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Ayla & James Wedding at Kingan Gardens

James and Ayla’s wedding was so unique and at such a rad little venue down in Tucson. Never shot there before, it was lovely and intimate and definitely worth checking out.

Thanks to these two for being such amazing clients, we had a ball first on their engagement session in downtown Phoenix but their wedding was utterly great as well. Hope you enjoy these!

Venue // Kingan Gardens
Wedding Coordinator/Planner // Kingan Gardens
Invitations // Minted.com
Wedding Dress Shop // The Lovely Bride Phoenix
Bridesmaid Dress Shop // Sugar Bits
Men’s Formal Wear // Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup // I Do Hair And Makeup
Flowers // Eastland Alley
Ceremony Officiant // Mike Schmidt
Ceremony Music // Dave Harris
Cake // Cakes by Genevieve
Lighting & Decor // Eastland Alley
Reception Music/DJ // Che Wilson
Caterer // Rincon Market

Gabi & Tristan’s wedding at Hacienda Del Sol

Love, love, love these two people. What a gorgeous wedding, simple and relaxed, between a gem of a couple. I’ve shot at Hacienda Del Sol once before and always have good experiences there.

Thank you Gabi and Tristan for making me part of your day, and thank your aunt for the delicious desserts!

Monsoon V (4K)

Blu-Ray discs available here: http://www.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.

Stephanie & Bobby’s wedding at San Pedro Chapel

A stunner of a Tucson wedding photographed by my associate, Courtney Larson! Stephanie and Bobby were such a blast to work with she said, not to mention Steph’s hair and dress were incredible.

Hope you enjoy the photos!

Wedding Coordinator/Planner // Akiko Senda at Soiree Girls
Wedding Dress Shop // BHLDN
Hair // Lindsey and Mariah at Studio B Designs
Makeup // Nissa at R Salon
Flowers // Soiree Girls
Favors / Gifts // Totally Promotional
Ceremony Officiant // Peter Bourland
Ceremony & Reception Music // Lucky Devils Band
Cake // Pin-Up Pastries
Lighting / Decor // Soiree Girls
Caterer // Pin-Up Pastries Street Kitchen and Seis Curbside Kitchen (food trucks)
Table drapes and chairs // Red Diamond Rentals

Thomas & Kendra’s wedding at San Pedro Chapel

Not enough words can be said about the fun, laughter and joy that took place at Thomas and Kendra’s wedding this past New Year’s Eve down in Tucson, Arizona. The day started off at a vacation rental, then it was off to San Pedro Chapel and finally the Whistle Stop Depot for the all-night party. The bride and groom are musicians and they even played in their band to help countdown the time until midnight, it was crazy awesome. And the Whistle Stop was such a unique venue, I hope I get to shoot there again someday!

I owe big thanks not only to Courtney Larson for second shooting with me hours from home on NYE, but also to her husband Eric who came to my rescue and helped with the photobooth! You guys are an amazing couple and I’m so thankful I’ve gotten to know you both.

Thomas and Kendra, thank you incredibly for trusting us with your day. It was a little moody, a little rainy and…a little perfect. So very thankful we got to be with you guys and celebrate your big day!

Stephanie & Jeff’s wedding at The Windmill Winery

Stephanie and Jeff were such a blast to work with. Climbing fences, standing in roads, dancing and just being super chill the entire day. Love the red dress that Stephanie changed into during the reception too! And the bonfire! And the smores! And a beer donkey! And the cutest flower girl I’ve ever seen!

This was my first time shooting at Windmill Winery and it’s a place you aren’t really expecting to run into. You leave Phoenix, head towards Florence and it’s just desert. You don’t think there’s really a beautiful venue out this way, but then you pull into the drive and it’s gorgeous.  It was also my first time working with Courtney Larson, who second shot for me, and it was fantastic getting to know her.

Hope you enjoy the photos!