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January 9, 2019

Cheslyne and Shane were married at the historic Ellis-Shackelford House in downtown Phoenix at the end of December.  The wedding had a subtle Christmas theme with a Christmas tree in the main room and garland decorating the fireplaces.  They choose bold and beautiful winter colors of purples and burgundies for their wedding colors. 

January 1, 2019

2018 was an absolutely amazing year.  Sometimes I cannot believe that my job is being a photographer.  Looking back at all the selfies with my couples from the year makes me so incredible grateful for each and every one of them.  They trust me to document one of the most important days of their lives.  It’s freaking mind blowing sometimes.

December 29, 2018

I am exhibiting at the Arizona Bridal show this weekend!!!  I am completely re-designing my booth for this year and am really excited to meet all the engaged couples!  This is my third year doing the bridal shows.  I feel confident in my experience at these shows to give some tips for attending a Large Bridal Show!  These are the shows with more than 100 vendors vs smaller shows that venues put on of their preferred vendors.

December 27, 2018

As the year comes to an end, it is time for me to look back on all the fun I had photographing weddings!  I still have one more wedding left this year, so you will have to wait for all the selfies.  But, I have all the behind the scenes goodies for you now!  Ok, enough talking, let’s get to the goods!

December 18, 2018

If I could tell every couple with an outdoor wedding one tip, it would be go make sure you have even lighting for your ceremony.  Unfortunately, cameras do not see shade and sunlight as well as our eyes do. So, if you are in the shade and your fiance is in the sun, one of you will be light and one of you will be dark in your wedding pictures.  Additionally, if you have your faces in the shade, but your arms are still in the sun, your arms will be starch white in your pictures. So, how do we avoid this? With the same lighting for you, your fiance, and your bridal party.  Here are my top tips on how to achieve this.

December 11, 2018

Alternate Title: It’s like rain on your wedding day.  (Because I could not miss an opportunity to quote Alanis Morissette.)  

It does not rain often here in Arizona, so when it does we tend to think the sky is falling.  But thankfully, rain does not have to ruin your wedding day. In fact, I think rainy wedding days in Arizona are fun!  How many other people will have those amazing clouds in their wedding portraits? If you are getting married during the rainy season, here is how to prepare to make sure your day is amazing.

November 15, 2018

Corie & Joe had a fiesta themed wedding at The Farmhouse at Schnepf Farms.  They wanted to have a brightly colored Mexican/fiesta wedding that felt more like a big party than a formal wedding.  And that is exactly what their wedding was!

November 6, 2018

Ashley and Klay got married at the L’auberge de Sedona.  If this beautiful resort wasn’t beautiful enough with its log buildings, interior design that looks like Joanna Gaines herself designed it, and gorgeous greenery throughout the property, is nestled right next to the creek.  Talk about an absolute dreamy place to get married.

October 30, 2018

The best Halloween treat?  Pumpkin seeds. (Just kidding, it is for sure the candy!)  But I do love carving pumpkins and making homemade pumpkin seeds.  Here is Arizona, it is still pretty warm towards the end of October, so our pumpkins do not last long.  We are usually carving them the day before or the day of Halloween. So, making my own pumpkin seeds lets me keep the magic alive for just a little longer.

October 23, 2018

80% of weddings in Arizona are outdoor weddings.  Most commonly, an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception.  And, with an average of 299 days of sunshine, we need to make plans for the sun rather than the rain.  Between how versed we are with outdoor vendors and the fact that we need to plan for the sun more than the rain, I found that the general tips for outdoor weddings fall short for Arizona.  So, as a professional Arizona wedding photographer, I decided to make my own list to help the Arizona brides and grooms.