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I'm Amber, a Harry Potter obsessed wedding and brand photographer for those who are anything but ordinary based in Phoenix, Arizona.
When I don't have a camera in my hand, you can find me hiking with my husband, snuggling pups, or planning my next Disney trip.
Heather and Nick love exploring new restaurants and coffee shops. So, when I suggested Roosevelt Row as a possible spot for their engagement session, they went to explore downtown Phoenix. They scoped out a few great new spots for their session. We started at this cool bar Bitter and Twisted cocktail parlor. After a quick drink, we walked over to an awesome staircase near The Arrogant Butcher. Then we jumped in the car to head over to Jobot!
The finish line in eye site! Just one week left and we are almost there! I don’t have a theme for this week. Maybe cravings? But they didn’t overtake my life or anything. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” maybe? Because this week was really all about the pre-planning to make sure that we stayed on top of our game.
Jillian and Jospeh hit the Spring jackpot for their engagement session at Thunderbird Mountain. The Palo Verde trees where crazy in bloom, much like these two are crazy in love! This was their first time to Thunderbird Park. This is a fav hiking spot of mine, so it was a blast showing them around to all my secret photo spots! We started our session in the blooming Palo Verdes and then found our way into a wash. Once the sun started to set a bit more, we hiked up the mountain for some amazing desert views.
If I had to sum up this week, it would be “ALL of the dishes”. I swear, it felt like the dishes were never ending. We had to cook all our own grains, so that gave us a ton of pots and the instapot to clean. Then we prepped all of our lunches. So, we had those containers to hand wash (vs I usually just put plates from my lunches in the dish washer). Lastly, we had no grab-and-go snacks. Everything required prep of some sort. So we are going through all our knives and small plates just for snacks. I got so desperate to get out from under the dishes pile that I put things we would normally hand wash (like our pots and Tupperware) into the dishwasher. I think I ran two loads in one day.
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.
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.
Misty and Chris are fellow ‘West Siders’. So, it was an easy decision to have their engagement session at Sahuaro Ranch. This historic ranch is one of my favorite spots on the West side of Phoenix. The vintage ranch buildings with the amazing red brick. The orange groves that are always green all year long. And the peacocks and ranch cats that like to make an appearance in photos every now and then. There truly is a little something for everyone.
Marisa and Spencer won an engagement session giveaway with the Air Stream Photo Booth from The Event Co! I was beyond excited to collaborate with the Air Stream after seeing them at the Arizona Bridal Show. This Photo Booth is ridiculously cool. It has the vintage, reflective silver outside with a “photos” light sign on top. And the interior has been totally re-done with warm wood tones and vintage carpets, complete with trendy pillows galore. We decided to park this bad boy in the desert setting of Thunderbird Mountain.
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.
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!