Kyrsten & Jake were the lucky winners of a free engagement session I gave away at the Arizona Bridal Show last June. First off, can I just say that I am a little in love with Kyrsten’s hair! A little in love and definitely jealous! These two photograph so beautifully it’s hard to imagine that they’ve never done a portrait session together. John and I both hit it off quickly with these two and I’m so excited to be photographing their wedding in December! (Also: check out the awesome location. It’s become a local favorite for me. Bonus points if you know it.)
Here are some of my favorites from a recent trash-the-dress session with Keri & Nino in Laguna Beach. Sometimes you think you have an idea of how a session will go before even starting. I had an idea of what photos I wanted to capture and the feeling I wanted to portray. The ocean had other plans!
First, we arrived to the beach that Keri had chosen and, well… there wasn’t much of a beach. Even during high tide there should have been something, but because of hurricane swell the waves were just incredibly huge (seriously – look!). They completely swallowed up the private little alcove! But it turned out not to be an issue for us. Everyone was really relaxed and having a good time. We spent the next 45 minutes searching various little access points and either the beach was nonexistent, was about to become nonexistent or was way too crowded. After much searching we finally settled on a nice little sandy spot that had some texture and wasn’t enveloped by the ocean… yet! The silly mood had started before we even started taking any photos because of the craziness of the situation.
As soon as the first wave touched Keri’s toes she was all grins! I think even in the most serious of moments you can catch her trying to hold back a smile. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in any photo session I’ve done! It was so much fun! We all ended up sandy and wet and absolutely delighted.
We had fun time in Sedona with Devan and John despite the oppressive heat! This location was chosen not only for it’s beauty, but on the assumption that it would be quite a bit cooler than the Phoenix area. For some unlucky reason it was just as hot in Sedona that day! But we had a great time; it was such a relaxed session since this couple had a nice chilled vibe.
Devan and John were actually the lucky winners of a free engagement session that I gave away at the Arizona Bridal Show! At the next show in January I will be doing the same giveaway! They were naturals in front of the camera.
We had so much fun with Kursten in Downtown Phoenix over the weekend! It was doubly fun since her friend (and our good friend) Aly Tozer came along! She helped with lighting and always brings good vibes to any place she goes.
The colorful murals were perfect for this young lady and she did so great taking directions despite the oppressive humidity! We started right at sunset which is a bit later than usual but we knew we wanted to have some fun with the night lights of downtown. We scouted some great locations (one I’ll be heading back to soon!) and had just great girly fun playing model. She could totally be one right?! Her chin is probably the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. I look forward to getting a chance to work with her again in the future!