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Click the pic for a bigger view A little while back Noel contacted me about doing their family pictures in Chandler. Getting to photograph a family this adorable is always treat for me so of course I jumped on the chance.
Click the pic for a bigger view Super excited to share Danielle’s bridal portrait today with you all. She broke out her wedding dress to rock it one more time, and boy did she nail it.
Click the pic for a bigger view Friday turned into a starry night in Sedona as my friend Bryan Snider and I made the trip for some Milky Way goodness. I wasn’t sure what the night would hold but we were rewarded for the drive up.
Click the pic for a bigger view Today we showcase a true southwest landscape with this Superstition Mountains panorama. Last week we finally had some clouds roll into the valley of the sun so I made my way out to Lost Dutchman Park for this sunset.
Click the pic for a bigger view Jeff and Amanda had their intimate wedding at the AZ Historical Society Museum. These two had an amazing wedding and I was there to photograph every bit of it.
Click on the pic for a bigger view Last weekend we traveled north where I had a chance to capture the Milky Way over Lake Mary. My daughter had a swim meet in Flagstaff Arizona which has very low light emissions. A perfect place to photograph the Milky Way.
Click the pic for a bigger view I’m super excited to share this Boulders engagement session from a few weeks back. I had a blast photographing Karen and Ivan at The Boulders resort located in Carefree Arizona.
Click the pic for a bigger view A few nights ago I managed to sneak away for a little “me” time and photograph Tempe Town Lake. This is one of my go to places to have fun when time is limited.
Click the pic for a bigger view Emmy and Trevor had an amazing Superstition Manor Wedding last month. These two were laughs and smiles the whole day as their 40s inspired wedding unfolded.
Click the pic for a bigger view Wow, doesn’t Emily look stunning for her bridal portrait at the Desert Botanical Garden! A little while back I met up with Emily to photograph her one more time in her wedding dress. As you can see she rocked it!
Click the pic for a bigger view Back in February of this year I had a little road trip with some fellow photographers to visit the Salt Flats at Death Valley. Now granted for most people this doesn’t sound like a place you would want to spend your vacation time at, but for photographers it’s…
Click the pic for a bigger view A few weeks back I was able to shoot my first Tucson wedding courtesy of Danielle and Daniel. Actually it probably should have counted as two weddings since they had two separate ceremonies. Yowza!
Click the pic for a bigger view A quick post today to showcase a shot of Emily’s bridal portrait session at the Desert Botanical Gardens. We had some luck go our way with the timing of this bridal portrait session as the Chihuly glass exhibit was being displayed at the Gardens.
Click the pic for a bigger view It’s been awhile since I posted a black and white landscape image, so of course I turn to one of my favorite subjects with this Superstition Mountain storm.
Click the pic for a bigger view Emily and Chris had a Soho63 wedding and I happened to be there to capture the action. What an awesome night in downtown Chandler!
Click the pic for a bigger view My first storm chase of the 2014 season is in the books with this Mesa storm. The chase was not long but I did manage a few photos over north Mesa AZ.
Click the pic for a bigger view It’s been awhile since I have done a road shot. So when drama clouds roll in and I’m short on time there is only place to go to, the Superstition Mountains.
Click the pic for a bigger view Charissa and Garrett are one of the newest newly weds in the state of Arizona. I had the pleasure of photographing their church wedding a few weeks back.
Click the pic for a bigger view For starters I have to say seeing the moving rocks of Death Valley was high up on the awesome list. This eerie sight alone was worth the price of the trip from Phoenix.
Click the pic for a bigger view Today we have one of the seven natural wonders of the world in 50 shades of grey. And yes that title is a play on words with the popular book.
Click the pic for a bigger view One of my favorite things I like about being a photographer is shooting an outdoor portrait. I was able photograph Shannon a few weeks back for some on location fun.
Click the pick for a bigger view The Milky Way and Sedona seem to be a perfect match for each other. Both have a mystical sense about them that has fascinated man for ages.
Click the pic for a bigger view Wow, it’s not everyday I shoot a Scottsdale Airpark engagement session. Of course with Jay being a pilot, how could they not have an airplane in their engagement photos.
Click the pic for a bigger view This time of the year most photographers post a year in review of their best shots. I personally always enjoying seeing my fellow photographers work once again to see their amazing images. It pushes me to be better as a photographic artist.
Click the pic for a bigger view Congratulations to Brynn and Dan who were married last month at Superstition Mountain Golf Country Club. Everything about their wedding was simply stunning from the beautiful bride to the scenic desert views.
Click the pic for a bigger view One of my favorite subjects to shoot here locally in Phoenix are the Superstition Mountains. I have never been able to truly know why and I have come to accept that I may never really know why they draw me in.
Click the pic for a bigger view One of the things I love about backyard weddings is the intimacy. Allie and Ryan’s wedding was perfect in every way.
Click the pic for a bigger view Its no secret that I love to shoot on location for portrait sessions. Getting outdoors and having fun with my clients is way better than a studio shoot. For example take this lifestyle family portrait session with the Torres family.
Click the pic for a bigger view Boy do I already miss the summer monsoon and getting shots like this mountain lightning strike. With actual cold weather coming to the desert right now my desire for the monsoon season to return has only grown.
Click the pick for a bigger view What an awesome time I had shooting this Phoenix engagement session. I was super stoked when Emily and Chris said they wanted to shoot in downtown Phoenix.
Click the pics for a bigger view Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today I thought I would share a personal trip that involved a North Pole Experience with my beautiful family. Last weekend we packed up and headed to Flagstaff so our kids could see the fat man.
Click the pic for a bigger view Just a quick sneak peek bridal portrait of Brynn today. I was going through and editing her and Dan’s wedding photos last night and had to stop on this one.
Click the pic for a bigger view Nothing makes me happier than having repeat clients like the Dowdys. I got together with Kevin, Leslie, and Avery for some fun filled outdoor family portraits.
Click the pic for a bigger view Today I thought I would take a break from my client work and post a personal image. Of course I shot this train track sunset after just finishing up with a client a few weeks back.
Click the pic for a bigger view I love shooting on location more than anything else, and this high country engagement session was no exception. This trip took us out of the desert and into the pine and aspen trees of the eastern high country.
Click the pick for a bigger view I had a blast shooting Deseree and TJ’s portraits at the Desert Botanical Gardens. These guys showed up and we hit the ground running.
Click the pic for a bigger view Jeff and Amanda wanted fall color for their engagement pictures, so I suggested we drive north for their Flagstaff engagement photo shoot.
Click the pic for a bigger view One of the fun things with storm chasing is getting to the right spot before the right time happens. That was the case as this monsoon storm rolls over Tempe at sunset.
Click the pic for a bigger view Ok so our weather would be considered perfect by most given the sunshine and cloudless days. However, I still miss the monsoon rain. Don’t get me wrong, the 80 degree cloudless days are a welcome relief from the scorching days of summer but I still prefer a good…
Click the pic for a bigger view One of the most beautiful things I have ever witnessed was this North Shore sunset in Hawaii. I have chased many sunsets while living in Arizona, and this one on the island of Oahu is up there with the best of them.
Click the pic for a bigger view With the government shutdown going on I thought I would revisit my trip to the Grand Canyon this past summer. Luckily for me it was still open for business.
Click the pic for a bigger view A few weeks back I had the pleasure of photographing little Baby Everett. This little guy came roaring into the lives of Eric, Heather and Autumn.
Click the pic for a bigger view Welcome aboard the Mighty MO! That’s right you are looking at the 16 inch guns of the USS Battleship Missouri, otherwise known as the Mighty MO.
Click the pick for a bigger view Everyone this is Baby Andrew. Baby Andrew this is everyone. A few months back I had the honor of shooting his newborn photos. What a cutie!
Click the pick for a bigger view One of things about monsoon lightning is you never know where it will strike. Of course this can be said about lightning in general but with the Arizona monsoons it gets even more complicated.
Click the pic for a bigger view When I saw this shot of the sunbeams in the Grand Canyon it immediately screamed black and white to me. Which is a good thing as I’m a huge fan of black and white photography.
Click the pic for a bigger view Today we visit beautiful Colorado via Highway 550. It is known as the Million Dollar Highway and runs between Durango and Silverton Colorado. This past summer we spent a great deal of time traversing it during our family vacation.
Click the pic for a bigger view Lightning is such an awesome force of nature. This shot of lightning striking Four Peaks highlights the true beauty of Mother Nature’s electrical side.
One of my favorite things about storm chasing is catching a desert rain cell out in the open. I find it incredibly mesmerizing as the rain falls and the clouds roll through the random shapes.
Click the pic for a bigger view Last night I made my way over to Tempe at night in hopes of grabbing some storm shots coming in from the north. The storms were not very strong but I went out anyway. Better to be shooting something than just sitting at home right?
Click the pic for a bigger view Last night I had just about given up hope on any Phoenix lightning strikes happening since the weather had not cooperated all weekend. Of course when monsoon season is happening you never know what to expect.
Click the pic for a bigger view Golden Sunlight Sets Up a Grand Canyon Sunset This past Saturday I made a day trip to catch a Grand Canyon Sunset. Truth to be told I made the trip in hopes of catching a storm in the Canyon.
Click the pic for a bigger view The Milky Way and Sedona’s Red Rocks This trip was planned with one purpose, to get the Milky Way in Sedona. It started several weeks back when I ventured to Sedona Arizona with my buddy Bryan Snider for an all night photography adventure. Fortune smiled on me as…
Click the pic for a bigger view Tonight I was reminded of how hard it is to find Arizona lightning. I have always said that capturing it on camera is the easy part, its finding it that is the hard part. That was most certainly proven in tonight’s storm chase.
Stormchase Leads to a Night of Lightning Crawlers Ahh the monsoon season is here and of course that means spectacular light shows like these lightning crawlers. Last night I got a late start down to Tucson for the first big storm chase of the season. That pesky day job keeps getting in the way of…
Arizona Dust Storm Engulfs Tempe Town Lake Now that the monsoon season is here I’m ready for an old fashion Arizona dust storm just like this one from last year. With the monsoon having arrived that means for the next few months we will get our lion’s share of rain courtesy of violent thunderstorms.
Click the pics for a bigger view The Supermoon Rises Over the Arizona Landscape Near Phoenix In case you hadn’t heard tonight was the Supermoon. It’s a rare event when the moon is full and it happens to be at its closest point to “Mother Earth”. This gives an illusion of a bigger moon in…
Click the pic for a bigger view Arizona’s Monsoon Season Begins This past Saturday was the official start to the Arizona monsoon season. What that means is AZ will begin to see moisture moving into the state from Mexico creating violent thunderstorms with torrential downpours. In a nutshell, good times are ahead. On Saturday I received a text message from my buddy Bryan Snider…
Click the pic for a bigger view Milky Way Relfects Upon Molas Lake One of my goals for our vacation to Durango Colorado this year was to capture the Milky Way over Molas Lake. I knew this would be a great opportunity with no light pollution and no moon in the sky. Couple that…
Click the pic for a bigger view A few weeks back I made an overnight run to Sedona Arizona with my buddy Bryan Snider to photograph the Milky Way. It made for a long night but was well worth it.
Click the link for a bigger view Summer fun has already started here in Arizona. My kids have been hitting the pool since last month. How they withstand 70 degree water is beyond me. Nonetheless they have been enjoying our early summer weather.
Click the pic for a bigger view Red Rocks and the Milky Way Earlier this week I had a chance to do a personal shoot that has been on my to do list for quite some time. I finally ventured out and photographed the Milky Way over Sedona.
Click the pic for a bigger view Sunset on Tempe Town Lake Last night I had a little time on my hands so I headed out to grab a sunset shot over Tempe Town Lake. You never show what Mother Nature will deal you at the end of the day, sometimes a winning hand sometimes…
Click the pic for a bigger view Everyone meet Shannon. I met up with Shannon a few weeks ago to do some fun lifestyle portraits. Shooting outdoor portrait photography is one of my favorite things to do rather it be a couple or an individual.
Click the pic for a bigger view The Superstition Mountains take center stage today as the weekend draws near. As I sit here trying to write this post I can’t help but to sit back and reflect on this week’s tragedies.
Click the pics for a bigger view Holy cow did I have a blast shooting Ryan and Allie’s engagement portraits. These two were so laid back and were ready to try anything I threw at them.
Click the pic for a bigger view Happy Friday everyone! As we roll into the weekend here in Arizona with an expected temperature of 90 degrees, I thought I would share a desert storm shot.
Click the pic for a bigger view Carolyn and Brian had a gorgeous outdoor wedding at the Wright House. As a Phoenix wedding photographer, I am lucky to photography many outdoor weddings. For Carolyn and Brian, everything was perfect from the smallest details of the venue to the embellishments on the wedding dress.
Click the pic for a bigger view A Nightime Glimpse of The Golden Gate Bridge Last week (and this week) my day job had me visiting the infamous “Silicon Valley” of northern California. I was pretty busy with the work schedule so I only managed one trip into the city. Since time was a premium…
Click the pic for a bigger view One of things I truly enjoy with weddings is the energy that continues to grow throughout the day. Brittney and Kyle’s Phoenix wedding was no exception.
Click the pic for a bigger view Last weekend we finally had some free time as a family and decided to take a trip out to the 4 Peaks area for some on location portraits. And of course I got to photograph one of my favorite clients, my daughter.
Click the pic for a bigger view Something fun and simple for the blog today. I was cleaning out some of my photography folders and stumbled across this shot of the train bridge over Tempe Town Lake.
Click the pic for a bigger view I have to admit that having awesome clients is the best. For instance take my latest outdoor family portraits shoot which happens to be featured here with Jason, Renee, and Griffin.
Click the pic for a bigger view Lightning in Arizona Desert Today we go back to last summer for a monsoon lightning storm image. I figured it has been awhile since I posted a storm chasing photo so I dug this one up. Arizona weather here we come.
Click the pic to see it bigger Something a little different for the blog today. “So I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out”! Ok, bad joke I know but figured why not.
Click the pic for a bigger view Arizona Sunset Today we return to one of my favorite places to shoot locally and that is Tempe Town Lake. Over the years I’ve spent countless hours shooting here and yet it never gets old.
Click the pics for a bigger view This past weekend Arizona was home to one of the premier WordPress conferences. People from all over the world (including Romania) ventured here to learn all there is about WordPress.
Click the pic for a bigger view Today’s image definitely shows my bipolar style when it comes to photography. If you have seen my work you know I favor vibrant color. But why is the image of the Superstition Mountains in black and white?
Click the pic for a bigger view Wedding Bells at Troon North As a Phoenix wedding photographer I love shooting at outdoor venues. Jason and Emily had a gorgeous wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona. They had amazing weather to celebrate their wedding day.
Click the pic for a bigger view Just a quick post for this first day of the new year. I took this shot on New Year’s eve as I was out shooting for the last time of 2012. Trying to decide where to go left me with one choice, the Superstition Mountains.
Click the pic for a bigger view Fun Outdoor Family Portraits A few weeks back I had the pleasure of photographing the Torres family at their beautiful home. It was a perfect day for an outdoor family portraits session and you can see that little Ivy got the ball rolling.
Click any of the pics for a bigger view Earlier this week the state of Arizona welcomed Mr. Chris Nitz for a visit. Chris is a photog friend from Iowa who was down visiting family.
Click the pic for a larger view A few weeks back I had the pleasure of shooting Courtney’s high school senior portraits. We’ve known Courtney for quite awhile now so it was more like catching up and sharing some laughs than an actual portrait session. I’m just amazed at how “all grown up” she has…
Click the pic for a bigger view We’ve been having such nice weather here in Arizona the last few weeks I figured it was time to revisit this years storm chasing adventures. It’s a given that our winters are to die for here but the summers are packed with monsoon goodness.
Click the pic for a bigger view This past weekend I managed to slip out of the house for a few hours for a much needed mini landscape shoot, or in this case a Tempe Town Lake sunset. The work week had been hectic and coupled with me being under the weather I needed a…
Click the pic for a bigger view Dancer Portraits Two of my favorite things about portrait photography is shooting on location and incorporating off camera flash when the need arises. Many times when you are out on location the natural light may not be available so you need to create some of your own to balance…
Click the pic for a bigger view Sunset Falls on the Salton Sea Today we go back to the Salton Sea. This is in my top 10 list of the most craziest places I have visited.
Click the pics for bigger views A couple of weekends ago we took what will probably be our last camping trip of the year to Sedona. Fall weather has finally come to the high country of Arizona bringing with it cold nightly temperatures.
Click the pic for a bigger view Senior Portraits in Phoenix A little sneak peek at Courtney’s senior portraits shoot. We took a trip to downtown Phoenix so she could rock her photos.
Click the pic for a bigger view “Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.” – William Shakespeare
Click the pic for a bigger view Arizona Lightning Strike So here we are in the middle of September and it looks like our monsoon season may be winding down and my last Arizona lightning strike of the year. Sad face. It is never a happy time when this happens. For those of us living…
Click the pic for a bigger view A quick post for today as I was out late last night chasing this storm. I was on the fence about heading out given the storm activity on the radar. There were several storm cells west of Tucson that had potential but they were not moving that…
Click the pic for a bigger view Sometimes you never know what you will come across when you aren’t really looking for it. Last week we had stormy weather in the area so I decided to throw my camera in the…
Dan and Stephanie had an intimate wedding that was to die for. Being a Phoenix wedding photographer I get to partake in many of these outdoor ceremonies. From the groomsmen getting ready to the backyard ceremony every moment was personal and emphasized by surrounding family. It was such a joy to be a part of…
Here’s a short time lapse of a storm cell from this past Saturday. I’m always amazed at how much the clouds change over the course of time. Be sure to choose the 720pHD option for optimal viewing.
Click the pic for a bigger view Today I have something a little different on the blog with regards to a weather shot. Normally my weather shots involve lightning striking down on the Arizona desert.
One of the things I love about photography is the endless pursuit of getting better. I am constantly reading and watching tutorials, books, websites, and most recently attending workshops. My buddy Trevor Dayley hosted an advanced workshop this past weekend that was loaded with information.
Click the pic for a bigger view One of my passions is getting out and exploring what Mother Nature has to offer. Rather it be an electric monsoon storm, the cool mountains, or one of the many Arizona highways.
Click the pic for a bigger view Ahh, so monsoon season has finally started here in the valley of the sun. Last week we had more monsoon storms roll through the southern part of the state as I ended up in Eloy AZ at midnight.
A little while back I was able to 2nd shoot for Allie and Greg’s wedding. Their principle photographer Josh Snyder was gracious enough to allow me to assist with this fun loving couple.
Click the pic for a bigger view Growing up in the mid-west one was generally of two camps when it came to trucks. Your choices were Chevy or Ford. There were a few outcasts who would claim Dodge but they knew their place. 🙂
Click the pic for a bigger view Its amazing sometimes how things line up for a shoot. In this instance, it was pretty freaking sweet. How about maternity pictures on the red rocks of Sedona along with a full moon!
Click the pic for a bigger view What’s the saying “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Well I can testify that if you are around you will hear it. This past weekend we took our first camping trip of the summer….
Click the pic for a bigger view We are fast approaching June which means here in Arizona we are fast approaching the monsoon season. For us that means healthy amounts of rain and God willing some storm chasing.
Click the pic for a bigger view One of the beliefs I have has a photographer/individual is you should never settle for where you are at in your career. If you are not pushing forward and learning something new then your work becomes stale and boring. Who wants that?!?
Click the pic for a bigger view A few weeks back I had the pleasure of assisting my buddy Mike Olbinski in capturing Mason and Jessica’s wedding day. It was a fun filled day complete with awesome house, pool, trampoline, basketball, a four legged groomsman named Chevy, and a beautiful couple.
Click the pic for a bigger view I just wanted to throw out a quick preview of one of the shots I got from this past weekend’s workshop. On Sunday I got to spend the day with Don Giannatti.
So this past Sunday a small miracle happened. Our 9 year old agreed to allow her old man to take some pictures of her. I’m not sure what happened, cosmic event, act of God, or what but we were thrilled nonetheless.
Click the pic for a bigger view Road shots. What is about these that draws me in? Perhaps it’s the suggestion of a journey to the unknown or a confirmation of where I’ve been. Regardless of the why, I love setting up my camera and capturing the horizon.
Click the pic to view it bigger Today we have a nice little view of one of our favorite camping spots, Woods Canyon Lake. This little gem is about 90 minutes away from the summer heat of Phoenix.
Click the pic for a bigger view So this past weekend we had a little fun at the Chandler airport. We took our 4 year old out onto the tarmac for a little Top Gun duty.
Click the pic for a larger view Today we conclude my revisit to northern AZ with a shot of Grand Falls. One year ago this week I made the trip to visit the “Chocolate Falls”.
Click the pic for a bigger view One year ago today I was up at 4am preparing for a trip to northern Arizona. I wasn’t alone at this hour. I had 3 cohorts in crime that would be accompanying me for the journey. My buddies that day were Mike Olbinski, Rick Young, and a guy…
Click the pic for a larger view Today we go monochrome for the Arizona desert. I have always been a huge fan of black and white photography and this image just screamed for b&w to me.
Click the pic for a bigger view This past weekend we had our first good spring storm here in the valley of the sun. Granted most people don’t get excited about rain coming in but when you haven’t seen in about…
Click the pic for a larger view Woohoo it is Friday and better yet it is March Madness. Not only do I get to watch college basketball all weekend, I have a maternity shoot this afternoon, and we are supposed to get some rainy weather on Sunday. A pretty good weekend lining up and…
This past weekend we loaded up the truck and took the kids to the Chandler Ostrich Festival for some good ol fashion family fun. The Ostrich Festival is your basic county fair type outing only with one small difference. The stars of the show are the ostriches as you can imagine with the highlight of…
Click the pic for a bigger view Today we go back to the Salton Sea. This image was taken back in January while on a two day camping trip to the Joshua Tree National park area.
Click the pic for a bigger view A quick post for today. Last summer we vacationed in one of our favorite spots, Durango Colorado. While we were busy with horse back riding, boating, and hiking, one of our excursions involved riding the narrow gauge railroad.
Last weekend I attended the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) conference in Las Vegas. I would venture to say it is the largest conference of its kind. It was my first time there but I enjoyed it immensely. Not only can you take classes from top photographers who are blazing the way, you get…
Click the pic for a bigger view Happy Friday everyone. It’s been a few days since I have posted anything. I blame Vegas for that. 🙂 Last weekend I attended WPPI (watch for a post on Monday) which has thrown my schedule off this week.
Good morning everyone. Hopefully your weekend went well. Mine seemed to go way too quick. I’m sure a lot of you watched the Grammy Awards last night like I did. Two things I took away were A) Nicki Minaj proved you can have zero talent and still be famous B) Jennifer Hudson did a great…
Click the pic for a bigger view Quick post for this post Superbowl Monday. I shot these train cars a few weeks back while out scouting for a portrait session. Figured I would have a little fun with them and the graffiti. Until next time… Camera: Canon 40D with a 17-40L Processing: Lightroom 3, CS5,…