Anna and Wes Scottsdale Wedding
Sunday, March 15, 2009

This was one of my favorite weddings, photographed on Halloween.
And yes, I realize it was ages ago, but I'm a bit behind on my blog postings.
Anna and Wes were such an amazing couple to work with. They are both professional musicians, artists, and completely gorgeous.

This first image was shot on a golf course just outside the resort. Neither Anna nor Wes are into golf, so my goal was to make the area look more like open space rather than a golf course. In this image, I added some texture and post production to bring out a surreal feeling to the moment.



The mom's first glance at her daughter



The bride on her way to see her groom for the first time before the wedding. I love the look of anticipation on Anna's face.

This was a quick moment photographed by Eric, my husband and shooting partner.



One of my all-time favorite group shots.


A portrait of the father of the bride








Both sets of parents beaming as they watch the first dance.





This last shot was inspired by my dear friend Sergio


Location: Scottsdale Conference Resort
Coordinator: Amy Mancuso
Make-up: Desiree Newhouse from Moments Salon
Hair: Cyndee Venche

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R+J Wedding
Monday, March 02, 2009



Justin, rocking it on the longboard!

This is one of my favorite first moments, where Renee's mom sees her dressed up for the first time. The mom has such an endearing look on her face that shows how proud and excited she is for her daughter. I made sure I had a portion of my frame filled with the brides veil to help tell more of the story of that moment. The shot would not have been the same without it.

How gorgeous is Renee! I can't stress how important it is, as a photographer, to always spend a few minutes during the day to make a beautiful portrait of the bride. As much as I believe in photojournalist and candid capture of the day, these types of portraits are so important given the time and effort all brides put into their hair and make-up.

This set of images was taken by my husband, Eric. I love his selective focus in these images and of course, the eyes of the bride who is about to see her groom for the first time. You can feel the excitement.

What an awesome way to personalize your day. This couple, as formal as they look, are completely down to earth. For them the day was about being comfortable and having fun.

I love how Renee is holding the tree and the lovely effect that our infrared camera creates with the tree.

How I love sunflare!!!








I wanted to include this image in my blog post since I tend to post the more portrait-oriented shots and not so much of the action shots. Plus it was taken by my husband, Eric, who feels like he's not well represented on this blog, sorry darlin'. I thought this shot was well composed and I love the slow shutter he used to emphasize the action. Nice work E!






These last two images were a couple of my favorites during the day. For the photo-philes, I shot wide open f1.8 with a video light. I opted no to use flash, since it tends to flatten the image and in this case I wanted the shot to look more romantic.


Location: Villa Sienna
Coordinators: Outstanding Occasions
Flowers: Blume
DJ: SKM Entertainment

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Tarin and John
Thursday, February 12, 2009


My source of inspiration for this shot was the painted image on the wall behind the bride. It shows three women seemingly dressing and interacting in a way that juxtaposes nicely with the bride getting ready.

Tarin is a strong and confident bride which I wanted this image to invoke. Low angle images empower the subject and also serve to create a blank canvas as a background.

I love the framing elements of this image and how the curve of the fountain brings your eye to the subject of the image.

This is one of my favorite wedding images. I love the sweet expression on both of their faces surrounded by the soft pastels of the grasses. The shading and color of the grass sets a soft tone for the image.

As you may see from this image and many others, I'm a big fan of light flares. So often this effect can create a visual explosion that makes the image come alive with more passion and love.

I love this image of John's dad giving the blessing. I purposefully positioned the light so that it would give him a strong silhouette and bring more emotion to the scene.


This image is pure fun. Compositionally, I tried to pull together both the action in the foreground and background telling the whole story. I don't think this shot would have had the same effect if it showcased just the bride or only her single girls. I set up lighting in the room so that both the bride and her friends would be equally exposed.

Wedding location: Villa Sienna

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Published wedding in AZ Bride
Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Camille and Cliff's beautiful wedding was just published in this month's Arizona Bride Magazine

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Lisa and James
Friday, January 23, 2009

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Group Shot Fave
Thursday, December 18, 2008

What do you get when you put 8 musicians in front of a cool vintage fireplace....

magic


This is one of my favorite group shots of the year. I love that they played up the attitude and feel of the image.



This was from a wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona

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Candice and Tim Silverleaf Wedding
Wednesday, November 19, 2008



Location: Silverleaf Country Club
Florist: Brady's Floral Design

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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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Katie and Vincent
Friday, September 12, 2008

I am SO happy to be presenting this wedding. Katie and Vincent are an amazing couple who have become very near and dear to my heart. Vincent was my roomate during my senior year at college (Go Buffs!). I was so honored when I got the call that he was getting married and they wanted to hire me. It's been such a pleasure getting to know Katie and reconnecting with my dear friend Vincent. They are a perfect pair.

Here are some of my faves...


I love color of the bridesmaid dresses. It was so vibrant and flattering on the girls.


I started tearing up at the point in the ceremony. Just before Katie's dad handed her off to Vincent, he asked Vincent to "take care of my little girl" It was such a sweet and sentimental moment. The look on his face really says it all.


The seamless coordination for this event was by CC and Paige at The Colorado Co.
Location: Arrowhead Golf Club, Colorado

The bride recently sent me this SUPER sweet note after viewing her slideshow:
"I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am with you and Eric's work- you guys are truly amazing!!!!!!
I am at a total loss for words (which is really rare for me!) The slide show is just wonderful- love the music, love the shots!!!!
I have been looking one by one at each of the other photos too- have barely gotten any work done today but I couldn't be more stoked! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!"

You're awesome Katie!

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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:

HOLLYE IN ACTION


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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Olivia and Chris
Wednesday, July 02, 2008

I have some blog catching up to do! This is one wedding in a series of awesome weddings over the past couple months. I'll be posting them as quickly as I can.

We're off to Colorado this weekend to shoot at the prestigious Arrowhead Golf Club. Look forward to some wonderful location shots from that one!!

In the meantime, enjoy Olivia and Chris' shots from Desert Mountain Resort. An incredible day with an incredibly beautiful couple.!!



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Cheryl and Rob, loving it up!
Saturday, May 24, 2008

Cheryl and Rob, you are the essence of fun! Thank you for your willingness to take some risks, jump around, and roll in the grass. It paid off in the images. And Rob, I've never seen someone pop a champagne cork, bounce it off of a tree and hit them in the stomach. Definitely a day to remember. :-)









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Bridal Beauty Night
Thursday, May 15, 2008

A few weeks ago I was given the privilege to speak at a Beauty Night sponsored by Bright Event Gallery and Imoni Events.

The focus was on educating brides about the wedding day and how to look your best with tips and tricks from the different wedding professionals.

Among the speakers were:
Linda Wagner make-up artist
Jennifer Thye from Imoni Events
Claudia from Claudia's Pearls
Erin from Destiny's Bride
and Myself

It was an extremely informative event and I was happy to receive some great feedback and emails from attendees.

Here are a few photo highlights...

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Camille and Cliff
Wednesday, May 07, 2008



Wedding Location: The Sanctuary Resort in Paradise Valley
Florist: The Flower Studio

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Kristen and Jeff
Wednesday, April 02, 2008

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Fun with Rings...
Friday, February 22, 2008

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A shot I've been meaning to post....
Wednesday, February 13, 2008

one of my favorite shots of the year from 2007. I love the look of love on the bride's mother's face...

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Jenny and Tyler
Thursday, February 07, 2008

Jenny and Tyler were married at the Valley Ho in Scottsdale in a beautiful outdoor night wedding.
Flowers by Avant Garde
Coordination by Lewis Medansky

I'm so grateful that they gave us plenty of time to photograph them before the sun went down since we were able to get some stunning shots of them.



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Christi and Matt
Wednesday, February 06, 2008

I have so much catching up to do on my blog, I don't know where to begin!!
I haven't even posted our images from our wedding in September (with the exception of the holiday card). If you're interested in seeing our wedding images, let me know and I'll move that towards the top of my list of 'to dos'.
I'm hoping to have some images of our honeymoon in Austria coming up.
In the meantime, here is one of my favorite images from my good friends Christi and Matt. Their wedding was way back in November (!) at the Japanese Friendship Gardens in Phoenix.


There were so many fantastic moments during this wedding and one image really can't do justice. So click on the arrow, crank the volume, and check out the DVD slideshow we put together.




I also feel compelled to post one of my favorite engagement session images from their session in the beginning of last year. I love this image for its simplicity, hyper-light, and soft feel which I purposely created in the post production. Matt is a landscape architect so it was only appropriate they be shot in and amongst trees. Their expressions and intertwining bodies create the perfect moment.

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Wedding at The Sanctuary in Paradise Valley
Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Trish and Matt had such an overwhelmingly beautiful and emotional wedding. We were so honored to be there to photograph all of the personal moments from their day.

Thanks!!!

Here is an abridged version of their slideshow....




Flowers: Angelic Grove
Location: The Sanctuary

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Trish and Matt at the Sanctuary Resort
Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wedding at the Sanctuary Resort in Paradise Valley, Arizona



Flowers: Angelic Grove
Location: The Sanctuary Resort

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Kristi and Peter from The Royal Palms Resort
Wednesday, November 21, 2007




Wedding Coordinator: Amy Mancuso
Flowers: The Flower Studio
Location: The Royal Palms Resort

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Portrait of a Bride
Tuesday, November 20, 2007



Wedding at Desert Mountain Country Club in Cave Creek

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These images are from a wedding at Desert Mountain Country Club in Cave Creek taken at the end of September.

This first image is of Deanna Forstner, one of Scottsdale's best make-up artists, prepping the bride...


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More fun shots
Sunday, October 21, 2007

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

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More From M&M
Saturday, October 20, 2007

More images from a session with my good friends Matt and Megan.


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Jon and Jenn at the Valley Ho
Wednesday, October 03, 2007




Jon and Jenn are friends of ours from Scottsdale. Jon is an INCREDIBLE designer from Trapdoor Studio. He's also responsible for designing my logo. :-))

We were so honored to be a part of their intimate wedding day.

They got ready at the Valley Ho and had a small ceremony at Trader Vics.





Location: Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale and Trader Vics Restaurant in Scottsdale

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BriAnne and Brandon
Monday, October 01, 2007

BriAnne and Brandon's Wedding
Private Residence
Kelso, Washington













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Holy Cow! Beautiful bride!!
Thursday, August 23, 2007

This is from a wedding we recently shot near Portland.
There will be more to follow along with our most recent Laguna Wedding :-))

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Megan and Matt in Seattle
Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Stay tuned for many more....

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Kelly and Dylan
Friday, June 29, 2007










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Chrissy and Mike at the Royal Palms Resort
Wednesday, February 07, 2007

What a crazy month it has been!
Here are three of the latest weddings that we've been editing this past month. There are too many wonderful things to say about all these great couples so I'll just leave you with the images. enjoy...

from one of my favorite venues in Phoenix, The Royal Palms Resort....








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Jenna and Josh
Wednesday, February 07, 2007





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Molly and Craig
Tuesday, February 06, 2007







Location: The Paradise Valley Country Club

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Beth and Andrew
Wednesday, January 10, 2007

It was an absolute pleasure to photograph Beth and Andrew's wedding. The setting and weather were perfect for their English themed, super-colorful wedding. The day was filled with much laughter, tears, and really cool hats! More will be posted with an on-line slideshow soon to follow.

A huge thank you to both the Rostan and Clarke families for making us feel like part of the gang!








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Bridal Bootcamp at the Bright Event Gallery
Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Our first bridal bootcamp was a huge success!!
Thanks to all who came and of course, a huge thanks to all the speakers and supporters; Victoria Canada, Kelly Gill, Shannon Rice, Ryan Brennan, Barri Chase, Jenni Hailer and Keri Ouellet and from Twirl, Angie from the wedding chronicle, and Angela from Angelic Grove, Tammi Coe, and Jennifer Swink with Celebrity Skin. Your support is greatly appreicated!






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Thanks for your incredible energy and spirit during the day!

much love to you both!

h and e

click here to view their slideshow





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Wednesday, November 29, 2006





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Tiffany and Rob
Thursday, November 02, 2006







A big thanks to you guys for an awesome day!!
I was honored to be a part of your union.


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Enjoy the show :-))

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Behind the Scenes from last Weekend
Tuesday, September 26, 2006




Here are some images of me shooting at the wedding a couple weeks ago.

The first shot was taken by Eric and is of Doug Beasley, myself, and Janell, the bride.
Doug was the officiant for the wedding. He is also one of my favorite photographers, teachers, and friends. For some fine art inspiration, check out his work at beasleyphotography.com.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006



I had the most incredible trip this past weekend. I was given the opportunity to photograph a friend and one of the most beautiful couples in Minneapolis. It had rained the two days prior and we were looking at a 93% chance of rain. Luckily, the rain let up just long enough for the ceremony and gave us enough time to drive around the city and capture some wonderful images. Janell and Peter, you were a dream to work with. Thank you.








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Holly Schumacher
Monday, July 10, 2006

I've had more than a few people tell me that they tried to find my name under holly schumacher (without the 'e' at the end of my name) and holly schumacher photography. I'm attempting now to put it out there in the google-sphere that you need the 'e' at the end of the name. I'm hoping that the search engines pick up on this correction for those who google the name wrong.
:-))

Holly Schumacher Arizona
Holly Schumacher Photography
Holly Photography

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The last few weddings
Sunday, May 28, 2006

We have been working overtime this month with 5 incredible weddings.
Here is a sampling of images with more to come once we've had a chance to rest and recuperate.

xo,
hollye


Ruth and Patrick living it up at the end of their wedding

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Angela and Kevin dancing at Desert Mountain



Autumn and Bobby in Scottsdale




there will be more to follow.
back to the editing room.....

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Carla and Brian's Wedding
Friday, May 12, 2006

Carla and Brian,
You were a dream to work with.
Thank you for giving us your time and confidence to make some wonderful images!

-H


Details:



The groom lifting the veil at the Katuba signing:




Carla waiting for the ceremony to begin:



An emotional dad:




One of my favorite tunnel shots from the day:

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Jenifer and Keith
Tuesday, May 02, 2006

What an incredible event!
There were dancers dressed as fairies and butterflies who tumbled down the aisle.
There was a candy buffet to treat the 20 plus kids and a gorgeous bride and groom.
A totally unique event with one of my favorite couples!

Here are some of my faves:

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one of the dancers tumbles down the rings

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Floral Design: Angelic Grove
Coordination: Victoria Canada

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Kristin and Ryan
Thursday, April 20, 2006

Here are some recent images from our shoot with Kristin and Ryan.
Despite the 50 mph winds that day we managed to make some great images.

Thanks for being so wonderful to work with!!







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Thursday, March 09, 2006

here are some of my favorite moments from the past few weddings...
thank you to Heather, Jeff, Lori, Chris, Tom and Kelly who allowed me to be a part of such an intimate and special day. You were all so wonderful to work with!!


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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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Love Heals
Tuesday, January 31, 2006





Dawn and Justin,
You are such troopers. Dawn, I am amazed at how you pulled through your day with food poisoning and still managed to look so wonderful.
Thank you for your amazing strength. Your love conquered all that day.

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One more....
Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Couldn't resist this one...




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Chloe and Kameron Rock
Tuesday, January 31, 2006

I shot this at the Four Season's about a month ago. It's one of my favorite images! Thanks Chloe and Kameron for making it possible!




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In action
Monday, October 24, 2005

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This is a shot of me in action. The bride and groom had a reception at a house in Kauai where there was a no shoes policy.
It was such an amazing day and Katherine and Paul were one of the best couples to work with.
Thanks guys!!

Here are a few other faves from the two days of shooting....


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