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Kelsey and Jesse’s engagement session in Prescott

Kelsey and Jesse…all the way from Saskatchewan. We did their engagement photos in and around Prescott in anticipation for their June wedding at Sassi.

Jesse plays hockey…so we just had to incorporate his skates towards the end. And I loved the box her ring came in!

Can’t wait to see you guys again in June!

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Melanie and Craig’s engagement session in Prescott

Melanie and Craig couldn’t be more perfect for each other. She’s an architect, he’s a mechanical engineer. They could almost literally build bridges together. He moved to Houston to be with her and now they are getting married! They both loved a trip they took to Arizona not too long ago and decided that they just HAD to have their destination wedding at the gorgeous Arcosanti near Cordes Junction. They flew into Phoenix just over a week ago and we met up there to tour the venue.

And then we took some engagement pictures. Not sure you could ask for two better looking people. And doesn’t he look like Hugh Jackman’s long-lost brother?

We had a quick beer at The Raven, walked around downtown Prescott for a bit and then finished up our session down at Watson Lake. A gorgeous night, wonderfully cool temps…and epic people. Can’t wait for their April wedding!

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This photograph below is a 113-image Brenizer Method stitch. Click on it for the full effect.

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A sneak from Melanie and Craig’s engagement session

Tons more to come. This is a kinda crazy, 113-image Brenizer Method stitch from Melanie and Craig’s engagement session last night up at Watson Lake. Love it.

Click on the image for the full effect.

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Brittany’s senior photoshoot up in Prescott

It’s amazing how people randomly enter your lives and suddenly become important parts of it. Brittany is part of a family that found me through Facebook to do her brother Austin’s senior photos well over a year ago. And then we did their family photos last December! Mom, dad, Austin and Brittany.

And THEN they asked me to go to Africa with them to document the work done by Hoops of Hope, a charity that Austin started when he was nine. Was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

Now it’s Brittany’s turn. She’s in her final semester of high school and so we ventured up to Prescott to capture some portraits. Had a blast hanging with her and her parents, who also made me bring two of my kids up so they could babysit them while pictures were taken!

What an amazing shoot. The light at sunset was just epic and and the temperatures just bit on the chilly side. Brittany rocked of course and I hope she loves these!

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Tyler and Drew’s Prescott engagement session

Tyler and Drew are good friends with Jessica and Mason, a wedding I shot last year, and so I’m so thankful as always for my clients referring me out to people. Means so much to me.

We met up in Prescott last month and had an awesome time walking around town and then a nearby park. Good luck to you guys in Mexico next year!

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Another one from Tyler and Drew’s engagement session

I’ve been wanting to try a Brenizer Method photograph for awhile now…I’ve seen it done very well by some of my photographer buddies and being in such a beautiful place with Tyler and Drew…I felt like it was time to give it a shot. We did their session up in Prescott, Arizona and it was a gorgeous 84 degrees out!

This is a stitch done in Photoshop of 80 separate images shot with a Canon 50mm set at f/1.4. I was literally standing right in front of them. The first image I took only includes from her elbow up to just above her head. And then you just pan around shooting as much information as you can and getting as wide as you need to in order to make a nice, normal composed image.

But the beauty of a Brenizer shot like this is you get this incredibly blurred background that would be impossible with a single photo at this distance. Really dig the effect and may have to use it more!

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A frame from Tyler and Drew’s engagement session in Prescott

Been a whole lot of supercell talk this past week, it was nice to get a break and take some pictures of Tyler and Drew. Tyler is the girl, Drew is the boy, and we had a blast hanging out in Prescott, where it was only 85 degrees instead of 110. A lot more to come!

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Pete + Julia | Engagement

If you’ve ever done an engagement shoot before, you’ll know that sometimes you want your couples to just go ahead and stop smiling for a minute or two so we can get some smoldering, sexy portrait images. Sometimes it’s easy for them, sometimes it isn’t.

For Pete and Julia…it was tough. Because they were so excited to do this shoot, and they are so pumped to get married…how could anyone possibly ask them to stop smiling? I tried and failed and I LOVE what we ended up with. They were so great.

Because of the ridiculously hot temperatures in Phoenix this time of year, I suggested we go up to Prescott and shoot around the historic downtown area and then head out to Watson Lake for sunset. We planned a meetup at The Raven, but they were closed on Sundays, so we hit The Office instead, had a couple of local brews, talked about the wedding, work, 4Runners and then headed out to take some pics.

Serious fun was had by all. Even got them to step in the lake at the end. Can’t wait for their wedding in November at the Phoenix Art Museum…it’s going to be sick.

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Julia and Pete are getting married in November at the Phoenix Art Museum. We met up in Prescott yesterday for their engagement pictures. Beers to start and fun happened.

Here’s one.