Saturday, April 30, 2011

Pretty Smart. . .[mesa, gilbert, chandler, scottsdale, higley senior photographer]

At first glance she looks like a pretty girl with a violin, but what you don’t know is that she is a pretty SMART girl with a violin.




She is going to BYU Provo next year on a violin scholarship and is studying Violin Performance and Music Education. 


Smart AND Pretty!


And funny.


With class and personality.





A real keeper!


I wish you my best Kristen.  Go knock those cougars socks off!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Wit or Wit out?


Howie is a Philly’s fan and he has one convert.

The girls, they are true blue Yankee fans. 

So basically it is a great recipe for ‘boys against the girls’. 


Speaking of recipes, I hear Howie has a great recipe for Philly Cheese Steak.

I am not sure if I believe it. (hee hee wink wink)

I think they need to prove it by bringing me one next time they buy the special rolls (not buns), thinly sliced meat and what ever his secret ingredients are. 


Despite their friendly sports rivalry, they all have two  things in common—million dollar smiles and great camaraderie.  

They have incredibly busy lives but they work as a team and support each other thru it all. 

They put my “busy” life to shame.  Keep up the great work guys!





If you don’t know what wit or witout means, this link explains it.


I like mine wit, no whiz.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

M’Kayla all grown up. {Mesa, Higley, Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale Senior Photographer}


This gorgeous grown up blue eyed blonde used to be a tow headed little neighborhood tot. 

We moved away from that neighborhood 10 years ago and just look what happened!

I am still in shock. 

Someone better check my pulse,  cover me with a blanket and elevate my feet!










As you can see, she is happy, spunky and can’t NOT smile (notice the double negative, meaning she can ONLY smile!). 

We tried to do that kind of serious, contemplative look, but the smile was not far away.

What a great characteristic!  Smiling through life is not something just anybody can do.

Smile on M’Kayla!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Rocked. {Mesa, Higley, Chandler, Gilbert Senior Photographer}

It was just a few short months ago that Marisa was behind my lens.  She was being featured for her skill as a swimmer in a local magazine, Go Gilbert .

She really rocked the pool on that shoot and so I knew this would be a real treat to do her senior photos.


I was right!

She basically rocked everything. 

She rocked the blooming Palo Verde trees,

the dried weeds,

the dusty desert floor,

the concrete columns,

the Tuscan fountain,

and the green grass! 

She pretty much rocks life and I am pretty sure she is going to rock college. 

Go get ‘um Marisa!








Blue Moon

In the last 2 years since I started my photography business I have taken hundreds of thousands of pictures.   From those,  I have file of starred favorites that has over 1,000 images that I just adore.  Every once in a while I enter a photo contest or join an assignment and share some of those favorite images.  And every once in a blue moon, someone I admire and respect chooses one of those to be recognized.   The blue moon has risen.


Mine is the third one.


I know it really isn’t that big of a deal, but it makes me very happy that a unique moment of some cousins I love and was blessed enough to capture, gets to be shared with just a few more people.


Now, if only I could lure those boys back to play some more sweet island music for me. . .

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Like Butter. {Mesa, Higley, Chandler, Gilbert, Gold Canyon, Arizona Senior Photographer}


I love butter.  I like it on stuff,

between stuff

and in stuff.


I especially like it toasted on med high heat in my cast iron skillet right before I crack fresh eggs from my backyard. 



I think you get the idea. 

I LIKE butter. 

Now what does that have to do with these pictures?


I went to a comic relief program put on by a local high school, and this girl was in  several skits, but her best performance  was in a  parody of Paula Dean’s cooking style in which Paula, who is more obsessed than I,  “adds just a little more budder.”   For those of you who know me, know that I am kind of stoic and it takes a lot to get me laughing.  I don’t typically LOL very often.  But this girl made me Laugh OUT Loud!  I even approached her as she was surrounded by her adoring fans after the show was over to tell her what a great job she had done but then felt like a dumb creeper and left without saying anything.


A few days later I got an inquiry for senior pics and my girls’ recognized her name and said this was the girl who made me LOL.


K.  The world of butter lovers is small in a huge way.


And now a little more about the girl who made me laugh.  Her name is Abby.   She is beautiful and sweet and talented and smart and on her way to big things.  She is a southern belle blossoming in the desert.  I know where she gets much of it from too.  Her mom.  Wish I could have shrunk them both and brought them home in my pocket.  Think of all the butter fun we could have!  They are now my new BFFs.  Butter friends forever!


Can I just say one more thing about butter before I leave you to drool over these amazing pics?  There is a photography technique where the background is out of focus and the subject is in focus.  Photographers call this the butter effect and has nothing to do with food.  Can you see why?




Butter.  Almost toasted on med high heat.


100 degree heat.  And she didn’t even break a sweat!




Butter.  Help me now!  I really must stop talking about butter.







THANK YOU Abby for making me LOL and for lots and lots of butter!  xoxoxo


Hmm.   I hungry.


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