Family Adoption Photo Session | Tucson, AZ Family Photographer

Last week I had the huge privilege of being asked to take a family's photos for an incredibly special reason! Christina contacted me because she and her husband are going through the process of adopting a baby, and they wanted some updated photos for their profile and to document this special time of anticipation as they are beginning the adoption process. 

I love that they included Christina's parents, who were so much fun, and big-brother-to-be, who's going to be AWESOME in his new role when the baby arrives. We were able to get a beautiful variety of photos with this gorgeous golden hour light in such a pretty setting – it couldn't have been more perfect!

This sweet baby is going to be so blessed to have such a wonderful, loving, kind, and fun family – I can't wait to follow their story as their family grows!

Wedding Workshop | Tucson, AZ Wedding Photography

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a day-long workshop with Tina Kraemer of Pure in Art Photography. I've kept my focus primarily on portrait photography in the past, but I've had a few requests for weddings and I wanted to work on some specific skills – this workshop was the perfect chance to learn new things, network with other local photographers, and practice at a fabulous styled shoot with some of the fantastic wedding vendors here in Tucson. Tina is not only an amazing photographer, but a great educator as well, and she provided us with TONS of tips and application of skills and the day just flew.

Our beautiful models were a real-life couple, and between their infinite patience in the heat, the gorgeous clothes, and details like this cake (hand painted – and those flowers are made of sugar!), the table styling, and the flowers, it couldn't have been a better way to practice my wedding photography. Check out a few of the photos, and I'd love to hear what you think!

Venue: Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa

Photographer & Workshop Educator: Pure in Art Photography

Event Planner and Coordinator: Peace Of Mind Event Design & Waitstaff

Cake: Crumbs Cake Boutique

Florist: A Floral Note

Hair and Makeup: The Powder Room

Gown & Jewelry: J Bridal Boutique

Ceremony Musician: Hans Hutchison

Rentals: Red Diamond Rentals

Jessica's Headshot Session | Tucson portrait photography

I've been working with interior designer Jessica Gerten on some photos of some of the fabulous spaces she's designed for her new website, which is coming soon! I can't wait to share them, but in the meantime we did a headshot session so she'd have new photos for her social media and website when she's ready to launch it. Jess made this session so easy - she's a super fun, laid-back person, beautiful inside and out, and we had a great time getting a variety of shots in lovely St. Phillip's Plaza. 

Need headshots of your own for your website or social media? Stop cropping your head out of group photos and book a session with me today! The limited-time mini sessions I'm offering would be a perfect opportunity for new photos, and this gorgeous location is one of the settings available! 

First Communion Photo Session | Northwest Tucson Family and Child Photography

When this smart mom contacted me for a photo session of her daughter all dressed up in her beautiful First Communion dress, I only wished I had done the same thing when my kiddos were her age! With a relaxed photo session, we were able to get beautiful portraits, detail shots, and candids without the stress of the actual day. Now they can enjoy her special sacrament knowing that they already have the details captured, and can treasure these photos in the years to come! 

Three Generations Family Photo Session in Northwest Tucson

I had the pleasure of photographing three generations of this beautiful family at their gorgeous home in Northwest Tucson. With amazing views, open space, and golden hour lighting, there couldn't have been a more perfect setting! Not only that, but getting all three generations plus some fur babies together for photos is pretty special. And with a full session, we had plenty of time for group photos, couples, and headshots! Have you been procrastinating on family photos? Don't wait! The years slip by too fast - contact me for a session!

Family Sessions 2017 – Tucson family photography

The end of 2017 was busier than I could have imagined! When I look through the photos I took, I'm still amazed and excited that all of these people chose me to be their photographer. In the future, I hope to blog my sessions a little at a time, but to get the ball rolling, here's a gallery of a few of my favorite images from family sessions in the past few months – with more to come!

Location, location, location

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There are tons of great places around Tucson for photo sessions. You may want a beautiful desert backdrop or a more urban setting or some interesting architecture. I'm always open to ideas, but I will make some suggestions based on your preference. For a desert backdrop, we're typically not going to get the best results in the middle of the day. The sun is high and harsh and can throw shadows on your face that you won't like – or it will be so bright that everyone will be squinting. If you want to go with desert, I will typically suggest a time closer to sunset when the sun is low and the light is soft. Early morning can work for that too!

If you need a midday session, I'll suggest one of the many beautiful plazas around town with plenty of open shade, benches, stairs, and different places where we can capture closer shots and  farther-away shots.

Bottom line is that no matter what you're going for, we can make it work as long as you have a little flexibility in the timing. Let me know if you have any questions!



What should I wear?

People ask me all the time what they should wear for photo sessions. I suggest that you avoid very bright tones (especially neon!) because they throw a color cast on skin tones, and stay away from busy patterns. Muted light or medium tones or neutrals look best, and different colors in a similar tone look nice on a group shot, rather than being completely matchy-matchy. Layers and accessories always look good too! You want the focus on your faces and emotions, NOT on the trendy clothing that will immediately date the picture when you look at it 10 or 20 years from now!

And what about hair and makeup? You want to look natural – like yourself. BUT, I always advise to wear more makeup than you normally would. Although it may feel strange, trust me – emphasized eyes and lips will look great in a photo, whereas your normal makeup may look washed out. If you really want to delve into details about makeup, check out this blog post. Don't want to do it yourself, but really want these photos to look great? Get in touch with me and I can recommend a few makeup artists in town.

Here’s a Pinterest board with some clothing ideas. I'd love to hear your thoughts! What have you seen look great in a photo – and any disaster stories that could help people know what NOT to wear?