Melissa and I were elated to photograph three local writers for the February issue of Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine. We got the pleasure of meeting and photographing author Elias Butler, poet Ann Walka and adventurer Tyler Williams. All three writers were asked to bring in artifacts that described themselves and their writing so we could add a personal touch to their studio portraits. I always enjoy getting to know new people and learn about their life and passions. It was so much fun photographing these three, they made our job easy to do! ~Kristen
Elias butler who graced the cover of the magazine, brought his four legged companion, Finn. Elias told us that Finn goes on most of his travels and hikes that add to his writing and landscape photography.
Ann Walka is so sweet, she really brought a smile to our faces! Ann is a Flagstaff local poet photographed wither her favorite journal that is always by her side.
Tyler Williams writes guidebooks for Cayoneering and Paddling so he brought lots of fun props! Tyler told us that his red down coat had been on many adventures with him, we couldn’t tell:)
photographed by Tangled Lilac Photography
We had the pleasure of being invited by Thornager’s to photograph the Trustee’s dinner at Lowell Observatory. Thornager’s always does a fabulous job with their events and this luau did not disappoint. Karen from Thornager’s enlisted Glamorous Occasions and KD Event Designs for a little extra style and design help. Dana from Glamorous Occasions put together beautiful tropical flower centerpieces with plumeria flown in from Hawaii that morning. Kim from KD Event Designs brought the theme together with the bright colored table clothes and custom paper goods. The guests were greeted with colorful lei’s and a signature Hawaiian cocktail. Thornager’s prepared a delicious island inspired meal with entrees including fresh mahi mahi with a macadamia nut crust, huli huli chicken, and soy marinated grilled tofu. They topped the dinner off with tropical sorbet and Hawaiian lilikoi cookies, yum!
We even got in the Hawaiian spirit for the party! Thank you to Tim from Thornager’s for the fun photo!
Catering and Coordination: Thornager’s on Kiltie Lane
Venue: Lowell Observatory
Floral: Glamorous Occasions
Event Design: KD Event Designs
Photography: Tangled Lilac Photography
If you haven’t been to Sedona Arizona, try and plan a trip. Not only does this visual paradise of red rocks have miles and miles of panoramic views and endless hiking trails, but it’s also a hub of premier road and mountain biking. I live in Flagstaff, just 25 miles away, and my husband and I love to visit Sedona on a regular basis to take advantage of their warmer weather and outdoor adventures. I’m always taken aback when I drive into town; the views are spectacular! When asked if I could do a cycling photo session for my friends at Absolute Bikes, I jumped at the chance. They are in the process of redoing their website and needed some fresh images to showcase this beautiful area. Grant and I had a great day hanging out with everyone! Check out their shops in Flagstaff and Sedona for great equipment service, sales, rentals and cycling information.
Special thanks to my dear husband, Grant, for carrying all my equipment around 🙂 He makes a great Sherpa! Here’s to warmer weather, Spring and lots and lots of riding! ~ Melissa
We were so excited to have the opportunity to do something different and photograph Diablo Burgers fabulous food! For those of you that have not dined at this establishment, you are truly missing out. Diablo Burger is a 100% local food based burger joint located in downtown Flagstaff. All of their burgers are made from local, open-range raised, antibiotic free and hormone free beef from the diablo trust ranches. In addition to their delicious and unique burgers they have an amazing grilled cheese, gourmet french fries, and fantastic soups and salads. To add to the local theme, Page Springs Vineyards & Cellars has created a special red blend to be served exclusively at Diablo Burger. Just looking at these photographs makes me hungry!
120 N. Leroux
Flagstaff AZ, 86001
Photography: Melissa Dunstan Photography