Jun
14
2017
Family Friends- Scottsdale Family Sessions Family Friends
posted in: Other, Personal

 

It was almost 15 years ago that my mom started working at the Mayo Clinic here in Arizona. We were new to the state and my mom was really excited to get back in the workforce after staying at home and volunteering at my school for a while. I don’t think she knew back then that taking a job at the Mayo Clinic is one of the best decisions she would ever make. Not only is it a wonderful medical institution, it has been a place where my mom has found what she truly LOVES to do- guide residents through their medical training (and honestly, be their second mom). As if finding her dream job wasn’t enough, my mom has met two of the greatest friends of her life at the Mayo. These ladies would do (and have done) anything for my mom. As her daughter, I couldn’t wish for anything more!

These three are everything I want to be- strong, caring and truly humble people. Silvana (left) has the loudest voice of positivity of anyone I know. She’s the one who encouraged my mom during her first half marathon and sat with me during my mom’s major surgery. Michele (right) also has a loud voice, but think New Jersey girl instead! If anyone will fight for you or tell you how it REALLY is, it will always be Michele.

It was such an honor for me when these two entrusted their family portraits to me and with Silvana, this is actually the second time! We grabbed the whole crew and went out into the desert, which I find especially beautiful in the winter. Sure, there isn’t as much color as spring, but in winter you have some of the most beautiful weather (I mean look at those clouds!) that you can’t always find other seasons in sunny Arizona.

So, a big thank you goes out to these ladies. Thank you for having me as your photographer, thank you for being the best friends to my mom and thank you for being such a great example of who I want to be when “I grow up”!

Scottsdale Family Sessions

Here’s a little peek at their Scottsdale family sessions:

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I’m now booking Scottsdale family sessions for October and November 2017. Get in touch to reserve yours!

 

 

Jun
07
2017
The Jackel/Yaffe B’nai Mitzvah- Scottsdale Family Photos The Jackel/Yaffe B’nai Mitzvah
posted in: Other

Baby photography is my thing, but every now and then I get contacted for something different and I LOVE the opportunity for new experiences. A few months ago, Audrey got in touch about the B’nai Mitzvah they were having for her son and nephew at The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. They were coming in from San Diego and had family coming in from all over the country for this special destination B’nai Mitzvah.

This family was such a blast! Since they were all coming from out of town, this was the first time that I had met them and yet it felt like I knew this family like neighbors! Ryan and Nate were the perfect combination of polite (and all too grown up!) and goofy (I seriously couldn’t stop laughing at their shenanigans!). These two have an amazing support system in their parents and extended family, all of whom they seemed so close to. During the ceremony, it was so wonderful to hear how just about every family member, near and far, helped them grow to be who they are today.

Thank you Audrey for inviting me to be a part of such a special day and thank you to the rest of the Jackel and Yaffe families for treating me like family during such an special time! Here’s a little peek at their Scottsdale family photos:

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If you are looking to have your Scottsdale family photos taken soon, I would love to chat with you!

May
25
2017
The Terrys- Scottsdale Family Photography The Terrys
posted in: Babies, Other

There’s a soft spot in my heart for my little Baby’s First Year clients. It’s so special following a baby’s journey from the very beginning and capturing them as they reach each of their milestones. By the end of their first year, they truly feel like a part of my family! Sweet Mila is one of First Year babies and let me tell you, with every session she gets cuter and cuter! This session was especially fun because it was her first after she learned to sit up by herself. We sat her down in the grass and we immediately saw her chubby little hand grab a handful of grass and it headed straight for her mouth!

It was perfect that we scheduled this session right before the holidays because Mila’s grandparents were in town and able to come be a part of her session. We were able to capture everyone together as well as some three generation portraits that I know Mila will love looking back on when she’s older. I know these pictures will be priceless to Mila and her family, as they are some of the last they have with her grandfather, who passed this spring. I’m so happy that he was able to come visit and be a part of this family session. Now, Mila will have pictures with her grandpa in her baby album that she can treasure for years to come.

Thank you so much to Nancy, Dave and the rest of your family for having me as your photographer! It was such a pleasure to meet everyone and take these pictures for you. Here’s a little peek at their Scottsdale family photography:

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The best time for Scottsdale family photography is October-December. Get in touch to reserve your session!

May
18
2017
Magic- Scottsdale Santa Photography Magic
posted in: Other

It’s been a busy year at the studio, causing our Scottsdale Santa Photography Sessions to be shared here in MAY. As someone who LOVES the holidays, I think it is the perfect little dose of Christmas to hold me over until December!

Every year, Santa comes down from the North Pole to visit Scottsdale kids at my photography studio. He brings gifts, cookies, milk and of course PLENTY of stories about the North Pole. My favorite thing about having Santa at the studio is seeing the kids’ faces light up when they first see him or when he tells them a story about how silly the elves are. Even more sweet is how gentle he is with the little babies, there for their very first visit with Santa. His visits always feel like true magic.

I can’t wait to have Santa at the studio again this year! He will be visiting on Saturday, December 2nd and is so excited to see your little ones! Santa Sessions will be released on our newsletter in August. To be added to our exclusive list, message me!

Now for a peek at last year’s Scottsdale Santa Photography:

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Apr
07
2017
The Wests- Scottsdale Family Portraits The Wests
posted in: Other

Recently, I had the honor of capturing the Wests’ first portraits as a family of eight! They have been waiting over two years to welcome their three girls home. After waiting and waiting with little progress, they decided to travel to Uganda and take care of the adoption themselves. After a few months, everything was finalized and were finally able to bring the girls home!

The West Family has almost doubled, but it’s so sweet to see how it was as if these girls were in their family all along! Thank you so much to the Wests for having me as your photographer. It was a pleasure to meet the whole crew and I can’t wait to see what is in store for you all! Here’s a peek of the Wests’ Scottsdale family portraits:

Scottsdale Family Portraits

Looking for your own Scottsdale family portraits? Let’s chat!