessica love her. They were beaming the entire time.

Thanks so much guys for letting me capture these early moments in Caroline’s life…meant so much to me! Can’t wait to watch her grow up.

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Kennedy | First Birthday | Lifestyle

I had the pleasure of hanging out with this family last Sunday, which also happened to be Kennedy’s very first birthday. Her parents Alicia and Eric had planned a special day and it started off with a portrait session in downtown Phoenix and finished with an adorable birthday party in a park later that morning.

Kennedy was a doll the entire time and we had a blast. She just started taking steps, so it was fun to capture a few wobbly moments. I have to give mad props to Alicia for a beautifully done party…the details, the food, the deserts…the little area for other kids to make sunglasses…was all super impressive. She even made a cute little fabric skirt for Kennedy.

Thanks so much for letting me do this for you guys! Had awesome time being able to celebrate with you all. A very happy birthday to Kennedy!

Kennedy | Sneak Peek | Lifestyle

It was Kennedy’s first birthday yesterday…and we did a little photoshoot in the morning before cake and presents later on. Here’s two from downtown Phoenix…more to come!

(She just started walking a teeny bit…still wobbly!)

Alisha, Ben & Nathan | Adoption

You may remember baby Nathan, a little guy I photographed last October. He was adopted by some friends from our adoption class last summer and it was so amazing to meet this little guy.

And now look at him! Seven months old and adorable as heck! Are you kidding me?

Yesterday was the official court date for this family where Nathan’s adoption would be finalized on paper and he would be Ben and Alisha’s forever. He was already their baby really, nothing would stop that, but when you go through the adoption process, that last step takes about 4-6 months from when you actually bring your child home. We just went through the same deal with Eli about a month ago. It’s a real sense of closure once you are done with the hearing!

I was honored to be able to take a few photos of these three before the court appointment, and then hang out with them and their family for the hearing itself and then after! Congrats again you guys!

Here’s just a quickie sneak peek from yesterday.

The McClune family | Lifestyle

I know I’ve said this in the past, but I absolutely love watching families grow through the eye of my camera. Annual photos at Christmas. A new baby joining the mix. Meeting the relatives. All of it is so much fun for me.

Now one of my favorite families are the McClunes (yes, I do have a lot of favs!). This past Christmas I took some pictures of April, Mark, Greer and their dog Merton in Chandler, but on Monday I got to meet the rest of Mark’s side. The parents, the brother, his wife and the nephews. They live in Texas, but were in town visiting and so they wanted some photos taken.

What an amazing, fun family to hang out with for an hour. Sure, little boys are always stubborn, they never want to sit where you want them to…but you remedy that by handing them your giant 5D Mark II and teach them to take pictures. Suddenly they’re your best friend! You can see Greer’s shot of me over on my Facebook page. We’re still working on his technique.

Of course, it’s the moments where they aren’t sitting, but instead jumping off of ledges, or being tickled by daddy, where you really see who they are. Just boys who want to have fun.

Collin and Greer are the older kiddies, but Drew kind of stole the show with his simple love of smiling and exploring grass. Oh, and those killer blue eyes.

I could ramble on about this group, but needless to say I had a great time and they were just ultra kind and such a pleasure to work with. Thank you guys for inviting me out, it was great meeting everyone and I hope to see you all down the road again someday soon!

Two frames | Lifetyle

From a family shoot on Friday.  Cute little girl.  An amazing sunset.

Roman | Newborn

This was a first for me. I shot Dee and Iuliana’s wedding back on January 1st, 2011. Almost a year later, little man Roman was born and I got to meet him last Sunday.

Stuff like this makes me love what I do. Being able to tell stories through photos over time. So awesome.

Now Roman was born back on December 11th and usually when you photograph a newborn, it’s best in the first 10 days because they sleep all the time and pretty much will just lay there for you. But Roman was born three weeks early, so I think that’s why he was basically sound asleep for the hour or so I was there.

A few times he opened his eyes, yawned (yes! I caught it!), but otherwise he was off in dreamland. I was envious to tell you the truth!

Most of these images were taken in Dee and Iuliana’s bedroom, which was on the south side of the house and bathed in beautiful afternoon sunlight. They had a white bed, with a white headboard and roman blinds over the windows. Needless to say, the light was epic. All natural.

Iuliana’s mother, father, brother and sister-in-law all flew in from Moldova (located between the Ukraine and Romania) to stay with them for awhile and help take care of the baby. How awesome is that?  Roman is the first grandchild too, so it was a momentous occasion.

Thanks Dee and Iulia for letting me come back into your lives for a little bit to capture a few moments for you! He’s a beautiful little guy and it’s going to be awesome to watch him grow up!

Meet Roman | Newborn

One year and eight days ago I photographed the wedding of Dee and Iulia. Yesterday I took some pictures of their brand new baby boy Roman.

He literally slept the entire time.

More to come.