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Emily & Brendan’s wedding at Sutton Family Farm

We’ve known Emily for a long time now, one of our kiddos’ favorite babysitters. I was so honored that she and Brendan asked me to photograph their wedding earlier this year at Sutton Farms. Such a beautiful spot, really enjoyed this one!

Wedding Dress Shop // Bella Lily
Men’s Formal Wear // Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup // Koral Lorenson from Braids and Bobby Pins
Flowers // Array Design
Dessert // Bosa Donuts
Caterer // Aioli Gourmet Burgers

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!

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}

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!

The E-61 Bar at Liberty Market

One of our favorite places in the world is Liberty Market in downtown Gilbert. Most of our friends frequent the place and rarely do we go there and not see someone we know. The restaurant/coffee bar is owned by some great people who are very active in the social media world. It definitely makes it a lot of fun to be able to interact with them on Twitter, keep up to date with specials and fun stuff going on, and just feel like you are part of something.

We ate there for dinner last night because I was dying to try a hamburger from Burger Daze, which is a August-long, different burger-a-day, party. If you eat 10 of them, you get a $25 gift card…if you eat all 31…well, good luck with that but it’s worth $100!

The Wasabi Burger was divine!

All the food aside, one of the big reasons we love the place is the ambiance. It’s just ultra cool inside, awesome architecture, decorations, the lights and modern looks. I am not a big coffee drinker, but they also have this E-61 Coffee Bar that people absolutely love and I just dig the whole look of it.

I snapped a few of these photos from where we sat last night. Took them all with my beloved 50mm 1.4…I don’t know what I’d do without that thing.

Something a little different for you all today.

The water tower in downtown Gilbert

One of my favorite landmarks around this part of Phoenix is the water town in downtown Gilbert. Right below it is a splash pad water play area for kids, which is where we always watch our little girl play after having breakfast at Liberty Market (a faaaantastic place to eat).

This past weekend we were there once again, this time with some of our family and their kids, so we sat for awhile and had a great time. The weather was magnificent, it was dropping to below 90 on that day and the clouds especially were the fluffy kind we hadn’t seen in awhile. As they floated overhead, I just knew I had to get a shot of this water tower with one of those cloudy things floating above it.

No tripod handy, this is just a three-bracket HDR with the usual suspects of Photomatix/CS5/Imagenomic/Topaz Adjust. It was actually a fairly troublesome, noisy beast to deal with, took me awhile to get this where I wanted it to be.