Sami and Lionel's Roosevelt Row Engagement Session

These two walruses share a lot of things in common, besides their spirit animal. They are both therapists, don't take themselves too seriously, and are unique to the core. We wanted their Phoenix engagement session to reflect that. Roosevelt Row was a perfect choice for them with the mix of beautiful murals and unique textures. And we did pretty dang good. We laughed a lot. We used a Polish bar for a background which reflected Sami's heritage nicely. We even thought we were getting arrested at one point. You know, all the stuff a session with me comes with. :) I love this set and I think we got a good mix of everything.

Here is some of the best art we created during their Roosevelt Row 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

Downtown Phoenix is pretty rad. You are too. If you want to do an engagement session there or anywhere, send me a note and let this photographer show you it's true. 

Jessica and Mike's (and Jordyn!) Roosevelt Row Surprise Proposal

Of all the countless engagement sessions I've done, this was my first that featured the actual proposal! Jessica was graduating with her masters and Mike used this as a guise to get her family pictures with the two of them and Jessica's daughter, Jordyn. We had fun finding cool spots to shoot on Roosevelt Row and Jordyn even earned "Earth points" for picking up some garbage and doing her part to make the world a better place. Towards the end of the shoot, Mike changed into a blazer and I pretended to take pictures of them while secretly shooting video. (posted below) He then popped the question...to both of them!

As a beautiful gesture, Mike got Jordyn a ring too and wanted to make sure she was included. As you'll see in the video, Jordyn did not initially take it well. The poor thing had a bad wedding experience before and got confused and thought she had to get married too (nothing to do with how much she loves Mike). But as you'll see in the other pictures, once she realized it was a good thing, she happily put on her ring and they were all off after the proposal to celebrate with family. 

I love this story because it's sweet...and I'm sure will make for a lifetime of hilarious stories. 

Here are some of my favorites images (and the video!) from their 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

Aaron Kes (me!) is a Phoenix wedding photographer who also shoots weddings in Scottsdale, Tempe, the United States of America, and Earth. Seriously, I love to travel to shoot and do so often. Let's have some fun!