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April 8, 2019

If I could describe the first week of clean eating in one word, it would be overwhelmed. The biggest blow came when I realized that we would not be able to eat Chipotle (they use rice bran oil, which is a highly processed oil, and a no go for clean eating). Which meant, that we would be eating in absolutely every meal of the day. As the main cook in the house and the meal planner, that meant that a lot of work fell onto my shoulders. Thank goodness my husband was home on grocery shopping day to help out.

April 4, 2019

Grace and Trevor are one of the winners of my engagement session giveaway!  They won an engagement session at one of my favorite new locations: The White Tanks.  They are the first couple I have gotten to photograph in this location, and I know they will not be the last!  I absolutely love the views of the desert and the mountain range behind them.  It is a combo that simple cannot be beat.  And all of my fellow West Siders will be glad to know that the Superstitions is not the only spot for epic desert views.

April 3, 2019

I just realized that I have not really taken a day off in months. Much less two-days off in a row. When I was working a corporate job, the weekend is when I would do things around the house. And while it is easy for me to pop in a load of laundry while working from home, it seems to take a week for that laundry to get put away. There is also the other “I’ll get around to it” tasks that seem to go undone now that I don’t have a dedicated weekend.So, I am planning on taking a few days off (once I finish editing my March weddings and sessions) to take care of some nagging things around the house. I am putting this out there so the universe holds me accountable. I will totes post an update after my days off, so you and the universe knows I kept to my word.

March 28, 2019

My husband and I were out hiking on Sunday and I casual mentioned the idea of doing a clean eating month. I am not sure if we were talking about diet before this statement, but this idea quickly turned into a reality. We started talking about clean eating for the month of April (just a week away) and before I knew it, we were looking up guidelines, recipes, and making a plan.

March 27, 2019

Breanne and Caleb had a romantic wedding over looking the Superstition Mountains at the Superstition Manor in Mesa.  Breanne and Caleb met in college and the rest is history.  They call Oregon home with their borador (part lab and part border collie pup).  Breanne grew up in Arizona looking at the Superstition Mountains daily, so she knew that had to be the backdrop for their wedding.  We met when I photographed her cousin’s wedding a few years ago, and was so excited when she contacted me about photographing her wedding!  And even more excited when she told me it was at the Superstition Manor and they were having a Beer Burro!    

March 19, 2019

Once you have found a photographer whose style you like and pricing matches your budget, how do you make sure they are a seasoned professional?  Here are 5 quick questions to ask your photographer that will separate the newbies from the true professionals.

March 1, 2019

Michelle and Daniel chose a location I have never been to before for their engagement session: The Mesa Arts Center. I had been in the area before (attending many a concerts at The Nile a block away), but never the arts center. After some heavy creeping the location on Google, I was so excited! They were drawn to the arts center because of its more modern look. I loved the industrial concrete walls that were sprinkled with pops of color and greenery. It was the best of both worlds!

February 28, 2019

Lindsay and Kyle got married at The Venue at the Grove in Phoenix.  They wanted a bohemian romantic feel for their wedding, and Venue at the Grove delivered!  The winter pecan trees and fruitful orange trees were the perfect backdrop for their day.

Their day started with the guys getting ready at Lindsay’s parents house and the girls getting ready in adorable matching robes at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak.  They (separately) took a party bus with their wedding party and family down to the venue.  That is when the real fun began!

February 22, 2019

Catherine and Bryce’s wedding was at the beautiful garden venue of The Wright House.  This is one of those amazing venues that looks like it is not in Arizona.  It is a little oasis garden in the middle of Mesa.  The large gardens and character of the hold house reminds Catherine of home.  Making it the perfect backdrop for Catherine and Bryce’s wedding.

January 28, 2019

Marissa and Harrison were married at their friend’s home in Casa Grande.  They completely transformed the backyard into an intimate rustic ceremony and reception venue with the help of their family and friends.