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April 01, 2015

Alie and Nate met in college.  It was a fateful day when the class was grouping into partners for a project.  Nate had already decided that he was going to drop the class, until the teacher said, “Why don’t you be Alie’s partner”.

And from there it’s history.

Nate and Alie dated for three years, and have been married for three years.   They’ve both gone to college and Alie has gotten her master’s degree and recently, Nate decided to join the National Guard.

Alie wanted to surprise Nate with something special when he got home from Basic Training so she called us for a photography session.  It had been since their wedding three years prior since they had their photos taken and she didn’t want to miss another three years.  We decided on the downtown Flagstaff location, for it’s diversity and urban tone.  It worked beautifully with Alie’s colbalt blue skirt and Nate’s dashing dress blues.

It was such a pleasure to spend an afternoon with this sweet, accomplished couple.  And, we are always  honored when the men and women who serve our country come to us for photo sessions.  Thank you for serving our country Nate.

We wish you both many more happy years together!









January 16, 2015

Profile shots


Are you still using that super cool photo of yourself fly fishing in Idaho as your LinkedIn profile photo or worse, not have one at all? Really? With more and more employers using LinkedIn, it’s more important than ever to have a great profile photo. Why? Your profile is more likely to be viewed if you have a photo, and even more likely to be viewed if you have a professional headshot. You don’t get a second chance of a first impression, and more than ever, that first impression is a virtual one.

Here’s some tips to get a great professional headshot:

1. Keep it current: If your photo is more than two years old, it’s time for a new headshot. Hairstyles change, we all age, and you want your potential employers and clients to recognize you when you meet them.

2. Fill the frame with your face:   If an employer is looking through 150+ profiles named “John Smith” on their small tablet, they are not going to recognize you from a full body shot. You’ll want your face to fill most of the profile space.

3. Choose your expression wisely:   Think about your audience. Are you seeking a new job? Are you looking for credibility with potential customers? Are you trying to put customers at ease by letting them know what a nice person you are? We recommend a gentle smile or the smile-with-your-eyes. Don’t look too serious, unless your audience needs to see that.

4. Choose a non distracting wardrobe:   If you’re applying for a position in the Jimmy Buffet tour, then yes, by all means, rock that Hawaiian shirt. Otherwise, choose clothes that are non distracting to let you shine. Also, since your headshots will focus on your face, don’t wear anything too close to your chin. Wear colors that look good on you and if you don’t know, ask your closest girlfriends, they’ll be sure and tell you the truth.

5. Choose a neutral background:  Keep the background as neutral as possible. We prefer white, grey or black. If you prefer to have an outdoor photo, use a background that won’t compete with you.

6. Use a Professional:   You don’t get a second chance at a first impression and the investment in a professional headshot is always worth the cost. Professionals will be able to use creative lighting, great backdrops and give you clothing and posing tips to make you look your best.

If you’d like a professional headshot, give us a call! We love helping our clients put their best face forward! We even offer specials for groups of 5 or more individuals. Contact us at or call 928-774-0220 for more information.


Most of us use social media and the internet (probably too much). So when it comes to the hiring process, companies can do a quick internet search, look up your social profiles and learn quite a good deal about you.

But did you know they might be able to find out more than where you live and your pet names? In fact, with a new tool from Five Labs, they may be able to learn big things about your personality with the help of your Facebook profile.

Five Labs examines the linguistic content of Facebook wall posts, pulling key words to make strikingly accurate estimates about individual personalities.

The method is based on a study published by H. Andrew Schwartz and colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania’s World Well-Being Project. An advisor to Five, Mr. Schwartz’s research on language and personality was featured in the Public Library of Science (PLOS) in September 2013.

The application’s predictions are based around the Big Five personality traits: the leading personality theory in modern psychology. According to the theory, personality is based on the following five characteristics: extraversion (how socially energetic you are), openness (how intellectually curious you are)., neuroticism (how easily you experience unpleasant emotions), conscientiousness (how dependable you are), and agreeableness (how cooperative you are).

If nothing else, it’s a fun tool and give you an excuse to waste more time on the internet. It even compares your profile with famous people and tell you what percentage you have in common. Melissa even found out that she’s 81% compatible with Oprah Winfrey! Now what are you waiting for? Go check it out!


January 13, 2015

On a beautiful fall day in Sedona, Sarah and John were married at a picturesque home in Oak Creek Canyon surrounded by their closest friends and family.  Sarah, who makes custom jewelry, wore a piece she made just for her day and it was spectacular.  Her Anne Barge gown, simple and classic, was perfection.  Shawn at Foster Wright Floral Design designed Sarah’s gorgeous bouquet and the ceremony and reception area flowers.  The ceremony was so sweet and everyone at the intimate ceremony found themselves tearing up at the authentic vows.

After the ceremony, I spent some time hiking along a creek near the property with the couple and their dog, Juniper.  Juniper is a gorgeous black German Shepherd who has been with Sarah since she was a puppy.  In fact, Sarah met June when she was just a few weeks old when Sarah had been asked to help socialize a litter of puppies.  (That has to be the best job in the world!)  June, of course, spent most of her time in the creek, and we laughed at her antics.   The couple was so sweet to photograph, you could really see their love for one another through the lens.

It was an amazing day and I was so honored to have been there for Sarah and John.  Congrats you two!
















Wedding Team:

Venue and Reception:  Private Home inn Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona

Photography:  Tangled Lilac Photography

Wedding Gown:  Anne Barge

Bridal Jewerly:  Sarah Walker Jewerly

Floral Design:  Foster Wright Floral Design

Caterer:  Simply Delicious


January 12, 2015


We’re excited to offer an Intro to Photography and Camera Basics workshop next month, February 7, 2015 in Flagstaff, AZ!

Over the years we’ve met some extraordinary people who want to become better photographers. They want to capture life better….their child blowing out their birthday candles, Christmas morning, dance recitals, and all the moments in-between. We LOVE being portrait photographers and capturing memories for our clients, but we also know we can’t be there for everything. We’re excited to offer this basic class geared to those wanting to know how to take better photographs in everyday situations.

The workshop will cover exposure, composition, focal point, white balance and ISO. We’ll also talk about all those buttons and options on your own camera and teach you how to choose the right settings for the moment at hand. At the end of the day, we’ll even have you practice with a model so you can be certain you understand everything we cover.

Your tuition covers the workshop, coffee, snacks and lunch too!   You’ll need to bring your own DSLR camera and get ready to have fun!

To ensure a quality learning experience, space will be limited so be sure and register today!


January 12, 2015

Darren didn’t know what to get his wife for the holidays and he desperately wanted to make her smile.  He simply adored her and wanted to get her the best present, something that would make her heart sing and tears of joy roll down her cheek.  It then occurred to him all she would ever want is what most women want…beautiful portraits of their (furry) kids.

We met Sylvie, Ellie and little Macy (only four months old!) on a beautiful trail they frequent often for their session.  These Golden Retrievers were very sweet, energetic and loving.  We got a LOT of doggie kisses, but we count that as one of the perks of being a Pet Photographer.  They were VERY excited to be out in the forest and it was a lot of fun watching them chase balls and run up and down the hills.  These three kept us on our toes and we all left exhausted, but happy.

Darren ordered a canvas and album for his wife to open on Christmas morning.  We wished we could have seen the look on his wife’s face when she opened them!

Here’s to a new year with lots of love, happy families and slobbery kisses!

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January 09, 2015

Nestled just a few miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee is the beautiful land of the Cumberland Plateau.  Located at the foothills of Lookout and Signal Mountain, this piece of paradise is breathtaking.  I am lucky to also call this place home.  As  little girl, I remember playing on these rolling hills, looking for arrow heads the Cherokee and Creek tribes used hundreds of years ago, and occasionally finding Civil War relics as well.  It’s a land filled with history and beauty.  And, my heart will always belong there.  Needless to say, I was beyond ecstatic to photograph a wedding here.

In November I had the honor of photographing my cousin’s, Evan, and his gorgeous bride, Kelsey’s, wedding at The Barn at High Point Farms in Flintstone, Georgia.  Barn and farm weddings are all the rage right now, and if you’re looking for a perfect venue for this type of wedding I highly recommend this beautiful piece of paradise.    The venue is complete with a beautifully restored pre Civil War farmhouse (somehow spared from Sherman’s march through the South), a converted goat barn for the reception, rolling hills and gorgeous scenery and, my favorite, resident goats and horses more than willing to participate in the day.  The owners converted this working farm to accommodate weddings and they are a delight to work with, so gracious and helpful.

The decor was a rustic, chic and the colors, turquoise and red, the bride choose for her attendants were perfection.  The brides nephews were ring bearers and their attire was about as cute as it could get-those overalls were the cutest!  The bride and groom also had very adorable flower girls and I loved the wagon for the smallest one!

Kelsey and Even were an absolute delight to work with and I loved their sweetness and adoration for one another.  When we did a special moment where the couple held hands across a wall before the ceremony, everyone started to tear up, it was precious.  It was so great to see my mother’s side of the family again too.  My twin uncles and their families were a huge part of my life growing up, so this particular wedding held an extra level of sweetest in my heart.

Congratulations you two!  I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness! ~ Melissa





























Check out their sweet wedding slideshow here:

Wedding Team:

Ceremony and Reception Venue:  The Barn at High Point Farms, Flintstone Georgia

Photographer:  Tangled Lilac Photography

Video:  Arc Studios

Makeup:  Rhonda Jones

Hair:  Kristi Bloodworth

Catering:  Pigeon Mountain Grill

Floral Design:  Chickamauga Florist

Cakes:  Sweet Angel Cakes Bakery

Wedding and Bridesmaids Gowns:  David’s Bridal

Officiate:  Jessica Fleming, friend of the groom