Arizona in June and California too.

June always feels like the longest month for us. And this month seemed extra long with vacations and various day excursions. It was hot. And towards the end, humid. But fun (with a few “I’m bored!” thrown in there). We swim to stay cool. I went to California for a couple of days to photograph some events at CIY. CIY is a church camp called “Christ in Youth” for high school students. It was held at Biola Universtiy, which is a really beautiful campus. I also took a morning to myself at Newport Beach. Being alone at the beach sounded nice and relaxing at first. But it wasn’t long before I missed my kids and wished they could be at the beach with me. Anyway, here are a few highlights from June. I’m excited to see what July has in store.

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Durango, Colorado

Every year we take an extended family vacation to San Diego, California. This year we decided to try something different and headed to Durango, Colorado. We couldn’t have gone at a better time as the temperatures in Phoenix were up in the 115 range, and the temperature in Durango was around a chilly 75. We fished and went horseback riding. We swam in the hot springs and visited a dude ranch. We hiked and searched for bigfoot. We even took a jeep tour up to tree line elevation and got to play in the snow. Colorado is a beautiful place – it almost looks like an oil painting with all it’s colors and gorgeous skies. It was a vacation that my children will never forget, and I’m so grateful that they got to experience it. Here are a few pictures and highlights from the trip:

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May Favorites in Phoenix, Arizona

Some recent pictures from the month of May. You’ll see two re-occurring themes. First, our puppy Cody. I’m trying not to go overboard with pictures of him, but he just provides way too many opportunities. Also, I now have underwater housing for my camera. I’m very happy to finally have this capability, because summer in Arizona is not the most enjoyable time to photograph people. But now – it is so much fun. I love not having to worry about water, sand or rain. I’m so excited to explore this new area of photography. Here are just a few of my favorites from this month:

 

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Summer Mini Session 2015

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Arizona Senior Photography

I am not normally a senior photographer. Which is funny, because a few posts down I said the same thing about wedding photographery. But I am quickly discovering that it’s okay to branch out and photograph new things. And really, seniors are pretty easy compared to the usual little kids that I photograph. These seniors especially. They were polite, friendly, well mannered, listened to direction and extremely patient with me (turn this way, move over here, wait stop right there!). I kept thinking of my little kids and how fast they will be in this same spot before I know it. Time moves so fast! Anyway, these three kids have such a bright future ahead of them. I’m excited to see where they go – I know it will be far in life.

 


 

And just a few pictures with the ones sending them off to college:

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