It's not really surprising, when I think about it. I went to college to become a high school teacher (this was several lifetimes ago), so it's not unusual that I would really love getting to work with high school seniors.
Aiden's session was no exception. I love having the opportunity to document this moment in my seniors' lives (yes, they are "my" seniors. They always are. Even after they start their own families and turn 40). There is so much possibility, so much potential. And, yes, so much unknown. But that is the beauty of it. The future is so bright. And Aiden definitely should be wearing shades. What a wonderful young man and a delight to work with. It was a pleasure to get to stroll through downtown Gilbert with Aiden and his mom and laugh at all of the "GQ" comments by passersby. I managed to not get run over or fall off my stepladder, so the session was an all-around success! I did manage to scare some poor construction workers near to death by squatting right outside a doorway and surprising them. Oops!
But enough of the small talk...without further ado, here are some of my favorites from Aiden's senior session.
As 2021 comes to a close (I realize I never quite got into the groove of using "2021" after 2020, so jumping right into 2022 will be even more of an adjustment than normal) I am so thankful to be here in this space that I never really thought I would see again--using my creativity to document families with my photography. It's a blessing, for sure, to come back to this after quite a few years.
Here's our family from this crazy year. Never underestimate the power of a remote and a tripod for getting yourself in front of the camera. We got a late start, arrived after sunset, fussed with equipment I infrequently use (my tripod is usually reserved for stop-motion projects for the boys), I realized I never even put on half of my makeup...and it was just about our most favorite "family session" ever. We had a lot of fun, passed around the camera, and just had some laughs while avoiding any cactus. Then we went out for dinner.
Family sessions should be fun. They should reflect your family and interests as much as possible. Be you. Have fun. Smile. Hug. Tickle. Cuddle. Enjoy. Just make sure to document your family in the moment and keep it updated!
Have a happy holiday and see you in 2022!
We really have met the best people out here who have made Arizona home for us. This family is one of those who made us feel right at home from early on and keep on being super awesome.
We met up to update their family portraits, which had not happened "for a long time." I knew we would have a LOT of fun with this very relaxed and laid-back family with LOTS of personality. This location is a lot of fun and offers great variety despite being pretty popular. We went just ahead of "the season" so no one was walking through our session (and we weren't walking through theirs). It's always important for everyone to be relaxed and not stressed!
Thank you so much to this wonderful family for having me document this stage in your life!
Can any of my boy-moms relate to this? Love their interaction when they thought I wasn't shooting! Turns out it was a favorite!
We updated this family's portrait from a few years ago--it was much-needed as everyone had grown up by a few years! It was such a wonderful time, and I probably will sound like a broken record, but I love this family.
It's one of the perks of being a family photographer--I get to work with really fun, incredible families all the time! And I get to ask them to get close and love on each other and have a good time!
This family is one of the first we met when we moved here in the middle of the pandemic, and they gave us hope that life would one day be normal (kinda, sorta, "ish") again some day! It has been a delight to get to know them and "do life together" through kids' activities. They have a lot of fun and a lot of personality, so their session included a lot of laughter and some shenanigans! Thanks so much to this family for coming out to update their family portrait! That's the thing about kids--they are always growing up and don't ever seem to stop!
I had such a great time working with this family at this amazing location. Fortunately for me, they are all amazing mountain bikers and were able to tip me off to this lesser-known location (if you haven't noticed, there is a photographer behind every cactus with a family trying to find some golden light this time of year).
Being from Houston, I'm not sure that I will ever get over how much I love the desert. Sure, it's unforgiving, but it's so incredibly beautiful. The light has such a rich quality at sunset. It's always a blessing to get to be out and enjoying the final minute of the day with a lovely family capturing their connection and personality.
These are four of the most fun kiddos around. But they're mostly too fast to keep up with on bikes, so catch them when you can!
Working with this family was an absolute blast. They are wonderful, kind, amazing people. Thanks so much!