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I’ve had the opportunity to photograph many families before and after their children leave for LDS missions.  I call them “last chance” photo shoots because that’s how the mother’s always put it when they call. (“It’s our last chance to get a family picture before they leave!”)  It’s often a very tender time for these families and I’m so honored that they would let me be a part of it.  I recently had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family before their oldest son left to serve the church for two years in Seattle, Washington.  His mom said she’s always the photographer, so what she really wanted was pictures of her with her kids.  I can absolutely relate!  There are exactly 4 pictures of me in the world that I actually like.  I was happy to make that happen for her.

One of the many reasons I do in person sales at my home office is so that I can be sure my clients really and truly love their portraits.  There have been a few instances where I have just sent off galleries (because of time or distance) and it feels like I am sending them off into the wind.  I never know for sure if those clients liked their portraits, or if they wished I could make some edits.  I also find that the ordering process is much smoother when conducted in person.  Most people need a bit of guidance about which portraits will look best together on a wall and what sizes will work best for certain portraits.  I’m here to help!  I love when my clients get a chance to see their portraits for the first time.  When the mother of this beautiful family saw her portraits for the first time, she wept so much I had to restock my tissues.  It was incredibly sweet and I hope that she feels that way as the years go by and she remembers this special time in her family’s life.

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Ask any elementary school student in Arizona to name you the “Five C’s” and they will proudly sound them off: copper, cattle, citrus, climate and COTTON!  I was surprised when I learned that there were cotton fields in my area, but didn’t think much of it until my Instagram feed started filling up with photo sessions in cotton fields.  There’s something so ethereal and soft about cotton field portraits and I wanted in.  Unfortunately, you can’t just Google “Cotton fields near me.”  (Well, you can.  It will likely lead you to a map of all the cotton fields in Australia.  Very helpful.  For Australians.)  In late January I went with my son on a field trip and as we were riding on the bus we passed a cotton field.  I nearly did backflips!  It was white and beautiful and ready for someone to take its picture.  I immediately scheduled a photo shoot.  Then I went to check out the field.  It looked like this.

Oh! the disappointment!  There was still a row of cotton around the edge of the crop, so I pulled out my 50mm lens and hoped magic would happen.

Cotton field photographed by Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.

Ta-da!  That’s the magic of a good lens.  Let that be a lesson to us all.  By the time we finally had our photo shoot in early February, the crop had been plowed TO THE GROUND.  It was tragic.  So, it turns out cotton fields are available from September to January.  If this is something you’re interested in, plan accordingly.

This is Diana Irving of Diana Irving Photography.  We got together to try out some new equipment and techniques.  It’s always such a great learning experience to shoot with another photographer and share tips and with each other.  We both had a great time photographing this lovely young woman as well as our beautiful mother and daughter models.  I can’t wait until the cotton comes back!

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  • Mani - That’s the power of a good photographer! I LOVE the cotton field (row) and these pictures are to die for. The neutrals are my favorite.ReplyCancel

    • melissa@jubileefamilyphotography.com - Thanks, Mani! i can’t wait to try it again with an actual field of cotton and not just a row. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kels - Would you share the cross roads?? I love the mountain in the back !ReplyCancel

    • melissa@jubileefamilyphotography.com - It’s right next to Schnepf Farms. Across the street from the Olive Mill. (I don’t remember the cross streets. Sorry!)ReplyCancel

      • Montana - Hi there! Wondering how you got into the field? Is it open or did you have to get a pass or permission from owners?? Taking engagement pictures next week and want to do it here!ReplyCancel