American Dali
Thursday, February 19, 2009

American Dali is a local band in Phoenix lead by (singer) Kathryn and (guitarist) Ryan. I wanted to give them a more hard-core look using lighting and location while also maintaining classic clean lines and stylistic lighting to make the images pop. I'm a big fan of using leading lines in my images to direct the viewers eye to the subject and to add to a more interesting composition.

For the tech-heads: I shot this session at night in a number of location and parking garages in Phoenix. I used only a single soft box and my 580ex flash units along with my Canon 5D.

you can check out their myspace page at this link

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Yoga with Harmony
Friday, January 16, 2009

Harmony and I have been working since this Summer to get images of her in a non-traditional yoga environment. There are quite a few locations where we shot, but these were some of my faves. I love the simple background that the sky and brick create, along with the illusions of the line, and the grungy feel of the ground.
Harmony is an incredible teacher(!) for those who may be searching and I'm honored to have had the opportunity to work with her. Drop me a line if you want info on where to check out one of her classes.

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My Sister's Wedding
Friday, September 26, 2008

My sister, Brooke, got married in June...and I am JUST now posting her shots. I've been so busy this Summer with travels and clients that I've neglected my poor sister's wedding images. I wasn't technically the "official" photographer for her wedding since I was the maid of honor, but I did manage to take them around San Francisco for about 10 minutes to snap a few quick ones.

These were taken after the ceremony in Monterrey

This little bonus shot was an image I took of my mom playing the Ukulele at my sisters reception...go mom!!

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Why I love my "Job"
Friday, September 12, 2008

I was asked the other day by the ladies at My Wedding Film why I love what I do. I thought it was such a great question that I would post the answers on my blog. I don't normally post a lot of personal entries in my blog, solely because I want this blog to be focused on imagery rather than words and opinions, but I figure a few insights into why I love what I do would explain why I am SO passionate about what I do.

so here are my top five answers as to why I love Wedding Photography...

1. I love my clients!

I get the opportunity to work with INCREDIBLE people. I have managed to attract an amazing group of past and future clients. I'm not sure how some of these people find me, but they do and I'm so honored when a like-minded person books me for their wedding, family session, or modern dog session. Secondly, I get to work with wonderful people in the wedding industry who are as passionate about hard work as they are about creativity and customer services. There is a group of great people in this industry who I've managed to befriend and I am always so grateful for their referrals and their creations.

2. I love photography!

(this might get a little long) I started photographing when I was 12 at summer camp. I won't go into the story about how I love the darkroom and it was there that I discovered the magic of the camera, etc, since it seems to be a common theme for photographers to say, but I will say that ever since I was 12 I was obsessed. Ever since I remember, I would create books of images I ripped from magazines. I collected books on the greats, like Annie Lebovitz, Herb Rits, and David LaChapelle and spend hours on the bookstore floor flipping through pages of images. At 16, I assisted a fashion photographer, wrote a 10 page article on why I wanted to become a photographer for an English project, and interviewed fabulous photographer, Phyllis Lane for the article. I did my required senior speech on photography along with a slideshow of images from my portfolio at age 18. In college I took courses and lived in the darkroom. I studied photography on Semester at Sea where my friends jokingly called me "the hermit" since I spent so much time in the hull of the ship developing images from the 9 countries we had visited. At 22 I saved my money and flew to Australia for what was intended to be a 3 week-long trip. I ended up living in Sydney for almost 2 years. I assisted any photographer who would allow a skinny, 5'2" female to haul their heavy equipment around. Thankfully, I was given the opportunity to assist by a few great photographers, most notably, Martin Mischkulnig who is still one of my favorite photographers to date.
In 2001, I won the Australia Nikon Award. The award was a Nikon F100 camera, a camera body that I had wanted since I was 15. Winning this award solidified my dream to becoming a photographer and made me realize I needed to continue down that path.
Since returning to Arizona in 2002 I have been working my way up through the world of wedding photography. A genre of photography I never thought I would experience until Phyllis Lane recommended I give it a try after my return from Australia. As of now July 2008, I have been dedicating my life to wedding photography for almost 6 years. I accomplished the goal of having a national magazine publish my work and write an article on my studio before the age of 30. My next goal is to become one of the most respected photographers in the industry. (still working on that one)

3. I love the challenge!

Believe it or not, wedding photography is HUGELY challenging. It's one of the most difficult things I've had to do in my life, not only because I am given the task of shooting creative images, under stress, carrying heavy equipment in the heat with an array of lighting challenges and changing scenery, but because, I have high expectations of myself and my goal is always to create more inspiring and beautiful images than I shot at the last wedding. I am always pushing myself to make more exciting images and it's that pressure to perform that is the most challenging aspect of all.

4. I love to learn!

In order to create great images in the face of these challenges, I am on a constant journey to learn. I attend non wedding related workshops every year to continue to develop my eye. One of my favorite workshops is offered by Vision Quest, taught by the incredibly talented, Doug Beasley. As a matter of fact, I'm headed to his Ireland workshop in 4 days (woo hoo!) And of course, what better way to couple my love for travel with my love for photography.
I also attend wedding workshops, some of my favorites being the workshops by Lacour,
Bambi Cantrell, Joe Buissink, Yervant, and Jerry Ghionis.

5. I love the people who help me stay afloat!

Wedding photography is a multi-faceted industry that involves not only creativity, but business savy and customer service. I can't continue to photograph images if I can't sustain my business and vice versa. I have incredible support from my husband and second shooter, Eric, my studio manager, Stacey, and web designer Ryan Brannen, who collectively allow me to happily stay afloat and give my clients the added support that a one-man-band can't provide.

So there it is in a nutshell. If you have made it this far, thank you for taking the time to read! And if you are like minded person, please feel free to drop me a line, send me a comment, or hang out with me for tea or lunch!


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Impressions of Ireland
Monday, August 11, 2008

I went to the magical country of Ireland last month to attend a workshop hosted by my good friend Doug Beasley. We mainly spent our time on the Islands off the west coast of Ireland, called Inishmore and Inishmein. Since the islanders continue to speak the Galic language and live the traditional rural life, they are considered to bethe most "authentic" Irish culture.

From a visual perspective, Ireland stunning. The contrast of light and dark and vibrant colors made for an amazing excursion. Since my return, I have been hounded by friends and family to post images. So I'm taking a break from editing my weddings tonight to post a few of my favorites. I just received my film images which I'll post in a few weeks. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy...

I laid on the ground for 5 minutes waiting for a gesture to make this image complete. When I saw the horse turn it's head and the wind pick up it's main, I knew I had the shot.

This is my good friend and traveling buddy, Bill. He's standing in the door or a rusted shipwreck on the coast of Inishmein.

An image from the ferry traveling from the islands to the mainland. The rainy grey sky was a common theme throughout the trip.

A testament of the rural lifestyle. An old woman feeds her chickens.

The pattern on the ground of the islands creates a visually stunning effect.

Ireland has the most amazing Guinness Beer! It tastes different than the Guinness I've tried in the states.

These are offerings on the interior or a holy well. The local Irish people come here to send prayers to loved ones who are sick or dying.

Old vacant homes on these islands are rarely torn down. A symbol of the migration of islanders to the Irish mainland.

I was struck by the fire red hair on this boy. I thought it contrasted nicely with the grey sky and water. The composition is simple and direct to bring more attention to the colors.

These were three of the youngest musicians in the town on Inishmore. Despite the islands small population and size, there are a plethora of tourists who these kids entertain as they pass by.

The stark contrast of green and white made me immediately stop the driver of our horse and cart to get this image. The white cows appear to be radiating light. I was happy with the spacing of the cows which added to a more evenly weighted composition in the final frame.

This image has not been enhanced or photoshopped. This horse on a hill was an optical illusion that created an entertaining composition.

I found this horse lonely and sad tied to the side of an old tractor. I loved the vivid colors of his main as it contrasted with the deep blue sky.


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Greg Cluff Rocks!
Sunday, July 27, 2008

My good friend and local videographer extraordinaire, put together this little clip of out-takes of me photographing a wedding.

If you want to see me at work, check it out:


If you're looking for a videographer he is, hands-down, one of the best around.

To view more of Greg's work, go to: GREG'S SITE

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Happy Mother's Day!
Monday, May 12, 2008

I love this series of images I took of my mom the other day in front of her playhouse. The playhouse is a mini-house a family friend built for us as a gift when we were younger.

Here are her words when I showed her the images:
There is something about the playhouse that makes me so happy and playful. Life must always have somewhere to play.

I get a lot of creative inspiration from my mom, who I'm so proud to say is one of the most creative and fun people I know. I am so honored to have her as my mom.


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Happy Holidays!!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007

These are our wedding pix, courtesy of DQ studios (Love these guys!)

A post of our wedding images will be coming soon...


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Monterey Bay
Monday, November 12, 2007

With the holidays coming up, we are in the middle of our extreme busy season. I took a break today and found this image I shot from my mother's birthday party in Monterey from a few weeks ago.


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Street Yoga
Sunday, October 21, 2007

E and I walked the streets the other night with my good friend and yoga teacher, John Salisbury. This was the result...

Yoga Images in Phoenix


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Huge Happenings...
Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Holy cow! There has been so much going on in my world lately that I don't even know where to begin.

I'll start with the most significant, which was my recent marriage to my Mr. Beloved, second shooter extraordinare, and best friend, Eric, on September 15th in Lake Tahoe. These past 9 months have been such a whirlwind of planning, working, and organizing I've barely had time to think. I definitely have a new understanding of my clients' wedding planning experience, especially when they tell me that their life feels overwhelming. I can now say to them, in complete honesty, that I totally understand where they are coming from. With the time and attention that need to be paid to the details, it was like running another company simultaneously with my own. I was so blessed to have a kick-ass wedding coordinator on our side, Victoria Canada , who made the ride a little less bumpy and a whole lot more fun.

I will spare you all the details of the day for a post where I can add photos. It's always such a tease, at least for me, to hear about something and not see images. We do have some snapshots taken by our friend who managed to send us a slideshow two days after the wedding (how about that for turnaround time!) Granted, he's not a professional photographer, but his snapshots have helped ease the pain of the 8 week wait until I get to see my pro shots. You can view these through our blog at

And in case you were wondering, our fabulous team of photographers was made up of Dave and Quin at DQ Studios from Canada and Huy Nguen at F8 Studio in Dallas. For more info on the wedding and our fabulous vendors check out our wedding website and link to our blog.

Following the wedding, we had an extremely brief honeymoon of just under 4 days. More like a mini-moon. In that time, we spent a few magical days at a B&B in Yosemite, and then had to race back home to shoot a wedding the weekend following our own. We decided to postpone our real honeymoon for our slow season and actually take about 10 days off. Plus, it's the rainy season in Costa Rica right now (our honeymoon hotspot) so the wait will be worth it.

Here is an image from our "mini-moon" taken on our last day in Yosemite.


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Fully Engaged
Friday, December 15, 2006

He popped the question!


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Thanksgiving in Nashville
Sunday, December 10, 2006

I visited my Mother's side of the family in beautiful Nashville this past Thanksgiving.
Here are a few of the images from my trip...


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Thursday, November 16, 2006

On Tuesday night we celebrated the opening of Phyllis Lane's new documentary movie on Passion.
She was kind enough to interview me for the film.

Phyllis, Rodrigo, and I....

It's a long story, but Phyllis and I met when I was 16. I interviewed her for a project in high school, called the "I" search paper. It was about discovering your professional path and more importantly, it gave us an excuse to interview local professionals and shadow them for a day in the field. Phyllis was one of my interviewees who was the up-and-coming young fashion photographer at the time. I remember being so incredibly inspired by her passion, giving spirit, and motivation.

Here we are, 12 years later and she is interviewing me about passion for her film. It's strange how things come back around.

Phyllis has always been a wonderful mentor and friend and I credit her with getting me into the wedding photography business.

For more info on her film and to check out the trailer, click here passionashortfilm


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Personal Work
Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Like the old saying goes: "the cobbler's children wear no shoes"....
my personal images go unedited and ignored. Until now.
I finally took a few moments out of my day to put something together for myself.

Here are a few images from my Norway trip from summer '04.

let me know your thoughts...

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I've put together some of my personal travel images from summer '05. It's taken 4 months of on and off again work and a couple nights of editing till 3am...but finally, I finished!

To explain, the first few images were from a wedding I attended in the Hamptons, then a few from NY city. The rest are of my travels through Minneapolis and D.C.

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Hope you enjoy!!



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Just Because....
Monday, November 13, 2006

A self portrait with me and my dog.
The light was setting and I loved the pattern the shadows were making on the wall in my backyard. The camera is the central focus since it's essentially the center of my life these days. Booda is sneeking in at the bottom of the shot. He has been feeling a bit neglected since there is a foster dog in the house who has been taking up most of my attention. This was a rare moment we got to spend together today.


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For the love of the image
Friday, October 27, 2006

Here are some images that I made recently from my personal files...

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A new article in the Tahoe Bonanza...
Friday, October 06, 2006

I spend quite a bit of time during the summer either shooting weddings in distant places or in Lake Tahoe escaping the Arizona heat.
The following is a kind article that was written about me last week and published in the Tahoe Bonanza. 

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this was the photograph that accompanied the article, taken by my good friend Catherine Just


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WEN Event
Saturday, August 19, 2006

Thursday, August 17th, I had the honor to be the selected photographer to photographAmy Vandervort's Wedding and Event Network event.

These are a few quick snaps. The first was shot with my new infrared digital camera. The second shot is me with the three hosts of the show: Victoria Canada, Sandy Walker, and Amy Vandervort.

Thanks Amy, Victoria, and Sandy for making me a part of the action!


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Happy (belated) Mother's Day!
Thursday, May 25, 2006

I wanted to share some images I shot for a recent Mother's Day fundrasing event for the Junior League. In 4 hours, we photographed over 110 mothers and daughters that day. Here's a sampling of some of the images...

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And of course, what would a mother's day blog entry be without an image of my mother, mentor, and best friend, Sallye.
love ya mom!!!

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Studio Reception
Tuesday, May 02, 2006

I had my studio reception last thrusday. Thanks to all who came to support the growth of my business. It was a great time.

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Trip to San Francisco...
Tuesday, February 07, 2006

My grandmother turned 95!
These are some Images during my walking adventure through the city on the final day...

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The spirit of San Francisco. City meets nature.

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The Asian artwork near China Town inspired this cherry blossom image


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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

My new studio is open!! This is a viewing studio for my clients to review albums and check out their images for the first time.
Here is the first room....

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This is the projecting room. The view is incredible. Through the branches, you can see the nearby mountains.

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The entrance of the building with the pear trees in glorious full bloom.

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Monday, October 24, 2005

Next up is Booda. He has an amazing personality and the sweetest temperment.

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Little Cleo
Monday, October 24, 2005

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This is Cleo, our second dog and Bodda's girlfriend.

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