My name is Denise and this is my blog! I'm a photographer, passionate about empathy, creativity and breakfast burritos. Thanks for bringing your magic to my corner of the internet!
In January of 2019, I awarded myself the first Employee of the Month for Denise Karis Photography. In February, I named my bird Leo the Employee of the Month followed by Old Bisbee Roasters Coffee,, Lightroom, my partner Raffi, carbs, and lists. Now, you’re officially invited to initiate your own Employee of the Month program […]
I collect notebooks. Like, unintentionally… I love notebooks and I love the idea of keeping dream journals and gratitude journals so I buy pretty notebooks with beautiful and inspiring covers and then… nothing. They just sit there in a stack. So I’ve found myself to be an unintentional collector of notebooks. Part of me wonders […]
I didn’t start shooting weddings until I had my camera for just over two years and even then it was a very small elopement style wedding. The year after that I shot two weddings followed by three the following year. It wasn’t until 2015 that I started booking more and finally, in 2018, I went […]
I listen to about four podcasts… but I only listen to bit of some of them. It’s kind of a lot for me to find the time to listen to a complete episode and be able to grasp every word… do you feel the same? As much as I love podcasts, I’m limited on time… […]
Have you heard this quote before? I want to tell you a story that proved to me that it’s entirely true. And it has to do with lawns. For years I lived in an older neighborhood in Apache Junction (I know) with no home owners association. When I first moved in I thought, “Awesome! […]
When I was just starting out, I followed a photographer who was also just starting out. She, however, was a lot more brave and a lot more confident than I was and because of it, she became very popular very quickly. For years, I consumed literally everything she put out into the internet world. I […]
“Perception is reality.” I first heard this quote in a photography workshop and it immediately didn’t make sense to me. Perception actually has no effect on reality. In an optical illusion, two lines might look different lengths but in reality, they’re the same. Seeing them one way doesn’t change the reality of the fact that […]
I don’t know if you’ve met him, but Raffi is the most supportive partner ever. And I’ve met JD Star. That guy is so supportive he lets people call him JD Star. Anyway, last night when Raffi made one of my Cilck Bloom photos his cell phone background, I knew I wanted to pass some […]
“It’s the biggest reason so many people are unhappy right now. Because they value someone else’s opinion more than their own.” “To have a winner’s mentality, you have to stop caring what other people think. You’ve gotta get quiet in your own head.” I listen to Gary Vee a lot and this is something I […]
Let's be real. Planning a wedding is no walk in the park. In fact, Forbes named Event Coordinating number five on their list of Most Stressful Occupations! While there so many wedding day websites and articles out there, I wanted to create a place just for Arizona brides.
Engaged in Arizona is a YouTube channel created to give wedding day advice to couples who are planing their AZ wedding. Get a behind the scenes look at bouquets being created, photo shoots in the making, table decor coming to life and so much more! While we're giving you that BTS look, we also interview these amazing creatives who make these beautiful events happen all year so that you can get the best advice from the best wedding day pro's.
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Hey. Do you mind if I tell you a story? One you might not have heard. All the elements in your body were forged many many millions of years ago in the heart of a faraway star that exploded and died. That explosion scattered those elements across the desolations of deep space. After so, so many millions of years, these elements came together to form new stars and new planets. And on and on it went. The elements came together and burst apart, forming shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings. Until, eventually, they came together to make you. You are unique in the universe. There is only one of you. And there will never be another.