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Monday, October 30, 2006

Laura and Marco

Laura and Marco got married this weekend! It was beautiful and I had so much fun hanging out with everyone!! It was really neat because Marco was a groomsmen in Cara and Billy's wedding about a year ago. A lot of Marco's guys were also in Cara and Billy's wedding so I got to see a lot of familiar faces!

The wedding party got ready at the Hermosa Inn, which actually used to be owned by Marco's family; so it was a very special place. We were also allowed to do most of the pictures there as well and we got some great ones!!

The Ceremony was at Saint Thomas The Apostle Church, which also had a lot of meaning to Marco's family. The reception was beautiful and was at Monterra Westworld in Scottsdale.

I also had the wonderful opportunity to have one of my very best friends Mary Beth Tyson come in from Florida and shoot with me. She is an awesome awesome photographer and did such and amazing job. Some of the pictures below are ones she photographed and I LOVE them!! Thanks MB for coming out and shooting I had a wonderful time.

Laura and her Dad walking down the aisle!! Laura was so excited and I caught her wiping a few tears off her cheek before she walked down the aisle.

Mary Beth caught this awesome shot of Marco seeing Laura for the first time. You can also see Marco's grandmother and Dad. His dad looks as happy as he is.

The Church was beautiful!!!

The wedding party was pretty large, so Laura and Marcos rented a mini coach to take everyone to the reception. I love this picture because it was right as we were leaving the church and you can see the church in the background.

The guys!!!

Mary Beth Caught this shot as well! Look at Laura look at Marcos!!

I loved this tree and thought that this was such a great picture!!

The Last two shots are two others that Mary Beth shot. I love her angle on this one and I love that Laura just looks HOT!

This one is our Favorite!! We were taking pictures of Laura and I saw Marcos move out of the corner of my eye. I told him to quickly stop and Mary Beth and I both saw it and started shooting away. I love the angle that Mary Beth got on this shot! It is so cool!!

Laura and Marcos, I had such a great time with you guys! You are so much fun and so in Love!! Have a great honeymoon and I will talk to you guys when you get back!

Also, for those of you who would like to see more pictures from the day you can click here to see a slideshow of some of our favorites that we showed at the reception.

To see all the pictures please register on Pictage for the wedding.


Friday, October 20, 2006

Catherine and Christopher Engagement

A couple of days ago I was able to take Catherine and Christophers engagement pictures. They are getting married in December at the Four Seasons and i'm so excited for their wedding.

Lately i've been sending out a questionaire for the engagement session so I can kind of get to know what couples like to do together. We then will decide where to do the engagement session from that questionaire.

When I got back the questionaire from Catherine I was thrilled with what I saw! They like to ride motor bikes. We decided that we would meet that day in downtown Tempe and do some fun pictures there and then head over to South Mountain and take some pictures of them with their bikes! We had a blast.

When doing engagement sessions I don't want them to be boring. I want us all to have fun. In Tempe I told them to act like they were on a date walking around town. They went into this really neat old bookstore where I was able to get some really neat shots!!

We then headed to South Mountain to get some awesome pictures with their bikes!! They were so thrilled to do this because it is something they really like to do together. By this time they had relaxed a little and we got some great pictures.

When planing your engagement session, think of things that you like to do or unique ways to capture your personality! I'm always up for fun new ideas!!!

Thanks Catherine and Christopher for being willing to think outside of the box. I had a blast with you!! I can't wait until the wedding!


Melissa and Todd at the Westin

I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph Melissa and Todd's wedding this last weekend at the Westin Kierland Resort. We had a great time!! Melissa was so ready to get married she couldn't wait to walk down the aisle to marry Todd.

Melissa LOVED these shoes! She kept saying that these were the favorite part of her outfit!!

She looked dashing! Her dress was beautiful and she had a wonderful Veil. I love Veil shots because I think they are so romantic .

Off to take pictures!!!

We found these really neat doors that were going to be used for an event and I had to take a picture of Melissa with them. I Love this shot.

I Love getting to go in and take some pictures of the guys getting ready. I don't always have an opportunity to do this, but this weekend I did. They were putting on the final touches and it was fun to watch! They felt a little akward getting their picture taken, but they finally warmed up to it and had fun!

I showed this picture to Melissa at the reception during the slideshow that I put together and her mouth dropped!! I love it when that happens!!! Way to knock her socks of Todd!

Minutes before she leaves her room to get married. Final touches.

And of course my favorite pictures. The time alone with the Bride and Groom. Intimate moments together! I love taking these pictures at this time. You can see the love shine between these two!!

The Reception was amazing. Melissa knew what she wanted from the very 1st day I talked to her. She described her reception to me in details and that is what it was like!! What a wonderful day.

Melissa and Todd, I had a wonderful time at your wedding. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such a special day. You are both awesome!!

I also have to thank Nancy Wilson with Envy Weddings. She is a wonderful wedding planner who really helped make sure the day went smoothly!! So many times I was thankful that she was there helping to make sure the day was perfect for Melissa!!!


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

In Vermont

I am in Vermont right now and having a total blast. I am around 12 of some of the most amazing photographers in the country taking phenominal pictures and learning so much from everyone around me. Here are a few of the pictures from this week so far.

One of my FAVORITES of the Week!!

I'm so excited to come back with fresh inspiration!!! I have a wedding on Saturday that is going to ROCK!!


Sunday, October 08, 2006

A HOT HOT HOT Couple!!

This weekend I had the joy of photographing Alicia and John's wedding. I had such a great time. Everything went so smoothly and we were on schedule the entire time.... because of this we were able to get some amazing portraits, which is my favorite part of the day!

The wedding was at the beautiful Ocotillo Golf Course in Chandler, AZ. It was a beautiful place and a beautiful day!

The dress was stunning. Very simple and elegant!

Elegant beautiful rings!! I love this shot.

Now Alicia is absolutly beautiful; such a gorgeous girl inside and out. These pictures are absolute model shots. True story, while taking the pictures of Alicia we actually got stopped by guests who asked is this was a real wedding or just a photo shoot. What a compliment!

The girls were great as well! All of them were gorgeous!!

John is pretty good lookin as well.. the perfect couple.

The Ceremony was wonderful!!

The amazingly HOT Couple!!! Aren't they gorgeous?

Thank you guys for such a wonderful day! I wish you the best!!!!

Now, an update for all of you. This week I am actually in Vermont for an amazing Wedding Photography Conference! It's going to be phenominal and I am going to take so much back with me to Arizona. So this being said, please be patient on emails and phone calls... they will be a little slower this week, but I will get back to you!!! Have a great week!

Next weekend get ready for another Westin Kierlands wedding! Melissa and Todd are getting married and I am so excited to show you some of their pictures!


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Mackinac Island, Michigan

This weekend I had a wonderful adventure. Cindy and Chuck got married at Mackinac Island in Michigan. If you have never been to Mackinac Island you must go. It is such a wonderful place. You must take a Ferry to get to the Island and then when you get to the Island you realize that there is something very very different about this place; there is not a single car in sight. That is right, cars are not allowed on the Island. Your only way around is to either walk, ride a bike, or take a horse taxi. When you look around you see horses and bikes everywhere. It is a very different and unique.

Chuck and Cindy got ready at the Mission Point Hotel. It was a great place to stay. The bummer is that on Saturday it was raining really bad and we were so worried that we were going to have to take all the pictures inside. But thankfully the day cleared up right when we needed to take Chuck and Cindy's pictures.. it seems to always work out like that!!

This was the first time Chuck and Cindy saw each other! It was a wonderful moment and led to some really great pictures!

The Cute flowergirl and ring bearer! They did a great job.

Isn't this such a great and unique church? It was beautiful!

Chuck and Cindy had taken a picture at a really cool old fashion telephone booth before and they wanted a wedding picture there, so we stopped and i'm so glad we did!! This picture turned out so great!

Thank you Chuck and Cindy for letting me be a part of this day! I had a wonderful day!