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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!

Monsoon V (4K)

Blu-Ray discs available here: http://mikeolbinski.com/shop/

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My original plan this past summer was to collect as much footage as normal, but to not put out a “Monsoon V” until 2019 when I had two years worth of crazy haboobs and lightning to make it truly spectacular. But the monsoon had different plans and put on a pretty dang good show in 2018, starting off with a decent dust storm on July 5th, then the best haboob chase I’ve ever had on July 9th, an epic green hail core on July 11th and finally another fantastic dust storm day on August 2nd.

Sprinkled in there…more dust storm, some at night, spectacular lightning, and tons of microbursts and stormy clouds, plus a few rotating supercells to put some icing on the cake. It was one of the best monsoon seasons I’ve chased, so I couldn’t help but get to work on Monsoon V a few weeks ago.

I love doing these films so much. So much hard work for months on end goes into capturing them. Almost 15,000 miles this summer across Arizona. 85,000+ frames with plenty more deleted. A total of 32 days out there chasing over three months. Sleep deprivation, tons of gas money, crappy food and yes, sometimes missing storms I wish I had been on.

But the highs were amazing. Chasing with my kiddos…sharing the July 9th haboob bonanza with Lyla and Eli…or an all-night chase with my youngest, Asher. They were so awesome to have along. Two workshops with five fantastic people. Both were so fun and the storms we saw were just wonderful.  I feel so blessed to teach people and show the monsoon off to those who have never seen it before.

As always is the case…this year, including tornado season, I chased the most I ever have. Which means more time away from home. And Jina…my incredible wife…she’s so supportive of my passion and this business. Taking care of the kids and running everything at home during those months…I am forever amazed at how she always has my back, even during the times when it’s too hard and she’d rather not. I can’t thank her enough for allowing me to chase my dreams.

I do want to thank all of you watching this…over the years, so many people have seen the films, left kind words, purchased DVDs, prints and even books. I don’t know how many people asked me this year about when Monsoon V was coming out, and I have to say…it was extremely motivating. So thank you for the support and kind words of encouragement and excitement about these storm movies…I can honestly say you are a huge reason why I keep making them!

Technical Details:
Music: Avalon and Legend by Ryan Taubert (through TheMusicbed.com, sign-up for licensing here: http://share.mscbd.fm/mikeolbinski)

Everything shot with two Canon 5DSRs and various Canon lenses. Might be a couple lightning sequences with the Sony A7R3

Processed in Lightroom, LR Timelapse, After Effects and Premiere Pro.

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!

Larissa & Nick’s wedding at Venue At The Grove

Oh man…Larissa and Nick, two wonderful people and just a wonderful wedding! Love the Venue at the Grove, it’s such a charming place and the staff is so nice.

From this past spring…here’s some pics.

The Mannarelli Family (and 1 year birthday cake smash!)

Every now and then I get to do a cake smash shoot…I think the last was like 4 years ago haha. This was a blast. Not to mention I’ve know Jenae and her mom & dad forever. So amazing to think that Jenae used to be this little girl who adopted me as a big brother way back then (goodness like 20 years ago), and now here she is married with a boy of her own. Congrats guys!

And so fun to have the grandparents along as well!

Alesha & Peter’s wedding at Desert Foothills

Alesha and Peter’s wedding at Desert Foothills was just beautiful. Lovely people, great family and tons of joy.

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!

The Hedges Family

Cannot believe Pat and Chrystal have been married five years already! And little Sam is just the cutest!

Hopefully next year I’ll get to meet the new baby coming soon!

Maureen & Will’s wedding at Arizona Biltmore

Every now and then I get to shoot at the Arizona Biltmore and it’s always awesome. Love this one with Will and Maureen from earlier this year. Thanks to Courtney Larson for second-shooting and rocking it as always!

Venue & Caterer // Biltmore
Wedding Coordinator/Planner // Brooke Molumby
Invitations // Wedding Superstore
Wedding Dress Shop // Destiny’s Bride
Men’s Formal Wear // Men’s Warehouse
Hair and Makeup // Sarah Brown
Flowers // Rita’s Flowers
Ceremony Officiant // Matt Anderson
Ceremony & Reception Music // DJ Steve
Cake // Classic Cakes (Ella)

The Pratcher Family

This family just had another baby and I realized I never did share this beautiful portrait session from a few years ago!