Gillian and Alex's Desert Botanical Garden Engagement Session

Whether it’s weddings or engagement sessions, as a photographer I make it my mission that my clients leave thinking it was easier and more fun than they could have ever thought. But going in, some couples are into getting their picture taken and some are not (I’m probably not far off if I say it’s often the dude who is the less stoked one). I’m not sure where Alex and Gillian fell in the range of pre-session jitters, but they really went for it as soon as we started. I think Gillian said they had never had professional pictures taken of the two of them…well they could have fooled me. These world traveling, college sweethearts were game for anything and having fun with it all. Goofiness, sexiness, twirls, lifting. All of it. And they look awesome.

Next month, they’ll travel back to Phoenix for their wedding from their home in Walla Walla, Washington. Probably the most fun hometown to say out loud of all time. In the meantime, we did a Desert Botanical Garden engagement session so they could show off a bit of the desert before their January wedding. Always a classic choice, here are a slew of the many awesome photos we made together.

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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

If you’re doing a destination engagement session in Phoenix, AZ, I’m your guy. I’m also your guy wherever you want your wedding or engagement to take place. I’m cool as heck and I travel.



Ruby and Darren's West Fork Trail Engagement Session

I’m pumped for Ruby and Darren’s wedding at the Farm at South Mountain next month. These two are really sweet with each other, playful, and giving my wife and I a run for our money in how much we love our pets (they currently have us one upped via their license plate being named after Parmesan, their dog). Plus, I believe Darren proposed in basketball shorts, so I like his style.

For the engagement session, Ruby wanted something natural that felt like it showed off Arizona. Hard to beat Sedona when you want to do that. Here are some of the best shots from their West Fork Trail engagement session. It even includes some apple picking!

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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

Sedona is a wonderful place for engagement sessions. So is most of Arizona. And, you know, anywhere you want to make some art about your love. Contact me and let’s do that.

Jordan and Cameron's Nighttime Phoenix Engagement Session

Self proclaimed punk rock nerds Jordan and Cameron knew they wanted something different for their Downtown Phoenix engagement session. When talking to them about it, Jordan mentioned vests Cameron had made for both of them that they will also be wearing to their Halloween themed wedding. There was also talk of something in the realm of cosplay. Then I heard LIGHTSABER. Yes. Please.

Picturing how I'd use these in an engagement session, I threw out the idea of doing the session entirely at night. No use of the sun whatsoever. If you know photography, you know how much we love using the sun and it's glorious power. However, there is such a big world that opens up for you when you consider other techniques or methods of lighting up your subject. They were down and the challenge was on! We played with available light from the city, LED lights, flash, long exposures, and, of course, the light sabers. We even got access to an amazing rooftop!

These two got engaged in Vegas...and this session hit the jackpot! ;P Below are some of the many images I'm super proud of from our night engagement session. 

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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

Up for something different in your engagement session? Want to get wild and do a night session? Hit. Me. Up.