While I was at work, I received a text message from Courtney saying that the doctor has decided to induce her the next day since baby Jayne decided to come two weeks early. We were both nervous about whether or not I would be able to photograph her birth on time before flying out to Boston the next day to photograph a wedding. I didn’t want to take any chances on missing baby Jayne’s arrival so I showed up around 8PM at Northwest Hospital and waited with Courtney and her husband Thomas for the baby to arrive. Around 3AM, Courtney began having contractions and called for the nurses to come in. Everything seemed to happen so fast. Before I knew it, baby Jayne was here at 3:47AM and she was absolutely adorable. This was the most rewarding experience I have ever witnessed and photographed. What an honor it was to be present with this beautiful family and capture their story.
One of the main reasons I love photographing is being able to work with wonderful humans, like Courtney. I met Courtney when I worked as a case manager in a community mental health agency back around 2013. She was working as a therapist when we met and I felt like we easily connected. Courtney was one of the important people in my life who inspired me to pursue a career in counseling. I’ve always admired her sense of humor, caring heart, intelligence and the way she advocates for herself and others. We continued to keep in touch and I’ve photographed her beautiful family over the years.
I’m not embarrassed to admit that I squealed with excitement throughout her maternity shoot. I absolutely love her family and their dog Luna! Documenting this maternity lifestyle session was a way of celebrating the strength and beauty of a mother’s body and anticipating the arrival of the sweet baby she’s about to meet. We are all excited to meet baby Jayne.
Hi! I thought it would be good to update my list of favorite places to shoot portraits in Tucson as I've been getting a lot of questions about places that no longer exist! One of those places is the pecan grove on i-10 and sunset. I remember driving past it and looking for it. I was in disbelief that it was actually gone! That being said, I'm going to update my list of locations that I recommend shooting photos in Tucson!
1. Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
All my families loved it here and the staff that work here are super supportive and awesome! I didn't need a permit to shoot here but I always called ahead in case there was a wedding.
2. Sabino Canyon
This is my new favorite place to shoot all kinds of portraits!
3. Agua Caliente Park
I first discovered this hidden gem while on a retreat. It's a magical little oasis in the desert where I can escape and take pictures for hours.
4. The University of Arizona Main Campus
There are numerous spots you can find on campus to take beautiful photos, such as Old Main, Orange Grove trees, and in front of the Forbes building, to name a few...
5. Cotton Fields in Marana
6. Maynard's Market Downtown Tucson
7. Barrio Historico and La Cocina
8. Downtown Tucson
9. Degrazia Art Gallery in the Sun
10. Mt. Lemmon and Windy Point
11. Skyline Country Club
While that is it for my list of my top favorite photo spots, the list can truly go on! Feel free to message me on here if you feel that you are struggling to find a place for your own session and need more suggestions. However, I would highly encourage you to explore on your own. Maybe if you take an alternative route than what you're used to, you may discover a location that you never thought you could find. And the best part would be making memories in the process!
It's been a long time since my last post and I do apologize! Sometimes I find it difficult to balance photography life with my other jobs. I dream that one day I will be doing photography full time <3.
Yesterday I had the privilege of shooting maternity photos with Kimberly Fyffe Photography! Kimberly has mentored me in my photography business, inspired my work and she's such a joy to hang out with. When she invited me to help assist with her shoot, I didn't think twice!
Yesterday was a gorgeous day to shoot maternity photos in Sabino Canyon. If you haven't yet visited, please do! You just can't beat the beautiful desert scene! Hope you enjoy the photos!
While taking on a lifestyle approach to photography, my friend Courtney gave me the opportunity to capture moments of her son, Kemp, who has Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (i.e., 22q13 deletion syndrome). Both Courtney and I are Rehabilitation Counselors who share the same passion for helping to spread awareness for those with disabilities. For more information on Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, you can visit www.22q13.org
Shooting this family was a real treat. I was looking forward to taking their pictures after Joanna and I had planned on doing a themed photo shoot for baby Isaac's first birthday. This photo session was filled with laughter, joy, fun and a whole lot of cuteness! Happy first birthday, Isaac!