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Photoshoot: The Johnson’s {phoenix family photographer}

I had such a great time with the Johnson family so I wanted to post a few more of my favorite images from the hour or so we spent together. You just never know how a shoot is going to go or what may result from it. Meribeth, the mother of the group, is getting into photography herself and thus I offered up my standard recommendation for people starting out: Get the $100 50mm 1.8 and you’ll love taking pictures of your kids and stuff on vacation.

So her awesome hubby David surprised her with it and Meribeth has been having a blast getting to know that lens and play around with it. She’s been slow about uploading photos she’s taken to Facebook, but I’ll forgive her…sometimes you are just out shooting too much to ever post all the photos you take.

Plus they have three kids and I cannot imagine how you find a break in all the action to sit back and look at photos taken on a family trip!

Thanks again guys for letting me hang with your family for a bit!

One opening left in November!

Check out the look of joy on little Aly’s face…isn’t she a bundle of cuteness?

Just a heads up that while I was booked full for November just 24 hours ago, today I have an opening on the evening of November 27th, the weekend after Thanksgiving. If you are looking to squeeze in some pictures before it’s too late to put them on your annual Christmas card, let me know…first come, first served, yadda, yadda.

Session fees right now are only $150 for an hour. I do a 30-minute version as well for half that cost if you are on a budget. Price includes the DVD of all images.

Otherwise, plenty of openings in December if you are looking for a shoot where you are all bundled up with jackets and scarves! Okay, this is Arizona, who am I kidding…we’ll still all be wearing shorts and sandals.

You can book a shoot by using the form at the bottom of this page. OR email me: mikeolbinski @ gmail (dot) com

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!

Sneak Peak: The Johnson Family {phoenix family photographer}

A loooong time ago I used to work at AMC Theatres. I’m talking back when I was a senior in high school and then for a few years after graduation. I worked there with a couple of friends from school, one of them named Jina who eventually thought I was a cool enough projectionist to date. Yes, I married that girl, but that’s not the point of the story. Well, maybe it is.

She went to work at a different AMC location and wound up meeting Dave and a girl named Maribeth. I eventually met them both at one time or another, but really just knew them through Jina.

Well go figure, they got married too! What is it about AMC? Must be something they put in the pretzel bite cheese.

Circle back to the present day where they now have three super-cute kids and have been married over 10 years. They booked me for a family photoshoot about a month ago and we finally ended up connecting on Saturday afternoon.  It started off great too…on the first picture I wanted to take (the steps below) Nick informed us he didn’t want to get pictures taken! I was laughing hysterically inside…I just love kids and love the stuff they say. I knew he’d come around and eventually he was wanting to be in the pictures! Aly is the 7-month old baby, Taylor the big sister (who just lost her two top teeth, congrats!).

Simply a great family, amazing kids and I had a fun time talking with you guys and just hanging out. Hopefully our paths cross again someday!

Photoshoot: The Kleins 2010 {gilbert family photographer}

The Kleins have been good friends of ours for a lot of years now and it’s so awesome to see these girls grow up right before our eyes. And speaking of eyes…each of these girls has eyes that photographers love to shoot. Sparkling, bright, blue…photogenic.

Thanks so much guys for letting me shoot you guys once again…you are an amazing family!

(PS. They already sent me a proof of their Christmas card this year made up of about 5 of the photos we got from this shoot…looks awesome!)

Sneak Peak: The Kleins {gilbert family photographer}

What a difference a year makes. These are the Kleins and last year I photographed just the four girls at a park in Chandler for my very first ever “photoshoot.” My wife was there helping scout locations, my daughter was running around, I was crazy nervous, unsure of myself and thrilled at the same time.

I can’t believe that was last December and here I am out shooting them again for their annual family Christmas card. It’s true what they about the older you get, the faster time goes by.

What is super fun about the shoot we did yesterday and the sneak peak I’m posting today is that I can actually link you guys back to a year ago to see how much this family has grown…especially little Tatum. My daughter and her are so close in age and have grown up together, and it’s so crazy seeing how different they look year to year.

You can see a few pictures from last year right here, and then the Christmas card photo they chose right here.

Such a beautiful family, thanks so much for letting me to this for you guys again and I hope to see you all again next year!

Photoshoot: The Hillis Family {gilbert family photographer}

Here are a few more of my favorite photos of the Hillis Family from a shoot we did last week. We did a quickie 30-minute session and thus spent most of our time in a small area in downtown Gilbert. Loved hanging out with these guys even if it was just for a little bit.

They were such an awesome group and even spread my name around to friends and family after they saw the pictures. Thanks so much for that guys and  I hope our paths cross again down the road!

Photoshoot: The Hillis Family {gilbert family photographer}

The Hillis family have pictures taken every year around their 8-year old Isaac’s birthday, just in time for Christmas and the holidays.  I was lucky enough to get to shoot them this time around in a quick little meetup in downtown Gilbert. For those families on a budget or looking for some simple group shots of the family for X-Mas cards, I’m doing short, 30-minute sessions for $75. If interested, let me know via the contact form on the Portraits page!

Amazingly, we still squeezed in a decent amount of poses and even a wardrobe change into half-an-hour. A beautiful family with a cutie little dog named Luigi who only pays attention to you if you whistle loud or yell “Birdies!” I think I sounded like a broken record at the end trying to get that fluffy ball of fur to look at me!

Had a lot of fun you guys, thanks for allowing me into your lives for this wee bit of time!

Photoshoot: The Eeds {chandler family photographer}

We planned a big vacation with a group of friends for this past weekend in San Diego. One of the families that has a newborn little boy named Wyatt had been wanting some new portrait shots done and had the great idea of doing them on the beach whilst out in California.

I’ve never done much photography on a beach before, so figuring the lighting out, the backgrounds and angles was something I learned on the fly. Loved the setting though…I can’t get over how awesome the light was from the setting sun. The shots you can do are endless and I only wish I lived closer to a place like this so I could get more practice at it.

These are some of my favorite photos from the shoot…thanks so much to the Eeds family for inviting me to do this for them!