Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Children's Chorale and Academy Orchestra of Flagstaff

I attended The Seasonal Sounds of Children this Friday night and boy! what a wonderful performance! The evening opened up with The Academy Orchestra performing four captivating pieces which left me, and the audience, amazed! Then, the Children's Choral delighted the audience with beautiful performances. Since my brother was/is a professional musician, I grew up going to performances like this. I didn't know just how much I had missed it until I closed my eyes are started listening. It was truly uplifting and just what I needed to kick off my holiday! One of my previous brides, Erica Kragness, (and my now dear friend) is one of the directors of the Choral groups, so it was extra special for me to see her and the kids hard work pay off. By the end of the night, I think everyone in the audience had at least cried once, if not more, and all 400+ were standing in applause! If you'd like to see more of the images, please check out the online gallery here.

I absolutely love this photo of Erica. You can see just how proud she was of these kids just by the look on her face.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Flagstaff Wedding-Molly and Michael

Molly and Michael were married in a meadow on the top of A-1 mountain road. As they were saying their vows, you could view the San Francisco peaks in the background. It was truly magical. Molly and Michael put a lot of work into this wedding, with lots of small details. Their reception at Thornagers was beautiful! I only posted a few of my favorites, but you can see more on my Facebook Account and their slideshow here! Congrats to this sweet couple!

I loved, loved, loved Molly's shoes!

What a beautiful bride! Hair by the talented Leigh Call at About Hair and More.

I loved the feel of this image when I taking it. So romantic!

Michael works for the US Forest Service, and during his field time, collected bottles that he found. The couple used them as vases for the reception at Thornagers! Loved the table setting cards too, named after trees in our region!

This is from their First Meeting, what a sweet couple!

During the ceremony, the clouds were just perfect!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Family Sessions-Ruby and Jack

This photo session is a surprise for Ruby and Jack's Dad for Christmas, so I only wanted to post a couple of images from their session. Giving a parent a surprise like this for the holiday has got to be the best present ever! I'll keep this short and sweet for now-Merry Christmas ..more to come later!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Flagstaff Wedding-Jessica and Don

Jessica and Don were married in the Coconino Forest and had their reception at a romantic place in the woods where they had set up tents and a dance floor. Jessica and Don met in Georgia and fell in love not only with each other, but the Old South as well, so I felt a unique kinship with them. I really had a hard time picking out my favorites, but here are a few. You can see more on my Facebook Account. Congrats Jessica and Don!

I loved Jessica's dress, it was so vintage and beautiful!

This is my favorite portrait of Jessica. Her makeup was by Amee Johnson-Byers and hair by Leigh Call. Both are at About Hair and More in Flagstaff.

The ceremony was so sweet. I teared up when Jessica started crying here. What a moment!

I see lanterns a lot at outdoor receptions, but these were just gorgeous. It made the forest seem particularly enchanted that evening. I also love how Don is singing to Jessica here!

My favorite light is right at sunset and right at dusk. You can get some beautiful images!

The couple brought their favorite wine with them back from Napa. I didn't have any, but it sure looked good!

Finally, the happy couple! Congrats!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Family Sessions-Sophie and Chloe

Sophie and Chloe are the daughters of two dear friends of mine, Angela and Jon Kircher. I was there for Sophie's christening, Chloe's first days of life and lots of moments in between. When Jon was accepted to Law School last year, I was so happy for him and his family and a little bit devastated. Although Phoenix is only two hours away, with my husband and my crazy schedules, it might as well be a world away. So, when I get to see them, it's that much more special. I've always wanted a little girl, and when Angela had two, I sort of adopted them as my own. These girls are my family. Blood or not. And, I always hope they know how much I love them and that I'll always be there for them. Here are a few of my favorites. You can see more on my Facebook Account and their slideshow here. Enjoy!

This was my favorite of Sophie. What pretty eyes she has!

Chloe was having a blast playing outside during our session. Sedona is so pretty this time of year.

Sophie looks like a little fairy princess to me here!

Poor Chloe, she fell off the bench during our session and got dirt all in her nose and mouth. I couldn't resist this photo of her once we made sure she was OK. She's a touch little girl!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Family Sessions-The Lebec Family

Linda and Mike Lebec called me and asked if I would include their dog in their family session. Of course! I think animals really add to the value of our lives and there is nothing more perfect than bringing them along. Especially in the forest, where they can run around. Mike, who is a PT and instructor at NAU, and Linda, who owns her own Physical Thearpy clinic in Sedona, were a lot of fun. Here are only a few of my favorites, but you can see more on my Facebook Account and see their slideshow here.

I absolutely love this photo! Anchovy looks SO happy!

My sister-in-law pointed out that this photo looks like the one that you get when you buy a frame. I never really have thought of it, but where DO those photos come from?

Anchovy is a beautiful, sweet dog. We had a great time throwing sticks and playing around. She's a rescue, like most dogs in Flagstaff. I think they are the best kind!

The walk down to the Arizona Trail is quite amazing. This particular day the leaves were falling and lined the trail perfectly.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Little America Wedding-Cristina and Mick

Cristina and Mick were married at Little America and what a beautiful wedding! I met Cristina and Mick through their wonderful wedding planner, Christina at Peak Events. Cristina and Mick were busy with the business they own, Planet Beach, and Peak Events really helped this busy couple put together a beautiful event. Here are some of my favorites, but you can see more on my Facebook Account and see their slideshow here. Congrats!

Cristina looked so perfect! Her makeup was done by Heather Wilson and her hair by Scissor Smiths in Flagstaff.

Could the day been any more perfect? I love the grounds at Little America!

I normally post the first kiss, but their embrace after their kiss was so sweet. You can tell just how much they adored one another!

I love the light right after the sun has set. You can get some great images with some creative lighting!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Family Sessions-The Naleski Family

Meet the Naleski Family, Jerome, Jill, Georgia and their new little one, Grace. I've known Jerome for a while through volunteering with Flagstaff Biking Organization. He also is a Realtor in town. When I first met him, I kept forgetting his name. I finally made up a jingle in my head to help. It went something like this..."His name's Jerome...he sells beautiful homes...". Corny? Yes. But will I ever forget again? Never. Jill is a massage therapist at Flagstaff Face and Body. I can't wait to visit her one day! Here's only a few of my favorites, you can check out more on my Facebook Account or see their slideshow here.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Little America Wedding-Heather and Bill

What a sweet couple! Heather and Bill are so in love and I was so blessed to be able to spend the day with them. Heather and Bill were married at Little America, which is a gorgeous place for a ceremony and reception in Flagstaff. I even love the rooms, which feature beautiful furniture and gorgeous light. It was really hard for me to pick a few of my favorites from this wedding, but here they are. You can see more on my Facebook Account, and you can see their slideshow here.

I loved Heather's dress. It was so perfect for her!

Heather had a lot of beautiful butterfly tattoos.

Nothing is more fun than a group photo on the playground!

Gorgeous flowers by Splendid Things!

Finally, the happy couple! Congrats!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Family Sessions-The Aldaz, Urtuzuasetgui and Floyd Families

I absolutely love this family. It's the kind where you show up for a photo session, and leave with invitation to Thanksgiving dinner. I've known Andrea and her family for years, since Isaiah was a baby. She was one of the first people to encourage me to pursue photography and has always cheered me along my path. Now that I'm a full-time photographer, and too busy sometimes to even see my own husband, I really look forward to this family session. Here are only a few of my favorites. You can see more on my Facebook Account and their slideshow here. Love you guys!

Isaiah is FAST!

I love this one of Armando and Andrea!

Jeremy and Debra, you might remember their wedding at the Grand Canyon!

Julie and Andrew: they were married at the Phoenix Golf Resort last year!

Sister Carla and boyfriend Bill!

Beautiful sister Kristen