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Brittany & Jim’s wedding at The Paseo

Not gonna lie, this was one of my favorite weddings of the spring! Love The Paseo venue, such great desert scenery around it for photos at sunset! Brittany and Jim were wonderful to work with, such great, kind people…and their wedding was a blast. Lots of tears, especially between Brittany and her two dads…love all of those images!  Hope you enjoy these!

Michael & Taylor’s wedding at Lost Dutchman State Park

My last wedding of 2019 was also one of my favorites. I’ve wanted to shoot a wedding at Lost Dutchman State Park forever and these two amazing people came along and magic happened.

Thanks to Michael and Taylor for making me feel like a member of the family and for having such a beautiful, intimate event.

Wedding Dress Shop // BHLDN
Men’s Formal Wear // The Black Tux
Caterer // Los Dos Molinos

This was 2018

One of my annual traditions around these parts is to post a nice recap of the year in photos. They range from road trips with friends,  family pics, wedding, photoshoots and of course, storm images. It felt like a different year overall, a little more subdued, with spring chasing offering slightly less excitement this time around and a couple less weddings. But wow it was a blast of a year regardless!

The year kicked off at a little shoot with a former bride and groom from Australia and their new baby girl, and then I was off on a road trip with Jay, Jason and Andrew to Death Valley and the eastern Sierras. From there it was wedding season, then storm chasing on the plains, followed by epic haboob and lightning action across Arizona during the monsoon, and finally fall weddings and family portraits. Toss in some wonderful family moments, it was a year to remember.

It also marked my fourth year as a full-time photographer and it keeps getting better and better. I still feel incredibly blessed that I get to do this everyday.

Hope you enjoy this look back at some of my favorite images, including at least a photo from almost every wedding and family session!

Stranger Things

July 17th was an awesome afternoon of chasing in southern Arizona with supercells, severe storms and some nice structure. As night hit, the storms intensified and a couple strong ones moved west towards Ajo. This spot is west of Maish Vaya just after getting out of the mountains and we had this awesome view east as it kept racing towards us.

This shot immediately reminded me of Stranger Things…the big Shadow Monster crawling over town in the Upside Down 🙂

The Fields

Someday I may get through the queue of images I have yet to edit from the years chasing storms, but that’s doubtful 😂

Here’s a new shot from June 12th, 2017 after a rough day chasing, missing tornadoes and epic structure…I found redemption near sunset in western Nebraska close to the town of Minatare. This supercell was electric and put out a sick ton of bolts. I’d keep chasing this guy through Alliance and well into the Sandhills until almost midnight.

Doom

Not gonna lie, and I’ve said it before probably, but July 9th was definitely the best day ever chasing haboobs 😂

This was southwest of Gila Bend aways, eight-image panoramic with the Sony A7R3 and Sigma Art 14-24. Massive, dense haboob riding underneath a pretty nifty shelf cloud.

That wall of dust originated southwest of Phoenix and ended up rolling into California and Mexico after dark…what an amazing day.

Megan & Jeff’s engagement at the Salt River

Megan and Jeff’s wedding is coming up in two days, so here’s their engagement photos from earlier this year!

James & Ayla’s engagement in Phoenix

Way behind with posting fun engagement sessions, here’s James and Ayla who got married in Tucson earlier this year. Had a blast with them in downtown Phoenix and then Papago Park for these engagement photos!

Never got around to sharing this engagement session between Ayla and James, but it was a blast. A drink at Carly’s before exploding some of downtown Phoenix and then hitting Papago Park!

Stephanie & Bobby’s wedding at San Pedro Chapel

A stunner of a Tucson wedding photographed by my associate, Courtney Larson! Stephanie and Bobby were such a blast to work with she said, not to mention Steph’s hair and dress were incredible.

Hope you enjoy the photos!

Wedding Coordinator/Planner // Akiko Senda at Soiree Girls
Wedding Dress Shop // BHLDN
Hair // Lindsey and Mariah at Studio B Designs
Makeup // Nissa at R Salon
Flowers // Soiree Girls
Favors / Gifts // Totally Promotional
Ceremony Officiant // Peter Bourland
Ceremony & Reception Music // Lucky Devils Band
Cake // Pin-Up Pastries
Lighting / Decor // Soiree Girls
Caterer // Pin-Up Pastries Street Kitchen and Seis Curbside Kitchen (food trucks)
Table drapes and chairs // Red Diamond Rentals

The Great Haboob Chase on Interstate 8

On July 9th, 2018, I woke up in Blythe, California, and checked the forecast one more time and it confirmed what I already knew the day before: the potential for an awesome storm rolling west down Interstate 8 was looking pretty good. And with that came the likelihood of a dust storm, or haboob. I already had the entire day’s route planned out…I’d hit south near the border towns of Sells and Santa Rosa, then head back north to I-8 to catch the storm outflows from Phoenix and central Arizona.

Rarely does a forecast come to fruition so perfectly…but this one did. I chased some good severe storms in the far southern portions of the state, and then headed north…hitting the town of Chuichu south of I-8 just as things got rolling. A big microburst kicked up a wall of dust that would move west and eventually merge with other, strong storms that rolled through Phoenix.

We jumped on I-8 and got west out of the dust and pulled over first at Vekol Road, my favorite spot along that freeway. The wall of dust was incredibly impressive…shelf cloud over it, the dust connecting right into the cloud base…it was amazing.

It was around 5:00pm at that point…and the chase would continue, for hours, all the way to Yuma. One of my final shots came around 8:30pm in the area of Ligurta. All told, around 140 miles and three and a half hours of chasing. Never have I chased a wall of dust for that long. Or been chased!

Besides July 5th, 2011…this was hands down, the best haboob I’ve ever seen. So many shapes and sizes. Incredibly density and definition. And the colors at sunset. Magnificent.

The film has all the clips from start to finish…somewhat in order, but not always. The microburst at the start was in Chuichu and the final scene was Ligurta.

It was fun to not only share this with some other chasers all having the time of their lives, but also with two of my kiddos. What an experience to have together!

Hope you enjoy this, and the music by Ryan Taubert.

I shot around 5,000 frames on two Canon 5DSR’s for this. Lenses were the Canon 11-24mm and 50mm 1.2.

Edited with Lightroom, LR Timelapse, After Effects and Premiere Pro.