It’s been over a month since I’ve posted any of my work to my website. The first quarter of 2017 was the busiest I’ve ever been in ten years and I’m so grateful to all my clients with trusting me with their memories. And then there came new equipment to learn and new computers to install, a new employee to train and priorities were just redirected. Being a full-time photographer for the past ten years in Flagstaff has been a blessing. But, I’m always amazed at how much time I spend doing other things than actually photographing. When I had college photography interns, that was their greatest disappointment, they were not using their camera. I crunched the numbers one afternoon and found out that I only click my camera shutter about 12% of my working time. While it wasn’t a surprise to me, seeing that small number stare back at me was an eye-opener to how I spend my time. However, I’m getting into a rhythm now and I wanted to kick off my return to posting with one of my most cherished clients, the Byers Family.
Amee has been my hairstylist for the past ten years and owns Shanti Salon here in Flagstaff. When I’m in her chair, I feel loved and with a friend. Her husband, Thomas, owns Thomas Byers Guitar Studios and teaches music to students and adults in Flagstaff. I’ve been with this couple every step of the way from their wedding to their first baby, Cohen and their rescue dog Maple. Amee and her family are now expecting their new little boy any day now and I can’t wait to meet this little angel! I love that they are going to wait to name him until they get to meet him face to face. What a lucky soul to have chosen these kind and loving people to be its parents. Congrats! I can’t wait to see him! ~Melissa
Amee chose the gorgeous Oak Creek Canyon as her backdrop and it was so fun watching Cohen play in the creek while we did her photos. If you’ve never been to Oak Creek, I highly recommend you go, but on a weekday. The secret is out about this enchanting slice of Arizona and the weekends are crowded and chaotic. Amee’s rose colored maternity gown was gorgeous and her gold headband enchanting. Amee has always been very stylish! Amee was even brave enough to step into the creek for a few photos despite the creek being freezing! (Snow melt is very cold, lol). Thanks for being so adventurous Amee!
Congrats to the Byers Family! I can’t wait to see him! ~Melissa
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!
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
We met Josette and Brett in Oak Creek Canyon on a beautiful fall day. This was our first time meeting them in person since we Skyped for our consultation, so we were very excited! Josette and Brett are such a cute couple, always have a smile on their face and make each other laugh. They had a very calm fun loving vibe about them. We look forward to spending more time with them at their wedding in May at Sky Ranch Lodge in Sedona. Congratulations you two! Enjoy your engagement!
As Sedona Wedding Photographer’s we love to photograph at new locations and venues. Aimee and Matt were lucky enough to have their ceremony and reception at Aimee’s family’s private estate that sits on West Fork in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. The private estate has been in Aimee’s families since 1950 and has always been a special place that she spent many summers. Aimee started off the day by getting pampered with her bridesmaids by Liz and Lindsey from Sedona Beauty Team, everyone looked gorgeous! The ceremony was held under a canopy of trees that overlooked the creek, and hummingbirds danced along the bride’s flowers during her vows. It was truly magical. After the ceremony, we made our way to the creek for photos of the bride and groom. As the water rushed by us, it almost seemed as if we were in a different world. Thank you for having us you two and we’re looking forward to your one year anniversary session next year!
Venue: Private Residence
Hair & Makeup: Sedona Beauty Team
Catering: Babes’s Roundup BBQ
Floral: Bliss Floral
Cupcakes: Urban Cookies
Officiant: Jeannie Carroll
DJ/Entertainment: Jeannie Carroll
Photography: Tangled Lilac Photography
Meet Tracy, Greg and little Angus. It’s hard to believe that I’ve known Angus since he was only a few days old and now he’s almost four! I remember Tracy bringing him to a SafeKids Coalition meeting, where we both were volunteers, and how he wrapped his two week old newborn finger around mine. That moment I’ll never forget. Where does the time go? You might recognize Greg if you’re a runner. He’s the genius behind McMillan Elite, a non-profit Olympic development running team based in Flagstaff, Arizona. Kristen and I were fortunate enough to photograph most of their runners for a fun project called “We are Athletes and More“. It was truly amazing to get to spend time with people chasing their Olympic dream. But, back to this family session! The McMillans chose West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon for their family session, and we love the versatility of this place. It has beautiful trees, rock formations, bridges and streams, pretty much a photographer’s dream! It was a bit muddy, but as you can tell from the photos below, Angus preferred it that way!
We’ve always said, that we enter a photo session with clients, but leave with friends, and this family is no exception. My husband and I now regularly enjoy evenings and outings with this wonderful family, and for the last two years, we’ve even spent Christmas day with them! It’s truly a blessing to get to know families as they grow, I love my job so much!