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April 23, 2015

This past week I got the chance to photograph two of my dearest friends, Jeanine and Stu.  These two are an absolute joy to be around; they are funny, sweet, loving and kind.  They love their fur-babies just as I love mine and their laughter and smiles will always have a way of making any day brighter.  I was delighted to find out that Jeanine’s parents, George and Martha, would be joining us for the shoot.  Too often, I hear from parents of adult children…”I don’t want my photo taken…there’s no need…”  I happen to think images of an adult with their parents are just as sweet as when they were holding their infant decades before.  In fact, I think it’s almost even more precious.  The years, experiences, love and life have a way of deepening bonds.  I adore these photos of Jeanine and her parents, and I know, she’s going to love them even more in 20 years.



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April 22, 2015

We first met Katy and Bradley when they came to Flagstaff for their first anniversary in 2015.  It’s hard to believe that was five years ago!  Bradley had just started to work for the Four Seasons Resort and soon after our session he and Katy were transferred to beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico.  From there he was transferred to the big city of Las Vegas this year at about the same time little miss Emma was born.  We were lucky enough that Bradley’s mom, Brenda and her husband, Tom were able to make it for the session and even  Bradley’s sister, Kelly, was able to come meet her new niece all the way from New York!  We love family gatherings like this as they celebrate the love the ties families together.   It was so much fun meeting everyone, especially beautiful and sweet Emma.

We hope to see you all again soon!











April 16, 2015

Giovanna and Troy have been together for eight years and have a beautiful three year old daughter.  Last week, the two decided to get married, and in under one week, planned a sweet, intimate ceremony at the foothills of the San Francisco Peak mountains in Flagstaff.  Phil Waring from Arizona Ministries, led a beautiful ceremony under a canopy of ponderosa pines with Humphrey’s Peak in the background.   Congrats Giovanna and Troy!  We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!














April 01, 2015

Corbin, a senior at Shadow Ridge High School,  met us at Papago Park for his senior photos.  We knew when he pulled up in a souped up Subaru Impreza WRX,, we had a mechanic on our hands.  Corbin loves cars and told us about fixing up his Subaru and how much he loved learning about how they work.  It was great getting to know this smart young man as we walked around the park with his girlfriend.

Congrats on your graduation Corbin!  We know your future will hold much success!







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!