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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.

The Ross Family

I plowed through more of the Ross photos last night, mostly because it was sheer joy to process them. Complete and total fun. I think I may have to pigeonhole myself as a downtown Phoenix, urban portrait photographer and that’s all I do. I just love, love, love the backdrops, the train tracks, the bricks, the grunge, the chain link fences, the broken windows, the dirty pavement…all of it.

Oh, and the Ross family of course *grin*

Now, I’m only kidding, I will and do love shooting in a variety of locations, but I hope more people ask to do shoots downtown…there is something amazing about walking and photographing in the midst of the city. On top of it…there is an almost endless supply of locations.

These photos of the Ross band…are some of my favorite ever. They were simply amazing to work with. At the end of the shoot, both David and Heather had extremely kind words about my website and the way it presents both me and my work. That has really stuck with me since then and I appreciate you guys so much for taking the time to let me know what you thought.

For Erin and Alex..the last two pictures are for you guys…I put a little bit of extra time into them.

Thanks so much you guys…truly was a moving experience for me and I hope you enjoy the moments we captured.

Sneak Peek: The Ross family

I’ve been on a ton of photoshoots this fall, but this had to be one of the most fun and entertaining. I posted on Twitter earlier tonight that I thought I should be paying THEM for the shoot, not vice versa, but of course I took the money *grin*

This is a family of guitar players and it demanded a lot of candid shots. Yeah, we did the posed shots in a bunch of places, but we also tried some other things. They would play a little bit, I would walk around from different angles taking shots…the kind of photos I love to take. Towards the end of the session, David and Heather did a little duet together as they sat in an old doorway in a grungy part of downtown Phoenix (last photo below). Both are amazing musicians (they all are really, Alex was a member of The  Maine for a little bit!) and listening to them sing together while trying to take pictures was one of the most awesome experiences I’ve had doing this.

And to top it all off, we visited three different locations downtown and I have to say, I’ve fallen head over heels for the urban areas of Phoenix. The shot above and immediately below were taken at a location I’ve been DYING to visit for a photoshoot and it turned out perfect.

This is just a sneak peek at an almost two-hour shoot…I rushed home and had to process a few of my favorites…will post more in a few days.

The Hughes Family

Sunday night I was among 27,000 other photographers doing shoots in downtown Gilbert. Literally had to watch your step lest you bump into a dude with an 85mm 1.2 and umbrella. There were some guys carrying around an antique sofa everywhere they went! The train tracks we used in this shoot also had 3-4 other groups using them in various spots. A train could have come by and eliminated a lot of competition for some people!

I met up with Denise, Peter and their two sons Parker and little man Ryker. Let’s talk about those two boys for a second. Cute as can be. Parker smiled on command. It was easy as pie. Ryker’s little faux hawk was awesome. But that kid…wow, I knew our little girl Lyla was crazy with her running and being unable to just stand there looking cute…but Ryker. He’s just turned one, he rolled over for the first time at three weeks and his mobility is incredible.

Needless to say, we did a lot of chasing Ryker around, which sometimes that makes things hard when you want to get a nice group shot, but you know what? I love it when kids do their own thing. I love trying to catch them running, walking, looking at the world around them. Because that’s the kind of photography I enjoy…those candid moments.

Had a blast shooting this good-looking group and just enjoyed being outdoors in downtown Gilbert on a gorgeous night.

Thanks guys for letting me hang out with you all for a bit!

First Look: The Kruckenberg family {phoenix family photographer}

I’m writing this entry about 5 hours after the photoshoot I did tonight with the Kruckenberg family. I recently purchased a new laptop to help speed up the processing time for things just like tonight. And I have to say…the comparison between my old laptop and the new one is like a 1930’s Ford Pickup to the Starship Enterprise going Warp 10. Sorry to drop some nerdiness on you, but I’m going nuts over this thing. Needless to say, the ease at which I busted out these photos was mind-numbing.

The Kruckenbergs are great friends of ours. Brian is the guy who is starting Day Twelve in downtown Phoenix (and we’re a part of it too), the church that put on the big First Friday event I was part of last month and is continuing to use their space as a gallery. They like to get photos done every year and I was excited they asked me to do their 2010 edition. Because, honestly, when you are working with a good-looking family like the Krucks…they make your photos look better 🙂

We decided to do the shoot downtown because of the way their lives (and ours) are suddenly entangled in the urban Phoenix environment. I love it down there…and Sunday was chilly, windy and absolutely beautiful.

Thanks so much guys for letting me do this for you!

First Look: The Felix family {tempe family photographer}

I’ve known Joel and the Felix family for awhile now. Long ago I did sports writing for Rivals.com and the Associated Press and ran a few websites for local Arizona sports. One of them that I no longer own but is still going strong is called ArizonaSportsFans.com. The messageboard community there is thriving and if you are looking to talk AZ sports, that should be your first stop.

But back 5-10 years ago, either Joel or Kevin (Can’t remember which of the twin Felix brothers) held a big poker party for a bunch of people from the website. We all got to be good friends after that night and it was awesome to finally meet some of these guys in person.

And in the “small world” department, my company works in conjunction with Joel’s employer on a number of projects, so we get to stay in touch in other ways.

All that to say you never know where life will take you with relationships and friendships, so when the Felix family wanted some new family photos, I thought it was so awesome to be able to do this for them. They are the nicest little group you’ll ever meet…wife Kim and kids Kristin and Jack. Crazy red hair on those kids too! But a great looking family and of course, huge Arizona Cardinals fans.

To top it off, they hadn’t ever done pictures like this before…Kim said the last time they did was the infamous “floating heads” session in a studio where they all wore black and the background was black. Ack! She was excited to do something different and I hope they enjoyed the new experience!

Had a ton of fun hanging out with you guys, thanks so much for the opportunity!

Joel has crazy blue eyes so I told him I’d give him the “baby eye” treatment on this shot 🙂

The Williamson Family {gilbert photographer }

We’ve known the Williamson’s for a very long time. I think in this day and age we don’t always get to know our neighbors as much as we should because we end up being all-consumed with our own lives. I’m a victim of that most of the time as well. But when we bought our first house back in 2001, it didn’t take too long before the Williamson’s moved in right next to us and the rest is, as they say, history. Weekly game nights filled with Settlers of Catan, movies, TV, Scott and I applying for the Amazing Race and gobs of other stuff.

What’s more amazing is that back then, Scott’s son Chad was just a kid and little Evie was something planned for future years.

Now Chad has his driver’s permit and Evie is one of the cutest kids I know. As I get older, it’s awesome to see not only your own life change, but also those around you. Scott and Deb have raised a great little family and I was just so thrilled to be able to photograph them this past weekend. We did a quick little shoot mostly to get a few poses for the ol’ Christmas card and I wished we had had more time to walk around and take pictures.

Thanks guys, was great seeing you! Here are a few of my favorite images from the shoot!

Photoshoot: Zane and Rhiannon

Zane and Rhiannon…a fun shoot out at one of my favorite places in the world, Joe’s Farm Grill. It’s tough to not want to use this place for every photoshoot I do, but it’s so beautiful. The old buildings, that wagon, the St. Augustine grass, the grape vine archway…I’m in love with it.

Thanks to these two kids and daddy Nate for letting me capture a few memories for you guys and hopefully mommy loves her birthday present!

The slideshow is just a few of my favorites from the shoot, ended up with a ton to choose from!

Another sneak peak at Zane and Rhiannon

I’m still editing the photos from the little shoot we did Monday night, but I can’t get far before the desire to post a few of them gets the better of me. Both of these kids were too cute for words and an absolute blast to work with.

In the shot above, you can see it’s a black and white except for the eyes. That’s not fake color there, I just allowed the blue from the color version of this photo to remain while the rest went B&W. Such amazingly blue eyes!

And how cute is Rhiannon? She loves getting her picture taken, so she stood in this spot throwing me a bunch of funny little poses. Love this one below, in her brand new dress.

Sneak Peak: Zane and Rhiannon

Meet five month old Zane and his big sister Rhiannon. I met both of these adorable kiddies down at Joe’s Farm Grill along with their father, who was looking to get some photos done in time for his wife’s upcoming birthday.

Great pleasure meeting all three of them and we had a lot of fun. Both kids were troopers, as doing any kind of photoshoot in the Arizona summer is brutal, even if it’s late in the evening. They made it just over 45 minutes and by that time we’d gotten what we wanted anyways.

Zane has the craziest blue eyes you ever saw and I loved Rhiannon’s little monkey earrings.

Thanks for letting me do this for you guys!