Sara + Travis | Arrowhead Country Club Wedding (Part 1)

I was introduced to Sara and Travis as they were becoming new parents, and welcoming their daughter Kynslie into their lives. I feel so privileged to be able to photograph parents newborns, because it is such a pivotal point in life, and it endears me to the couple and the baby. So I was THRILLED when this sweet couple asked me to photograph their big day! 

It was a beautiful April day - not too hot and not too cold. Both Travis and Sara were relaxed and calm as they were getting ready, you could tell they were trying to enjoy every moment. Then it was time for the first look. Travis was cracking jokes, Sara was crying tears of joy... you can tell how they balance each other out! By the time it was ready for the ceremony, the clouds has covered the sun enough to give everything beautiful and a comfortable temperature. After Sara's Dad gave her away in a heartfelt embrace and kiss on the cheek, Travis' uncle performed the ceremony. By the time they got through their vows, their was not a dry eye to be found! You can tell the deep admiration and respect these two have for each other and their daughter.

Stop by the blog tomorrow for part 2 of their beautiful day!

Seriously? Those shoes!!

Seriously? Those shoes!!

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These twins were quite the attention-getter throughout the day! 

These twins were quite the attention-getter throughout the day! 

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Man and wife!

Man and wife!

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Alice | Mesa Children's Photographer

Alice is my niece - my twin sisters second baby girl. She is a firecracker! She's got the most beautiful blue eyes, smiles at anything and anyone, and loves to create mischief! 

Happy Birthday Miss Alice!

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Posted on April 22, 2015 .

Marshall | Mesa Newborn Photographer

I posted Chess' maternity session a while back, and now her little man has made his debut. He was quite the expressive little guy, and such a sweetheart!

Congratulations, Chess and Garrett on your little miracle!

Sometimes, it's just rough being a baby!

Sometimes, it's just rough being a baby!

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This little man's daddy is an avid wakeboarder, so it was only natural to photograph Marshall's first time being on a board! 

This little man's daddy is an avid wakeboarder, so it was only natural to photograph Marshall's first time being on a board! 

Posted on March 11, 2015 .

Roxanne & Jonny | Gilbert Portrait Photographer

Jonny and Roxanne make SUCH a beautiful couple, they were so easy to photograph! They were even willing to come out early on a Saturday morning to get their Christmas card pictures- ensuring that this beautiful hot-spot is practically empty, (score!). 

I love so many of their photos, but here are just a few of my all-time favorites. Gorgeous light, gorgeous location, gorgeous couple... what could be better?

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My poor clients. If I find beautiful light, I make them stand still or do a couple of different poses as I get my vision just right. And then I proceed to hop around like a mad woman yelling 'oh my gosh, this is gorgeous! Yes! LOVE it!! Wait.. turn more towards me! relax your shoulder!'. I look and sound ridiculous, but... ya know. It's worth it ;)

My poor clients. If I find beautiful light, I make them stand still or do a couple of different poses as I get my vision just right. And then I proceed to hop around like a mad woman yelling 'oh my gosh, this is gorgeous! Yes! LOVE it!! Wait.. turn more towards me! relax your shoulder!'. I look and sound ridiculous, but... ya know. It's worth it ;)

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LOVE this one!

LOVE this one!

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Brad & Kelsey | Gilbert Portrait Photographer

I LOVE how these photos turned out! Ya know what I also love? The fact that Brad and Kelsey took the initiative to get some photos taken to commemorate just the two of them. I think that is SO important!

Kelsey wanted a 'fallish' look to their photos, so we went and battled the craziness that is Nichols Park. Beautiful setting, but crazy busy around Christmas card season. Thankfully they were total troopers and put up with all of the other people (I'm pretty sure it was half of Mesa), getting their pictures taken as well. It was totally worth it though!  

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Emmett | Mesa Newborn Photographer

Emmett's session was one of those times where, as the Brittani and Josh left my apartment, I felt renewed and reminded as to why I do what I do. And why I LOVE it. You'd think that after shooting my second session of the day, and squatting for a good hour or so to photograph him, that at 32 weeks pregnant, I'd be grumpy or tired. But I just felt good! He was a total angel his whole session, I got a good amount of baby cuddles in (still haven't gotten tired of those yet), and not to mention, he has some pretty awesome people as parents! We are both going through similar situations in life, and I loved soaking up all the info about birth and recovery that they were telling me. I'm convinced that being a newborn photographer is the best job for a pregnant lady... you're constantly learning and getting new perspectives from every parent and baby! 

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I feel like Emmett looks SO different in all of these photos! He's pretty dang cute in all of them though :)

I feel like Emmett looks SO different in all of these photos! He's pretty dang cute in all of them though :)

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Chess | Mesa Maternity Photographer

Chess and her husband are due with a baby boy in January. Which actually works out great for me, considering I'm due in December and live only a few apartments down from her. Twice a week, we go walking, and discuss all the crazy, random, and fun stuff associated with pregnancy! It's been so fun to go through such a major life change with someone else! Seeing as how I had an extra spot for mini sessions, I asked Chess if she would consider doing some fun portraits. Thankfully she said yes, and I'm so glad she did, I love how these turned out!!

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Taylee | Mesa Newborn Photographer

Taylee liked to psych me out.... she was so good for her session, but every once in a while she'd give a face like she was about to cry and I'd get ready to soothe her, then two seconds later she'd go right back to her peaceful self. Nice, Taylee! ;)

Really though, this little sweetheart  smiley, silent, and oh-so flexible! I'm so blessed to be able to do this job and capture these precious babes :)

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This little set-up is a bit sentimental to me... this cradle was my Mom's, and it was made by my Grandpa, one of the best people I know. And the headband was mine when I was a baby. Talk about re-purposing!

This little set-up is a bit sentimental to me... this cradle was my Mom's, and it was made by my Grandpa, one of the best people I know. And the headband was mine when I was a baby. Talk about re-purposing!

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Alice | Mesa Children's Photographer

 Little Miss Alice is such a ray of sunshine, every time I see her! She is my twin sisters second baby, and her blonde hair and piercing blue eyes (not to mention that smile!) make her one of the most beautiful babies I've seen!!

 Little Miss Alice is such a ray of sunshine, every time I see her! She is my twin sisters second baby, and her blonde hair and piercing blue eyes (not to mention that smile!) make her one of the most beautiful babies I've seen!!

Sometimes, when you're the niece of a photographer... your aunt makes you try out the most ridiculous looking hats ;) 

Sometimes, when you're the niece of a photographer... your aunt makes you try out the most ridiculous looking hats ;) 

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She's usually smiles the second you look at her, but she was a little thrown off by that big black box I had sitting in front of me! 

She's usually smiles the second you look at her, but she was a little thrown off by that big black box I had sitting in front of me! 

This one... just needs to be blown up and displayed somewhere.. anywhere ;)

This one... just needs to be blown up and displayed somewhere.. anywhere ;)

This one too ;)

This one too ;)

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We got so many adorable ones of Alice looking over her shoulder at the me and showing off her cute little baby bottom, but for the sake of modesty, we'll let those photos just stay within the family. And also possibly to show for embarrassment later on in life ;) 

We got so many adorable ones of Alice looking over her shoulder at the me and showing off her cute little baby bottom, but for the sake of modesty, we'll let those photos just stay within the family. And also possibly to show for embarrassment later on in life ;) 

Seeley | Mesa Newborn Photographer

Oh sweet Seeley...I swear, every baby I photograph to me is just plain 'sweet'. If any of them ever grow up to be anything but sweet, I'll be shocked ;) Even though he showed up a few weeks early, Seeley Mac was happily welcomed into this world his parents, (who are equally as sweet!). They were both glowing with pride for their little one! 

Oh sweet Seeley...I swear, every baby I photograph to me is just plain 'sweet'. If any of them ever grow up to be anything but sweet, I'll be shocked ;) Even though he showed up a few weeks early, Seeley Mac was happily welcomed into this world his parents, (who are equally as sweet!). They were both glowing with pride for their little one! 

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Again... just plain sweet!! :)

Again... just plain sweet!! :)

I'm pretty sure you can't get any more basic than a naked baby on a white backdrop... but I still love this photo! I love the beauty in simplicity.. it makes you focus on what's important :) 

I'm pretty sure you can't get any more basic than a naked baby on a white backdrop... but I still love this photo! I love the beauty in simplicity.. it makes you focus on what's important :) 

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Baby rolls!! 

Baby rolls!! 

I had Russell pull Laura in really tight and it resulted in this sweet picture... I just love all of the emotion that just oozes out of these parent photos! 

I had Russell pull Laura in really tight and it resulted in this sweet picture... I just love all of the emotion that just oozes out of these parent photos! 

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Liam | Mesa Newborn Photographer

After meeting Liam about a week prior to do his Hospital Portraits, I was excited to see how much he had changed, and indeed he had! He was was a total sweetheart for me, all we had to do to keep him happy was to keep his pacifier in until the very last second and then yank it out right before I would take the pictures... and then he was all good! Babies like that make me work quickly and efficiently, so I was totally fine with that deadline he put on me! Carolina and Josh were totally over the moon for their little man, and I mean... can you blame them? Who wouldn't want to cuddle with that baby for a few hours every day?

After meeting Liam about a week prior to do his Hospital Portraits, I was excited to see how much he had changed, and indeed he had! He was was a total sweetheart for me, all we had to do to keep him happy was to keep his pacifier in until the very last second and then yank it out right before I would take the pictures... and then he was all good! Babies like that make me work quickly and efficiently, so I was totally fine with that deadline he put on me!

Carolina and Josh were totally over the moon for their little man, and I mean... can you blame them? Who wouldn't want to cuddle with that baby for a few hours every day?

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LOVE the baby smiles for parent shots! 

LOVE the baby smiles for parent shots! 

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Audrey | Mesa Newborn Photographer

Audrey was welcomed into her family by a big brother and her parents, and man, were they excited to meet her! I'm so happy with the images we were able to capture of her first few days of life :) 

Audrey was welcomed into her family by a big brother and her parents, and man, were they excited to meet her! I'm so happy with the images we were able to capture of her first few days of life :) 

Sweet baby smiles. I'm always so surprised at how often I'm able to get them! Gas or not... I'll take 'em :)

Sweet baby smiles. I'm always so surprised at how often I'm able to get them! Gas or not... I'll take 'em :)

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This image just makes me laugh, I'm not quite sure why! As I post this, it's late in the evening and I'm totally exhausted. Every time I see that big ol' yawn I just think to myself 'yep....I'm right there with you, Audrey!'.

This image just makes me laugh, I'm not quite sure why! As I post this, it's late in the evening and I'm totally exhausted. Every time I see that big ol' yawn I just think to myself 'yep....I'm right there with you, Audrey!'.

This was towards the end of the session.... pretty sure I grabbed this shot as she was blinking and curling up ;)

This was towards the end of the session.... pretty sure I grabbed this shot as she was blinking and curling up ;)

Parker Cake Smash | Mesa Childrens Photographer

Parker turned one in September, and really... let's be honest. What could be a better way to celebrate your day of birth than to indulge in your own cake?? De-lish! First, we got a few of him with just his one-year-old cuteness. He was such a little stud with those piercing blue eyes and brown hair! He loved when his Mom turned on 'Happy' or 'Shake it Off' on her iPhone, and would get really excited whenever the first few seconds of the song were played. After that, it was time to get down to the best part - the cake smash. The frosting and sprinkles definitely caught his eye, I'm not even sure if the actual cake was even consumed. He did a great job of smearing it all over and enjoying being an entire year old though :)

Parker turned one in September, and really... let's be honest. What could be a better way to celebrate your day of birth than to indulge in your own cake?? De-lish! First, we got a few of him with just his one-year-old cuteness. He was such a little stud with those piercing blue eyes and brown hair! He loved when his Mom turned on 'Happy' or 'Shake it Off' on her iPhone, and would get really excited whenever the first few seconds of the song were played.

After that, it was time to get down to the best part - the cake smash. The frosting and sprinkles definitely caught his eye, I'm not even sure if the actual cake was even consumed. He did a great job of smearing it all over and enjoying being an entire year old though :)

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