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The cute Johnson family

One day on Facebook, I saw that an old friend of mine from high school had fanned our page.  I shot her a message about it and she wrote back that she had no idea it was my page, she just found it and liked our work!  Random connection there (I love Facebook!).  Lucky for her, she still lived in Arizona and that happened right around the time we had our Christmas portrait special, so she got in on the fun and booked a photography session for her family.

It’s been awhile since we’ve done a photo session with a kid involved and we forgot how much fun it could be!  It was so much easier to get natural shots because he was not at all inhibited by the cameras as most adults are!  He was just having a grand old time playing with mom and dad.  We loved it!  My favorite part was when he was going up the stairs and I thought he said, “wow, I almost biffed it!”  And I thought, that’s an awesome (and very random) sentence to teach to a kid that small.  And then of course I found out that was not at all what he said.  :-)

Click to see Arizona Family Portrait Photography pricing.

Scottsdale Family Picture

Scottsdale Family Picture

Scottsdale Family Picture

Lenna- our senior rep for 2009

Lenna is a graduating high school senior this year who found us on facebook.  We talked back and forth for awhile before we asked her to be our senior rep this year.  Basically that means she’s out spreading our name to earn herself some print credit… so if you know Lenna, help her out and book a senior photography session with us!;-)

We had a great time at this session!  It was our first senior for 2009 so we were excited to start doing seniors again.  Plus she let us experiment a little bit.  For one, she let us accessorize her (bold move, Lenna)!  I got to have a little bit of fun shopping for some big, gaudy, and vintage type of accessories to makeup our little model with.  We just wanted to try it out and see how it looked in case other girls might want a few fun little visuals added to their pictures.  And I think they turned out lovely!

The session was also awesome because Lenna is very interested in photography herself, so she was very understanding of all that went into it and she was a great participant in the art of it all.  Plus, she liked our work so she decided to trust us and just go with our suggestions.  That makes our lives so much easier because I have to admit… in the beginning sometimes even I questioned a few of Scottie’s ideas and then I would see the picture and I was like “ohhh, NOW I get it!” And I know he did the same with me.  So it was a total relief to have someone who believes in us as artists, who didn’t challenge every idea we had!

Overall, we had a great time with you, Lenna.  Thanks for being our rep!

Click to view all of Lenna’s Senior Photography Session.

Scottsdale Senior Picture

Scottsdale Senior Picture

Scottsdale Senior Picture

Radiant Love Supports…. African Hearts (Jan. ’09)


As a result of war, the HIV/AIDS virus, and severe poverty; 13% of all children under the age of 18 in Uganda have been orphaned. Once on the streets these children experience significant levels of all kinds of abuse and mistreatment. They are hated and feared by the rest of the community, even though they are only children. African Hearts Community Organization (Afrihco) was founded in 2001 to assist these street children living in Uganda and other children in need.
African Hearts began renting a small garage where they took in 16 street boys and other high-risk kids in the community to provide them with food, shelter, education, and a family. They also began working with 50 high-risk kids in the community to help them through their many challenges in life. This past summer African Hearts opened another home for street kids in Ssenge, a village just outside the city. They took in 11 boys originally and will take in more once these children have been rehabilitated.
African Hearts also works with children who are currently living on the streets through a variety of daily activities. They provide a place to sleep for around 60 of them and work to get all of them to a more permanent home. These 136 children have more than just their physical needs met by African Hearts.

African Hearts Provides:

* Food
* Shelter
* Medicine
* Fees for education
* Good male role models/mentors
* A safe home
* Counseling when needed
* Instrument lessons (so they can play in the band)
* Acrobatics lessons
* Art and craft classes (to help them generate income)
* Teaching responsibility and character through activities (gardening, pets, chores)
* Athletic programs
* Help with family reconciliation

These provisions teach the children life skills that will help them learn how to make money, find their own personal value, and discover their place in the community. These children who once lived in fear and isolation on the streets of Uganda now have an education, skills, a loving family, and self-esteem.
The purpose of African Hearts is to reach out to the hurting children who have been abused, abandoned, and left without hope. It is the goal of African Hearts to bring out the good in each child by helping them become equipped to reach their dreams and become the best person they can.
Our friend, Abby Tracy (pictured), lives in Africa and works with African Hearts. You can read her blog to learn more about what they’re doing in Uganda and about what life there is really like!

To find out more about our Radiant Love Supports program click HERE.

Fun in the sun with Kelly & Scott

Scott and Kelly made a good choice in coming to Scottsdale, Arizona in January to take care of all their wedding stuff. While Chicago was setting freezing records, Phoenix was warm and sunny and they were so happy to be outdoors during their photography session! I’m sure the weather will be just as beautiful during their March wedding in sunny AZ!

We had a good time exploring DC Ranch in Scottsdale with them and we made sure to get a few saguaros and such in their photos for the folks back home to see!  You can click here to see the rest of their photos: Phoenix, AZ wedding photography. Thanks for a great session guys!!

DC Ranch Wedding Picture

DC Ranch Wedding Picture

DC Ranch Wedding Picture

Peppermint Bark = Love

OK, I promise I don’t usually spend all my time bragging about how awesome my husband is (though you wouldn’t know it from the posts I have written so far), but what can I say?  He’s been earning it lately!  Last night I told him that one of my favorite foods in the world is peppermint bark.  So today when I came home from Christmas shopping, I found a bunch of peppermint bark waiting for me… homemade!  He went to 4 stores searching for just the right ingredients and then spent hours making a ton of it.  Feels like love.

Gooey peppermint goodnessMagnificent!