Six years ago Meghan and Will were in the same prom group. Years later after they lost touch, Meghan added Will on Facebook and they met up for some Gelato at San Tan mall. Will claims he didn’t remember Meghan from Prom but I suspect he was just trying to play it cool. Afterall, Meghan is gorgeous and sweet and completely unforgettable. These two sweeties got engaged on a very crowded Manhattan Beach and are now planning their wedding for next September and I just can’t wait.

For their engagement session, we headed out to Coon Bluff at the Salt River and the two were naturals in front of the camera. This location has been one of my favorites over the last year and Meghan and Will added perfectly to the scene!

Denise Karis Photography Coon Bluff Engagement Session

Denise Karis Photography Coon Bluff Engagement Session

Denise Karis Photography Coon Bluff Engagement Session

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Equipment used for this shoot:

Canon 1V
Fuji 400H Film
50mm 1.2
Scanned by The Find Lab

Rose and Alex are so wonderfully connected that this engagement session was a breeze. They moved so naturally together and were so in love. I cannot wait for their wedding next winter! If you can believe it, this shoot took place minutes before a giant 2 day storm hit Phoenix. By the time I got home, it was raining cats and dogs and so windy I could hardly see. Thankfully this roll of the dice in dicey weather paid off – this engagement session is all on film and one of my favorites to date! Also, check out that ring … I just can’t. So gorg!

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Equipment used for this shoot:

Canon 1V
50mm 1.2 Lens
100mm Macro 2.8 Lens
35mm Fuji 400 film
Scanned by Photovision

About a month ago, I decided I was going to start learning film again. The first time around was uninspiring. I don’t know why but my images just didn’t have that soft, touchable film look and I set my film cameras down. For a year. When this shoot for Gabby and Jeff came around, I had spent the previous weeks buried in books and knee deep in YouTube videos learning how to shoot film. But, if this was anything like my first digital session back in 2009, I would have spent months learning theory only to fall flat on my face in reality.

This happened though. I took only film cameras to this session. It was exhilarating, and terrifying, and fantastic. I didn’t have digital to save me so each image was so carefully thought out. I woke up at 4:30 am to get ready and swing by Chelsea Lemons place to pick up a darling floral crown. Then I met up with Gabby and Jeff and drove up to Saguaro Lake. If you’ve never been, the drive is beautiful. The Arizona summer weather was nice to us in the early hours and as we pulled up, the horses were there! If you’ve ever seen the Salt River Horses, you know how magical they are.  About twenty of them were there that morning, drinking from the lake and surrounding us. We shot for an hour, laughing, talking and enjoying the company of these two sweethearts. Then I spent the next three weeks freaking out.

You see, film takes three weeks to get back from the lab and that is not something I am used to. With digital, you can see images instantly but film is another story. You have to have tons of patience and I do not. So my email was constantly being checked even though the lab gave me a timeframe. I was just that eager. Finally, last week I got these images and I fell in love. It was finally images of velvet film that I had dreamed about. I just want to take photos like this from now until the end of time. I hope you like them <3

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