Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tucson Photographer ~ Oh la la labrador

Oh labbies, how I ♥ thee.

Izzy: 3.5 year old lab mix ... most recent guess is german shorthair pointer.

Turk: {almost} 2 year old lab ... a rescue. Yes, I know, too good looking for such things, but true nonetheless.

izzy+turk+river+crazy trees = photo-happy dog momma

{as always, you can click on any image to make it bigger!}

Tucson Photographer ~ Doggy Sneeky Peaky

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tucson Photographer ~ Friends let friends take photos!

Otherwise titled as: Friends make great guinea pigs.

The first few weeks in Sierra Vista, I developed a schedule for myself: shower. unpack. walk dogs. look for jobs. drive around town looking for good photo spots. walk dogs. cook dinner. go to bed. repeat.

Exciting, I know. But the great thing is I found a wash by my house that has AWESOME backlight the hour before sunset {a wash is essentially an empty riverbed created by flash floods during our biannual monsoon seasons, fyi). I also found the quickest route to the river - 10 minute drive for uninterrupted doggy splashing fun! Post detailing the latter is a-comin'.

Anyway, when my friend Lacee came down a couple of weeks ago, I took her out to the wash and made her play ANTM for me. Tada!

{as always, you can click on any image to make it bigger}

For some reason I love this image ... I want to print it on a huge canvas and hang it above my fireplace:

She's always all smiles:


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Montana Wedding Photographer ~ The King & Queen of Cheese get engaged!

How do I begin to explain my friends Rachael & Scott?

Rachael & Scott are the couple that go to Disneyland ... and pose with every character they meet. Rachael & Scott are the couple that have been together forever ... but still act like they just met. Rachael & Scott are the couple that just "go" together. They are snow & hot cocoa ... peanut butter & jelly ... fire & marshmallows ... sugar & cookies ...

Rachael & Scott have been dating for six years. Yes, six. When they first met, Scott informed Rachael he was on the "seven year plan" - Rach basically blew him off. "Whatever," she thought. Well, Scott got the final laugh on that one.

When Rachael called to announce their engagement last January, it went a little bit like this:
R: "Scott proposed this morning!"
D: "What?! It took you a whole five minutes to tell me this! I'm so excited for you, that's awesome! Hey, at least you beat the seven-year plan. HAH!"
R: "Oooooh no. By next June, it will be seven years ..."

And {nearly} seven years later, they're still cracking up at each other. I can't wait to shoot the wedding next June!

{as always, you can click on a picture to make it bigger!}

Four days before the shoot, it was -23 in Missoula. Day of, it was 19. It was this cold (yes, that's a frozen river):

They were brave souls, working the "grin & bear it" face:

The Rachael & Scott we know & love:

{♥ this one}

My {favorite} shot of the day ... Aren't they adorable?


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tucson Photographer ~ Family Fotos for the Flinns

Phew! The craziness has eased somewhat, so let me get started on blogging all of the wonderfulness from the last two weeks ...

The Flinn family was a last-minute booking, which I don't mind at all! I just happened to be coming to Tucson, and Dad just happened to be in town, and the family just happened to need their Christmas photos done and ta-da! Match made in heaven. We went over to the Arizona Inn by the U of A campus and just wandered around. The adobe walls and yellow chairs and adorable pergolas wrapped in white Christmas lights - I was in photog heaven. I definitely plan on visiting again. Thanks guys for the intro to such a great location!

Without further ado, here are the Flinns:

{as always, click on an image to make it bigger}

and my fave ... daddy and baby ...


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Montana Photographer ~ Sneaky Peeky Numero TRES!

I told you it was going to be a busy week ...

My week in Missoula was productive to say the least!  The week started off with a bang with a balmy -12 degrees, and that was before the wind chill factor.  Thankfully the weather gods decided to cut Rachael & Scott a break by Friday so we could shoot their engagement session.  Here is a sneaky peeky of the King & Queen of Cheese:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tucson Photographer ~ Sneaky Peeky Numero Dos!

Starting last Thursday, my schedule has been packed! And I'm loving it!

It started out with a nice little photo-shoot with my friend Lacee as guinea pig. More to come on that one.

Then Saturday the Griz beat the Lumberjacks for a trip to the semifinals (next game to be aired on ESPN2 Saturday December 12th) ... and covered by yours truly. I am attending with camera in tow!

I also shot this great little family this past weekend:

Next up: Missoula, Montana below zero degrees AND an engagement shoot AND Griz under the lights AND my own personal venue previews for my own big day ... stay tuned!