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The Williams family

A few months ago I decided to get in front of the camera for once. I needed some shots of me that I could use for my photography business, but we also needed to update our family photos. As I thought about who I would ask… I wanted someone that we would definitely feel comfortable with but also someone I really admired. Immediately Session Nine Photography came to mind. I just love, love, LOVE their work. I had met them at a First Friday event last year @ New City Gallery and they are amazing, fantastic people. So we booked a shoot with them and our photos came out just last week and are, in short, epic. I’ll be posting those at some point over here.

What blew my mind though, was a few weeks after booking with them, they asked ME to do their family photoshoot. I was so humbled…I mean, I love these guys, I get inspired by their images and couldn’t have been more excited to be able to do this for them.

So here they are…Jason, Jessica, Cruz (red hair) and Rider (some hair). What a crazy adorable family.  They told me they get asked all the time if they’ve adopted their kids, but it’s just the way they came out. And who could have asked for anything more? These two little men rocked the shoot, even though Rider started off with quick river of tears. But it definitely wouldn’t be a family shoot if there wasn’t some kind of crying involved!

Thanks so much guys for letting me do this for you. I don’t think you know what it meant to me. It’s been such a blast to hang out at these shoots and then bond over chips & queso afterwards. Hopefully we can hang out more down the road and maybe someplace other than Chili’s right?

One shot – Chrystal and Patrick

Chrystal and Patrick are getting married in August and I cannot wait to shoot their Park City, Utah wedding!

We walked around on Friday night to get some engagement photos and were treated to a gorgeous Arizona sunset.

More to come!

One shot – Jason and Cruz

Jason with his little man Cruz. Love these guys.

More to come from the entire Williams family.

Mike

The Johnson family

When you are lucky enough to photograph the same families every year, it’s kind of fun to see how things change. Like with the Johnson family here. Last year baby Aly was a bundle of joy and sat there for an eternity letting me take pictures. And little Nick wanted nothing to do with me.

This year, the opposite. Nick was a superstar model. He pretty  much wanted to be in every picture. Aly? Well, she had her own agenda.

I do love this family though. As I mentioned in the Nakamura post this week, Dave and Meribeth used to work at AMC Theaters, along with me and my wife, back years before kids were even an idea to us. I never actually worked alongside them, but my wife did and I remember meeting them at some point.

Amazing to still be in touch well over a decade later.

And an amazing family too. Beautiful kids. Good people.

Thank you guys!

April, Mark, Greer and Merton

This shoot was a special one, for a couple of reasons, but mostly for how it ended.

Sometimes things don’t always work out how you imagined. The goal was to get a photo of little man Greer with the elderly statesmen of the house, Merton…a fantastic dog of 13 years. And other photos of course.  Hopefully a nice Christmas card would be made with a boy and his dog. I had ideas of the perfect pose, exactly what I wanted. So did mom and dad.

But for whatever reason, poor Greer wasn’t feeling too great right before the shoot. Mom thought he must be coming down with an ear infection. Ugh, poor kid.

So it ended up being a bit rough for him to have this goofy photographer with a massive camera right in his face. The shot we wanted proved elusive.  But it all led up to a beautiful moment at the end of the shoot that is kind of what being a parent is all about.

About two-thirds down in the photos below, April, Mark and Greer are standing together in the path and you can kind of see the little guy is crying. He’s just done. In fact, right after those pictures, he walked past me, tears in his eyes, stops, turns to me and says “Buh-bye” and keeps walking. So funny this kid. We get it. The shoot is over.

So dad picks him up and takes him over to the trees in this grove and just loves on the little guy. Helps him pick some pistachios. I just hide away and snap some photos. Then mom joins them and a bunch of smiles and happiness takes place.

It was beautiful to watch. And that’s a lot of the fun of photographing families like this…when you can capture that love they have for each other. It’s not always so easy.

Thanks so much guys for allowing me to hang with you a bit. And thanks to Greer for being such a champ. Hope you guys have an amazing holiday season!

 

The Nakamura famiily

It took me about 30 minutes to finally ask Shelley and Brian if Noah and Hannah were the same age. I’m kind of slow, but it dawned on me that these two absolutely adorable kids might be twins. And yes, they were! The first time I’ve ever taken pictures of twins and I’m glad these two were the ones. They did a great job and were super fun to work with!

I met the Nakamura’s up in Scottsdale last week for a quick shoot to get some family photos. Was awesome meeting these guys, who are friends with another family that I shot this weekend.

Both those families, and my own, have one thing in common: Almost all of us have worked at AMC Theaters at some point in our lives. Shelley is the only one of the bunch who hasn’t, but we wont hold that against her! I always look back fondly on that job…working as a projectionist, seeing every film that came out…random hours, great fun.  Not to mention that’s where my wife and I both worked when we first started dating sooooo many years ago.

ANYWAYS…thanks to the Nakamura’s for letting me hang out with you guys and take some pictures. You have a crazy beautiful family and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

A sneak peek at the Nakamura family

From last night in Scottsdale. Amazing clouds. Awesome family.

More to come.

The Klein girls

So I heard through the grapevine that the Klein girls were getting on my case for posting sneak peeks of Tatum and Irelynn, but not Katy and Maddy! I knew that was going to happen and I also knew if I posted the Williamson shoot today, I had to get the Kleins’ out as well. Especially considering it all took place at the same place on the same night!

Sorry for the delay girls, but here you go!

This is another one of our most favorite families in the world. The parents decided to sit this one out (even though I still got a shot of Matt anyways!), so it was just the girls having a blast. You can so totally see the love these guys have for each other. It’s amazing to watch.

Well, check it out for yourself.

And thanks to the Kleins…you guys were my first ever photoshoot over two years ago and now it’s a fall tradition!

A couple of sneak peaks

Last Sunday I got together with two families that I’ve known for a long time now. A couple of short mini-sessions took place out in Chandler and I just had to post a few images.

The top photos are of a little bundle of adorable named Tatum and this is the third straight year I’ve had the pleasure of taking pictures of her and her family for Christmas. She’s a few weeks younger than my own daughter Lyla and they are what sub-three-year-olds would consider “best friends.” Now of course I think Lyla is the most beautiful thing on the planet…but Tatum is right up there. I mean, look at that face.

And you have to throw EV into that mix as well. We’ve been friends with her parents long before she was born, and now seeing her grow up right before our eyes is just amazing. She has piercing eyes and some fantastic redish hair.

I love both of these families and am eternally thankful to them for allowing me to capture these moments for them every year.

Stay tuned for more pics guys!

The Hughes

Okay, so I can’t lie…one of my favorite things in the world is a client who comes back for more pictures. This is basically my third fall season doing photoshoots for people and I met the Hughes clan last year. Denise, Peter, Parker and Ryker.  A great looking group. Last fall little Ryker was just learning to get into trouble with his newfound walking ability and this year he was jumping off curbs with ease. Amazing.

Was awesome to see them again and check out how much the boys had changed (and also not changed). Super family, it was a blast to hang out in downtown Chandler for an hour.

Thanks for looking me up again guys and for helping kick off a busy fall season for me! Hope to see you all again in 2012!