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Ayla & James Wedding at Kingan Gardens

James and Ayla’s wedding was so unique and at such a rad little venue down in Tucson. Never shot there before, it was lovely and intimate and definitely worth checking out.

Thanks to these two for being such amazing clients, we had a ball first on their engagement session in downtown Phoenix but their wedding was utterly great as well. Hope you enjoy these!

Venue // Kingan Gardens
Wedding Coordinator/Planner // Kingan Gardens
Invitations // Minted.com
Wedding Dress Shop // The Lovely Bride Phoenix
Bridesmaid Dress Shop // Sugar Bits
Men’s Formal Wear // Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup // I Do Hair And Makeup
Flowers // Eastland Alley
Ceremony Officiant // Mike Schmidt
Ceremony Music // Dave Harris
Cake // Cakes by Genevieve
Lighting & Decor // Eastland Alley
Reception Music/DJ // Che Wilson
Caterer // Rincon Market

Michele & Matt’s wedding at The Croft

I love working with the great people at The Croft Downtown, such a beautiful venue with lots of cool spots nearby to do portraits. Michele and Matt were wonderful to work with, so chill and laid back…this was an easy one.

Abi’s senior session!

I’ve known Abi and her family since she was a little girl. It’s unbelievable to me that she’s somehow a senior in high school suddenly. What a blast to hang with her, her best friend and Abi’s mom Kathy. Such a fun time and I love these images!

Plus my daughter Lyla came along and makes a couple of appearances!

Liz & Nathan’s wedding at the Phoenix Art Museum

Really loved this one from last fall. Liz and Nathan were so sweet and kind, not just to me, but everyone there. And it’s always a treat when I get to shoot at the Phoenix Art Museum. They got ready at different locations but then we met up for a first look and then some photos at the museum. The ceremony was a bit later than usual, and got dark fast…which made some for some beautiful candlelit moments towards the end.

Venue // Phoenix Art Museum
Wedding Coordinator/Planner // Cori Souza, PHX Art Museum
Make-up // Sandy Goldstein
Hair // Lauren Carey
Ceremony Officiant // Rev. Brian Frederick-Gray
Ceremony & Reception Music // Rock Around the Clock, Jeff Marcus
Caterer // Creations in Cuisine, Tony Rea

Katherine & Henry’s wedding at Brophy Chapel

I’ve done a lot of Brophy weddings in recent years, and they are always a blast with great people. Katherine and Henry were no exception. I knew the bride’s brother Michael for quite awhile, so I’m super appreciative of him passing my name on to these guys!

Lots of fun to check out the Heard Museum for the first time, loved the interior where the reception was held, just a gorgeous courtyard with great light everywhere.

Thanks Katherine and Henry for trusting us with your big day! Now on to the photos!

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Lindsey & Matt’s Wedding at Bentley Projects in Phoenix

What a way to ring in the new year! Lindsey and Matt’s wedding was such a blast…they were both so incredibly warm and friendly, and so complimentary on all the vendors who helped with this event, it really was very moving.

The day started off at the Hotel Palomar, with a first look in front of the Orpheum Theater and finally ended at Warehouse 215 at Bentley Projects for the ceremony and reception. I loved everyone I got to work with on this one. Riette from Downtown Phoenix Venues, the amazing Alex from BTS Event Management who always plans flawless weddings (who is getting married in a week!), the talented Megan from Flower Bar who constantly surprises us with her designs and centerpieces and also my cohort Sara Nevels from Talk Studios, she’s the best!

Love this wedding so much! Lindsey and Matt, I wish you the best of luck and hope to see you again down the road!

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The sunset before the haboob

So last week when I was asked about the big haboob timelapse, I usually started off with saying “I was in the backyard doing another timelapse…”

This is that one.

I had been out stormchasing 4-5 nights already and was pretty beat. I figured I’d stay home that night and let the storms come to me, perhaps shoot some lightning from my balcony or the parking garage down the street. When I saw the clouds building out west, I thought to myself “Hey, I can just do a timelapse and then hang out inside, relaxing, watching TV, whatever.”

Of course, a bit later, a text message sent to me with a picture of the dust storm over the San Tans forced me to leave and shoot that.

However…I was really torn. I actually was around a 60/40 between going and staying. The orange/red glow towards the end was so beautiful, I wanted to keep it going.

But my favorite part of this is the thunderstorm that builds on the right horizon and then releases rain like someone dumped it out with a giant bucket. I also dig the soundtrack a lot. My buddy Brian Matiash will want to take credit for it because he told me to use something from Inception sometime, so that’s part of why I used it. But I also already have the album on my iPhone and was just searching for a minute-long song.

This track fits just perfectly with the way the sky unfolds.

The wind picks up a bit towards the end and my ex-tripod head let the camera move around somewhat. That problem has now been remedied!

Speed

Downtown Phoenix Freeway Interstate 10

Oh how I longed to live closer to the downtown area so I could explore taking shots like this one. Long exposures over freeways with loads of vehicles. Although, I realized when I look at this that it could basically have been taken on any ol’ freeway with a pedestrian overpass! But I love it because it’s downtown Phoenix!

I also love the movie Speed, which is the name of the film for my weekly Movie Title Wednesday entry. I don’t care how much people hate Keanu Reeves and his acting (or lack of) style…I usually find him entertaining. If I remember correctly, this movie kind of re-birthed Reeves as an action star after being a total dweeb time-traveler in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

Speed was such a fun movie, lots of action, intensity, Dennis Hopper and not to mention Sandra Bullock.

“Shoot the hostage!”

Now, this photo has an extra special quality about it because it’s ALSO being used to help advertise the “gallery” I’ll be displaying my prints in for First Friday on November 5th and for the rest of that month. You can see it being used on the frontpage of DayTwelve.org and displayed on the official flyer for the event (click here to see it!).

If you live in the area, I hope you can make the event and check out my work PLUS the other five awesome photographers there, including my buddies Dee Nichols and Rick Young.

Reach for the Sky

The Chase Tower in downtown Phoenix

“Reach for the skyyyyyyy.”

Ah, a favorite line from one of my daughter’s favorite things to watch…Toy Story. I should note…I also love those movies. I find that I can still laugh at them over and over despite the amazing number of times we’ve watched it in our house!

This is Chase Tower in downtown Phoenix, a monolithic structure that immediately caught my eye on one of my first real exploratory drives down there. We’ve now lived down here for a few weeks now and I’m finding more opportunities to explore here and there and in the process of doing that, discovering all kinds of things I want to photograph. This particular skyscraper I believe is the tallest building in Arizona, or at least it was a few years ago. I haven’t see anything that could surpass it as I’ve driven around.

I have several angles of this building, from about 20 feet away looking straight up, to this shot from across the street in a parking garage (a ‘parkade’ for our Canadian friends). I intend to post the others someday, but what struck me the most with this one is the kind of “flaring” clouds behind it.

Six brackets make up this shot, processed in Photomatix and CS5, with a finishing touch using Topaz Adjust. I don’t use Adjust as much anymore, but I do have to say the Exposure Color Stretch is my favorite filter in that entire tool. The image above was done with that filter, and while it gives is a sort of “halo” about it…this was intentional and not an indication of sloppy HDR work *grin*

Cloudy skies over Phoenix

Looking at the above shot, you might think it was taken with an iPhone and processed with that awesome software iPhone photos use. No, I don’t have one, but I want one someday. Just praying Verizon actually gets the iPhone in January.

But no, that photo was actually taken with my Rebel XSi out of the 19th floor window of my office building. They are dirty, dirty, dirty windows. But I kind of like it sometimes, especially when you chose to process photos with a sort of faded, older look to them.

These aren’t anything special…meaning I didn’t take them thinking they would be sellable or anything. I just love weather and storms, and while at work, sometimes I just have to walk over to the window and snap photos of unusual cloudy skies.

Yesterday morning we had some surprisingly cloudy skies, with rain falling in a few random places. Some of the clouds just looked “different” than normal.  I think maybe because a few looked huge enough to be dropping pouring rain and lightning, but they ended up just floating by.

Anyways, I do love the view out of the windows of my office…someday I hope to shoot a lightning storm from them.