Alex and Nick's Desert Botanical Garden Wedding

I’ll be honest, I get nervous before photographing weddings. It’s a big, long day where you are trying to make art while also documenting the most important day of two people’s lives. I know I am great at what I do, but I feel the gravity of the situation and I always want to nail it for my couple. It always goes away almost the instant I see my bride or groom for the first time. The moment I arrived to start photography for Alex and Nick’s Desert Botanical Garden wedding, Alex said something to the effect of how happy she was to see me. It was so warm and genuine and the best welcome I could have had. The nerves were gone. Butt kicking art mode was engaged.

Just like their engagement session, we had a ton of fun all day. They even hired the dynamos at Your Jubilee as their planners, and they always laugh at my dumb jokes. Here are some of my favorite photos from their wedding at the Desert Botanical Garden.

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The Team:

Venue: Desert Botanical Garden 2nd Shooter: Erin Evangeline

Planner: Your Jubilee Flowers: The Wildflower AZ

Hair: Hair by Kalet Makeup: Makeup by Heather Wilson

Cake: Ruze Cake House Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

My Equipment:

Shot with: Canon 5D Mark IVCanon 5D Mk III

Lenses used: Canon 24mm 1.4LCanon 50mm 1.2LCanon 135 2.0L

I’m a wedding photographer out of Phoenix who is laid back, but serious about getting you amazing images from your wedding. Send me a note and let’s chat.

Sarah and Jake's Meteor Crater Elopement

Sarah and Jake live in New York and wanted something unique for their elopement. Their fun sense of adventure, and a knack for finding cool places on Google, led them to Meteor Crater and eventually me. We set up a FaceTime call and talked over their wedding plans and, being that I had been there before, I assured them that I thought it would be an awesome spot to get hitched. We even messaged a bit about where to take some photos after, and they found the Little Painted Desert. Having not been there before, I wasn’t sure how it would work out for photos. As evidenced below, it worked out quite a bit more than fine. So, they headed out west without even telling most friends or family where they were going to get married. The awesome tour guide from Meteor Crater and I even served as their witnesses. It was an epic day.

Here are some of the best photos from their Meteor Crater wedding.

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My Equipment:

Shot with: Canon 5D Mark IVCanon 5D Mk III

Lenses used: Canon 24mm 1.4LCanon 50mm 1.2LCanon 135 2.0L

I’m a Phoenix based wedding photographer who wants to photograph your wedding someplace magical like this…or even your own backyard. It’s all gravy to me. I just love making people awesome art from their most awesome day.

Jacqueline and Ryan's Downtown Phoenix Wedding Session

Jacqueline and Ryan were married in a courthouse but asked me to do a wedding session for them so they could get some photos to mark the occasion. A couple of natural artists let me make art of them in Downtown Phoenix. It feels great being trusted to do that by anyone, let alone artists themselves. I don't take that compliment lightly.

I've known Ryan's family for a bit now and also shot his sister's wedding a couple years ago. They are a bunch of rad people so I was excited when Jacqueline reached out to me about doing the session for her and Ryan. In fact, these two awesome people even added to their family last month when Jacqueline gave birth to their baby girl, Darlie. Congrats you two!

Here are some of my favorite shots we created while walking around downtown for their wedding shoot. 

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My Equipment:

Shot with: Canon 5D Mark IVCanon 5D Mk III

Lenses used: Canon 24mm 1.4LCanon 50mm 1.2LCanon 135 2.0L

I am based in Phoenix and love shooting weddings here, there, or anywhere. If you're getting hitched, drop me a line and let's talk about making some art together.