Chris + Gretchen | Engaged

Gretchen and Chris have almost been like good friends from the moment we met. Way back last year we sat down for the first time at Carly’s to talk about their wedding this coming May. A normal client meeting might last an hour, but we hung out for almost three and they showed me some amazing places downtown, like the Film Bar and the Roosevelt Tavern. Their knowledge of what is going on down there is extraordinary.

The wedding is going to be at The Icehouse and I honestly cannot wait for it. The place is sick. An old warehouse building with an open roof ceremony area. It’s going to be friggin’ great.

But before we ever get to that, they decided they wanted some photos taken in some of their favorite spots downtown. Starting off at Carly’s of course for a quick beer! Then we crossed the street to stand in front of a giant dude on a bicycle with flowers coming out of rear basket. It was only painted a few days before. Awesomeness.

We just explored some old hangouts of mine and some new places, like The Duce, where we stopped off for yes, another drink, and then continued on until we got that epic sunset sky that Arizona is so famous for.

I can’t even tell you how much fun we had during the shoot, and then grabbing a bite to eat afterwards at the Crescent Ballroom (yet another place I’d never been that they showed me!). These are just fantastic people and I’m so honored to be capturing their wedding on May 11th.

Thanks for dinner guys and thanks for an awesome time hanging out!

A frame | Engagement

Chris and Gretchen from last night. A little stroll around downtown Phoenix. We knew the sky at sunset would be epic.

Love these two people, they know every cool hot spot downtown and even took me out to the Crescent Ballroom for a quick dinner after our shoot. Cannot wait to shoot their wedding at The Icehouse in May! Gonna be awesome!

Stephanie + Dan | Engaged

I knew about 10 minutes into my first meeting with Dan and Stephanie that I wanted to shoot their wedding. They were so happy, so full of life and so excited to get married. I knew instantly that I loved these two people, what they believed in and what this new beginning meant for both of them.

Not to mention how cute they are. She’s a graphic designer and he’s been doing commercials and such for over 20 years. They certainly made the shoot easy on me!

We started off the day by hitting some areas of downtown Phoenix that were new to me, and then finished up over by South Mountain. Dan just had to get some shots with the Harley in it and I couldn’t have been more happy about it. The thing is a beast, he got it all detailed before the shoot and it shined like it was brand new.

Had an awesome time guys, can’t wait for the wedding in May! Going to be epic fun!

Jessica + Mason | Engaged

Jessica and Mason are getting hitched in April and I cannot wait for the wedding. These two grew up in Denver and have known each other forever. A whole entourage of friends will be arriving from Colorado to celebrate with them, including 18 people in the wedding party!

And a party it will be. They’ve rented a vacation home up in Cave Creek where they and their friends will stay leading up to and even after the wedding.  Can’t even imagine how much fun that will be. The house is supposedly awesome, and if rumor is true, has an in-ground trampoline.

You know they’ll be pictures on that thing.

It’s awesome to see two people so close to completing an epic journey. Had such a fun time hanging with these two on Saturday, cannot wait for April 21st!

Jessica and Mason got engaged

Shooting Jessica and Mason’s wedding on April 21st. There’s going to be 20 people in the wedding party…so we warmed up on Saturday with just the two of them.

Rachel + Scott | Engaged

I met Rachel over a year ago at a showing she did at our New City Studio gallery for First Friday. She had some killer images of children from Uganda, taken when she was volunteering with Food for the Hungry. We’ve stayed in touch as she continues to learn more and more about photography and hopes to eventually start her own business.

Along the way she mentioned something about this boy Scott and the fact they might get married. I was like…that’s awesome! So when is the wedding? She said they weren’t engaged yet, she’d let me know. So I kept asking…”When is the wedding??” every few weeks (or months?) until one day  it finally happened. He asked her and the big day is April 28th.

First things first though…engagement photos. Scott is a pilot, loves airplanes…so what better setting than the Pima Air Museum down southeast of Tucson? I’d never been there, but I was pumped. If you look at Google Maps of the museum itself, plus the surrounding areas, it’s amazing. There are boneyards all over the place.  Tons and tons of airplanes. The museum itself keeps them looking beautiful (minus windows), and it was absolutely amazing walking around in the land of these giant machines.

Scott was a walking encyclopedia though. From growing up with his dad and brother, he pretty much knew every single plane there without having to think longer than a few seconds. It was fun to see.

We had just over an hour to walk around and try to find some cool spots for photos, and then they literally kicked us out at 5pm. So we hit some nearby railroad tracks to soak up the last gasp of that beautiful Arizona sun.

Finally, we returned to outside the museum’s air field to get some sunset shots with the planes in the background. Little would you guess that in the final photo they are standing in a median and I’m laying down on a fairly busy highway. That’s how we roll though.

Thanks to Rachel and Scott for letting me do this for you and inviting me to hang on your big wedding day. And also for dragging me down to Tucson for an epic shoot at an awesome spot. You guys rock! Can’t wait for April to get here!

This is Scott’s sexy face

Boots are so in this fall

This was just a huge plane

OMG, the light, the pose…these guys were smokin’

I think Scott wanted to take this one home


Probably my favorite shot of the day below

They said they were watching for cars as I lay in the street, but I think they were just making out

equipment used:
– canon 5d mark ii
– canon 35mm 1.4 l
– canon 70-200 2.8 is l
– canon 580ex ii
– shoot-through umbrella + lightstand
– cybersync trans/receiver

One shot – Rachel + Scott | Engagement

A single frame from Rachel and Scott’s engagement shoot down in Tucson at the Pima Air and Space Museum.

There were a lot of planes there.

And this cute couple.

Posted another sneak over on my Facebook fan page, check it out, become a fan.

More to come.

Chrystal + Patrick | Engagement

Chrystal and Patrick work with my mom…so I am pretty certain I never would have met these guys if it wasn’t for her. And that would have been a shame, because this couple is quickly turning into one of my all-time favorite clients! I mean, look at that photo above, how cute are they?

Of course, none of my love for them has to do with the fact that I get to shoot their wedding in Park City, Utah next August. I promise. Okay, maybe a little *smiley face*

(are you kidding me? Park City??? Soooo excited!)

Seriously though, these two are awesome. We’d met twice before for lunch and never ran out of stuff to talk about. They are both from the Pacific Northwest…he from Seattle, she from Portland. You can see their opposing school sunglasses in the photos below. Pat proposed to her up in Sedona not too long ago and did it on his own birthday which caught her totally by surprise!

We met up at The Mission in Scottsdale on Friday afternoon, one of their favorite hangouts, before moving on to downtown Phoenix. One word to the bartender that this was their engagement photoshoot and they each quickly had a shot of tequila in front of them to celebrate.  Such a great way to get the afternoon started!

These guys were a dream to shoot. They were excited and a bit nervous before we started, but I think the tequila made that evaporate. Halfway through Pat was ready to change careers to modeling, so I guess he was having fun! They rode bikes, jumped off front porches and made my job…well, not a job. It was cake.

Thank you guys for being amazing fun and I cannot wait for August! So happy for you both!

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!

Sneak Peek: Dee and Iulia {phoenix engagement photographer}

If there is ever anything that is distracting at work, it’s when I pass by Dee’s office. The guy is a fantastic landscape photographer and we could probably spend most days just talking about our cameras, lenses, experiences, good news, bad news, etc. I dare you to check out his image from the Palouse in Washington and not stare in awe at that spectacular landscape (see it here, 2nd from left bottom row). Dee was one of the photographers showing with me down at the Day Twelve Gallery for First Friday.

He recently became engaged to a wonderful woman named Iulia and they asked for some photos to use for invitations and whatnot, so we met in downtown Phoenix to get some images.

The top photo…well, I asked them to do a little smooch for a couple of shots and they got a bit carried away, which was awesome. I think I had to say “Alright guys, calm down…let’s just relax, afterall, I’m still here.

They were awesome fun and all smiles the entire time. In fact, anytime I asked for a serious pose, it was a struggle.

Thanks guys for letting me do this for you and cannot wait until the big wedding day!