LEXI + TREY ENGAGEMENT | SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA

I had a great time capturing Lexi's and Trey's sweet engagement session last month in Scottsdale , Arizona. We shot at a location called Papago Park. This place was surrounded by desert, and red rock, and ended up being my most favorite place in the area! And from the look of it, it seemed others felt the same. This was a HUGE Tourist attraction. 

We wanted to make this engagement session a pretty one and since they were from Seattle, WA. as well,  We took full advantage of the area and weather, and included this session with a gorgeous gown and breathtaking florals. 

I loved her smile and laugh. They were both the most adorable couple. Complete naturals and so much fun to hang out. The way they looked at each other and interacted together,  told me their love was so real and authentic. 

Very excited for the day they say I Do, For their special day to come! Congrats Lexi + Trey!

 

 

Location: Phoenix, AZ // Papago Park

Florals: Charissa Garver // Flowers by Roo

Gown: Katrina Thaxton // Kaylajannikaphotography

Ballerina Styled shoot | Scottsdale Arizona Lifestyle Photographer

It was a pleasure to get to meet Valerie, from Singapore. We had a lovely lifestyle session in Scottsdale Arizona at a gorgeous location. I enjoyed getting to know her, and hearing her story. She had the most graceful spirit about her. I instantly just fell in love. Her passion for life, learning and the art of ballet truly inspired me. I made sure to take full advantage of this time here in Papago park. There were these gorgeous red rocks in the middle of the dessert with huge holes in them where tourists could walk through, and take photos. It was overlooking the beautiful cactus filled valley, and city of Phoenix. A tiny hike up, but did not hesitate to take our lovely model. You would have to see this place in Arizona; I'm telling you,  stunning.

Okay back up a week prior to session, Valerie had emailed me, and mentioned her friend saw a hashtag of mine on Instagram for a model call. She was interested in applying for the position.  Once I viewed her portfolio...The Yeses didn't take any time. I reached out to a group of photographers located in the Phoenix area and invited them to join us. Right away there was a team who was interested. I felt like this would be a great opportunity to meet others, and I really don't know anyone that wouldn't want to capture a ballerina. This was a win - win, and made me so happy! 

The day of session, I met about 6 or 7 other photographers. I mean, WHAT a FUN way to get to know each other, right?  We all worked together perfectly. We each were able to inspire each other with our unique shooting styles. We had such a generous and loving group of people together, it would have been impossible to not laugh and enjoy our time as well. We shot until I needed to get back on the road, but we have all been able to keep in touch since. Through this day, I made some amazing friendships, and created a generous, loving and kind team of creatives. Oh and not to mention, in yet another GORGEOUS location! You could say I fell in love with Arizona just a little bit more this day. Thank you Valerie for being so wonderful! We love ya!

 

 

*If you are interested in collaborating, modeling and working together on a vision, I will be flying to the Phoenix, AZ area and Palm Springs, CA area this April, May and June 2017. Other locations TBD.. I am Seattle Based.  Contact me and Let's scheme! 

Model: Valerie Loo // @valeriedabomb

dress: Anthropology

Photographers: Aimee Garza HernandezAndrea WhittleErin WalterJamie CostlowJessica Lynn NielsenJulie Sisley

 

 

 

SHHHHHH, LETS PLAN YOUR UNIQUE SURPRISE PROPOSAL!

Your proposal is such a surprising blur,  it often passes by before you know it. Don't let this moment fade away! When they ask how you proposed, you will be able to show them by a beautifully documented proposal. 

This proposal photo shoot will be a keepsake for years to come. Since you will be planning it anyways, lets make it into a shoot! In a other words, a fully custom proposal experience on camera! 

Where should you start? Are you brainstorming ideas but need a little bit more inspo? I have created a list of proposal styles on a mood board to be your guide, to help you collect more thoughts, set your vision more clearly and plan for your perfect proposal. I've also included a proposal Questionnaire tab at the bottom of this page for you. I want your story to be reflective of your relationship, unique and something you will cherish always. 

 

To submit your proposal story, I have attached a questionnaire for your convenience. I cannot wait to help with this surprise! 

**For referrals, you may be chosen to win a free shoot yourself! Contact me, and let me know who to expect, have them contact me, or Link this blog to them so they may fill out this questionnaire. 

 

Newborn Lifestyle session | Gig Harbor WA Lifestyle Photographer

I Had an incredible time with the Lovely family in Gig harbor, Washington. {and yes "Lovely" is their last name} Meeting little Hosanna for the first time, made it even sweeter. We captured their in-home lifestyle session while the weather was beautiful and crisp, making it so nice with the wonderful light. Hosanna, just 6 days old, could not have been a more perfect baby. In fact she was absolutely the most gentle and calm baby I think I have captured, making this time even more enjoyable. Our plan was to mainly focus on Hosanna, while including big brother, as well as mom and dad after. So we already had a good start.

During our session, I remember Hosanna being very alert for her age, we got in some of her looking straight at us with her pretty eyes. She also didn't want her hands swaddles and put them up to her face, which I had zero problem with! Love it when I can capture every real moment and detail.  Big brother came up to see her several times, and tried to help. It was really sweet to see him interact with her. 

As we were getting to the end of the shoot, we took the last bit of it outdoors. We wanted to include some family shots in their backyard because they were at home, and it was a really pretty crisp morning, we couldn't resist! Big brother mostly ran around but we were able to grab his attention for as many photos as possible. We didn't mind finishing up with just mama and baby at the end. 

 

If you are looking at an in-home Lifestyle session with your family, or to include your newest little baby to your Lifestyle family portraits. Make sure to contact me today! I would love to meet you, hear your story and share my Lifestyle session details with you. 

 

 

WHY I STOPPED LETTING TIME BOSS ME AROUND | 5 WAYS TO MANAGE IT.

 

 As we start off 2017, we all have a task that is heavy on our hearts to work on. Someone close to me recently asked me for some pointers on how to be on time. And not only on time but how I manage the time I have. Now, I will be the first to say this is not always me. But since starting my photography business, I have been held accountable to get up extra early, leave extra early and arrive on location extra early. Weddings, are a whole other story. I have had to really learn to manage my time well in the time frame available. 

Here are the five things that I have learned, that has truly helped me manage time, while also giving me that extra time we all need for ourselves.

One. Wake up earlier:: Listen, if you have kids it is amazing to have a few moments to yourself every morning. I sip on some caffeine, and start my little workout. I love to get in and out of the shower, dress and feel like my self BEFORE my children wake up. If you don't have kids, imagine how nice it would be to give yourself an extra half hour. If doing this everyday is way too much for you, just try this every couple days. See how much your attitude changes! 

Two. Prepare the night before:: I get it. The kids are in bed and you are ready for some Bachelor!! But whether I am going for a jog or am working in the office, It is one less thing to worry about in the morning. And it literally takes me less than 15 minutes to prepare. 

Three. Embrace the day planner:: Yes, having everything on your phone is super handy, but trust me the day planner is still alive and needed! Writing things down helps you to remember and store the information. Make it a part of your morning routine, to sit down and look at the week ahead. Also, when I am on the go, as a business owner, I have my passion planner IN MY BAG, at all times. 

Four. Make the car exciting:: Okay Im a little weird but I always keep snacks, water, extra makeup, vitamins, even cute hats in my car.  You just never know and I love feeling prepared while driving to whatever destination. For the kids, I keep a couple extra kid magazines, and maybe a cozy blanket and rain coats always,.. (we're in Washington.) Overall, the more excited about what we have waiting for us, the more likely we are to get in the car. 

Five. Don't get discouraged, I am right there with you and If I can do it, you can! There will be hectic days I promise you. But If you're late, apologize, give yourself grace, and make it a point to not be late the next time.

 

I hope that encouraged you a bit, and I would absolutely LOVE to hear ways that have helped you manage your time! If you have anything to add, please share with us below!  :)

 

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 Ruze Cake house, Scottsdale Arizona... where these thoughts came to life. 

Scottsdale Arizona Engagement

 

I was really looking forward to this Engagement shoot at Papago Park with Madie and her fiancé, Brent who are getting married this year! They were the cutest, and we shared such a fun time together! This was my first time shooting in the Scottsdale area. The forecast said rain this day, and of course I wasn't sure what to expect or what that meant. But Madie reassured me and said even rain in the desert is pretty, so that made me feel better. We ended up not getting any rain this day at all, and it was absolutely amazing in the desert. However, the next day, it looked similar to Seattle's rainy day! We really lucked out and couldn't have been in better light. 

The lovely Bride-to-be arrived with her hair and makeup done, and was looking stunning! I think we laughed most of the time. One funny thing I remember is we timed each hike to just under 5 minutes since Brent is from Ohio, and Madie's an Arizona native, who knew her stomping grounds. It was pretty hard not to laugh at how silly they were. So much cuteness and not to mention love they had for one another. You could see how much they were head over heels for one another. 

It was awesome to be able to capture this engagement shoot in the desert of Arizona. And of course the whole time I was over there like... this is just too pretty. How can it be so pretty in the winter time? Can I just come back yet?!! ... I feel like with this opportunity and experience, 2017 is going to be a good year! Weddings in Arizona are on my heart for the future! 

If you are Engaged, I am now including Engagement sessions in all of my Wedding packages as of January 2017! And any Weddings outside WA, OR, ID, will have your own special Destination Wedding package rate, since I love to travel! Contact me today for more info! 

 

Location: Papago park located in Scottsdale Arizona

Hair + Makeup: Monique Flores // Monique Flores Hair and Makeup

Dress: Free People 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Vineyard Wedding | Chelan, WA.

What a beautiful Wedding at Lake Chelan Winery in Chelan, WA.

My assistant and I arrived at a beachside condo and captured some of the before DIY floral arrangements created by family and friends. This Wedding was very light and quiet feeling . Simple was key. The Bride and Mother-of-the-Bride wanted it to be a peaceful transition into their married days, and really pressed on it being an intimate celebration with the closest of friends and family.  Small and intimate but no doubt this was done with class and charm.  

 

We arrived at venue and set up our party and family portraits. Along with the naked cake, wild flower arrangements, double french braids, a gown by BHLDN, fresh vines and rustic country around, we had ourselves the Anthropology INSPIRED wedding. 

 Here are some highlights of the special day...

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We were fortunate that this outdoor Wedding was on one of the most prettiest days in April. Hannah was a natural beauty and wanted it to be authentic on her special day. Congrats, Mr. and Mrs. Hancock! 

xo

Stylized Garden Bridal Shoot| Enumclaw, WA.

My first time leading a stylized shoot reaped even more Blessings than I had expected. My vision was to create a scene I had always dreamed of creating for myself;  a fun Garden party in my backyard with friends.  The only difference was this vision was to reflect my area of photography as well as brand and style. Two other photographers plus myself started brainstorming how this was going to play out. We met up and shared ideas. I had an inspiration board, and a list of things to go through, as well as Vendor contacts and homework for each of us to research out.  We set forth to bring this to reality. 

My passion in this was to reach out to other vendors, to include them, to welcome them and to just develop relationships with the community. I wanted talented/stylish vendors but also wanted to find creatives who thought and worked the same as we did. I wanted to find those that were establishing their OWN businesses locally, and were eager to also work together in achieving our personal goals. My favorite thing is working with local entrepreneurs and striving to find ways we can work as a team. Not only do we bring more market value to our business but ALSO support towards one another in this Industry. I know for myself, Weddings, and events come together a whole lot better when I know a little about the ones I am coinciding with. I am still working my way up in this industry and am exciting to continue to grow and develop as we reach OUT and learn FROM, others. 

We found several vendors and chose ones that we knew would fit perfectly! 

Natale Bella Fiore created this dreamy Eucalyptus floral garland that wrapped around the table. She put so much hard work into this. Owner of NBF, Lynn Noel; a commercial fashion designer of over 20 years could not have made this garland anymore colorful, luscious and ideal for our Bridal shoot. 

 

 

We had Michelle's Sweet Designs, located in Port Orchard, WA. create a cake so pretty, however it unfortunately started to melt on our long trip over to location We had used some of the florals from Natale Bella Fiore and the Cake recovered and looked lovely, whew!  Michelle's Sweet Design's hard work and commitment was almost unrecognizable. She was amazing and I highly recommend her for your Wedding/Event! 

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Along with our seven models, four bridesmaids, a Bride, and B&G model couple; we brought HMU artist, Christine Carbone; Owner of A Prima Salon, in Gig Harbor, WA. Her prompt and ingenious skills quickly transformed these already gorgeous models up to Bridal Par.. and we were just so impressed by each unique up-do and freshly done face. 

 

The main Bride and Model, Amber French; owner of Vie Athletics in Puyallup, WA, was absolutely stunning!  A naturally lovely girl inside and out. She was able to choose her gown of choice from New Beginnings Bridal Studio in Puyallup, WA.  The dress from NBBS was absolutely breath-taking. Please look at New Beginnings Bridal Studio if you are getting married, or know someone who is in the pierce county area. 

 

These bridesmaids were so friendly, we had a blast working with them.  Vanessa is in the Peplum dress; a lovely girl who is so fun to hang out with! Hannah in the Bell sleeves is the one you are expected to be spunky, and just shines her smiles and free spirit around all those she's around. Tiffany is the blonde and lives to coach others in gymnastics, she's funny and was great to work with. Becky the brunette in shirt dress is momma of six kids, an aspiring photog and on her way to Ireland as we speak to capture her first Wedding. I love that we have a community of all backgrounds who are willing to share who they are, what they love and what they do. 

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We had a B&G couple come at the very last minute as our couple. They were lovely! and we appreciate their willingness so much! Bride Marionette, is also a photographer and owner of  Pines-n-Willows Photography PNW.

Swoon-worthy session, amazing light, and a Job well done on all accounts. Seriously to our fellow photogs; GREAT work and THANK YOU for being a part of this project! 

If you are looking for a florist, a HMU, a beautiful Bridal shop with amazing service, etc.. We have the place for you! Contact these vendors for your next Wedding, event or party. 

 

xo