Donald J. Trump made his first visit as president to the western United States, giving a widely-criticized speech as protesters gathered outside the Phoenix Convention Center on August 22nd, 2017. Melissa was there with a press pass, capturing these portraits of the resistance to the Trump campaign.
It was mostly peaceful expressions of freedom of speech, agitation and passion, a little anger, some kind gestures across the divide, and a whole lot of humanity.
It all started with a beautiful Catholic ceremony, and it came to an end with a bumping dancefloor later that night – Lauren & Scot’s wedding was a blast to shoot and a momentous occasion. Sometimes you just get a good vibe with a group of people, and this group of people had a wonderful vibe together as they made these memories. We snuck off for a photo session in between all the festivities and shot some really nice group pictures and some of the bride and groom. Congratulations to Lauren & Scot!
We get to photograph this lovely couples wedding in less than two weeks! Lauren and Scott had impeccable taste when choosing the location of their engagement shoot. Timing was amazing as well because WOW… look at that sunset!
This was the first time I’ve had the please of shooting in the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix and you can rest assured, it won’t be the last. Lauren is going to be such a beautiful bride and I can’t wait to see how their wedding day unfolds! Congratulations to you both and we’ll see you soon!
So much to say about this lovely couple! John and I first met Melissa at the bridal show in Phoenix. In all that craziness there are always a few brides that stand out and Melissa was one of them. We got along with her as if we had been old friends, especially when she teased John about his math skills! Their wedding was on February 29th (leap day) and some of us (ahem) had a bit of a hard time figuring out when the next date would be.
There was so much positive emotion throughout the wedding and I walked around with a silly grin on my face all day, I’m sure. It my also have been because Melissa surprised Logan during the ceremony with Stormtrooper groomsmen! That was such a hard secret to keep in, but it was so worth it and instantly became one of my favorite wedding moments.
Melissa and Logan first met when working at Make a Wish Foundation. He worked in the IT department and met Melissa when she was having printer issues. Funny enough, those printer issues were not immediately fixed, and Logan kept having to come back to “check up” on that darned printer. The ploy was a risky one since it made Melissa wonder if he was competent in his IT skills, but he managed to ask her on a date and sweep her off her feet.
Someday soon I believe we’ll be working with Melissa and Logan on another portrait session that I’m very excited about! Let’s just say that these two love Disneyland more than the average couple…