Will You Be Mine: Surprise Engagement

“Up for a late night proposal?”

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When you get a text like that at 10:30 pm from a dear friend, you just get into GO mode, especially when he is about to propose to one of the kindest, most radiant Christian girls ever to live on this planet…his sweet Colleen. They met through swing dancing, and Anthony knew just four days after they started dating that Colleen was the woman he wanted to marry. In fact, he wrote that realization down on a sticky note and saved it in the canvas you see below! His plan was to pull it out when the time came to propose to her, and that’s exactly what happened last night. So when he asked me if I was up for helping make his proposal a reality, I grabbed my friend and fellow photog Ryan and we jumped into action, creating a romantic candlelight proposal in less than two hours. I’m pretty sure I broke at least fifty traffic laws driving around for flowers (Walmart, yo) and lighting (CVS ftw), but I had a blast helping my two dear friends promise their love to each other. Ryan lent me his camera so that I could hop into professional photographer mode and capture these secret photos of the two love birds, so please enjoy this small look into their incredible night!

Colleen and Anthony, I am so proud to call you my sister and brother in Christ, and thank you for including me in this special occasion. These are the moments in life that I live for.

 

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A Study in Refinement

This shoot was a blast to work on, and I had the pleasure of photographing the very talented Courtney Larsen in Christian Dior for Angelic Magazine. With our concept being to showcase spiritual refinement, we set out to capture images that progressed from darkness to light. For the full spread of published images, visit http://issuu.com/angelicmag/docs/july2014issue. I loved this project, and I hope that it will be a light for those who read it.

 

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Amy

There are some people in life that are a balm for your soul, and this woman is one of them. The first time we met seven years ago at a birthday party, we talked and laughed all night before even being formally introduced…her sense of humor is CRAZY GOOD! Now she is all grown up, and even more beautiful on the inside than she is one the outside. Her heart for Jesus is as deep as the ocean and as wide as can be. I have seen her be a faithful friend, a safe place and a loving daughter. I am so happy that she is my friend! Enjoy her session here as you get a glimpse at a full life in this lady’s face!

 

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Wonderous Light

As I end the blogging tonight….I wanted to ask: is this light for real??

 

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Breaks are good.

The art of taking a break is a lost one, I think. After I graduated from design school, I was burnt out from seven years of college with an unhealthy view of what it meant to work. I would sit in front of the computer for 18 hours at a time if I had to. After I had my hands on that degree, my mind and body decompressed to the point of having to redefine work…what is it, and how do I work hard while staying healthy? How do I not swing to the other extreme and work too little? Photography is an answer to that. It is a passion that I pushed aside for about three years while finishing assignment after assignment at school, and it a provides a work structure that I love.

The beauty of photography is that each session is a mini project, with a goal at the end to accomplish: deliver beautiful images to a client with wonderful customer service along the way. Everyday is a learning experience, and I am loving it. I stumble and make mistakes, but what comes from the ashes is a new perspective and vision that beats what I had in place before.

And this is where breaks come in…

A break is only worth something if you are working hard leading up to it! I always feel so much more accomplished when I take a break after a morning doing office work or editing. Today, my sister wanted to play tennis (she is the lovely girl below), so we biked up to the public courts and swung away at the ball for a bit. I AM TERRIBLE, PEOPLE. I once took lessons as a teenager, and the instructor actually suggested I retake the class. Talk about embarrassing. At least now I can hit it to the wrong court without him frowning at me. Plus, taking a break was good. I spent time with my sister. It reinvigorated me to come back and write this post…to do what I am learning to love.

So the next time you are planning your day and realizing that it is full to the brim with all work and no play, consider making time for a break. Your work will feel less exhausting, and so will your brain. Although my back is feeling those volleys…..

 

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Brothers of a close kind

 

Twins. I just think they’re cool cats. Maurilio and Clemente (they have cool nicknames too) came to their session in fine style, with beautiful leather shoes and perfect hair…what more could a photographer ask for? Maurilio’s wonderful girlfriend called me to book a surprise birthday photo session for them months in advance, so the excitement building up to this was big. These two are also talented and hard-working designers and graduating soon, and there is a feeling of anticipation around them as they get ready to set out for even greater things. Enjoy their desert session commemorating their birthday and ushering in another great year ahead of them. You rock, boys!

 

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Sarah, a Southwest Beauty

There is something amazing about this southwestern light that just transforms a shoot from good to gorgeous, but it really does help when your subject is radiant as well. Sarah was just that! Not only is this girl smart and funny, but she just radiates peace and joy! My work was made so easy with her blue eyes and that golden hair. As she graduates with her Master’s degree from ASU this Spring, and I can only imagine that great things are in store for her in this coming season of life. Enjoy this look at her loveliness!

 

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Orchard Engagement: Dusty & Will

I first met Dusty before she was ever dating Will, and I remember the wonder in her voice as she told me about him for the first time. So…..it is with great joy that I know am presenting their engagement photos! It is so refreshing to watch these two love each other and approach their wedding day with God-given joy. I am so happy for you both!!

Fun story: we were granted special permission to wander around in this orange orchard for our session, and the smell of citrus blooms was pretty amazing! It is a smell that reminds me of my childhood in central Phoenix, so I was in HEAVEN this entire shoot. Plus, these two were so relaxed in front of the camera. It made my job easier! Enjoy…

 

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New Seasons!

I love to make things, so it makes sense that I often dabble in more than one art form. This year, I’m striving to take a more wholistic approach to my creative shoots in an attempt to create a more fulfilling experience for myself and my viewers. The images below, as an ode to the coming Spring, feature a beaded headpiece that I made for an upcoming project. I am so excited to unveil this new project, and thrilled for all that is to come. For the next project, just think flowers…LOTS of flowers!

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Because Spring is on it’s way

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The Enkindled Spring

By D.H. Lawrence

This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green,
Wild puffing of emerald trees, and flame-filled bushes,
Thorn-blossom lifting in wreaths of smoke between
Where the wood fumes up and the watery, flickering rushes.
I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration
Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze
Of growing, and sparks that puff in wild gyration,
Faces of people streaming across my gaze.
And I, what fountain of fire am I among
This leaping combustion of spring? My spirit is tossed
About like a shadow buffeted in the throng
Of flames, a shadow that’s gone astray, and is lost.
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