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OH HEY! So if you don’t already know, I rented out the Elm House in Gilbert June 21-23 and TODAY is the last day to sign up at $100 (40%) off!!! Like, for real. Early Bird Pricing is the real deal and today is the day! We have seven open spots and I want to […]

Ten Reasons Why You Should Schedule an Elm House Branding Shoot

Someone messaged me yesterday asking what they should bring to their branding shoot at the Elm House. If you haven’t been around much this week, let me fill you in. I’ve rented the Elm House in Downtown Gilbert for a few days to do a branding shoot-a-thon from June 21-23. You get a 1 hour […]

What should you bring to your branding shoot?

Okay, let’s talk small business! Whether we like it or not, humans are conditioned to make snap judgements on a subconscious level. With 93% of communication being nonverbal, your marketing efforts are only as strong as the visual elements that go with it. When it comes to your business, high quality, well produced photos can […]

Elm House Summer Branding Shoots

I first met Vanessa in 2015 when she modeled for a styled shoot. Since then, I’ve photographed her lovely family and more recently, I got to do a branding shoot at The Elm House in Gilbert for her new business, Wander Coffee! She asked me what kind of coffee I liked and my answer was […]

Wander Coffee

In 2012, I photographed James & Kelsie’s wedding and now seven years later, they’re having a girl! I was so excited to meet up with them, first because I got to see them! And second, because I knew they would bring the CUTEST props! So let’s start with this Then & Now shot because DANG! […]

Kelsie and James and Baby Lennon

I’m so thankful for my family and friends today. I’m thankful for the art of photography and that I am so lucky to do what I love every day. I’ve been feeling a lot of pull towards encouraging people to print their images instead of leaving them on their hard drive… so if you have […]

Tangible Memories

Every fall I’m so excited to photograph Morgan, Robert and Amion. I started photographing this family when Morgan and Robert were first engaged…. I went on to shoot their wedding, then Morgans maternity session, Amions newborn, then each year following. This year Amion turned five and he couldn’t be more fun! I love when kids […]

Gilbert Family Session on Film

I talked to my therapist about her recently (Is that weird for people to admit they talk to a therapist? If it is, I don’t care. Join me in not caring, won’t you?). I said “Sometimes I wish I could go back and tell my 13 year old self, ‘you become best friends with Sarah. […]

Desert Family in Papago Park

Taking a break from 100 days of photography to bring you some FALL! FAMILY! PHOTOS! Every year in Arizona around November, the weather turns nice. Arizona tries to kill us with the heat for months on end and then it gives a nice gift of cooling the heck down for the remaining residents. We love […]

Fall Family Photos in Gilbert

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