The City of Flagstaff and the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau were looking for some images for a campaign that promoted the close proximity to Phoenix baseball and the Grand Canyon. We live in a spectacular part of the world and are within two hours of some awesome places with Sedona, Prescott and the Grand Canyon all in our backyard. Having the Grand Canyon, a natural wonder of the world, only 75 miles from my front door, is such a treasure. I’m probably at the Grand Canyon once a week, on average, for weddings and I love how different it looks each time I’m there. It’s a beautiful place for portraits, weddings and commercial shoots like this one.
Grand Canyon has some spectacular locations to choose from but we chose Lipan Point at the Grand Canyon because of it’s grand views, beautiful outcroppings and a great view of the Colorado River. I think it’s one of my favorite overlooks at the Grand Canyon National Park. However, it’s not best for anyone with issues with heights. There are drop offs at each angle of approach and you’ll need secure footwear and no vertigo to navigate them.
Jerome and his daughter, Grace, are clients and friends of mine. When the City of Flagstaff described the models they needed for the shoot, I knew they’d be perfect. Plus I loved the thought of using a real father-daughter relationship for this commercial photo session. I try and use organic situations when I can because they lead to better, natural expressions. I did Grace’s newborn photos and can’t believe she’s this old now. Where does the time go?
If you want to visit Lipan Point, I recommend approaching it from the East Entrance of Grand Canyon National Park. Plus, that route will take you through the vast lands of the Navajo Nation and it’s beautiful landscape. On a clear day, you’ll even be able to see the Painted Desert in the distance on your drive. Sunset and sunrise are both spectacular times to visit this gorgeous point.
The Grand Canyon is a magical place to photograph. Every time I go there, I’m met with different cloud coverage and hues of the magestic rock walls. Keep in mind, however, if you’re planning a commercial shoot, you’ll need a permit to do so. I’m a big proponent of permits and how they help regulate the impact of our public lands.
The Lewis Family moved to Flagstaff last year from Yuma. John has worked at National Bank of Arizona for most of his career and they were delighted when the company chose to move them to Flagstaff. We chose Frances Short Pond as the location for their sweet family. Part of the benefit of being Flagstaff Family Photographers is that we have so many beautiful locations available. Their five kids, who all go to DeMiguel Elementary, were a joy to meet and we loved hearing about their first year in Flagstaff. This family is also celebrating the purchase of their new home here in the high country and we’re so excited to see how they hang their new family photos there! Thank you for letting us capture your memories!
We were excited to be the Flagstaff headshot photographers for the directors at The Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (NAIPTA) and to be able to do their portraits outside in beautiful Flagstaff. NAIPTA is the transit agency in northern Arizona operating the Mountain Line, Mountain Lift and Mountain Link systems in Flagstaff.
NAIPTA also coordinates with Campus Shuttle Service at Northern Arizona University. Established in 2001, NAIPTA has grown into a system that employs more than 75 people and transports nearly 2 million riders a year.
This was a fun bunch to work with and we loved learning more about our transportation system in Flagstaff. As avid bicycle commuters, it was great to also learn about the bike and bus program and how the bus system can easily help cyclists by their easy on and off bicycle rack system.
If you’re traveling to Flagstaff and want to ease your worries about transportation, check out their tip page here!
Thank you to Jeff Meilbeck and his team for being part of the Tangled Lilac family! Check out more about this dynamic team on their website!
Are you ready for today’s dose of cuteness? Well I think Hank did a fantastic job showing off his adorable little personality. I feel like I always say the same thing but it is amazing to me how much babies grow in their first 6 months! We had the pleasure of photographing Hank as a newborn so I was so excited when he return with his beautiful mama for a session. Hope ya’ll enjoy!
One of the reasons that we love living in Flagstaff is because of it’s very distinctive four seasons. I can think of very few cities that boast a definite Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall and we love photographing in all of them. Every year we call a last minute, “Snow Day” mini session day during or after one of our first snow storms of the winter season. I named it “Snow Day” not because of my husband’s employer, New Belgium Brewing Company, which has a delightful beer named Snow Day, but because when I grew up in Georgia, we would anticipate a “Snow Day” the way some out here wish for winning the lottery. When it snowed, we were EXCITED! Stores, employers and schools would close and all of us would be out in the two inches of snow that might accumulate with our sleds and in enough gear to suit a Rocky Mountain blizzard. When I think back, it was hilarious. Still to this day, on our first snow storm, I still get that excited! And, Kristen and I had a blast! Thanks to all the families that came out and braved the sometimes heavily falling snow, we hope you get that same feeling of excitement when it snows as we do! We’re looking forward to a real White Christmas! Happy Holidays everyone! ~ Melissa
Let me introduce you to beautiful Kelsey! Kelsey contacted Melissa and I for a photo shoot to document her senior year of college. Kelsey will be graduating from Northern Arizona University in May with a degree in Interior Design and has accepted a job at the Flagstaff Design Center. We had so much fun laughing with this girl and getting to know her. The first part of her shoot was with her sweet puppy Ruby at Thorpe Park and then we finished up downtown Flagstaff. Congratulations to Kelsey and thank you for letting us capture this exciting time in your life! -Kristen