One of my favorite family sessions this past fall was at a family farm in Mesa. What I loved most about it was that half of the pictures were taken out by an old shed, but they look lovely because the light is perfect. I wish someone had been there to capture a behind the scenes shot because it’s proof that all you need for a great portrait is great light. . . and adorable children. . . and good looking parents. . . and a white picket fence and a swing set and a red tractor. That’s all. That’s it. That’s everything you need.
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One of my very favorite places to shoot in Gilbert is the Farm at Agritopia behind Joe’s Farm Grill. This location offers so much versatility and beauty! I remember the first time I ate at Joe’s Farm Grill, sitting at a picnic table under a giant tree, looking back at the beautiful farm and hoping all those suckers up north were enjoying their snow.
I had the best time, ever, with this fun crew! They were so silly and happy and made my job easy. Then when it was all over, I got myself a milkshake. It was pretty much a dream session.
This past weekend I had the honor of attending the baptism of one of my favorite little eight year old girls. This darling girl has the sweetest smile, sings like an angel, and keeps her room clean. We got together one beautiful evening back in May when all the flowers were blooming and no one was in danger of heat exhaustion and had a photo shoot at the Gilbert LDS Temple. It was an unusually windy day, but that just made her look more like a rock star. A rock star who makes great choices, obviously.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing the most patriotic one year old in town. P-dog (Can I call you P-dog?) is celebrating his first year of life with a USA-themed party so his mom asked if we could do a patriotic cake smash before the big day. It was hotter than hot outside, but little P was happy the whole time! The cake may have had something to do with it. Happy Birthday, new citizen!
I’ve always wanted to take dance lessons. The closest I’ve ever come was zumba class at the rec center. Then I developed bad knees because apparently I’m a 37 year old senior citizen. (Have I mentioned my undiagnosed early onset dimentia?) Since my dream of being a dancer is pretty much dead, I’ve been living vicariously through my daughter (as one does). CB has been dancing for many years now and few things bring me more joy than watching her perform. She ended another year of dance recently with back-to-back endless dance recitals. (As my dad once put it, “Some of those parents are just throwing their money away.”) What I love most about watching her perform is seeing the happiness that it brings her. That way I don’t feel like a creepy dance mom.
By the end of the year, CB was tired of having to keep her hair long (so she could wear it in the required Ariana Grande high ponytail). The day after her recital, CB got her hair chopped off. We picked our two favorite recital costumes and headed downtown for a photo shoot to celebrate her hard work and her new look.
Roosevelt Row Art District is an area of downtown Phoenix dedicated to visual arts and fried foods (from what I saw). I’ve seen some of the beautiful murals in this area pop up on my Instagram feed and have been dying to take a look for myself. It’s such a cool place to hang out and an even better place for portraits. (Though a stranger did tell me he wanted to punch me in the face when he saw me taking pictures. So watch out for face punchers, I guess.) I don’t think we found half of the amazing artwork on display in Roosevelt Row. We’ll have to put on our dancing shoes and head back for more.