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One of the best things about being a High School Senior Photographer in Flagstaff and Sedona is meeting such wonderful and talented young people. Fiona is graduating from Flagstaff High School next May. This young lady has quite the list of accomplishments, many of them centered around her violin talents. She’s been playing since the age of three and hopes to continue for the rest of her life. For some of the photos I asked her to play a song. I have to tell you, hearing those beautiful strings take a life of their own under her talented guidance, while standing underneath a stand of magical aspens…well…it was plain enchanting. I had to catch my breath at the beauty of the notes, played with such mastery. Afterwards I asked her what she had played. Her response? “Warm up scales”. I laughed at how even the warm up scales sounds magical in the forest. It was such a delight to meet this young lady and I’m looking forward to following her career at New York University. Congratulations Fiona! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!
Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the cruelty of the world. I can’t even turn on social media anymore without being bombarded of heinous crimes, international tragedy and unmentionable thing humans are capable of doing to one another and other innocent beings. I’ve been known to break out in tears at my desk due to a video where I should have never pressed “play”. But then, something wonderful usually happens if I look just a little closer, and try and find the goodness that I all know we’re capable of. Sometimes if I’m lucky, I get to meet a person, face to face, whose soul is shining so bright with so much love for the creatures of the earth that it makes me cry once again, but instead of sorrow, it’s tears of hope and joy. Maryann is one of those people. As soon as we pulled up to her gorgeous and serene property, we were overwhelmed by all the love radiating from her and her sweet animal friends. From the chickens, cats, dogs and amazing horses, you could almost feel the heartbeats of all them in unison, thumping out the care, joy and magnitude of love for each other.
Maryann hired us to photograph her aging horse, Joe, now 28, who spent his younger days as a show horse. There’s no more competition for Joe now, he’s enjoying his retirement on a beautiful property south of Sedona filled with lots of friends and sweet green pastures. Joe’s the kind of horse you can fall in love with right away. Those soulful eyes were filled with so much love, appreciation and happiness for life that I could have stared at them forever. We also got to photograph his companion, Matsi, who was charming and beautiful and had us laughing out loud at her love for the camera! And then there was Huck the German Shepherd, a sweetheart whom loves sticks as much as he loves his mom Maryann.
We so enjoyed creating these memories for you Maryann. Thank you for adding so much love and goodness to this world.
Beautiful Jessi started her senior year at Coconino High School today. After graduating she will b moving to Phoenix to attend school to become a Radiation therapist. We wish her the best during this last year of high school, congratulations class of 2015!
Melissa and I had the pleasure of photographing the Smith Families annual family portrait. The family spends a good portion of the summer at their beautiful home in Forest Highlands, perfect time and location for their family portraits. The Smith’s children love playing at the park outside of their home so it was only natural to capture them in their favorite spot. The beautiful pond, covered bridge, golf course, and beautiful family made it pretty easy for us to capture fantastic images.
Flagstaff has the most beautiful scenery and weather during the summer months. July usually brings the monsoon season which then brings colorful wildflowers, green ferns, and a lush forest. Below are some images from a few recent family photography sessions showing off one of our favorite times of the year . . . summer!
Ellen & Jim had a beautiful late afternoon creekside wedding at L’Auberge de Sedona. Amy from Bliss floral perfectly decorated their outdoor ceremony and reception with beautiful pink and ivory florals. The bride and groom decided on a intimate wedding so they could really spend time with their close family and friends. The love between this entire group was amazing to be apart of! We wish Ellen and Jim a lifetime of love and happiness!