What a great time we had with the J family at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve! They brought along their giant Golden Doodle Thor – what a show stealer! LOVE HIM! They asked if they could bring their dog and we said – of course !! We absolutely love pets of any kind. We have two dogs and know that pets are truly a part of our family. This setting was gorgeous and just what they were looking for to showcase to their family in the North West from where they have recently moved from. Being from that area ourselves many years ago we know….. nothing is more different than the evergreen state than Arizona! The boys were relaxed and had fun, the love you see for their dog – and parents – is just beautiful. Here are a sampling of images from our session with this sweet and fun family.
We love an adventure, and one we really enjoy is exploring a super cool, surreal environment – this location was beyond FUN. Can’t wait to go back…. perhaps also with our canoe we’re refinishing! We had such a fun time photographing the Ham family – they are one happy family, no need to tell them to smile – they shine from the inside out! The kids had a blast climbing around on the giant boulders and the treat at the end was a visit by 3 hungry (and easily tricked) ducks. Mom somehow picked the right color sweater to match the sunset! Our daughter helped with the lighting and quickly bonded with the little girls and helped them through the trail and rocks. By the end of the shoot one of them said ‘you’re my best friend!’ to her. So sweet!! We love to head north, next time you’re heading that way and would love to schedule a photo session, give us a shout! (yup, here’s the hungry trio – they are fooled by receipt crinkling!!)
We spent the day with the G family doing our Adventure Portrait Session in Sedona. This location has it all – Oak Creek, stunning red rocks, textural fields, rustic buildings, canopied trails, super cool molten looking rocks to climb on and more. They were dressed ready for FUN, and a change of clothes as you can see we all got wet! The key to shooting in a popular destination is to avoid the weekend. There were still plenty of people around but we managed just the right angles to avoid them. You may recognize this beautiful family as I photographed them previously when their daughter was a couple months old. I love this type of session because you can play and capture the whole family enjoying their adventurous day out together. A great mix of documentary with on-location studio lighting for the dramatic family portrait. If your family would enjoy a day of adventure and high quality, magazine worthy documentary photographs to enjoy for a lifetime, I’d love to talk with you.
Our family LOVES to go camping. Dog Town Lake, AZ is a nice spot that we’ve been to a couple times – beautiful trees, nice little lake for paddling around in. Besides cooking in the great outdoors… our next favorite part of camping is relaxing in our hammocks. In fact, we’ve gone from hanging out in hammocks to ditching the tent and sleeping in special enclosed hammocks all night long! No more back pain in the morning – I had to talk my wife into getting off our cots and Nemo pads. She thought she was comfy then, but there is nothing like the feeling of sleeping in a hammock under the stars. The kids LOVED it immediately. Now they have hammocks in their rooms for fun under their loft beds. 😀 Here are some shots I took around the campsite.
Visited Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale. Very cool place where you can walk through a large atrium full of butterflies that will land on and around you. They have an ’emergence gallery’ of pupas in different stages, a bee hive, creepy desert arachnids, live ant colony, 3D theater and an Amazon Aquatic Life experience. Our youngest son did NOT care for the butterfly landing on his head !! Caught some fun close up photos during our visit there. If you are in town check it out! They are building a new Ocean OdySea Experience next door – should be opening very soon.