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I first met Cicely when she designed my best friends wedding and I’ve loved her creative eye ever since! She’s so bright and cheerful and she makes you feel like you’ve known her your whole life. Do you know that type of person? I love that vibe so much so when I heard I would […]

The Miller Family

Downtown Chandler Family Photos

OH LOOK!!! It’s the shoes Kelsie brought to her announcement session at 14 weeks!! And now Lennon is marching around town in them! Isn’t it absolutely nuts how time constantly throws us for a loop? We met up with these three just a few short moths ago for Lennons 6 month session and now she’s […]

Lennon 1 Year

Boyce Thompson Family Photos

Okay so about 8 years ago I started photographing a group called the Gilbert Town Fiddlers. The High School fiddle group is run by my dear friends Sara and Taylor and this year, my son is a new member! Through this group, I’ve met the most incredible young people and have been so honored to […]

Annaliese Graduates

ASU Graduation Photos

Raffi and I met up with Heather, Travis, and their two adorable sons at Queen Creek wash for the sweetest family photos ever! These two boys were at that age where you might as well throw all expectations of focus out the window and just let the silliness take over. And I’m so glad we […]

Heather and Travis

Queen Creek Family Photographer

So Joel and Chelsea were the first bride and groom I ever photographed way back in 2011!! Now they’re expecting their first baby and I could not be happier for them! We met up at Saguaro Lake for some desert scenery and I immediately felt like we were back at their engagement session ten years […]

Joel and Chelsea

It seems like not too long ago I met up with Cameryn for her High School senior photos! And now she’s graduated college!! So crazy how time flies! We met up with Cameryn the ASU music school and even spent some time shooting at Gammage to celebrate with some photos! Cameryn is a brilliant cellist […]

Cameryn Graduates!

ASU Graduation Photos

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any non-branding work but I couldn’t help sharing these sweet images from Baby Lennon’s 6 month session at Agritopia in Gilbert. With a 6 month old, you can never tell if the baby is going to be an angel with smiles for the camera, or a fussy bundle […]

Lennon at Agritopia

Agritopia family portraits

Years ago, I started a project doing family video and portrait sessions. Now, in 2019, I’m resurrecting that project! This is our first one … enjoy and check out this page to get more details and schedule a fall session for your family! Special thanks to Sidney and her lovely family who were awesome first […]

Family Stories

Denise Karis Photography Blog

Branding shoots are relatively new in my business but they’re quickly taking a huge focus because oh my goodness are they inspiring! The women that have come through have all been incredibly creative and talented and I feel so lucky to be a part of their journey. I’m so excited to share with you these […]

Katherine and Samantha

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